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Want to save yourself some money, save the planet from more throwaway plastic and have some fun? Try these homemade powder and liquid foundation recipes!

Creating homemade foundation is not an exact science. It will actually require you to experiment in order to get the right tone/colour for your skin. It will require a little patience considering the various aspects that go into making the foundation for your skin type, colour, and preferences.

Powder Foundation

The idea behind creating a powder foundation is to design it so that it looks natural, not caked on and does not make your skin appear dry. You must always use a coffee grinder to grind your powders and make them fine enough for application purposes. Since we are working with natural products, the application process can be a little different than what we are normally used to. The powdered foundations tend to get a little messy. Be sure to apply your makeup before getting dressed or cover yourself with a towel.

All Natural Powder with Arrowroot or Cornstarch

You will need arrowroot or cornstarch powder for our powder foundation recipes. Arrowroot and cornstarch are ingredients that you will run into often with DIY makeup recipes. Arrowroot is a white powder made from a plant. It is added to moisturisers as a thickening agent and to activate the ingredients in order for them to penetrate the skin. Cornstarch (also a white powder) is finely ground corn flour often used as a thickener in cooking. Throughout these recipes, we recommend using arrowroot rather than cornstarch because more and more people tend to have sensitivities to corn. You’ll also need one, some, or all of the ingredients from the following list:

  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Ground Ginger
  • Rice Bran Powder
  • Green Clay

These ingredients determine the colour of the powder foundation that you will choose according to your skin type. You might even need to mix some of them together. If you add too much, you can add in more of your white powder (arrowroot or cornstarch).

Homemade Powder Foundation for Normal Skin

homemade powder foundation for normal skin

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder
  • Cinnamon powder

Method

  1. Place the arrowroot powder in a small container.
  2. Add the cinnamon, bit by bit, until you achieve the right shade for your skin tone.
  3. Store in an appropriately sized, airtight container.
  4. Use a large powder brush for application.

Homemade Powder Foundation for Dry Skin

homemade powder foundation for dry skin

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of rice bran powder
  • Cocoa powder

Method

  1. Place the rice bran powder into a small container.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, bit by bit, until you achieve the right shade for your skin tone.
  3. Store in an appropriately sized, airtight container.
  4. Use a large powder brush for application.

Homemade Powder Foundation for Oily Skin

homemade powder foundation for oily skin

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup of arrowroot powder
  • 1/8 cup of green clay
  • Nutmeg powder (amount depends on the shade you want to achieve)

Method

  1. Place the arrowroot powder and the green clay into a small container and mix together.
  2. Add the nutmeg powder, bit by bit, until you achieve the desired shade for your skin tone.
  3. Store in an appropriately sized, airtight container.
  4. Use a large powder brush for application.

Liquid Foundation

So far we’ve only gone through powder foundation, but if you use liquid, don’t worry…we got you! Here’s our homemade liquid foundation recipes.

Homemade Liquid Foundation for Normal Skin

homemade liquid foundation for normal skin

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter, melted
  • 1 vitamin-E gel capsule
  • Cocoa powder

Method

  1. Melt the cocoa butter in a microwave oven or by heating gently in a small pan on the stove.
  2. Whisk the almond oil and the cocoa butter together in a small bowl.
  3. Prick the vitamin-E gel capsule and squeeze the contents into the bowl containing the mixture.
  4. Mix well until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  5. Add the cocoa powder, 1/8 teaspoon at a time, until you get the colour you desire. Make sure to whisk the mixture well each time you add more colour.
  6. Store in an appropriately sized, airtight container.

Homemade Liquid Foundation for Dry Skin

homemade liquid foundation for dry skin

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Shea butter, melted
  • 1 vitamin-E gel capsule
  • Cocoa powder

Method

  1. Melt the coconut oil and the Shea butter in a microwave oven or by heating gently in a small pan on the stove.
  2. Whisk the coconut oil and the Shea butter together in a small bowl.
  3. Prick the vitamin-E gel capsule and squeeze the contents into the small bowl with the mixture.
  4. Mix until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  5. Add the cocoa powder, 1/8 teaspoon at a time, until you get the colour you want. Make sure to whisk the mixture well each time you add more colour.
  6. Store in an appropriately sized, airtight container.

Homemade Liquid Foundation for Oily Skin

homemade liquid foundation for oily skin

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 vitamin-E gel capsule
  • Cinnamon powder

Method

  1. Melt the beeswax in a microwave oven or by heating gently in a small pan on the stove.
  2. Whisk the almond oil and the beeswax together in a small bowl.
  3. Prick the vitamin-E gel capsule and add the contents to the mixture in the bowl.
  4. Mix well until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  5. Add the cinnamon powder, 1/8 teaspoon at a time, until you reach the desired shade. Make sure to whisk the mixture well each time you add more colour.
  6. Store in an appropriately sized, airtight container.

There you have it! We hope you give these recipes a try and save yourself some money (and also save the planet!)

Let us know in the comments if you’ve made your own foundation before and how it turned out.