When you need to get your glow on, a little blush provides a great quick fix. Nothing perks up a dull complexion like a pinch of pink … or peach, or rose, or berry, or … well, you get the picture.
But instead of swirling your blush brush in that compact of powder in the morning, have you ever considered making your own? That’s right – you can make your own blush! Sounds crazy, right? But it’s not as complicated as it might seem. It only requires a few simple ingredients.
If you have a penchant for craftiness, DIY projects, or a simple desire to know exactly what you’re putting on your face – then this might be right up your alley.
Read on for two DIY “make your own” blush recipes – one cream and one powder – and a list of pigment options to help you get the shade just right.
Getting The Shade You Want
Formulating the right shade of blush might seem like a mysterious task – but it isn’t. You just need to know the right ingredients so you can find which shade works best for you.
First, you want to start with neutral powders. These will provide the base for your more pigmented powders.
- Arrowroot powder is a starch obtained from the root of several tropical plants, and it will help to lighten up any shade. This is used only in the powdered formula.
- Cocoa powder will bring out the richness of your blush color, and it can darken any shade. Cocoa powder is used in both the powdered and cream formulas.
Here’s a list of pigmented powders and the shades they provide:
- Beetroot: dark pink
- Cinnamon: bronze, gold
- Ginger Root: light gold
- Hibiscus: red
- Pumpkin: peach
- Rose Petals: red and pink tones (and who doesn’t want to put rose petals on their cheeks?).
- Turmeric: deep orange
What Works For Your Skin Tone?
Of course, figuring out which powder will give your skin that perfect blush is only one part of the puzzle. The next part of the puzzle is figuring out which colored powder works best for your skin tone.
Keep in mind, blush is not one-size-fits-all. You can experiment with various powders, combinations, and quantities to get a customized shade that compliments your skin tone completely.
Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started, using your skin tone as a guide.
- Fair skin with pink undertones: rose petals
- Fair skin with yellow undertones: pumpkin and ginger root
- Medium skin with yellow undertones: pumpkin
- Medium skin with golden undertones: pumpkin combined and cinnamon
- Olive skin: beetroot and rose petals
- Golden skin: hibiscus
- Dark skin with yellow undertones: hibiscus and turmeric
- Dark skin with red undertones: turmeric and pumpkin
Not only is powder blush a classic, it’s got fantastic staying power – meaning you probably won’t need to reapply often. Powder blush is great for contouring, and it will give you a sophisticated, polished look. And if you tend to have oily skin, powder blush is the way to go. The blush will work like regular powder – absorbing oil as it gives you that gorgeous glow.
Here’s how to make your own powder blush:
- ½ teaspoon arrowroot powder
- ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon (approximately) pigmented powder(s) of your choice
1. Lightly whisk together the cocoa powder and the arrowroot powder.
2. Mix in the pigmented powder a little at a time. Continue until you get the desired shade. You can always add more arrowroot powder to lighten the shade – or cocoa powder to darken.
3. Store your powder blush in an airtight container.
Cream blush is a fresh take on blush that will give you a dewy, youthful look.
Creamy formulations play well with dry skin, which only gets drier as you age.1 The addition of aloe in this recipe will give your skin a particularly potent dose of moisture.2 And all that moisture makes cream blushes a great option to get you through those cold, dry, winter months!
Here’s how to make your own blush a la creme:
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- ½ teaspoon emulsifying wax
- 1 tablespoon aloe gel
- ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 to 2 teaspoons colored powder of your choice
1. Melt the jojoba oil and the emulsifying wax in a double boiler.
2. Add aloe, and whisk until smooth.
3. Reduce heat, and begin adding pigment – start with a little and build up. You can carefully test the color on your inner wrist or the top of your hand as you go – just be sure the mixture is cooled enough so it doesn’t burn.
4. Once you get the right shade, transfer your cream blush to a container.
A Natural, Rosy Glow
Who knew it could be so easy to make your own blush? With a few natural ingredients, you’ll not only get a great pop of color on your cheeks – you’ll also know exactly what you’re putting on your face. Isn’t that great for peace of mind?
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