When I first decided to have a go at making a DIY powder foundation, most of my research sent me down the path of arrowroot and cocoa powder. This sounds like a great idea and it does produce a decent looking homemade face powder, but it didn’t seem to have any staying power!
So, for those of you who would prefer to keep it simple and natural, you can measure out around a ¼ cup of arrowroot powder, and stir in the cocoa powder until you reach a color that matches your skin tone, and that’s all you need.
But if you’re willing to go that little bit further, please read below for the ingredients I like to use and why. Also, if you were looking for a liquid version, you might want to take a look at how I make the liquid foundation.
Because after trying lots of different face powder recipes and messing around with all the right ingredients, the recipe below was voted the best by my family and friends. It has the best look, it feels great, and has durability.
Watch How To Make DIY Powder Foundation
How We Use This DIY Face Powder
Face powder can either be used alone or over the top of a liquid foundation (which by the way is the subject of a post I’m working on right now), depending on how much coverage and how heavy you would like your makeup to be. It is applied using a large makeup brush which you use in sweeping motions across your face.
The Ingredients I’m Using & Why
Zinc Oxide & Arrowroot Powder
Replacing some of the arrowroot powder with Zinc oxide improved its durability and texture immensely. Zinc oxide provides some good protection from harmful UVA & UVA rays that burn or damage our skin, so this was another good reason to make the change.
It’s probably worth mentioning that I also tried this DIY face powder with titanium dioxide, which didn’t make any noticeable difference to the powder, and as zinc oxide is safer and more effective against UV damage this was by far the better choice.
I’m still keeping some of the arrowroot powder as it’s a good natural bulking agent.
Magnesium Stearate is used in loose face powders as it improves slip and adhesion. This means that your power will glide across your face more smoothly. If you can’t get hold of it you can replace it with a little more arrowroot powder, but you will notice the difference in glide. Translucent Mica Powder is also another good alternative.
I chose to use Australian pink clay within my face powder recipe as it provides good coverage but also adds a nice color. If you don’t have pink clay you can get away with using white or green clay, and adjusting the mica or brown oxide to compensate.
The mica in this recipe gives the face powder a bit of a shimmery, glowing appearance as well as creating a nice natural color when mixed with the pink clay and brown oxide. Mica also gives a bit more slip and slide to the finished powder.
Brown oxide offers a longer-lasting and in my opinion more professional look than cocoa powder. That said, cocoa powder is more natural and I totally understand if you would prefer to use that.
When using oxide a little goes a long way, so be sure to only add very small amounts, a bit at a time until you reach your desired tone.
Adding a little carrier oil to the powder will help the powder stick to your skin. I chose to use jojoba oil in my recipe but almond oil or olive oil will work just as well.
It is a nice idea to add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil, this not only gives it a lovely aroma but also adds a personal touch to the finished product.
DIY Powder Foundation For A Light Coverage
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- Weigh out the zinc oxide, arrowroot powder, magnesium stearate, pink clay, and yellow mica into a small container.Give the ingredients a good mix before transferring them into a mortar and pestle or coffee/spice grinder.30 grams Zinc Oxide, 10 grams Arrowroot Powder, 4g grams Magnesium Stearate, 4 grams Pink Clay, 2 grams Mica Powders
- Grind the powders in the mortar and pestle to remove any lumps and to give them a nice smooth consistency. Update: I now use a small coffee bean/spice grinder for this, it combines the powders better.
- Add the brown oxide in tiny amounts, grinding them in until you reach your desired color for your skin tone. I like to check the color/tone by rubbing a small amount on the inside of my wrist as I go. The brown oxide can sometimes be difficult to blend into the other powders, especially if it is a bit coarse or grainy. This will usually be noticeable when you are checking the color on your skin. If you do have dark smudges of brown when rubbing the powder on to your skin. Pressing the powder through a small coffee grinder or tea sift will usually solve the problem.Brown Oxide
- Once you are happy with the color and consistency of the powder, it's time to add the jojoba oil and essential oil if you are using it. Mix these in well until they are fully cooperated into the powders.1 gram Jojoba Oil, 4 drops Orange Essential Oil
- If you havent used a grinder, sieve into a beaker to make sure everything is well incorporated,
- Pour powder into a container. Your powder is now ready to use and enjoy.
DIY powder foundation is a great place to start if you haven’t made your own makeup before. It is so simple and inexpensive so it is definitely worth a try. The powder provides light coverage and can be amended to suit whatever skin tone you have.
Looking For Pressed Powder?
The recipe above can easily be adapted to make a pressed powder.
Take 2 tablespoons of the DIY face powder and sprinkle in around 1g of jojoba oil. Mix the oil into the powder by stirring and pressing the powder against the side of the container.
You may need to add more jojoba oil until the powder starts to clump together or begins to stick to the side of the container when it’s pressed against it with the back of the spoon.
Firmly press the powder into a shallow powder container. I find it best to do this with your hands. If you can turn the container upside down and the powder doesn’t fall out, then you’re all set to go.
Or you can use this DIY face powder to create a liquid foundation by adding a natural moisturizer to it, that’s the next post check out my DIY liquid foundation here!
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