Friday, May 18, 2018

7 Eco-Friendly, All-Natural Makeup Alternatives

As people become more environmentally conscious and health aware, the demand for all-natural products continues to grow. Makeup is one product that beauty lovers can't part ways with, so they're looking for all-natural alternatives. To help out, I've created 7 eco-friendly, all-natural makeup recipes so that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce your environmental impact. After all, if you want to truly know what's in your makeup, the only way is to make it yourself.

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All-Natural Liquid Foundation & Concealer Alternatives

Foundation gets its name because it is the base for your all of your makeup. Because foundation is slathered all over your face, it's normal to be concerned about its ingredients. This two-part recipe uses 9 all-natural ingredients to create the perfect color to match your skin tone.

What you'll need:

You can get a pound of organic, unrefined Shea butter and 8 ounces of non-GMO emulsifying wax for around $10 each on Amazon.

You can get a pound of zinc oxide on Amazon for around $15, two pounds of bentonite clay on Amazon for around $16 and different shades (in single ounce containers) of mica powder (I love the Slice Of The Moon brand) for around $10.

To start, melt down your Shea butter in a double boiler on low heat. It will melt rather quickly, so don't walk away from the stove. As it melts, stir constantly and then add in the emulsifying wax. Once the wax has melted down, drop in the jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, and witch hazel. Mix well and remove from the heat.

Note: If you do not have a double boiler, you can bring a pot of water to a boil and then remove from the heat. Use a stainless steel metal bowl on top of the pot of hot water to melt down your ingredients. Be sure that the bowl does not come into contact with the water. The steam will be enough to heat it.

Allow the mixture to cool and once it's cool enough to work with, add in your zinc oxide. You'll need to experiment with amounts, but one to four teaspoons is typical. I'd start with one, check the thickness, and add more as needed. Zinc oxide provides SPF protection and allows for heavier coverage because of its thickness.

Once you've gotten your foundation to your desired thickness, mix in your clay. Clay will absorb any excess oils on your skin.

Finally, add in your mica powder and cocoa powder. Mica powder comes in many different shades, but it's best to use a pale shade and color it with cocoa powder. This is where you will customize the color to your liking, so a slow and careful approach is best. You can mix the dry mica and cocoa powder together for testing purposes before mixing it in with the base.

Once you've achieved the desired color, mix it in with the zinc oxide base and stir. Store in a small container with a lid. This product will last between three and six months in your refrigerator.

All-Natural Powder Foundation

For a powder foundation to set your makeup, you can use organic arrowroot powder or all-natural cornstarch as a base. Non-nano zinc oxide powder provides SPF protection and a heavier coverage, bentonite absorbs oils, and mica powder, bentonite clay, cocoa powder, and cinnamon add color.

Warning: Be sure to wear a mask to protect from inhalation when working with zinc oxide.

What you'll need:

1 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder or Corn Starch
2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide
1 tsp Gold Mica Dust (optional-for glow)
1 tsp Translucent Mica Powder (optional-for oily skin)
Cocoa powder or bronze mica powder

To start, mix your arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) with the non-nano zinc oxide powder.

Add in your gold mica dust, translucent mica powder, and clay. Mix until well combined.

Slowly add in the cocoa powder or bronze mica powder to add color. Again, this should be a slow, careful process so that you do not make the product too dark. Making it darker is easy, but making it lighter requires that you start the process over again.

This is a mineral foundation for light coverage. When used in combination with a liquid foundation, it can provide a medium coverage.

All-Natural Eyeliner & Mascara

Activated charcoal is all the rage these days because of its versatility. It comes in capsule form to help with indigestion and is also used in facial masks, teeth-whitening products, and cosmetics. You can use it to create your own all-natural eyeliner and mascara!

This pure black substance is perfect for a deep, pigmented eyeliner. While some recommend that you use the powder as-is without adding any other ingredients, I find that it's best when used in combination with liquids and wax. The wax increases the longevity of the mascara whereas the liquid makes it smoother, allowing for easier application.

This recipe doubles as a mascara.

What you'll need:

In a double boiler, melt down your beeswax (because it's such a small amount, it won't take long at all). Remove from the heat and add in the coconut oil and activated charcoal. Mix well.

Finally, add in the distilled water. Store in a small container with a lid. It should last between three and six months in your refrigerator as long as you are regularly washing and sanitizing your makeup brushes.

Apply with an eyeliner brush. If you're using it for mascara, curl the lashes first and then apply with a mascara wand.

All-Natural Powder and Cream Eyeshadows

Powdered eyeshadow is just as easy to make as the powdered foundation. The only difference is that you'll be using colored mica powders versus the translucent powder. You do not need zinc oxide for the eyeshadow recipe.

What you'll need:

Just like with the powder foundation, you'll want to mix the starch and clay first. Next, you'll add in your colored mica powder. Gold mica dust can be added for shimmer and glow, whereas translucent mica powder can be added to remove any excess oil, if desired.

For black, you can use activated charcoal instead of colored mica powder.

To turn this into a cream eyeshadow, just mix all the ingredients above and then mix in with a base. 

Here is an example of a base:
In a double boiler, melt the Shea butter and mix in the emulsifying wax. Remove from heat and add jojoba oil. Add a small amount of this mixture to your powdered eyeshadow until you are satisfied with the consistency. Store in a small jar with a lid. It should last three to six months in the refrigerator.

All-Natural Lipstick

Lip stains are very easy and fun to make and with a little experimentation, you can create your own beautiful, great tasting colors! That's right! All-natural lip stains are best when they're made with—you guessed it! FRUIT AND BERRIES!

For a subtle, delicious berry lip stain, try this recipe!

What you'll need:

  • 5 red raspberries
  • 5 black berries
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Mash your raspberries and place them into a small bowl. Strain to remove any fibers and seeds. Pour what's left into a small container and then mix in your coconut oil.

Apply with a finger or with a lip brush.

You can experiment with strawberries, beets (mainly for color), and other highly pigmented fruits and berries to create a color that you love.

Melting down a tablespoon of beeswax, mixing in a teaspoon of coconut oil, and adding in a quarter teaspoon of colored mica powder is another way to create a moisturizing lip color.

All-Natural Contour and Highlight

For your contour and highlight, you can create your own darker shades using the liquid and powder foundation recipes at the top of this post, or you can use cocoa powder or finely ground coffee beans!

To highlight and accentuate your features, use gold mica powder mixed with translucent mica powder. Experiment with the amount of gold mica dust that you use! You can have a subtle glow or an extremely radiant face, depending on how much you add to your recipe.

All-Natural Perfumes and Fragrances

Essential oils are very potent, so it's best to dilute them before use. Dilution should be done carefully, as not to reduce the amount of time the fragrance sticks around. Mild oils such as lavender and frankincense can be used "neat" (that is, without diluting), whereas stronger oils need a carrier oil to protect the skin.

Warning: Be careful when using citrus oils. Citrus oils increase photo-sensitivity and can cause a nasty sunburn if you wear them while out in the sun, even if only for a few minutes.

Try this recipe to create your own long-lasting fragrances using essential oils and witch hazel.

For a More Floral Scent

What you'll need:
  • 20 drops ylang ylang oil
  • 30 drops rose oil
  • 15 drops neroli oil
  • 4 ounces witch hazel
Mix all oils and witch hazel together. Store in glass amber jar with a spray bottle. Keep in a cool, dark area to maximize longevity.

For a More Woodsy Scent

What you'll need:
  • 20 drops cedarwood oil
  • 30 drops lavender oil
  • 15 drops bergamot oil
  • 4 ounces witch hazel
Mix all oils and witch hazel together. Store in glass amber jar with a spray bottle. Keep in a cool, dark area to maximize longevity.

For a More Citrus Scent

What you'll need:
  • 20 drops vetiver oil
  • 30 drops lavender oil
  • 15 drops wild orange oil
  • 4 ounces witch hazel
Mix all oils and witch hazel together. Store in glass amber jar with a spray bottle. Keep in a cool, dark area to maximize longevity.

The above recipes are a great starting point for all-natural cosmetics. From liquid and powder foundations, all the way to perfumes and fragrances, going all-natural is not as difficult as you might think. Feel free to experiment with the different recipes to find one that works for you.

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