I accidentally came across a natural clay bronzer. I was wanting to make a red swirl in my Candy Cane Soap and thought I’d try Pink Kaolin Clay and Red Moroccan Clay. Well, it turns out that while Pink Kaolin Clay is a beautiful pink color (which is great for blush, by the way), Red Moroccan clay is…well….not. It’s a beautiful TAN color!!
I immediately thought – Foundation! And it would be a wonderful foundation. It spreads evenly and leaves your skin silky smooth looking. But, it’s definitely too dark to use as a foundation on my skin (but adding some arrowroot powder could fix that).
I love it as a base for a bronzer because I’m not starting from a white arrowroot powder or a darker cocoa powder base. Instead, I can barely tweak it for my skin tone as it changes during summer and winter and it has a beautiful natural color that would go well with a lot of people’s skin tone!!
Using a Natural Clay Bronzer
Bronzers are NOT:
- …a fake tan. Please don’t use this all over your body or you will probably end up looking like someone who didn’t spread their fake tan lotion out evenly.
- …to be put all over your face. This kind of defeats the purpose and you’re using it more like a foundation.
- Wake up a tired looking face.
- Give a sun-kissed look.
- Contour features like cheekbones and nose.
I like to use a natural bronzer in the winter. I start to look pale and people ask me if I’ve been getting enough sleep (Yes, we all loooove those kinds of comments).
I do not use so much that I look like I was in Florida for a few weeks, but I subtly use it in a few areas to give a slightly sun kissed look.
Where? Think of where the sun would hit you the most: sides of your face, cheek bones, tip of chin, nose, and on each side of your forehead.
Natural Clay Bronzer
Option#1 – Red Moroccan Clay straight out of the container. Lucky You!
Option #2 – You need it to be a bit darker, so add some cocoa powder (no one will smell it but you, so don’t get hungry). Start with 2 Tbsp of Red Moroccan clay and add 1/4 tsp of cocoa at a time until you’re happy. Write down what you like so you won’t have to guess next time.
Option #3 – You need it to be a bit lighter, so add arrowroot powder. Start with 2 Tbsp of Red Moroccan clay and add 1/4 tsp of arrowroot powder at a time until you’re happy. Write down what you like so you won’t have to guess next time.
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