Homemade natural translucent powder

Hey friends!

I am beyond excited to share my latest DIY find with you, homemade all-natural translucent powder! I heard about this from a friend and thought it was worth a whirl…and it’s amazing. Can you tell I am RAVING about it!?!?!  I have super oily skin and this stuff blots the oil right out, stays put all day AND looks and feels totally natural. Perfect right?

PLUS!! It’s SO cheap! I got all these ingredients at Whole Foods for less than $10 and it’s gonna last a lloooonnnnggg time!!

You will need organic cornstarch and French green clay.

You can also tint a little with organic cocoa ( I like it)

Cornstarch is sometimes used in makeup because it offers great oil absorption. It is not a drying agent, it just absorbs what’s there. So if you have dry skin, don’t be afraid   It does have a shelf life, so make a note of that (1 year or longer).  I’ve read a few places that it could possibly irritate skin or cause acne, but I’ve had no such problems…in fact, my acne is better.

French Green Clay is often used in resorts for facials and spa treatments. It’s pretty great at absorbing dirt, oil and bacteria while being gentle on pores.

I’ve added links to purchase these products at the end of the post:)

In a small bowl combine 1 part cornstarch, 1 part green clay and a bit of cocoa.

1 part in a 1 to 1 recipe depends on how much you are making. If you want a gallon, each part would be 2 quarts. If you want 1 cup, each part would be half a cup.  If you are using a spice jar like I did, then about half a jar of each.

Mix together carefully, making sure to fully incorporate any lumps.

I used a spice jar as my makeup container. I prefer this one from Spice Islands because it’s glass with a metal screw on lid. Soak it to remove all the label…and the ground mustard, and let it FULLY dry.

Paint your lid if you want. I did, because it’s cute, and because I don’t want anyone mistaking this for some spice blend I whipped up.

EDIT: The silver paint I used is rubbing off a bit, but Amazon has some makeup containers that might be worth trying…link at the bottom of this post.

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When everything is dry, funnel or scoop your powder in, and you’re all set!

I add a little to the cap, load my brush, tap excess off and apply.  Like all loose powder, it can be a bit dusty, but it brushes right off my clothes. Also, it’s going to look a little green, but once you brush it on the color matches your skin tone.

*tip: I use an organic moisturizer with SPF before putting this on. Most makeup these days has SPF, but this doesn’t…so protect yourself friends!

*tip: If you have darker skin, you may want to add more green clay and cocoa, the cornstarch is the white that’s going to be too light for your skintone.

Have a great day everyone!!

You can purchase all these products through Amazon below. I’m not at all trying to make money off tutorials, I just find this to be an easy way to share and purchase products if you can’t find it local.

Thanks!!

UPDATE 8/16/13

Some updates from your comments are below. I haven’t tried all of these things, nor do I validate the truth of all of them, but I felt it would be good to answer some of the FAQ’s:

1. This color is green!!!???  This makeup DOES look greenish. It might even look a little green on your face for 3 minutes. Then it begins to blend.

2. Alternatives to cornstarch?  You might try Bentonite Clay or Arrow Root powder in place of corn starch if you can’t find/have allergies.

3.  Do the products need to be organic?

*Just an FYI, on the term “organic”. To be certified organic the corn and cocao to make the powders would have been grown without the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, and the like. It would also encompass any chemicals used in the processing of the product, which aren’t necessarily listed on the ingredient list. Go organic for your health and the health of the planet!

*A whole lot of food allergies COME from eating GMO foods which are grown with lots of chemical weed killers and fertilizers. I would *strongly* recommend that you purge your kitchen of all Non-organic items. I had chronic IBS and wheat intolerance until I switched to a 100% organic kitchen. Nothing beats good health.

4. Other ways besides cocoa powder to color?  Nutmeg and cinnamon blended to desired shade and used as a bronzer (in the product or on top), or other readers tried Moroccan Red Clay Powder and Brazilian Pink Clay, and carob powder.

5. What if I have dark skin? Remember this is translucent powder, not tinted powder, so it shouldn’t be the color of your skin.  Also, I tested this on my bi-racial child who has pretty dark skin. It’s a little white at first, but in a couple minutes it fades into the skin. This is just how it acts on my skin.  Try it, and if you’re not happy after a few minutes, add a little more color to darken it.

6. Will this dry out my skin?  The products aren’t drying, they are oil absorbing. So if the oil isn’t there, it just won’t have anything to absorb.

7. What about sun protection? The ingredients listed do have naturally occurring SPF. In fact, some would argue that they are a better option than chemically created ingredients because they physically block the uv rays, instead of chemically absorbing them.

8. Can I add sunblock in just to be safe? There are two natural ways to add SPF via zinc oxide powder. If it is 20% of your mixture, it makes SPF 30.  So, you can get the powder and mix it with this powder or you can add it to your under layer. I basically just mix coconut oil and the powder — and this is my normal under layer moisturizer. Once it’s soaked in, then I put on my powder.

9. What happens if your face gets wet…does the makeup harden like a mask? Nope, it acts like regular makeup/powder.

10. What about acne? There are loads of comments and tips on treating acne, I’m not going to copy them all here, since this post is about the makeup, but if that’s a problem for you, read on!

Thanks to all the comments, especially those whose tips are copied above! I do hope this makeup works for you! But I also know that if one thing worked for everyone…well…the makeup industry would look a lot different. For me this project is about saving money, and ridding myself of chemicals. If you feel the same, and it’s not working out, then try some alternatives until you get something that works for you! Thanks y’all!

And thanks Laurie for featuring me on Tip Me Tuesday:)


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  1. GMO’s don’t give allergies, they are perfectly safe to use, it is not any different, organic food is also grown with pesticides

    • Aura Glass says:

      The majority of the studies that people push about gmos being safe are unreliable, and most people don’t actually read the studies themselves. When you actually get into the studies there are many points to be aware of that make them unreliable such as various conflicts of interest. For example, a good number of the studies supposedly ‘proving’ gmos are safe are done in Monsanto’s own labs ~ which is obviously a conflict of interest! It’s like asking tobacco companies to prove their products are safe, it’s laughable. Doctors use to say smoking was healthy, lol, not to mention the FDA claiming that Doritos are heart healthy and that pizza is a vegetable (They really did say that) If you are reading independent studies, make sure the lab does not get funding from Monsanto or other questionable conglomerate corporation and, please, inform yourself… research thoroughly every bit of ‘proof’ or ‘evidence’ you find!

      • DrReality says:

        Oh, Aura…no, just straight up no. Please take off your anti-GMO tinfoil hat. The problem iare pesticides and fertilizers, *not* GMO fruits and vegetables.

        The FDA also does not claim that Doritos are heart-healthy, but they do say that ketchup and tomato sauce are ‘vegetables’ for the purposes of being included in school lunch programs. It’s a method of classifying ingredients–including condiments–and doesn’t actually count them as ‘food.’

        Your pseudoscience is horrible, incorrect and just plain full of stupid.
        Stick to makeup!

      • Stephanie says:

        Thank you Aura for you ACCURATE and informative comment. It is a fact that these “studies” are funded by the very parties that stand to make a lot of money off of it. It has become regular tv viewing to see this drug or that additive recalled because it’s now harmful, can cause cancer or death but that very same product was “approved” by the FDA and all the”studies” found it safe to use/consume. So thank you and I do hope other readers take heed and do the research for themselves.

        Personally no amount of studies will convince me GMOs are safe. It’s just not logical. How can man possibly think they can change the natural world and not have unforseen consequences? All of the particular cells and organisms that make up food is there for a reason, whether scientist know what that is or not and our bodies are created to work in synergy with nature. That tells me that if science removes it, your body will have to work that much harder to replace our replicate it. Taking energy and resources from other bodily functions… Maybe from your heart or lungs or affecting the immune system.

        The tiniest cell has a purpose. Every cell has a purpose.

        Thank you to the blog, love this tip and can’t wait to try it. A possible flour type alternative, coconut flour? Coconut oil is amazing for the skin I wonder if the flour would be good for this?

        • p.a.hayes says:

          I may not know but dose DR.R know? GMO NOT GOOD AT ALL.If you spray round-up on it and it DOSE NOT DIE what dose that say?

          • Guys, just remember that science is dinamic and not set on stone. P.e., once egg was the damnation of life, then it was not, and now it is even good for you. Discoveries are made very slowly and there is so much to be studied, that information takes baby steps. For you to be able to say “x” is bad for you and “y” is good takes several years of lab and paper studies.
            I took a whole semester of a great genetics class that actually only studied how only one subject can be seeing in different angles, and what I really learned is that the difference between the poison and the medicine is only the dose. Do you know, p.e., that either not enough or too much vitamine C can be harmful?
            Also, our generation is mostly too “content” to what is available online to actually be informed properly. I have already worked with natural resources, but I don’t advocate to one side or another. I believe that if you are really concerned, you will find reliable sources and not just accept what you have heard on tv or seen in a blog. In the end, it is all about what you feel is best for you and how YOU want to live YOUR life. If your mind is set on “organic way or the highway”, there is probably nothing anyone can tell you that will change your mind. The same goes the other way.
            My personal opinion, as an evolutionary biologist, is that probably going organic is a good thing. However, plants that are not grown by man also have several toxins. It’s their way of defending themselves from other animals and even other plants! Do not go on mistaking and think that all plants are good, all that is natural is good, all chemicals are bad. It is all, somehow, part of nature. As are we.
            Being all green but sit in front of a screen the whole day won’t help that much. Find what is inside, take that moment of only you and your thoughts, even try to meditate a little. This will help you to “help the planet”.

        • Well said, Raquel. Stephanie, as someone with a degree in genetics and microbiology, I must point out you have flaws in your argument and don’t really understand how GMOs are made. If every cell has a purpose, then why do you take antibiotics to kill the bacteria cell when you get an infection? How is that working in synergy with nature? Also, as far as GMOs go, they are made by adding/removing DNA (which codes for an amino acid, which makes up a protein), not adding or removing cells. Using restriction enzymes, we can precisely cut the DNA, insert or remove a gene, and close it back up. Compare that to using radiation to cause random mutations (some advantageous, some detrimental) in seeds, which was done many years ago…and guess what? they are able to be labeled organic due to the time gap. I can only urge you to accept the fact that you may be wrong, as could I, but having that mentality is what kept explorers from going to the New World, for fear of falling off the side of the Earth. I’d also like to add that many times, companies will hire out a lab, giving them a grant or other funding, to study something for them. That explains some of the studies coming out of ‘their’ labs. While sometimes there can be pressure to get ‘certain’ results, it is becoming more common to have an agreement to publish the data no matter what the results are, hopefully eliminating the conflict of interest. It’s not perfect, but the best you can do is read multiple articles in PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS for different takes on it. Unfortunately, people can go online and post whatever ‘study’ they want, and others will believe them without checking the sources. That’s my $.02, believe what you will, but hopefully others will gain some insight from this.

          P.S. Organic doesn’t mean pesticide free. They just use ‘organic’ pesticides, which they actually have to use more of because they are less effective.

        • Stephanie,

          While I understand why you worry about changing the natural world I wonder if you apply your logic to more than GMO products. Do you vaccinate? Small Pox, measels, rubella, mumps, etc., would kill far more if vaccines didn’t exist, yet this is altering the natural course of things. I don’t think that just because a company is the one funding research on their own product it automatically means they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. It’s when they OMIT or withhold results that I become skeptical. So the integrity of the company is important, don’t you think?

          GMO foods feed millions of people worldwide that would otherwise be starving. It can also be claimed that we have been genetically engineering crops and livestock for hundreds of years through selective and cross-breeding. I know that altering the DNA directly seems different, but it can be maintained that it is the same thing, just quicker.

      • Well spoken

    • @Artsy the definition of ‘organic’ is ‘no pesticide’ .

    • Debbie Reed says:

      The reason it is certified organic is so you can be sure they do not use chemical pesticides in the growing process. A product labeled natural may or may not be organic, but certified organic is top of the line non treated.

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  4. p.a.hayes says:

    Dr.R, lets go with this.If the GMO DOSE NOT DIE WHEN SPRAYED WITH ROUND-UP what dose that tell you?

  5. Tried this, was pretty awful. It looked like I stuck my head into a bowl of flour. Did not look natural whatsoever. I mean, the cocoa looked basically like I rubbed myself down with cocoa.

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  9. Just an aside: Penzeys Spices sells empty spice shaker/containers you can use. They are pretty cheap. You can get them from the store or online.

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  10. Would it be okay to mix Arrowroot and Cornstarch together? Say I want 2 cups in total, I’d mix 1 cup green clay and 1/2 cup Arrowroot, 1/2 cup Cornstarch? Would that just be counterproductive?

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    So excited to try this! And as far as French Clay…they have it at Whole Foods in stores and Walgreens (online). I read up on French Clay and it has some great benefits on it’s own!!

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  18. I have very pale (Irish) skin, and I love the green tint of the clay. Foundation always looks too dark and obvious on me, and every little blemish or heat-related redness shows up like a motherfucker, so the green and white is perfect for a small percentage of white people. And I like to think the cocoa works to find the perfect gradient of skin tone for anyone else.

  19. Ignore the “nay sayers.” Organic & non-Gmo are the ways to go. I can’t begin to imagine that so called food that contains its own built-in pesticide is healthy. When bugs take a bite of the GM plant, the toxin splits open their stomach and kills them! This is real. Read about it.

  20. u people are mean as duck. so what this lady has an opinion about gmos. big fuckin deal. u need to get over the fact that not everyone thinks the same things you do. y’all are a bunch of dicks

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  29. If corn starch irritates your skin try arrow root instead.

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  31. Hi…I am allergic to corn…is there any other item you think could be mixed with this?

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  33. Hi!
    Some have said to try arrowroot powder instead. It’s not something I have tested, but worth a shot!
    Hope that helps!
    Christine

  34. arrowroot?

  35. Linda Maue says:

    You could try rice flour, I am going to try this too, with a bit of talcum powder. :)

  36. Rosa Martinez-Button says:

    You can use rice powder: http://powdered-peach.blogspot.com/2011/03/stay-shine-free-this-summer-with-rice.html and there’s no shelf life plus has SPF

  37. I used to use baby powder as foundation, because I’m pale as fuck, but mixed with the other ingredients I imagine it would work, though it won’t absorb oil as well as the corn starch.

  38. Hi, I’m allergic to corn too and I use arrowroot flour instead. It works great :)

  39. Christine-GreatOakCircle says:

    Hey Toni!
    Arrowroot is a white powder for baking found probably in the baking section of a whole foods store or maybe the organic part of a reg grocery store. It’s pretty cheap…and also good in grain-free pizza crust;)

  40. Bridget says:

    I use organic arrowroot and it works wonders. My acne prone, oily, sensitive skin is FINALLY under control. ;)

  41. Do not use talcom powder it is hard on your lungs! Ok for babies bottoms but not your face or do NOT inhale at all when using!

  42. Talc is also linked to various diseases involving reproductive health in women who use it on their bottoms, so I would not say it’s safe for baby’s bottom either. Burt’s Bees makes a nice “baby” powder that is talc free and not just for babies! I use it daily instead of antiperspirant and love the gentle scent. Great post also! Thanks! Love the clear directions and great photos. I will be trying this out…

  43. If talc/talcum powder shouldn’t be used because it is hard on your lungs, why would you put it on a baby’s bottom? Even worse for a baby’s lungs…

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