A few days ago, I announced that I was making the transition from conventional, chemical-laden makeups to Zero Waste alternatives. Today, I’ll be introducing you to one of my favorite DIYs: Zero Waste Powder Foundation!
As a girl who likes to keep a clear complexion, finding a Zero Waste foundation solution to replace my old products has been a top makeup priority. After scouring the internet for options and ideas, I finally settled on this recipe. Here’s my experience with it.
My Powder Foundation Wishlist
When I choose a foundation, I look for products that have the following qualities:
- I have dry skin, so the foundation must not look filmy.
- I have pale skin and lots of freckles, so the foundation must be porcelain-friendly and semi-sheer.
- My skin tone is neutral with a bent toward redness, so the foundation can’t be too yellow or pasty.
- I have sensitive skin, so perfumes are an absolute no-go.
Overall, I have pretty happy skin; if I get blemishes it’s hormone-related. However, my dry skin scars easily and the redness is simply a result of my sensitivities to perfumes and dry weather.
The Recipe That Did the Trick
I have yet to find a liquid solution that works to my desired specifications, but I’m pretty happy with how this powder foundation turned out!
Disclaimer: You’ll definitely need to adjust for your specific skin tone. This is just the basic recipe that worked for me! If you have especially pigmented skin, I suggest doing a little research to see if another mixture is better suited to you. I’ve seen people do amazing things with cocoa powder!
This recipe is based on three core parts:
- The Base: Either arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Either works; I just happened to have cornstarch in my pantry when I made this. Note: If you have a corn allergy, go for the arrowroot.
- The Color: This is made up of an eclectic mixture of spices and herbs. I used cocoa powder, nutmeg and ground cloves (smells delicious!) for my particular mixture, but you can also include ground green herbs (sage, etc.) to counteract redness. I suggest avoiding cinnamon as it can be harsh and irritating.
- The Binding: You’ll want to include a few drops of essential oil (I chose tea tree oil) and nourishing oil (jojoba, orange oil, vitamin E etc.). This helps give some ‘stick’ to your product so it doesn’t just fluff right off your face.
You will want to start with approximately 3 tablespoons of your base, then add color as needed. My personal recipe looked like this:
- 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1/4 teaspoon cocoa
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 12 drops rosehip oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
Here’s how it looks! Overall, I’m very pleased with the way it evened out my skin tone.
Pros & Cons
- Overall, the texture ended up being very similar to Bare Minerals. I’m okay with that!
- The product goes on evenly and has a nice texture.
- Color actually turned out surprisingly well! No weird tinges.
- The recipe goes a long way. This will last me a while.
- It was so cheap to make! I’m estimating something like 50 cents total.
- I’m not super impressed with the staying powder on dry, untouched skin. But it works great if I’ve moisturized.
- I wish it settled into the skin a bit more, but I plan to fuss with application a bit to see if it makes a difference.
Have you ever made your own foundation before? Please share your tips! I’m all ears.
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