Are you still shelling out top dollar for cosmetics that are made of unpronounceable chemicals? You can make beauty products like eyeshadow, lip gloss and blush using items found right in your home. Do-it-yourself makeup items are not only less expensive than traditional cosmetics; they’re all-natural and work just as well as the store-bought versions. Here are some great recipes from around the web for DIY cosmetics. While you might not be able to recreate every one of your favorite shades, we guarantee these recipes will save you tons of money on makeup in the future!


DIY blush

In this photo from My American Confessions, the left palette contains store-bought blush and the right one contains a homemade version created using water, baby powder and red food coloring. She says it costs about a penny to make, and the smooth, blendable color from the “real” and the DIY recipe comes out about the same. You can adjust the shade by using more or less food coloring.

Tinted Lip Balm


Would you believe that all you need to make your own lip gloss is Vaseline and powdered drink mix? The Freckled Fox has a great easy tutorial for tinted lip balm that can be customized to suit your flavor and color preferences. She recommends using Kool-Aid or Hawaiian Punch, as these mixes are sweeter and will give you a tastier finished product.



For DIY foundation, Wellness Mama recommends using a base of arrowroot and mixing in cocoa powder or finely ground cinnamon until you match your skin tone. You can even make it solid like a regular foundation compact by adding a few drops of essential oil.



Colored cosmetic mica powder forms the base of this homemade eyeshadow from WikiHow. Mica is a fine mineral powder that is available online or in beauty supply stores. Be sure to use cosmetic mica, as this is the only variety that is safe for use near your eyes. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and press your DIY shadow down with a coin to make it compact.



A Blossoming Life shared a fantastic recipe for DIY mascara made with activated charcoal capsules, available at your local vitamin store (you can also make homemade eyeliner with charcoal). Other ingredients include coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and aloe vera gel. All you need is a sterilized mascara tube and brush, and you’re good to go!

Have you ever tried making your own cosmetics?