Making your own makeup products is a fun way to add a personal touch to your beauty routine. You can control the ingredients and fully customize the color, which is great if you suffer from allergies or if you’re trying to go all-natural. Plus, it can help make your beauty routine more sustainable.
Studies show that that the beauty industry currently contributes over 120 billion units of wasteful packaging worldwide every year, with only a small percentage of it being recycled. The rest of it is incinerated or dumped in our already overflowing landfills.
DIY-ing your own makeup and creating them in bulk can help minimize personal waste from beauty products. And, you can start with these three beauty products.
Shea Butter Lip Balm
Colored lip balms are a lot of people’s first DIY-ed beauty products, just because they are so easy to do. All you need are your base ingredients and your colorants. For this recipe, you’ll need:
• 1 tablespoon of shea butter
• 1 tablespoon of beeswax
• 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon of raw honey
• 4-5 drops of your choice of food-grade oil (lemon, peppermint, etc.)
• Your choice of colorant (beetroot powder, cocoa powder, etc.)
• Reusable containers
Melt the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil using a double boiler method. Do not melt the shea butter in the microwave, as it can clump up the texture. Once melted, mix in your honey and essential oil. Cool and transfer into tubes or jars of your preference. The lip balm works great as is, but if you want to add color, you can add in colorant before transferring the cooled mixture into the final containers. Don’t freeze the balms—let them sit at room temperature until fully set, and they’re ready to use.
Shea butter is great for soothing and calming dry lips. Along with shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil are common ingredients in makeup products today because of their moisturizing properties. Lastly, honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can help heal your chapped lips.
Conditioning Eyebrow Tint
There are plenty of methods for darkening brows because natural-looking full brows have been the trend lately. With this easily customizable eyebrow tint, you can keep them in place and also nourish your brows to help them grow thicker. Here are the ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons of castor oil
• Matte eyeshadow a few shades darker than your hair color, or
• 1 teaspoon of ground coffee
• Used container with a spoolie
Crush the eyeshadow into a fine powder and mix in the castor oil. Transfer the mixture into a container and apply it to your brows using a spoolie. You can also make a wash-off version by using ground coffee instead, letting the tint sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.
One of the main ingredients of commercially made eyebrow tints is castor oil, which is well-loved for its brow and eyelash strengthening properties. Castor oil is also believed to promote hair growth. The ground coffee on the other hand acts as mild henna, which can naturally tint your brows.
Witch Hazel Makeup Remover
With this oil-based natural makeup remover that you can use for your double-cleansing routine, makeup removal won’t have to be a chore. Oil helps to gently break down makeup, especially mascara and eyeliner, without having to tug on your skin. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your own:
• 2 cups of distilled water
• 1-3 tablespoons of your choice of oil (coconut, jojoba, etc.)
• 1 tablespoon of witch hazel extract
• Optional: 25 drops of your choice of essential oil
• Sterilized mason jar
Mix the water, oil, and witch hazel in a bowl, and add a sufficient amount of essential oil if desired. Transfer the mixture into a mason jar and seal. You can also label or decorate the jar so you can easily identify its contents. To use, moisten a cotton ball and use it on your skin and eyes. Then after that, follow-up with your favorite cleanser. Witch hazel has antibacterial properties and is great for fighting acne, while coconut oil can cleanse your skin without stripping its natural oils.
If you’re looking for alternatives to store-bought products, try these simple makeup projects and enjoy the benefits of their safe and healthy ingredients.