How many of you use blush regularly? Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to get the look without all those chemicals? Here’s a quick DIY blush you should try!
Commercial Blush Ingredients
We are not going to go over the entire list of ingredients in a blush; just a few to give you an idea of what you are putting on your skin! A few common ingredients in commercial blushes are Paraffinum Liquidum, Dimethicone, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, etc. God knows what else is added and what quality! If you put in so much chemicals on your skin every day, where does that leave you? I came up with a few blush variants after a few experiments and had good results, without all these chemicals. Ready to take a look?
Essential Oil – a few drops
In a mixing bowl, add beetroot powder, followed by arrowroot powder, ground nutmeg and ginger.
Mix the ingredients and add 2 -3 drops of essential oil.
Combine and remove any lumps.
You can use a sieve for a fine and even powder.
Transfer to a sterilized container and use as required.
As for the proportions, it depends on your preference and requirements. The main ingredient is beetroot powder and the starch is to lighten the hue. Nutmeg and Ginger powder add a shimmer effect.
If you are preparing the powders at home, use a spice or coffee grinder to get fine powder.
I use Rose Geranium Essential Oil for the fragrance, though you can use any essential oil you like.
I prepare smaller batches, since we don’t add any preservatives, though this lasts for a few months.
For me, 1 part beetroot powder and ½ part starch, with a few pinches of nutmeg and ginger worked well. For a darker shade I add more of nutmeg and when I prefer lighter shade, I use more of ginger.
Variation using Hibiscus Powder
In a mixing bowl combine equal quantities of all the ingredients listed above or vary them according to your skin tone.
Variation using Freeze Dried Rasp Powder
Like the previous version, the proportion will have to be decided based on your skin tone and preference.
You can add essential oil for fragrance and for holding the powder together, though if you want a crème blush we will post the recipe later!
You can skip cocoa powder if you don’t want a darker shade.
Tweaking the Recipe
You can use corn flour instead of arrowroot powder, though I find arrowroot powder more skin-friendly and it is not GMO.
Some also use rice flour, though it is not very fine.
Besides beetroot or hibiscus or freeze-dried raspberry powder, you can Rose Petals (pink), Acai Berry Powder, Tomatoes, Alkanet, Maqui Berry, etc.
You can add mica for shimmer effect.
Instead of starch, you can also use white clay or Bentonite Clay. Or combine starch and Bentonite clay for the mineral benefits.
Many complain beetroot tends to absorb moisture or just form streaks. This problem isn’t for all, though some have this issue. For those having that issue, consider using alternatives like hibiscus or rose powder, or berries, etc.
How to Apply Blush?
Use a brush and typically work around the apple of your cheek. Basically, it is used to give the flushed look. The hue should be mild and not too bright.
Don’t have time for DIY recipes or afraid about their shelf life? I have used Gaya Blush with good success. They use skin-friendly ingredients and if you don’t have time to prepare your cosmetics, it is a good idea to look at Gaya products. Stay tuned for more beauty and skin care recipes.