A few years ago, I had a bit of a health scare. Not to worry, everything is fine now, but it really prompted me to start taking a closer look at what I was eating, as well as the products I was using.
As the organic/grass-fed/clean eating movement has grown over the last couple of decades, it has started to garner a lot of media attention. We are being bombarded by news and statistics and facts and studies on facebook, the tv, radio, twitter, instagram, and on and on and on. I’m not sure about you, but sometimes I feel like literally every single thing out there is going to kill me. It’s become really difficult to sift through the facts in this age of information overload and determine what is best for you.
Personally, I do believe in the power of clean eating and living, but the truth is, in today’s world, I can’t always make it happen. For me, if a clean lifestyle is such a burden that I am no longer enjoying life, then it’s not worth it. So, I try to do whatever I can to live healthfully without letting it become just one more stressor.
Unfortunately, the makeup that we put on our faces every day is often full of unsightly ingredients. Ingredients that end up getting rubbed into our eyes, absorbed into the sensitive skin of our face, and even ingested when we eat or simply lick our lips.
Because of this, I have dabbled with homemade makeup a bit over the years. Some of it has turned out well, and some of it has been a total flop. One of my favorites, though, has been homemade translucent powder. I’ve tried a number of different “recipes” for this, and the one that I liked the best really couldn’t get any simpler. It’s affordable, as well as fast and easy to make.
It requires just two ingredients: Arrowroot powder and cocoa. (I found my arrowroot powder at Whole Foods.)
I don’t really have a specific recipe for it, so I apologize that these are just approximations. I happened to have a store bought container of loose powder that I had recently used up. So, that is what I keep my homemade powder in. If you have one of these containers, I find that about 2 tablespoons worth of powder will fit nicely.
All you do is take 2 tablespoons of arrowroot, and mix in your cocoa powder until you have a shade that will work for your skin.
I am very fair complected, so I only use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cocoa. If your skin is darker, you will obviously want to use more. I would start conservatively with the cocoa, and then just keep adding more until you get your desired shade.
Voila! That’s it.
This powder feels so silky when you apply it and really does provide decent coverage. It’s also SO. MUCH. CHEAPER. than store bought translucent powder. A bag of arrowroot will last you for a long time! Plus, I like to bake, so I always have cocoa on hand.
Of all of the homemade makeup that I have tried, this is one that I continue to make when I get close to running out, instead of opting to try something different.
Note: This powder really clings to hair. So, be careful not to apply too much around you hairline. It may also cling to your eyebrows, but a simple sweep of your finger across your brow will take care of it.