Wednesday, 23 May 2012

DIY makeup with cornstarch!

Hello beauties!

Keeping with the DIY makeup trend that's been going on in the world, here is a simple replacement for both translucent powder and bronzer. Most of us use the translucent powder, as it's a great way to set foundation and absorb oil during the day. I can say the same for bronzer, because who doesn't want to look healthy and glowing?

The irony of these products would be the ingredients used in them. Most mineral makeup brands use cornstarch as a base for their products. In South Africa, that means brands like Maizena. Even more ironically is that cornstarch is dirt cheap, while we pay a bundle for translucent powders, where the only added ingredients are talc, zinc and magnesium (to add minerals) and a few oxides for colour. And a lot of companies have been leaving our talc lately, since it's considered a health risk by some people. Let me just insert here that cosmetic grade talc is perfectly safe to use! Cara over at Chisel Beauty has more on this, as well as a more detailed article. You can also check out Jill's post at One Good Thing for a short review on this recipe.

On to the actual recipe for making translucent powder!

What you need :

* A clean container. This can be from used products too, as long as it's been washed!
* Cornstarch
* Talc (leave out the talc if you don't want to use it)
* Mineral foundation for a little colour (optional). You can also replace this with cinnamon to add a little colour!

How you do it :

1) 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
2) 1 teaspoon baby powder
3) 1/8 teaspoon mineral foundation or cinnamon
4) Mix all the ingredients together.
5) Store in a clean, dry container.

You can also make bronzer with the same basic ingredients :

1) 1 Tablespoon cornstarch (you can add more or less depending on your skin tone)
2) 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
3) Mix ingredients together
4) Store in a clean, dry container.

You need a light hand with the bronzer! Check out how to make a compact bronzer from Crunchy Betty and get a short review on this recipe.

You can also use cornstarch and cocoa powder (leave out the cocoa if you have light hair) as a dry shampoo on days when your hair is a little oilier. Simply mix a tablespoon cocoa and 2 tablespoons cornstarch together and store in a clean, dry container. You can add more or less cornstarch to your liking, and if you are blonde or a ginger, simply leave out the cocoa.

Would you try out these DIY makeup recipes? If you've never used mineral makeup before, and because of that, you've never used cornstarch on your skin, you might break out so it's a good idea to test it out before you use it. When you go shopping ask for a tester from the store, it won't cost you anything to ask! You can also try the cornstarch on some skin hidden by your hair or whatever to see if you react with it or not. Most people don't have a problem with it, but skins are different and therefore react differently.

Let me know what you think!

Stay beautiful,



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