5 DIY Cosmetics | Simple Makeup Recipe Ideas

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5 DIY Makeup Recipes


If you’re like me, you love to “do it yourself”

I’ve always been in love with the DIY side of things, and my latest obsession involves DIY cosmetics.

Cosmetics (to me) are pretty much essential to a woman’s existence, but some really do break the bank! So many makeup brands are out there, promising various effects and health benefits for the skin. The problem most of us run into at the beauty counter is choosing which is which and what will do what, and if its a good fit for our specific needs.

So, I figured if it was going to be that much of a hassle to find the perfect fit why didn’t I focus my effots on studying DIY cosmetics!

From the idea of making and customizing it to the amazing benefits formulated just for you, it’s a no brainer that DIY cosmetics are just WOW!

Have you tried making your own DIY cosmetics? If this is your first time, let me show you how you can easily make DIY cosmetic recipes in your own kitchen. Recently, I’ve discovered a few products that may open your eyes to the world of natural DIY skin care. These quick and simple tips will help you make the most of your pantry while healing your skin from inside out!!

Check out these 22 awesome DIY makeup ideas that will hopefully keep you from having to purchase them at a drugstore!

5 DIY Cosmetics | Simple Makeup Recipe Ideas


1. All-Natural Homemade Foundation

It’s actually hard to look for a powder foundation that doesn’t end up cakey or feels sticky after hours of wearing it. Good thing is, there are ingredients fresh from your pantry that offers better coverage for your face. Don’t worry about the foundation shade ’cause it’s adjustable too!

Natural Foundation Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of argan oil or jajoba oil.
  • 1 teaspoon of shea butter.
  • 1/2 tsp emulsifying wax
  • 1 tablespoon aloe gel.
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel.
    OR 3 tablespoons of natural pre-made lotion(in place of first 5 ingredients)
  • 1-4 teaspoons non-nano zinc oxide.
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cocoa powder.1/2-1 tsp mica powder of choice
  • 1/2 tsp clay of choice (if using)
    OR 2-3 teaspoons of All-natural mineral powder in color of choice

What to Do:

1.Melt the shea butter, argan oil and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted.
2. Add the aloe and witch hazel and whisk until completely incorporated and smooth.
3. Turn heat off.
4. Slowly, start adding colors. Start with zinc and clays until desired coverage is reached. It will still be too pale at this point.
5. Add mica powders and cocoa powder a tiny pinch at a time until desired color is reached.
6. Dip the tip of a spoon into the mixture and let cool for a few seconds. Test the color and coverage on your forehead to make sure you’ve achieved the right tone for your skin.
Spoon the mixture into the desired container and let cool.

How to Store Homemade Foundation:

This can be easily stored in a glass jar or old makeup container. My favorite way to store is in a silicon squeezable tube for easy application. This helps prevent contamination since you aren’t reaching into the makeup container and keeps it fresh longer.

I prefer to squeeze a small amount onto a makeup sponge and apply. A little goes a long way!


img_7360-12.  Homemade Loose Face Powder


  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (Can use arrowroot powder instead if desired, but it will not offer quite as much coverage)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon gold mica dust
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of desired natural clay powder (optional) I used a pinch of White cosmetic clay, Fuller’s Earth Clay and french green clay
  • up to 1 teaspoon finely ground cocoa powder OR bonze mica powder (or both) to get desired color
    Optional: 1 teaspoon of translucent mica powder can help for really oily skin

What To Do:

Mix all ingredients to get desired color and coverage.
Zinc oxide will give coverage and matte finish.
Colored mica powders, natural clays and cocoa powder will give color. Start slowly and add as needed, testing on inner-arm as you go to find your shade.
Store in a small glass jar with a lid.

There is a lot of variation in this recipe… creating homemade makeup is more of an art than a science and your exact color and base combinations will depend on the amount of coverage and color you want. Zinc oxide as a base will create a makeup very similar to store bought mineral makeups and adding mica powder will give skin a natural “glow.”

If you don’t have or aren’t comfortable with those ingredients, a simple mix of arrowroot and a small amount of cocoa powder and cinnamon will work really well but won’t offer as much coverage.


img_73623. Eye-Liner:

Use a tiny bit of cocoa powder mixed with coconut oil, or a tiny dab or activated charcoal and whipped shea butter. Be careful not to get either one in the eye. I store the eye shadow in an old powdered eye shadow container and apply with my finger or a very slightly damp brush.

To make a smoother eyeliner:

Mix equal parts of coconut oil and shea butter (about 1/2 ounce of each) and add about 1/2 tsp of activated charcoal to make a black eyeliner that is thicker. You can also do this with cocoa powder for a brown hue.


img_7353-14. Natural Mascara:

-Black mineral powder NOTE: Can use activated charcoal or black clay as well, but I prefer the texture with the mineral powder. One jar of mineral powder has enough to make 15+ batches of mascara.
-Bentonite Clay – Helps the mascara dry and harden and not smudge. Any cosmetic clay should work.
-Vegetable Glycerin– Makes the mascara smooth and helps it adhere to lashes.
-Aloe Vera– For texture and smoothness
-Lavender Essential Oil – For scent and to help lashes grow


  • 1/4 tsp black mineral powder (use code wellnessmama for 50% off)
  • 1/4 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1/8 tsp (about 4 drops) vegetable glycerine
  • 1/4 tsp (plus more if needed) aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

What To Do:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a very small bowl until completely smooth.
  2. Add more aloe vera gel if needed to get a smooth consistency.
  3. Carefully scoop into the medicine dropper with a spatula and slowly squirt into the mascara container (or jar) Alternately, you can add the ingredients directly to the mascara tube and mix with the mascara brush, though it takes a while of mixing to get the ingredients smooth inside the tube.
    Use as you would regular mascara.
    To remove: Use a washcloth with warm water or use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover.

img_73545. DIY BB Cream:

  1. Your favorite sunscreen –
    sweat and water resistant is best, try to find something that isn’t too greasy so there’s less chance of it clogging your pores. Plus, your BB cream will stay on forever if you use a water resistant sunscreen.
  2. Your favorite moisturizer -if you have dry skin, use a creamy one; if you have oily skin, try an oil free lotion.
  3. Your preferred foundation -I had the best luck with liquid/cream foundation. Powder was hard to mix and did not blend well.
  4. Monistat chafing gel -this sounds crazy, I know! But its main ingredient is the main ingredient in several makeup primers, and it makes your BB cream go on smooth and stay nice and matte. A warning about this – I have heard of this causing breakouts in some folks. If you’re breakout prone, go a little lighter on it or leave it out. I haven’t had any problems but I can’t promise it will be the same for you.
  5. a bottle to put it in!


  • 1/3 foundation
  • 1/3 moisturizer
  • 1/6 chafing gel
  • 1/6 sunscreen
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