Doll Up, Naturally: This Is How You Can Make Make-Up Products At Home

Running short of make-up products? Instead of scrambling to find places that still during the lockdown, why not make some at home? They might not be the best when it comes to paying off, but they're good enough to last us for those at-home days and makes for a fun DIY project. Shall we?

All-Natural Mineral Foundation

Disclaimer, this is not a high coverage foundation. If you're used to the BB/CC cream sort of effect, you will find that this will have similar results. If tons of chemicals in cosmetics irritate your skin, you can give this a shot. 

Ingredients: 

Arrowroot powder (for the base)

Cocoa powder

Cinnamon

Nutmeg 

Jojoba, olive, or almond oil. 

Directions:

Start with 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder as the base. Then slowly add in the combination of cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg till you get your desired shade. The quantity of these powders will determine the darkness of the foundation. Next, add a few drops of oil for the "compact" look and press this mixture into a compact mould. You can start with five drops and keep adding more as required. And voila, it's ready! 

All-Natural Homemade Mascara

Ingredients:

2 tbsp coconut oil

4 tbsp aloe vera gel

Beeswax

Activated charcoal for black or cocoa powder for brown 

A clean mascara container 

Directions:

Pour coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and beeswax, all grated, into a pan and melt it. Then add one or two capsules of activated charcoal (depending on the colour) or one or two tbsp of cocoa powder (for dark brown colour) and pour the oil. Stir well until the mixture is not runny yet not too thick.  Pour the mixture into a plastic bag, pushing it towards the bottom and make a small hole (like a mehendi cone). Fill the mascara mix into an empty mascara container and leave the container upright for the contents to settle in. 

Homemade Eye Shadow

Ingredients:

Arrowroot powder 

Shea Butter 

Cocoa Powder

Nutmeg

Dried beetroot powder 

Turmeric 

Allspice 

Directions: 

Start with 1/4 or 1/3 tbsp of arrowroot powder. The more arrowroot powder you use, the lighter and more subtle the colour pay off will be. So start with less and build up. Add your other powders and mix thoroughly until you get your desired colour. Turmeric for yellow/orange, cocoa for brown, nutmeg for nude, beetroot for red/pink, etc. You can also mix these powders to try new combinations. Once you have the mix ready, add in the shea butter and mix. 

P.S. You can substitute arrowroot powder with corn starch. 

Homemade Blush

Ingredients:

Arrowroot powder (base)

Beetroot/hibiscus powder 

cinnamon (optional)

Directions: 

Start with one tbsp of arrowroot powder. Keep adding the beetroot/hibiscus powder till you get the desired colour. Add cinnamon powder for some depth and glow, suitable for Indian skin tones. 

P.S: If you go a little heavy and get a darker colour, add some more arrowroot powder to lighten the mix. 

Homemade Glossy Lipstick

Ingredients 

1 teaspoon beeswax

1 teaspoon shea butter/cocoa butter

1 teaspoon coconut oil 

Beetroot powder/non-toxic red food colour

Cocoa powder

Cinnamon

Turmeric 

Essential oil (optional)

Directions: 

Start by melting the beeswax along with the butter. This will take a few seconds because we're using small quantities. Once it's melted, move the mixture away from the stove and start adding the colour pigments. For reds and pinks, experiment with beetroot and food colour, for browns and nude shades, use cocoa and cinnamon powder with a pinch of turmeric, and mix it with a drop of any essential oil. For dark pigmentation, double the quantity of the colour pigments. Lastly, fill a small empty bottle or a lip balm tube with this mix and leave it aside to cool.