If my old-self knew my today-self, she’d totally point her finger and laugh at me.
First, for refusing to drink coffee creamer. Childish to some, but I don’t really want to eat plastic-like food, thankyouverymuch.
Then, for making my own toothpaste. Shoot, she’d laugh at me for cutting off the ends off the tubes too, but for an entirely different reason. Not only does old-self think new-self is a bit too crunchy at times, but old-self wasn’t very careful with her money.
Which is probably why new-self is cautious with her money. But that’s a whole different story, for a different day.
Today though, she’d be laughing for this:
I’ve starting wearing food on my face.
It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m slightly traumatized and I can’t turn back. There is a reason though – let me explain…
About six weeks ago, I was getting ready for church and noticed that my foundation was getting close to empty. There was still a few days worth left, but I decided to go ahead and try another tube that I had in my makeup bag. I pulled it out and noticed that the liquid portion of the makeup had separated from the solid portion.
But this mama still needs makeup, so I shook and shook and shook that little tube until my arms got tired of shaking (it was like, a minute) and looked at it again. It wasn’t completely mixed, but it looked good enough to try putting on my face.
I should have known better.
I put about a pea sized amount on my sponge and started to apply it to my face, the same exact way I do every other morning. Only this time, the make up didn’t “go on.” Instead, it just smeared like thick goo on top of my skin. You know how in the movies lifeguards have that thick white sunscreen on their nose? Imagine that, only something slightly resembling the color of skin.
Oh but wait, it gets worse.
I smeared the makeup face with my hands, trying to rub it in and make it better, but everything I did just made it worse! No joke, I looked as if I was putting on costume makeup for Halloween. It was embarrassing and awful. There was NO WAY I could go to church like this!
Using a hand towel, I tried to wipe off as much as I could, but that resulted in an even worse disaster! That tan-ish goo had seeped into my pores and made my face looked like it was spotted with the stuff!
Seriously, it was beyond bad.
By this point, I was starting to run out of time before we had to leave so I had to let it go. I added powder on top, finished the rest of my face and threw away the liquid.
I don’t care what was in that little bottle, but there was NO WAY in the world I was EVER going to try it again. I don’t care how expensive it was!
That week, I started looking into homemade foundations. I figured I had a few Sundays left of my normal foundation (since I really only wear it to church and on date nights with Mr. Crumbs) so I had some time to experiment.
I found LOTS of recipes out there, but in the end I created a homemade powdered foundation that uses only the food from my kitchen, and it works beautifully. It’s so easy to make and offers enough coverage to allow me to go grocery shopping without scaring other patrons.
Here’s the list of ingredients:
- non-GMO cornstarch
- cocoa powder
- ground nutmeg
- ground cloves
- ground sage
- ground ginger
- lavender essential oil (optional)
Pretty neat, eh? MUCH better than the list of ingredients from clown-face makeup:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), ILN37941.
Gosh – to think of all the years I’ve been willingly putting this JUNK on my face… and I wonder why I have sensitive and acne-prone skin?
Making your own homemade powdered foundation is really easy. You start with a base powder, add some color and mix with just a hint of lavender essential oil. There is a bit of science behind it though, so let me explain that too:
You can choose non-GMO cornstarch or arrowroot starch. This is the blank canvas powder that you’re going to add color to. If you’re allergic or sensitive to corn, choose arrowroot. If you don’t have any sensitivities, choose whichever is more affordable.
You have your choice of essentially any ground spice you can get your hands on, with the exception of cinnamon. Cinnamon is known to be irritating to the skin, so I’d avoid that one if possible. Here are the colors that will make up your pallet:
- Clove – dark reddish brown
- Cocoa powder – medium brown
- Nutmeg – light/medium brown
- Sage – green (off-sets red undertones)
- Ginger – yellow (off-sets blue undertones)
Tip: If you don’t have a green spice that is ground and you need to counteract some red undertones, make your own by putting some oregano or basil or sage in a coffee grinder or blender and whiz away!
The powders alone make for a great powder, but they’re not very user-friendly. As a powder should, they kinda leave behind messes during the transition from container to brush to face. Essential oils and other nourishing oils like jojoba, vitamin E or sweet almond oil help make the powder stick better to itself (and your face) so you don’t make huge messes everywhere, while at the same time still keeping the foundation in powdered form.
The quantity of the base will stay the same, but the colors will vary depending on your skin type. I’ll share a basic recipe that should get you started, but you’ll have to tinker with the amounts to find the right shade that’s perfect for you.
It might sound intimidating, but it’s really not difficult. Adjust the color using small amounts and you’ll have your perfect shade in less than five minutes. Yes, it’s really that easy!
Homemade Powdered Foundation
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp bentonite clay
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- pinch – 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- pinch – 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch – 1/4 tsp ground sage
- 10 drops nourshing oil (jojoba oil, sweet almond oil or vitamin E oil) or lavender essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil (optional)
Note: I really like Plant Therapy essential oils. You can find their shop here.
In a small glass bowl, measure out arrowroot or cornstarch. Add 1/4 tsp of cocoa powder, bentonite clay and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. Mix well with a whisk.
Add remaining ingredients, 1/8 tsp at at time, depending on your skin tone, whisking well after each addition. Test the color by dipping your foundation brush into the bowl and brushing on your face. Adjust the color as needed.
When you’ve found your perfect color combination, add 10 drops of lavender oil and whisk well. If you would like additional moisture, add the optional tea tree oil and whisk well. Scoop powder into your final container and store closed.
I have very fair skin and I burn easily. When I shop for makeup, I always get the fair/light powder and concealer. My liquid foundation is usually one of the two lighter ones (whichever is more pink). Here’s my perfect color combination for homemade powdered foundation:
- 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp sage
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp cloves
You have two basic options for storing your homemade powdered foundation:
- Glass Jars – you can get these in all sorts of sizes, but you probably don’t want to go any smaller than 4 oz simply because you won’t be able to get your brush in the smaller jars. As you can see, this is what I use. I tip the jar over so powder can rest in the lid, and then I dip the brush in the lid before applying to my face.
- Powder Jar – these are the special jars that have the insert with little holes to help you control the flow of the powder. If you’re prone to making messes, this would be your better option. They would also work well if you prefer to use powder puffs over brushes.
Here’s the best part. The total cost for homemade powdered foundation? Less than 30¢. Can you believe that?! Each batch of makeup will last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how much you use.
There might be a small upfront investment for the oils if you don’t have them, but once you do, the small amount of each ingredient per batch means you can literally make your own makeup for one full year for just $3 – less than the cost of a grande latte! Gosh… to think of all the money I’ve spent on makeup over the course of my life, lol. At least this is one toiletry item that won’t be making a big dent in our grocery bill!
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I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just had to replace my bare minerals powdered foundation compact after dropping it and watching as it rolled across the floor leaving a mess. The price has greatly increased from$24 to $37 to my dismay. It usually lasts me 1 year since I don’t wear makeup everyday but the pain was real. So you can bet I was looking for a more natural and cheaper version I could make at home. I have been making my own body care and moisturizers for over 2 years now. I just didn’t know where to start with powder foundation. I have most of these ingredients already and thinking about using Helicrysum EO instead of lavender since I have some.
Another thank you for this recipe! I just tried making it (sans clay powder- but I’m ordering it for next time), and it works nicely. It has a very faint, pleasant fragrance (reminds me of autumn), which is nice because my previous (very toxic) foundation had a very chemical smell to it. I’m so excited to have something non-toxic!
I had to throw out all my foundations during the pandemic because they went bad and made my skin itch. I was able to get away without wearing makeup with the mask on but now mandates are being lifted so to avoid weird looks I’ll have to go back to showing my face. I’ve been trying to find (affordable) foundations without harsh and/or synthetic chemicals but I haven’t found any I’m set on.
I haven’t seen any recipes using clay and I thought that was nice since I have oily skin. I can’t wait to try making my own foundation. I always had to buy 2-3 different shades and blend to get my tone especially when seasons change. At least now I can have one batch per season instead of having to mix every single time I apply makeup.
Thank you and GOD BLESS!
SJ - Team Crumbs
You’re most welcome Chantel! Enjoy 🙂
Is there any other ingredients that can be used as a base besides cornstarch and arrowroot?
SJ - Team Crumbs
Hi Crystal, We haven’t tested anything else. Feel free to do some research and let us know what you find!
I’m going to test out with tapioca starch. If I remember to update here I’ll let you both know. I don’t have any arrowroot powder and I want to avoid corn starch.
SJ - Team Crumbs
That’s a great idea! Please do check in and let us know how that sub goes. 🙂
Maybe try carob powder instead of cocoa?
What do you do if your allergic to coco?
I read this post a few months ago but just now got the gumption up to make it and use it. The reason: I wear wire frames glasses. I have a skin condition that is making it difficult for me to use soaps, lotions, and makeup. Here is what I did:
Used cornstarch for the base, Cocoa powder, nutmeg, ginger, sage, vitamin e, tea tree essential oil. I used an all natural moisturizer base then I used my makeup brush to put the homemade powder on. It smells great and the light coverage is great for my skin. I left out the clay because I wear the wire frames.
Oh, duh! I just saw the fine print! I’m just a tad overwhelmed with all of this DIY!!!
Thanks for all of your helpful recipes and articles, Tiffany! I appreciate you sharing all of your trails and errors and posting your successful recipes so we don’t have to fail! 🙂
Regarding Bentonite Clay, does the powder foundation use the powder or the clay mask? I assumed the powder, but your link goes to the masks. Thanks for your help!
Hi Lisa! The link should be to the powder. I’ll get that fixed for you!!
I just want to say thank you for posting this! I was spending $50 a pop on “natural” powdered makeup. I had no idea I could make it myself! I tried this and I havent looked back! I’ve been using this for about a year now. I made a batch about 2 months ago and I’m still using it! I’ve recommended this recipe to everyone I know 🙂 my face is clearer and it glows. Before, I was having awful break-outs. I’m so grateful I found your post. Thank you again!
I just have a question about this recipe.
If i make this, how long can it last?
It can last a long time – it’s just a bunch of powder and spices!
Could you please clarify your recipe for
“Homemade Powdered Foundation “?
The Bentonite Clay is listed in the
Ingredient list, but not mentioned at all in the Directions/Method part of the recipe.
So.. do you want us to put Bentonite Clay in our powder?
If so, then at what stage of the directions do we put it in, and how much?
2 Tbl cornstarch/arrowroot ?
1/4 Tsp bentonite clay ?
Sorry about that Rhonda – I’ve updated the recipe. Add it at the very beginning with the cornstarch!
I am looking for a foundation recipe similar to the bare mineral powered foundation. I don’t wear liquid foundation and want to make sure before I get out all the ingredients. What type of coverage is this? Full, medium, light or just poweder on your face? Can I buff it into my skin like bare minerals?
I tried bare minerals and wasn’t a fan, and this will probably be very light in comparison.
What is the bentonite clay for? Is it a must have?
Bentonite clay removes impurities from the skin. It’s not a must-have, but my acne-prone skin benefits from it. 🙂
I’ve been trying to make pennies stretch lately so I tried making a double batch of this recipe. My family is gagging and coughing saying it stunk so badly they couldn’t even finish eating dinner in here. It also came out brown even though I added more corn starch and regular powder from the store to try to lighten things up a bit. But I am caucasian and this is DEFINITELY for someone else’s skin tone. I’m glad others had good things happen with this but it definitely is not something I’ll be attempting again.
That’s very strange CJ – I’ve never even smelled this when making it. And remember that it’s easier to make it darker, and harder to make it light once it’s dark. I hope you can find a recipe that works for you!
Wow! That’s a huge compliment Bella – thank you for sharing!
I made this recipe today but did not have the clay so I left it out. So far, it is working really well. I also made the tinted moisturiser and found it did nothing for me but moisturise no matter how much powder I added (the colour in the jar was perfect, but it did not impact the colour on my face). I would give this recipe an A, but unfortunately the other one only a C. I also tried your liquid herbal shampoo today. Worked well,and I am excited to give it a month or two to allow my hair to adjust. Thank you for all of the ideas!
You’re welcome Janelle! Just like over-the-counter brands of make-up are different for everyone, DIY makeup is too. I’m glad you’re enjoying the powder!