How To Make Blush Powder To Spruce Up Your Cheeks

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You might have noticed that I’ve been whipping up a makeup storm recently. I just can’t get enough of it!

So today, I decided to share with you my most recent recipe on how to make blush powder at home. I’ll also show you how to customize it for your own unique skin, too.

diy blush and a blusher brush


I always thought diy makeup would be a lot harder than it actually is. There are lots of ingredients, and sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all of them, but if you stick to my DIY makeup recipes you shouldn’t go wrong. 

Let’s take a look at what goes into my gorgeous blush recipe. 

A Familiar Base

how to make blush

So did you see my eye shadow palette recipe from last week? You might recognize some of the ingredients in this recipe!

I use the exact same base for this, so if you already have some stored away then you’re going to find these recipes an absolute breeze. 

You’ll also have a lot of the technique of mixing micas and oxides down, and you’ll likely already have a blade grinder which will help a lot. 

The point of the base is to be a lovely, soft and glidable bulking agent for our blush. Micas on their own are much too strong to apply to our skin, and you can’t apply them evenly, either. 

This is where the base comes in. It’s a combination of white powders that will carry the micas and oxides onto your cheeks without clumping, as well as tempering that vibrancy a little. 

Micas and Oxides

Micas are added to the grinder to make blush

The shade of our blush is produced by the micas and oxides we can add. They bring a vibrancy of color to our product. 

While you can experiment by using whatever micas you like the look of, I would suggest starting with a selection of reds, pinks and bronzes. 

If you have a darker skin tone, you can make use of the oxides as well. This will give you a deeper, richer color. But be careful, as you will need to add a lot less than you would of the mica.

We all have unique skin. Your skin tone is different from my skin tone. This is why there are so many options when you visit your local Sephora or Ulta. You’ll also find that you probably won’t be able to get your hands on the exact shades of micas I have. But that’s fine, because you can reach a nice shade of blush with any red, pink, and bronze micas you do have. 

While I have given you measurements in my recipe card below, keep in mind that these are not set in stone. They just can’t be, as there are too many variables here. 

So, to achieve a color that is right for you, you will need to experiment. Begin with the measurements I’ve given below as a starting point. If it’s too vibrant and you’re starting to look a little like a clown! Tone back all of your micas. 

Not bright enough? Up everything! If the shade doesn’t look right on your skin, or just isn’t to your liking, try adding different amounts of the micas. Adding more bronze will make it richer, adding more red will give you a more vibrant rouge. 

Electric Blade Grinder

Everything is blended in an electric blade grinder

Using a blade grinder is kinda important here. It’s good to use one with almost all of your powdered makeup crafts. So investing in a dedicated blade grinder might not be a bad idea.

Nevertheless, you can get away with a mortar and pestle. Although be prepared to spend a lot more time on these projects. 

The blade grinder will seamlessly mix your powdered micas with your base ingredient. You end up with a completely even consistency, with a good mix of color. 

This is especially important if you have any plans to substitute some of the micas for oxides. Oxides are much harder to incorporate into your base, and a blade grinder is essential for this.

Two powdered blushes sit next to a blusher brush

How To Make Blush Powder At Home

So today, I decided to share with you my most recent recipe on how to make blush. I’ll also show you how to customize it for your own unique skin, too.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Yield: 19 grams (base)
Difficulty Level: Easy
Author: Angela Wills

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Powdered Base

Blush Ingredients



  • Combine all of your base ingredients in a blade coffee grinder, and then blend together for 30 seconds. Spoon into a pot to store.
    Technically, this is a lot more base than we need for this craft, but I usually make it in bulk so I have some to hand when I need it. I use it in all of my blush and eye shadow recipes.
    11.5 grams Zinc Oxide, 2.7 grams Magnesium Stearate, 3.3 grams Sericite Mica, 1.3 grams Kaolin Clay
    The powdered base is spooned into a container to use later
  • Measure out 2.75 grams of your base.
    2.7 grams Powdered Base
    The blush base is added to a container
  • Add your micas to the base.
    0.4 grams Bronze Shimmer Mica, 0.3 grams Red Mica, 0.3 grams Pink Mica
    Mica is added to the blush base
  • Put it all in the blade grinder and blend for 30 seconds. Then check to see if it is a color that you like the look of.
    The measurements of mica are just a suggestion, and if you don’t like the look of it on your skin, we can fix that.
    Finding the right shade depends on the micas you have and your own skin tone. Experiment with your 3 chosen micas until you reach a shade to your liking.
    Everything is blended in an electric blade grinder
  • Once you reach a suitable shade, spoon it out into your sifter container.
    Sifter Container
    The powdered blush is added to the sifter pot
Category: DIY Makeup
Cuisine: N/A
Difficulty: Easy

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Experimentation and Substitution 

As I have already said, it’s a good idea to just use measurements here as a guide. We have unique skin, so you’ll need a unique DIY blush to go on it. 

You can also experiment with this recipe to make highlight and contour as well. By adding some glittery silver or gold, you can achieve this quite easily. 

When putting together this recipe, I actually came up with 4 shades total, so I’ll share the extra recipes with you.

You will need the same amount of base as you have used in the blush recipe above. 

Cocoa Delicious Blush 

A deeper blush with more of a brownish tint to it. Would be great as a blush on ladies with darker skin tones, or use it sparingly as a contour. 

  • 0.4 grams Titan Maroon Mica
  • 0.4 grams Pink Mica
  • 0.1 grams Brown Oxide

Golden Coast Highlight 

A great all round highlight that would look nice on many skin types. The shimmer is achieved with a glittery gold mica. 

  • 0.1 grams Sericite Mica (white)
  • 0.5 grams Bronze Shimmer Mica
  • 0.1 grams Golden Shimmer Mica

Pink Passion Highlight

This is a very bright highlight, so use it very sparingly and only by people with light skin tones. It goes quite well with a pink or red blush, but I wouldn’t use it with a bronzer. 

I know it seems like very little mica is going into this one, but as it’s a highlight we don’t want the color to be too strong, otherwise it will compete with your blush. 

  • 0.03 grams Silver Shimmer Mica
  • 0.19 grams Sericite Mica (white)
  • 0.03 grams Vibrant Pink Mica


I think my favorite part of this craft is how easy it is to customize it for your own skin. We all have preferences as well, and so two people of the same skin type might want a completely different shade on their cheeks. 

So I encourage you to experiment with all your micas. But I would suggest is to stick to reds, pinks, browns and maybe some silver and gold as well. 

I mean, you probably don’t want green or blue cheeks! But hey, do you? 

That’s all I have time for today, but I do hope you enjoy making your own DIY blush. If you want to be the first to hear about our latest recipes, consider joining our newsletter. I also include some exclusive deals I come across from time to time. 

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Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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