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There’s nothing quite like a pop of pink, coral, or plum to brighten your cheeks and make your face look naturally flushed. I remember falling in love with my mother’s blush at a young age. I had never seen so many varieties of pink!
Now, that I’m older I’m aware of some nasty ingredients the linger beneath that old fashion compact. However, I refuse to give up on one of my favorite pieces of makeup and now make my own DIY natural blush recipes for me and my friends–you guys!
If you wanna know why I stay away from standard blush and learn to make your own alternatives, read on!
Dangers of Blush That Aren’t So Cheeky
Why make your own blush?
You can easily find aisles full of blush at a local makeup store or any store, really. This beauty staple is virtually everywhere and can even be found at a painfully low price. I think at one point my favorite blush was less than five dollars!
Here’s the thing, you make not pay in cash, but using standard blush does come with a sinister price.
The ingredients used are toxic and can cause serious side effects. A lot of times, affordable blush is manufactured in other countries that practice safety standards similar to the U.S. and use ingredients that harmful but produce a lot of pigment.
This sort of mystery makeup is often contaminated with things like bacteria, lead, formaldehyde, and even mercury. All sorts of heavy metals and chemicals are being brushed onto the cheeks without a second thought. Even worse, blush powder is so fine that the particles are often inhaled.
Unfortunately, dangerous cosmetic ingredients aren’t limited to sketchy manufacturing. Even the most high-end blush products contain Phthalates, Parabens, BHA, and BHT–yikes!
It’s high-time that unsafe materials be replaced with natural, healthy alternatives. And the catch is, they are just as effective at making buildable pigment for a natural day look or full glam (minus the toxins!) Skip the dangers of unknown and toxic ingredients by trying your hands at one of these DIY natural blush recipes.
Easy DIY Natural Blush Recipe for Fair Skin
DIY natural blush recipes are super easy and you’ll notice only small variations in the ingredients to change the texture and shade. Here are a few recipes for light and medium skin tones.
For a barely-there natural flush to your cheeks is a perfectly pink DIY natural blush recipe.
- 2 Tbsp. Peach Petal Dust (non-toxic powder used for cake decorating)
- 2 Tbsp. Beetroot powder
- 2 Tbsp. Arrowroot powder
“Pretty in Pink”
Sift and combine ingredients and store in plastic or glass container. Apply using a small powder blush.
Natural Blush for Deep Skin
For medium to deep skin tones, I chose a buildable cream blush recipe with two shade options. This cheek balm can also be used on the lips and eyes and has a dewy finish giving your skin a healthy and colorful glow.
“Plum Cheek Balm”
First, choose your color base:
- For a Maroon Shade: 1½ teaspoons alkanet root powder and 3 ounces sweet almond oil.
- For a Deep Red Shade: 1 teaspoon madder root powder, ½ tsp alkanet root powder, and 3 ounces of sweet almond oil.
- For Brownish Pink: 1½ tsp madder root powder and 3 ounces sweet almond oil.
Next, the base for the cheek balm:
- 1½ ounces infused Sweet Almond Oil (however much called for in your color selection)
- ½ ounce beeswax pastilles
- 1-ounce cocoa butter
- Tin container
- Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler. (Or use a glass bowl and pot)
- Add the infused sweet almond oil to the melted mixture.
- Stir well.
- Carefully remove from heat.
- Pour into lip balm tins or tubes.
- Allow to cool completely and then cap.
Use your fingers to warm the balm and tap onto cheeks. For buildable coverage, let the first coat dry down before applying a second or third.
How to Customize Your Blush (for all skin tones!)
Want to create your own shade? Here’s a quick guide to help you get started on making your very own DIY natural blush recipe.
Powder Base Options:
- Arrowroot powder
- Kaolin Clay
- Rice powder
Pigments to Play With:
- Hibiscus powder
- Peach Petal Dust
- Cacao powder
- Beetroot powder
- Madder root
- Blue Malva flowers
- Activated charcoal
- Rose Mica powder
- Instant coffee
Add a dash here and a sprinkle there to create your perfect shade!
Want to ditch the chemicals but not quite ready to recreate a DIY natural blush recipe? Check out my favorite organic cream blushes here!