How To Use Food As Makeup

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Food on your face, on purpose?! Learn how to make organic makeup with items you find in your kitchen.

D.I.Y Bronzer


2 tbsps cinnamon

3 tsps cornstarch

Mix 2 tbsps of cinnamon powder with 3 tsps of cornstarch, in a glass bowl (or any other container that you would be using to store the bronzer). Stir the contents well, with a fork, until a smooth brown texture is formed. Voila! Your homemade bronzer is ready to use.

Although the bronzer is homemade, the cinnamon powder may not suit all skin types. Therefore, we advise to check with your dermatologist before making this bronzer.  


D.I.Y Blush


1 cup of raspberries

½ cup  of freshly made coconut oil

Plop in a cup of raspberries in a blender. Switch on the blender and leave it on till a smooth, fluidic pulp is formed. Also, while the blender is on mix in about ½ a cup of fresh coconut oil. Once done, pour out the mix in a glass container and let it chill for about an hour.

Besides raspberries, you can also use other fruits, such as strawberries and watermelon, as the prime ingredient to make the blush.


D.I.Y Lipstick


1 tsp beeswax pastilles

1 tsp shea butter or cocoa butter

1 tsp coconut oil

Melt the beeswax, shea butter/cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass jar without a lid in a small pot of simmering (not boiling) water. It should melt quickly because so little of each ingredient is used. When melted, remove from heat. Once all ingredients are mixed well but still liquid, use a dropper to pour into the lip chap container. Fill just below the top as it will expand slightly as it cools. Leave to cool for at least half an hour. Store in a cool place (under 80 degrees) or it will soften.

This base recipe will create a smooth, clear lipstick that is very moisturizing and protective. It is made from completely natural ingredients and is safe for use on the lips. However, if you want, you can add colour with the following add-ins to create a colour of your choice.

  • For Red Hues: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder or 1 drop of natural red food coloring with no chemical additives. NOTE: Add these very slowly as a little goes a long way!
  • For Brown/Tan Hues: 1/4 teaspoon (or more for colour) of organic cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric to get the shade you want
  • For Scent: A drop of essential oil of choice (optional)


D.I.Y  Lip Balm


4 tsps organic coconut oil

2 tsps beeswax

1 vitamin E capsule

Melt the beeswax in a glass container in the microwave. Add the coconut oil and stir. Pierce or cut the vitamin E capsule and add it to the mixture.  Stir well. Once done, pour in to a container.

Good for the skin, this lip balm is apt for those with sensitive skin.


D.I.Y Mascara


4 tsps clear aloe vera gel

2 tsps coconut oil

1/2 – 1 tsp grated beeswax

cocoa powder or 1 or 2 capsules of activated charcoal

Use a double boiler to heat beeswax, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel until just melted.  Stir it frequently. Add colour with cocoa powder or opened activated charcoal, depending on the colour you want. Fill the mascara tube.

The hardest part of this homemade mascara recipe is filling the container. You can put the mascara in a plastic bag and snip the corner.  Then fill the container like you would do for icing. This is messy, so put down newspapers or something in case you spill. Also, do not reuse mascara containers.  They can harbour bacteria, which can lead to an eye infection. If your natural mascara starts smelling different or separates, toss it and make a new batch. And, if it’s too hard, try rubbing the container in your hands just before using to melt the coconut oil.  

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