The other day I was stopping by CVS. You know. Like you do. You just see a CVS and think “Do I need anything from CVS? Maybe I should just stop in quickly and check.” And then you leave with things you didn’t need. That’s what happened the other day. And I left with two pieces of makeup and $30 less in my pocket.
And I little part of me died.
See, I really hate spending. That’s half the reason why I do so much DIY. The other half is obviously because it’s so much fun, but saving a little money can’t hurt?
So I turned around, returned the unopened makeup, went home and made this instead.
Ghost though I may be, I’m rosy and pink as a June bride’s bouquet. My recipe includes green clay to help cancel out my natural redness. The end product is tinted a little green, but my skin didn’t retain any of that colour. Cornstartch provides the bulk of the powder, but you can use arrowroot powder as well. Bentonite clay provides amazing skin health benefits and helps with Cocoa powder adds the colour, adjusted to your skin tone. Adding ginger for “yellow” could provide your powder with a touch of warmth. You’ll have to find out for yourself though, I’m warm enough already!
The recipe takes a bit of trial and error. Start small with this sample recipe. It’s easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled…
- 2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 2 tsp french green clay
- 1 tsp bentonite clay
- Touch of cocoa powder to colour
- 1 tbsp cornstach or arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp french green clay
- 1tsp bentonite clay
- Cocoa powder to colour – I used just under 1 tsp
UPDATE (March, 2014): I got frustrated trying to use this loose powder. I admit, I’m not particuarly used to using loose makeup and a brush. The little pots pictured would be perfect for me, if they had some sort of cover. Attempting to remedy this, I used 70% rubbing alcohol mixed in hoping that it would evaporate, leaving me with a pressed powder. Not so. The alcohol reacted with the clay, and now I have a lovely pot of clay that refuses to be makeup anymore.
That’s all! That’s how I saved over $30 on makeup in one go. I’m still experimenting with a more “liquid foundation”. I’ll let you know how it works out!