Makeup, makeup, MAKEUP!
The more you say that word, the less it sounds like a real word, am I right?
It might surprise you to find out that I’m one of those ladies who wears makeup everyday.
Most days I dare not leave my house without eyeliner and mascara.
My go-to makeups (that’s a real word, right?) are eyeliner, mascara and blush and, like my former skincare product addiction, I’ve always used the conventional makeup that promised to make me prettiest. Meaning, my makeup buying is based on television commercials and magazine ads.
After reading Liz Wolfe’s Skintervention Guide, I decided that if I was going to “paleoize” my skincare, why not “paleoize” my makeup too?
Yes, I’m aware that cave girls didn’t wear makeup.
But sometimes modern-day cave girls like to have that option.
So I experimented with some homemade blush and bronzer.
The Homemade Makeup Players: cinnamon, cocoa, beet powder and arrowroot. Not pictured: lavender essential oil.
Following the bronzer recipe from Thank Your Body, I added each shade of brown until it got to a shade that I liked. This one ended up being more of a foundation than a bronzer.
From Thank Your Body’s Recipe:
A few tips on the color:
Cinnamon provides glow.
Cocoa gives depth and darkness .
Nutmeg will give a sun-kissed brown.
Cornstarch spreads it all out and lightens it.
Essential oil keeps it together and thickens it.
For my blush, I needed some pink pigment. So I decided to make some beet powder. I started with some beets.
Of course, I saved the greens for later eatings.
I rinsed and sliced the beets…
and laid them in the dehydrator.
After about 10 hours at 140 F, the beets were dehydrated.
So, I popped them in my coffee grinder and ground them into a nice, pink powder
This is a picture of the L’Oreal Blush of yesteryear. You can tell I take really good care of my makeup, huh? This is the shade I was aiming to match with the cinnamon, cocoa and beet root powder.
I started out with a brownish base, and added beet root powder and cinnamon until it got to a shade that I liked.
I put each different shade in a little jar on my bureau.
- 1 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
- Beet root powder
- To make your beet root powder: thinly slice 4-5 beets and lay them on the dehydrator screen. Dehydrate at 140 F for 8 to 10 hours (or until crispy like chips). Place the dehydrated beet chips into a coffee grinder, and grind into a fine powder.
- Combine arrowroot, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and beet root powder on a plate until you find the shade you like. I did this 1 -2 tsp at a time.
- Put your blush into a jar or old compact
I’m in love with homemade makeup.
AND now I can say “my face is beet-red…literally,” which is something I’ve always wanted to say…
It does take a different technique to get it on evenly– unlike conventional makeup that’s probably got special powers to help it brush on evenly. I’ve found that dabbing my brush in the powder, tapping some off, and then applying with a dabbing motion works best.
I opted to buy some naturally made products…because I’m pretty sure I would blind myself if I tried to make anything other than eye shadow.
I went for the black mascara and eyeliner from Honey Bee Gardens.