I am a red head with freckles. In order for me to where any type of foundation and not have it look funny, it has to go on thick….not going to happen. So this post is for all of you who enjoy the smoothing effects of foundation but want it be able to make your own for financial reasons and for the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what you are putting on your body. I have not tried this recipe, but have friends who have and love it! So I’m passing it along in hope that you will too.
Homemade Foundation Powder
Base: Arrowroot powder (you can also use rice bran powder or orris root powder)
Color: Cocoa powder, *cinnamon, nutmeg
Slowly mix in color until you get the shade that fits you. Not a lot of precise measuring, just play around until it fits your skin tone. To make future batches easier, try to keep in mind how much you end up using and write it down.
*There is cinnamon cassia and ceylon (and their varieties). Ceylon has more essential oil in it. If you have a very good quality Ceylon cinnamon, the oils can irritate the skin. For using cinnamon in these recipes, I would use a low grade cinnamon cassia and make sure you’re not sensitive first.
Mix 2 parts arrowroot powder, 1 part green clay, and add cocoa powder until color is right
Homemade Liquid Foundation
Use powder from recipe above, add a few drops of one of the following liquids (start with one or two drops and add slowly after you mix). Remember, the darker the oil, the darker the foundation will be. For very light skin, use light oils like apricot kernel oil, or even your favorite lotion:
- essential oil
- apricot kernel oil
- olive oil
- jojoba oil
- sweet almond oil
- homemade lotion
You can push this into a compact and use a brush like you would normally, or you can add more to create a liquid.
Mineral Foundation Powder (NOT RECOMMENDED)
For those of you who want a more complex recipe, here is a mineral recipe. BUT, I really don’t like most of the ingredients. So why am I putting it on here…I guess because if you are looking for something like this, I’d like to give you something to work from… and think about. For example, Mica is a silicate mineral. We used to have sheets of it through our yard if you only dug a few inches. Mica rich soil gives me a very itchy rash so I avoid it, but most people are fine with it. Silica is considered safe, but has it’s own list of concerns that you should research before deciding to use. Titanium Dioxide and zinc oxide are found in most sunscreens and have been identified as a possible carcinogen and I would avoid them completely. Kaoline Clay is also controversial. From what I read, I would not go near it either. Iron Oxide seems to be – rust. Yet, I have read over and over that it is a synthetically prepared inorganic product when used in cosmetics, so you would have to know your source very well. All of these powders are very harmful if you breathe them in. SO…what does that leave? Personally, if you want that shine, get a little mica and add it to the above recipe.
- 1 Tbsp of Sericite Mica
- 1/2 Tbsp of Silk Mica-
- 1/2 Tbsp of Ultrasilk Mica
- Satin Pearl Mica or Diamond Pearl Mica to add shine
- 1 Tbsp of Silica
- 1/4 Tbsp of Arrowroot powder
- 1/2 Tbsp of Titanium Dioxide
- 1/2 Tbsp of Kaolin Clay
- 1/2 Tbsp of Zinc Oxide
- 1/4 tsp of Tan Iron Oxide
- 1/2 tsp of Brown Iron Oxide
- 1/2 tsp of Yellow Iron Oxide
Use this mixture to add to your base until you get the color you want.