DIY Makeup

It's easy to make natural scrubs, soaps and lotions for your body, but makeup is a hard product to replicate without a lab. If you're the type of girl who gets dolled up every day, no homemade concoction will do the trick. But if you only want to subtly enhance your natural appearance, then let's begin with a trip to the health-food store.

Mascara is the hardest item to replicate. Begin by melting 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel and 1 teaspoon of grated beeswax in a saucepan. Slowly stir until the beeswax is melted. Next, empty one to two capsules of activated charcoal for black (or half a teaspoon of cocoa powder for brown) and combine. Last, you'll pour the mixture into a mascara container via a disposable dropper. Don't try to use an old, empty tube! Buy new containers on the Internet.

Blush is easy to make, but getting your desired shade can be time-consuming. Be creative with the natural powders you know of; try adding them in for different colors. All blushes begin with the medicinal, food-grade, thickening agent known as arrowroot powder. Put 1 tablespoon of arrowroot into a clean jar and mix in either hibiscus powder (pink), cocoa powder (brown) or cinnamon (bronze) by the teaspoon until you create the desired color.

Lip balm also requires experimenting. Begin by placing a glass jar in a pot of simmering, not boiling, water. Add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 tablespoon grated beeswax to the jar. After they've combined, stir in whatever essential oils you favor, such as jojoba or lemon. For a little color, mix in any of the powders above. Then use a dropper to transfer to new containers.


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