I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of buying expensive cosmetics, especially when there are so many ways to create your own using household items and ingredients from the kitchen. DIY (Do-it-yourself) ideas are some of the coolest and easiest crafts you can create on a budget, and what girl doesn’t like inexpensive makeup? These are five standout ideas you can try for the approaching summer:
D.I.Y Matte Top Coat
A matte finish is sophisticated and classy. It removes that glossy shine from your nail polish while promoting a fresh pastel-like look. Matte can create a very clean and mature style that is sure to turn a few heads. With just a pinch of cornstarch and a drip of your favorite clear top coat, you can achieve that matted look all the ladies are dying for this summer.
D.I.Y Edible Foundation Powder
The biggest con of powder is that is causes clogged pores and sometimes if it’s too heavy, it causes makeup to drip and stain clothes after being in the sun all day. Creating your own powder helps you experiment with what works best on your skin, and most of all products that are breathable.
First, gather some Raw Cocoa Powder (tint based on skin tone), Gluten Free Arrowroot (or cornstarch) and some Virgin, Non-processed Coconut Oil (or an oil gentle enough for your face)
Mix 4 tbsp arrowroot with 1 tsp cocoa powder to test the color in a small bowl. Blend the mixture until all the lumps are gone. To reach your desired tint, continue adding cocoa powder.
Young Woman Applying Foundation — Image by © Image Source/Corbis
Try smearing a tiny bit on your cheek because the tint may appear lighter or darker in the bowl than it does on your face.
Next, add a couple of drops of coconut oil (or your oil of choice).This will moisturize the face and add glow.
Remember that a little bit goes a long way. I recommend using a powder puff instead of the brush because a “wiped” look creates a better made up face than a “dusted” look.
Though this foundation doesn’t last as long as store-bought powder, it takes away the shine, evens the complexion and it’s edible!
D.I.Y Blackhead Removing Strips
Blackheads are icky! They’re mostly found in the T-Zone area of the face. They are simply tiny impurities peeking out of the pores in your face accumulated from built up bacteria, but unlike whiteheads, they’re a lot harder to remove. Here’s how you can make your very own blackhead removing strips:
Get one tablespoon of clear unsweetened gelatin powder and one table-spoon of milk.
In a bowl put 1 tablespoon of milk and sprinkle a tablespoon of gelatin powder bit by bit. Mix well until you obtain a coarse texture and place the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds at medium heat. Dip your finger in the mixture and coat your problem areas with it. Leave the strip to dry for 10 minutes and gently peal it off.
On the strip, you will notice blackheads and impurities that were removed from your face. This is one of the fastest ways to get rid of blackheads.
D.I.Y Crayon Lipsticks
This homemade makeup item is one of my favorites. By simply mixing your desired crayon color and a spoonful of coconut oil in a bowl sitting in a pot filled with water on a medium heat, you can create a variety of your own colors. Check out this tutorial below:
D.I.Y All Natural Mascara/ Eye Liner
For this cosmetic item you will need 3/4 tsp beeswax, 1/2 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 tsp of shea butter, 2 tsp aloe vera gel and 1 capsule of activated charcoal.
Place beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera gel in a double boiler on a low heat, break open the charcoal capsule and mix till there are no lumps. Use a funnel to transport liquid into a tube and let it cool at room temperature.
You can purchase mascara sticks and angle brushes from your local beauty supply shop to apply and achieve any look you want.
Hope you summer is full of crafts and joy. Say bye to those toxic store-bought items and say hello to ingredients you know and love.