Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday: How to.... DIY Blush

My normal blush on the left and my
DIY blush on the right (both go on about
the same color)
This is a pretty neat DIY trick. It costs just a few cents (Literally, maybe 1?), and leaves a very smooth, even color that blends incredibly well.

Materials
*water
*baby powder (buy it from the dollar store.....)
*red food coloring
-1-2 drops for light pink
-3-4 drops for medium pink
-5-6 drops for red/dark pink

In a bowl, mix your desired amount of food coloring with 3 tablespoons of water. Next, squirt baby powder in, 1-2 teaspoons at a time, and mix until smooth. Continue to add baby powder until the consistency of the mix is almost that of a soft clay and it is no longer all together, but breaks up easily into several pieces. Now, using your fingers, pat the mixture into an empty make-up container (I had one already empty from an old blush) until filled.

Ready to be stored!
To use: You can use it right away, but for best results, allow the mixture to air dry, then press a make-up sponge into the blush and apply to your cheekbones, blending until smooth.

If you feel creative, try mixing in a little yellow for a peachy color or a tiny bit of blue for a bit of a purple hue.
*Note: The color of the blush is MUCH darker wet than dry, so don't be worried if it looks red when you mix it.



UPDATE!
Thought I'd add some extra pictures with their corresponding recipes to help you figure out what works best for you and give you a better idea of how it turns out when finished (since the color is so much lighter dried than wet).

Blue Spoon
Pink Spoon
 Yellow Spoon
Green Spoon
  • 8 drops red
  • ¼ cup water
  • baby powder (until as paste)
  • 6 drops red
  • ¼ cup water
  • baby powder (until as paste)
  • 5 drops red
  • 1 drop blue
  • ¼ cup water
  • baby powder (until as paste)
  • 3 drops red
  • 10 drops yellow
  • ¼ cup water
  • baby powder (until as paste)
Right after mixing- notice how dark they are?
After air drying for about 8 hours

Colors on my hand; in order, right to left
Pink spoon, green spoon, blue spoon, yellow spoon









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66 comments:

  1. How smart are you AND I saw it in person, it looks great!!

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  2. Wouldn't the food coloring stain your face?0

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  3. You use enough food coloring to dye the baby powder but not so much that touching it will stain your skin.

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  4. Interesting!!! Will give it a try. Thanks!!!

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  5. Wonder if this would work for eye shadow,too ? (assuming you could get the color you want when mixing colors--I am thinking browns)

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    1. I made my own bronzer from corn starch, cinnamon and coco powder, those would make brown hues

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    2. Is it the same mixing process as above. I'm looking for some brown tones too please :)

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    3. Yes--We made these in high school science class--they turned out great!

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  6. I would do a little research first to see if food coloring would be safe around the eye before you try this as eyeshadow...

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    1. I love this ideal and surely if you can eat the food coloring you can apply to your face :-). It definitely has less chemicals than store bought make-up. Anyway, that's my opinion. Staining your eye lids may be an issue though.

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    2. If you want to be as basic as possible, get your ingredients from a health food store, the food coloring is more expensive but a lot safer for sensaive skin as well. I would also go with corn starch over baby powder myself. Going to have to try this. Might be worth trying to make a stain with similar ingredients.

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    3. Usue food color from a Heath food store, and I would use corn starch over baby powder. I'm so going to have to try this out. If I can make eye shadow without sparkles in it I'm going to be ecstatic!

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  7. I just posted about uses for baby powder. You have one more I can add to the list. :)

    http://skillsinlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/baby-powder-3-ways-plus-a-few-more/

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  8. Could be even cheaper as baby powder is nothing but cornstarch! :)

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  9. What an awesome idea for brozer!

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  10. This is a great idea... But doesn't baby powder have talc powder as an ingredient which is toxic???

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    1. The only issues of modern day talc in baby powder have been in regards to use on the genitalia. Keep your blush from there and you shouldn't have any problems! ;) Check out cancer.org if you want more information.

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  11. Would this also work for loose foundation? Thanks.

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  12. smarty pants! who doesn't want to save a buck or two (or ten...). Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  13. When it dries there is white from the baby powder.... :(

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    1. That's why you want it to be much darker wet than when it is dry. Essentially, you are using the food coloring to color the baby powder, so if there is white, you need to use more food coloring.

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  14. It doesn't work with just cornstarch! I just tried it!

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  15. Definitely will try this, but with straight cornstarch, to avoid the yucky stuff that's even in most baby powders.

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  16. That looks like way too much work.

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    1. Until you wash it off, sweat a lot, or go swimming, just like normal blush.

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  18. Equal parts baking soda and cornstarch is another recipe for baby powder. It might work a litte better than plain cornstarch.

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  19. I tried this with cornstarch and food coloring I got a nice color but it does not stain at all :(

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  20. I'll have to play around with this idea! Thanks!

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  21. This is fabulous! Now if I could only make my own lipstick! Lol! Great post!

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  22. Same mixing method, just make sure to mix the water and food coloring first, then slowly add the baby powder.

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  23. You can make your own lip stain with koolaid. Add a little water to whatever flavor, color you want and paint onto your lips with a lipstick brush. Use lip balm on top.

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    1. along with the koolaid, you mix it into Vaseline to make lipstick

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  24. yeah..... that doesnt look good at all lol

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  25. I think powdered food coloring might give a better effect than liquid.

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  26. You are on absolute genius! Definitely reading your blog everyday now!

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  27. agree about the talc. Talc is also bad for some sensitive skin in makeup. Maybe there is an alternative?? cornstarch? any other ideas?

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  28. ill try arrowroot powder instead of that nasty baby powder!!!!

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    1. Make sure to let us all know how it turns out!

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  29. Baby powder does not have talc anymore since talc can cause a certain kind of pneumonia when inhaled. Baby powder uses cornstarch instead.

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  30. you could also get cosmetic grade micas ...check sites or etsy for mineral pigment micas that have that shimmer to make a nice dewy finish or warm glo.

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  31. You can mix vaseline and crystal light to go packets. The more crystal light the darker the shade. Tastes good too!

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  32. Ooh, interesting idea with the Crystal Light- seems like it would work great as a lip balm, too!

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  33. Instead of talc or cornstarch, try organic Arrowroot. Instead of food coloring, use organic food coloring like beet dye. Also dried organic hibiscus is a lovely pink powder and blush.

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    1. hooray for beet juice. i recently bought a gorgeous lip stain from the face shop (only $6) and the ingredients included (among other things): blueberry juice, acerola cherry juice, olive oil, raspberry juice, etc. All things i love to eat. The Olive oil acts as a preservative and this product is thin enough that it can miraculously can be used as blush as well, so I'd say replace food coloring with any very dark red fruit juice! I'm glad you mentioned beets! Their juice makes the most wonderful shades of fuchsiia, pinks and purples.

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  34. That's another great alternative!

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  35. Doesn't the food coloring effect your skin? I heard it wasnt good for your skin. Please let me know!

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  36. @Hannah, as long as you don't use too much food coloring, you'll have no troubles with it staining your skin or anything like that. It's designed to be ingested and is generally accepted to be safe when it touches your skin. Unless you have an allergy to food colorings, I wouldn't worry about it.

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    www.blondebabblings.blogspot.com

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  38. Thanks for posting! Can anyone share pictures of how it actually looked on your face? I'd really like to try this. I have fair skin, and normally wear a light peachy color. Thanks again!

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  39. This whole blush thing didnt work out too well. Maybe I just dont have the patience to sit there putting in a ton of baby powder and seeing no results.

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  40. Cornstarch is also a good finishing powder for makeup

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  41. If you just want white eyeshadow, would that work? (without food coloring)

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    1. Certainly! There are many people who use baby powder as eye shadow.

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  42. Ok. So, I just made this like, a couple hours ago and I am EXTREMELY impatient and waiting for this to dry is KILLING me!!!! Ok, well, maybe its not KILLING me, but pretty close. Lol. Anyways, I was wondering....when its done is it like a cream blush or like a powdery blush? Or does it matter?

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    1. It's a powdery blush unless you are in a highly humid area, in which case it is a bit creamier. Also, I've used mine before it dries... bad idea. Since the liquid hasn't evaporated away yet, when you try to use it damp, more liquid than powder comes onto your brush (and since the liquid is mostly color...) it makes it really dark for the first few uses and then when you use it again AFTER it dries, the color is too light (since you took out too much of the liquid color). Hope that isn't too confusing- but, hey, in the end, it's so cheap and easy to make, feel free to experiment to your heart's content!

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  43. How does this compare with normal blush? It does sound like a good idea but I'm not sure I could get my wife to try it.

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    1. Light powder, same consistency as baby powder- not creamy at all- so it depends if your wife prefers the creamy types of blush or the powdered ones.

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  44. HEY, so I'm using this DIY but I wanted a darker shade because I put a green color so I made a creamier texture but it worked as the dried one. So thanks so much. I was really out of money—cause I'm just a student and I was assigned to do make-ups. This is really a big help for me. XO

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  45. Use rubbing alcohol instead of water and it will dry much faster

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