This two ingredient homemade translucent powder is so easy to make (and feels so great!) you’ll never go back to store bought ever again!
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 often really difficult to sift through the facts in this age of information overload and determine what is best for you.
While I absolutely do believe in the power of clean eating and living (and very much strive to live this way), it’s often difficult to manage a super clean lifestyle in today’s world. That’s why I am always on the hunt for clean and simple recipes and hacks. And let me tell you, this makeup fits the bill.
Unfortunately, most store bought makeup is full of unsightly ingredients that we slather all over our skin every day. Ingredients that then 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, and it only requires two ingredients.
Homemade Translucent Powder
Step 1 – Add Ingredients
I had an old, empty store bought powder container at home, which is what I use for my homemade powder. Any small container will work though.
Unfortunately, I don’t have hard and fast measurements here. But you really honestly don’t need them.
I find that about 2 tbsp. of arrowroot powder fits well if you are using a store bought container. So, add ~2 tbsp. of arrowroot to the bowl, then add a 1/4-1/2 tsp. of cocoa powder, as well.
Step 2 – Mix ingredients
Next, using a whisk, or fork, or whatever you have on hand, mix the two ingredients well. If you are using cocoa powder, you may have to take a little extra care to break up clumps.
Step 3 – Adjust as Needed
The great thing about this powder is you can keep adjusting ingredients until you get the color you want. If it is not dark enough, add more cocoa. If it is too dark, add more arrowroot.
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.
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/cacao 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.
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