7 Reasons You Should Try Making Your Own Makeup

My best friend has been on a bit of a homesteading, make-everything-yourself kick lately. Every time I call her and ask what she’s doing, she replies with, “Oh, just whipping up a fresh batch of nut butter!” or “Melting some coconut oil to make my own deodorant. Want me to make some for you?” So when she came to visit a few weeks ago and said, “Let’s make our own makeup,” I was like, “Umm…yes please!” We put on some music, looked up some DIY makeup recipes, and in less than an hour, we’d both mixed up a batch of our very own powder foundation, using ingredients I already had in my kitchen. Now I’m addicted to DIY makeup, and excited to try to make my own blush and bronzer next. Here are 7 reasons why I’d encourage you to give DIY makeup a try:

1. It’s cheap. Makeup is fucking expensive. And don’t get me wrong, as much as I enjoy the occasional Sephora shopping spree, when you’re trying to save money, $50 foundation, $30 blush, and $15 lipsticks sure add up fast. Even drugstore versions are a lot more expensive than they need to be. You can make your own face makeup, blushes, eyeshadows, and lip glosses for about 5 bucks a pop, and that includes the container. What a steal!

2. It’s fun. I kind of felt like a mad scientist while mixing together different ingredients, testing shades, and re-mixing. We had a blast. Might I recommend having a few friends over for a Make Your Own Makeup Party? Serve mimosas, put on some fun music, and create some custom cosmetics.

3. It lets you create custom shades. No more buying mass-produced makeup in a color that’s kinda, almost, sorta the same as your skintone. Making your own lets you mix your own shades to match your skintone and color preferences perfectly. I’ve been looking for the perfect shade of pink blush for, oh, my entire life, and now I’m excited to conquer the challenge myself with some hibiscus and beet powder.

4. It’s SO much better for your skin and body. Storebought makeup is packed with chemicals, dyes, and preservatives. When you make your own cosmetics, you decide exactly what goes in them. Most of the ingredients I’ve found in DIY recipes so far are totally natural, and probably already stocked in your kitchen cupboards.

5. It’s also better for the environment. All those chemicals in traditional makeup aren’t good for the earth either, and that’s where they end up when you toss them after the recommended 3 months of wear. Not to mention all the packaging and the fuel that goes into transporting those products. Using eco-friendly ingredients and reusable containers makes DIY makeup a significantly greener way to go. Pat yourself on the back, girl. You’re looking amazing while saving the planet!

6. It makes you feel like a hippie goddess. Not sure I’ve ever felt more like Shailene Woodley than I did while sitting at my kitchen table with my best friend sprinkling arrow root powder into a compact. Next step: giving my vagina a dose of Vitamin D. Kidding! Or am I?

7. It changes the way you think about makeup. Ever since I made my own makeup, I’ve been much more thoughtful and critical about the makeup products I buy at the store. I look up ingredients lists. I want to know exactly what I’m putting on my skin, and my standards are much higher now. Also, since the coverage of DIY makeup tends to be more sheer than store-bought versions, it’s got me thinking about how much of my face I actually want to cover up, and why. Deep stuff, you know? Give it a try, and who knows what kind of epiphanies you’ll have.