I remember (several years back) when someone told me I could make my own makeup using flowers and food. I literally laughed out loud. My Sephora-shopping self couldn't possibly imagine that makeup could be formulated with simple ingredients from nature.
But you see, my dear friends, men and women have been adorning and decorating themselves for thousands of years. And they didn't always have the finely formulated (and most of the time - toxic) foundations and powders and lip glosses today. They ground flowers and spices and mixed them with infused waters and created oils and decked themselves out.
So, once I got with the program and decided that dabbling in making my own makeup was essentially channeling Cleopatra, I got into it.
So, today I'll show you one of my creations - a simple blush powder. I will tell you that this blush is light. I think of it more as a "blushing luminizer" that gives you a lovely pink, coquettish flush - perfect for an early spring picnic in a sundress and cardigan.
I give you a few options for coloring ingredients below, but used this opportunity to bust out my dehydrator. So I dried beets and powdered them in a coffee grinder (doing the same with dried hibiscus flowers).
Simple Homemade Blush Powder
- Arrowroot powder (like this)
- Beet powder (homemade or this)
- Hibiscus powder (homemade or this)
- Cinnamon (powdered)
- Empty compact, tin, or jar (or buy this one)
Start with 1 tbsp of your arrowroot powder as a base. Then, slowly add in 1 tsp each of the hibiscus and beet powder - mixing it around each time. Add in the cinnamon for extra glow.
You'll want to make the color that's right for you, so be patient and test on your skin until it's just so. I ended up with the following mix: 2 tbsp arrowroot, 3 tbsp beet powder, 4 tbsp hibiscus powder, 1 tsp cinnamon.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Shelf life is 1-2 months.
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