Do-it-yourself projects are no longer reserved for home improvements. There is a DIY recipe for everything anymore, including make up! Here are some of our favorite skin loving recipes for makeup that will keep plastic (and chemicals) of your face!


Pronounce Skin Care’s Recipe:

  • 5oz Almond Oil
  • 1oz Shea Butter
  • .5oz Cocoa Butter
  • .5oz Beeswax
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Vitamin E
  • .5oz Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cinnamon


  • Using a scale measure and combine the first five ingredients into the glass bowl into your double-boiler (you can make a double boiler with a glass bowl over a pan with water).
  • Melt the first five ingredients, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and allow time to cool slightly
  • Place your bowl back on the scale, hit tare, and add in zinc oxide until you get to .5oz.
  • Stir in Cinnamon.
  • Add cocoa powder a little at a time to get the right color…
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder for light foundation
  • 1/2 Tablespoon plus 1 Teaspoon for medium foundation
  • 1/2 Tablespoon plus 2 Teaspoon for medium-dark foundation
  • Apply to your skin to check if the color matches
  • Pour into your container and allow to fully cool


Live Simply’s Recipe:

  • 2 Tablespoons Beet Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot Powder
  • Nutmeg or Cinnamon (for darker blush)
  • Ground Ginger (for lighter blush)
  • Essential oils (optional)


  • Start by adding Beetroot
  • Combine with Arrowroot (use more or less Arrowroot depending on preferred shade)
  • Add Nutmeg or Ginger depending on preferred color
  • Stir to combine all dry ingredients
  • Add 3-5 drops of essential oils, this adds a “stick” factor
  • Apply with blush brush


Dr Axe’s Base Recipe:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Shea Butter

Choose Your Color

  • Brown: Cacao powder and/or nutmeg
  • Gold: Turmeric mixed with cacao
  • Pink: Beet powder
  • Red: Red clay
  • Green: Green clay or spirulina
  • Black/Grey: Activated charcoal
  • Orange: Combine saffron and beet powder
  • Clays can be used lighten or darken the color: White clay, red clay, rose clay
  • Micas can be used for glitter and a shimmery sparkle.


  • Start with Arrowroot Powder in bowl
  • Add in color ingredient until desired color is reached
  • Mix in Shea Butter, use the back of a spoon to blend
  • Put mixture into a container for use!


Wellness Mama’s Recipe:

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Beeswax
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) Mica Powder of choice


  • Melt Coconut oil, Shea or Cocoa Butter and beeswax in a double boiler.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in Mica Powder and essential oils of choice. Dip the end of a spoon into the mixture and allow to harden for a few seconds.
  • Test the color on your wrist to make sure you like it. Add more color or scent if needed.
  • Quickly transfer the mixture to the lip gloss containers or whatever container you are using.
  • Let cool for 1 hour. Cap and use as needed.


These are all great ways to reduce plastic when refill isn’t an option. However, the technology does exist to make refill a reality for soaps, shampoos and detergents, so you don’t have to spend your time making your own. Big retailers want to keep wasting your time because they don’t think refill will catch on. Prove them by signing the petition below!