Homemade foundation: Let’s do this! I’ve had quite a few requests for a homemade foundation powder. After giving you homemade mascara, homemade blush, bronzer, and lip balm I really wanted to give you a good homemade foundation powder. Of course foundation is tricky. For one, it covers the whole face. It needs to go on well, stay put, match skin tones, and not clog your pores.
This has also been a challenge for me on a personal/psychological level. I know. I’m talking about makeup, not some childhood phobia. But after battling acne and bad skin for so long, and relying so heavily on thick foundations to “cover up” my imperfections, I have finally come to a place where I feel really good in my skin. I rarely use makeup at all these days. I don’t know if you can understand just how huge this is.
But still, I’ve been promising a homemade foundation for a long time, so today I’m making good on that promise. Because of its nature, however, there are a few things you should know about the recipe I’m about to give you:
- Homemade foundation is not an exact science. It requires some experimentation to get a color that works for you.
- This is not like your typical foundation that you buy in the mall, grocery store, or from your Avon rep. It’s totally natural (yay!) but may not “do the job” in the way you are used to. Maybe it will. That really depends on your skin type and your expectations.
- Just because it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s perfect for your skin.
Let’s talk about that third point for just a moment.
If you a familiar with my bronzer recipe you’ll notice that this foundation recipe is very similar. Simple ingredients that you can usually find in your kitchen at any time. Awesome, right? Yes. But you still need to proceed intelligently.
This recipe, like my bronzer, has the option of using finely ground cinnamon. According to this article, cinnamon can be very beneficial for your skin. But some individuals find that it causes redness. When we remember that herbs and spices are potent and powerful, this makes sense. Depending on our unique set of circumstances, even the most harmless ingredient may not be a good fit. There is nothing toxic in this recipe but I still urge you to try out a sample and decide if this is a good “every day makeup alternative” for you or not.
The good news it that you can make a really tiny batch for sampling. The really good news is that this homemade foundation powder is so so so simple.
This homemade foundation vs. mineral make up
Before I finally said “good bye” to my commercial make up I was wearing a nice (expensive) mineral foundation. And just so you know, there are recipes out there to teach you how to make your own mineral make up and where to get ingredients. And for some, mineral make up is seen to have a lot of benefits.
But I personally still don’t feel completely confident in most of the ingredients. Some ingredients like Mica are common skin irritants. Many contain Titanium Dioxide which I don’t feel really comfortable putting on my face every day. You’d need to do your own research and have a trusted source for quality ingredients if mineral make up interests you. But if your are looking for a homemade foundation that is like your mineral make up, this is a place to start.