Bronzer is a staple cosmetic product for most women. So, how do you like the idea of preparing a chemical-free bronzer at home?
Cocoa Powder – ½ Tbsp.
Ground Cinnamon – 1 Tbsp.
Starch – 1 Tbsp.
Ground Nutmeg – ½ Tbsp.
Essential Oil – 15 Drops
In a sterilized bowl, add in the ingredients one after the other.
Get rid of lumps by breaking them gently and ensure the mixture is smooth.
Mix well and transfer the contents to an empty compact box.
Voila, you are done.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
The glow of the bronzer is from cinnamon, cocoa is added for the color, nutmeg for the bronze hue and cornstarch for volume and lightening. You will have to mix and match the proportion listed above to come up with the right hue for your skin tone.
Adding Essential Oil holds the ingredients together. If you prefer the powder to be loose, skip it.
You can use Lavender Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil, Spikenard Essential Oil, etc. You can pick them based on their fragrance or properties.
You can use Arrowroot powder, as it is lighter and better than cornstarch.
Why Use DIY Bronzer?
If you take a look at the ingredients list in your bronzer, you will hardly understand them! Most of them are chemicals that are harsh on your skin and have adverse effects with prolonged use.
On the other hand, this DIY Bronzer is simple and easy. It does not have any harmful ingredients, is safe for your skin and gives the desired effect. So, why should we pile on the chemicals?
This recipe is toxin-free, quick and you can mix and match the ingredients to come up with a hue, shade and fragrance that suit you best. Isn’t that great?
Why Use a Bronzer?
Bronzer is a staple cosmetic product and especially working women are increasingly reliant on this product for enhancing their look. Bronzer gives one the sun-kissed look, which many love. It tends to enhance one’s facial features and adds a subtle shimmer.
How to Use a Bronzer?
Bronzer is usually applied around the cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin. It is a good idea to choose a bronzer hue that is 1 – 3 shades darker than your skin tone, not more.
You can use a blush with a bronzer for better effect.
Using a bronzer brush works better, though a foundation brush works equally well.
Experts suggest using a foundation before using a bronzer. Foundation helps to even out skin tone and adds contour.
Don’t forget to test a small patch, before applying it. You must determine if it gives an added effect, or a fake look. Choosing the right hue offers a good contour and effect, without making it look fake.
Using a soft, larger or wider and fluffy brush works best. Smaller brushes don’t give desired results and can botch up your work!
Whenever possible, choose a natural fibered brush.
It is a good idea to apply base powder, before using bronzer. Oil in your skin can botch your efforts with a bronzer. So, if you don’t use a foundation, use a base powder or just talc as a base.
Some don’t recommend using a liquid foundation as it spoils the look, and instead recommend a light moisturizer. The key is to find what’s suitable for your skin tone and type.
Apply bronzer to areas where sun falls on the skin. If you use a brush, swirl it around the bronzer cake and tap before you use to remove excess bronzer. You don’t want to dab a lot, just a highlighting effect.
Bronzer should be applied to your forehead, down to your nose, then cheeks. You can also include your chin. You should use light strokes with the brush and add more color if you want, depending on the look you are going for.
If you are using a brush, use a dry and clean tissue or tap the brush to remove excess bronzer. Don’t blow as it can leave a moisture trail on the brush and your bronzer will leave streaks on your cheeks.
Don’t have time for DIY recipes? No worries, you can try organic cosmetics from Gaya. I have used Gaya bronzer a few times and had good results. Besides, their products use skin-friendly ingredients