DIY Bronzer/Face Powder

Okay, I know I’ve said in the past that I’m not big on wearing makeup.  That’s very true -  to a point.  In the past I would occasionally partake in a little light dusting of blush or bronzer, followed by a smidgen of lip gloss.  That is until I learned just how toxic the ingredients in regular makeup are.  Since then, I’ve pretty much gone bare faced everyday for the past year or so.  I must be completely honest though, I did run out a purchase some so-called “Organic Wear” makeup by a certain company that shall remain nameless (think of doctors and formulas…), but then learned they were organic in name only.  Very disappointing, although I thought their makeup sucked anyway.

Anywho, I was reading through my emails, attempting to catch up on them (completely futile by the way), when lo and behold some nifty DIY beauty projects from Planet Green caught my eye.  So, being the crafty gal that I am, I combined ideas from two of their DIY Bronzer recipes, and came up with a fabulous (if I may say so myself) bronzer/face powder recipe of my own.

Here are the links to what inspired my DIY natural beauty creativity:

Now here’s what I did & what you’ll need:

  • Clean, empty container (duh).  I used an old mineral makeup container with a screw top – it was perfect for this project.  If you’ve got that on hand, use it – it really makes mixing and storing your finished powder easy.
  • Cocoa powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • Clean, dry lip brush (it’s what I used), or a small, clean paint brush

Add some cocoa powder to your empty container.  Next, add in some powdered sugar until you’ve reached your desired color.  You can test some on the back of your hand to see how it looks, and then add more cocoa powder to make it darker, or add in some more powdered sugar to lighten it up.

Now you’re all set to have that sun-kissed, don’t-hate-me-because-I’m-beautiful look, and you can be extra glad that you did it naturally.  No new makeup purchases, no harmful chemicals on your lovely face (or in the environment), and it was totally easy and super cheap to boot, plus you managed to add in a little recycling too (gotta love that).

I’m not sure how long this recipe will last, but as long as it doesn’t come into contact with any water and you use safe makeup storage/use practices, then I’m guessing it will last for some time without going off.

Enjoy my beautiful greenies!  Peace. ;)

{ I would like to thank Craft Gossip for featuring this DIY project on their website.  Much appreciated! } ;)

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  1. I made this yesterday and I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the bronzer. Now my face is itchy, but not red or anything… do you think I should take out the cinnamon?

  2. I think rice flour would work better than sugar (sugar is hygroscopic/attracts water, may attract more pests) & it does have a lovely skin brightening effect, used often for the fave in Asia. Find it at oriental markets. :)

  3. Watch out though because I used to mix talc powder to my face powder to make it lighter and I read online on numerous websites that its not good to breathe. I started getting migraines from it so I used cornstarch instead and it goes on much smoother and I use less. :)

  4. I’ll have to try that. I’ve tried using a little cinnamon before but didn’t like it too much. I think my skin is too sensitive for it. I’ve not had any problems with clumping but will try making this with cornstarch in the future since it’s even finer than the sugar. ;)

  5. I’ve done something similar using talc power (baby power). You don’t have to worry about the sugar clumpies. Also, you can incorporate some turmic & cinnamin (careful with sensitive skin) with the coco to get just the right glow

  6. Well, I did the same thing before I read this article but not with powdered sugar but with corn starch and cocoa powder. Cocoa should be the only ingredient with no sugar or anything else added, try Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. I’m guessing the clumping has to do with the sugar because this mix above is very very fine. The same as a micro powder.

  7. omg this is so cool! i will have to try it! recycling, natural makeup, and smelling like coco!!! wow ur a genius!! thanks so much for sharing!

  8. I’ve seen this before, and tried it…Yet it always ends up being too lumpy when I put it on my face. Well more grainy than lumpy. Any suggestions on how to stop that from happening? I’d be soo grateful because I really want such a simple natural recipe to work for me :D but so far it’s been disappointing! Sniffle…

  9. How very cool, I will try this out! I don’t know if we have powdered sugar in Finland. Could you just grind basic sugar in a coffee grinder do you think? Or I guess any mineral powder would work, like titanium dioxide…

    • You’re very welcome Kristen! It is very inexpensive, especially if you were to break it down into materials, etc. I love that it’s non-toxic (but I like saving money too).

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Peace. ;)

  10. Oh Man! I’m totally trying this. I’m so pale but I hate wearing makeup everyday. If I can’t do it in like 30 seconds it’s not going to happen. I usually wear powder and Burt’s Bee’s lip tint, but this will help me be even more natural!

    • Thanks Colleen, I think you’ll like it. It’s so easy to make and smells great too. My oldest girl loves to put it on, and I feel comfortable with her doing so since it’s all-natural. Let me know how it goes for you. ;)

      Thanks for the visit, and for taking the time to leave a comment. That makes my night! Peace. ;)

  11. Omg goodness, I’m definitely going to try this out. I’m not a makeup wearer as a rule, but in the summer I do get tired of the “are you feeling ok?” comments I get from being pale. This is a triple bonus in my opinion, it’s green through recycling, it’s natural AND you get to smell like CHOCOLATE all day!!! Best make-up ever!

    • @ CheryltheOCM Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a lovely comment – comments are awesome! If you do try this, let me know how it works for you. I really like it – it looks very natural, and yes, you do get a slight chocolaty scent – yummy! Peace. ;)

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