Homemade Foundation Powder

Homemade Foundation Powder Make-Up

Note: This recipe is so incredibly popular with readers I decided to create a video tutorial for making homemade foundation powder. You can find my video tutorial here.

I love make-up!

In fact, I find make-up to be pretty magical!

I can wake up in the morning, gulp  graciously sip down my lemon water, coffee, green juice, eat breakfast, and dab a little make-up on and suddenly I go from “Who is that woman?” to “Wow! Who is that woman?”

Okay, maybe I’m not stopping traffic, but for a mom of two little kids, make-up somehow possesses the magical powers to make me feel “put together”. I can go from frumpy to polished, ready to hit the playground and looking half-way decent while doing so.

Who pays attention to the multiple stains from morning breakfast splattered on my shirt, the 5 dirty wipes stuffed in my pocket about to fall out, and the hair that hasn’t been washed in two days, when I have make-up on?

At least that’s what I am telling myself…please don’t burst my mommy bubble!

I love make-up, but I have a problem.

Make-up does NOT love me.

I have seriously sensitive skin.

The moment any foreign substance comes in contact with my skin, it attacks! Leaving behind some serious battle scars.  In my late teen years I began to battle break outs here and there. I believe this was largely due to my poor diet and the amount of chemical-ridden “beauty” products I used. My face would always react poorly and I would turn to more chemicals which promised to help “beautify” my skin.

Real food has certainly helped my skin!  The past few years I have seen huge improvements in the condition of my face in particular.

About 6 months ago (update as of September 2014: I’ve been making homemade products for two years), I decided food wasn’t enough and so I ventured down the world of “natural” beauty products: soaps, deodorant, and toothpaste.

I’m talking real, natural products.

I scoured the aisles in stores and was greatly disappointed to find all the “natural” products (Aveeno, Burt’s Bees, even Arbonne) were far from real ingredients. Since the skin absorbs anything that is placed on it within a mere 26 seconds, I wanted my products to contain ingredients I would feel safe floating around in my bloodstream. I wanted products made from ingredients I could eat.

I finally found what I was looking for. I use a local line of products which contain food-grade organic ingredients for soap, lip balm, and toothpaste. I purchase Primal Pit Paste for deodorant.  Even after searching and searching I couldn’t find make-up products which suited my new requirements. Why not make my own?

Homemade Foundation Powder Make-Up

The thought of making my own homemade make-up sounded intimidating, but after reading DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Homemade Foundation Powder Make-Up

My first concoction was homemade foundation powder make-up.  I have fallen in love with this homemade mineral-like foundation powder. I have tweaked it a bit over the past few months, adding a few ingredients. I love the coverage this make-up gives me without drying my skin or leaving me looking like a pan of bacon grease at the end of the day. Homemade foundation powder is made with ingredients that are be safe to eat. In fact, many of these ingredients you may already be using in your real food kitchen.

Homemade Foundation Powder Make-Up

Want more good news?  This make-up is super inexpensive to make.

To think I used to pay $30 for a container of toxic make-up! The initial cost of purchasing items such as arrowroot powder and lavender essential oil may be pricey, but these products will last through dozens of batches of homemade foundation powder make-up. The true cost is significantly less expensive than toxic or even “natural” make-up found through companies and in stores.

Homemade Foundation Powder Make-Up

Homemade Foundation Powder

Rating: 51

Homemade Foundation Powder

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Gather your ingredients and a non-metallic bowl (bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal). The amount you use of each ingredient will greatly depend on your skin complexion.
  2. Mix all your foundation powder ingredients in the bowl, starting with the arrowroot as your base. Add each ingredient. Whisk together. Test the color by placing a small amount on your face (or arm) with your finger. It may take a little tweaking the first time to make the perfect shade for your complexion.
http://livesimply.me/2013/06/27/homemade-foundation-powder/

I have fair skin (it’s the Swedish) so this combo works perfect for me:

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour/starch. This is your base. You can go back later and add more if you need a lighter powder.
  • 4 TB cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp EACH nutmeg and ginger (if you have more of an olive skin complexion you may need more)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp bentonite clay
  • 10 drops of vitamin e
  • 12 drops of lavender essential oil

Store your foundation powder in a small container and use a dry sponge or brush to apply. View a video tutorial for making homemade foundation powder make-up, here.

Now you’re ready to face the day, mom.

And I think making your own homemade foundation powder make-up might even give you a bit of bragging rights at the playground today.

Homemade Foundation Powder Make-Up

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 I’ve decided to add a section with answers to questions I’ve received. If you have a specific question or comment, please comment below.  Your answer may also be found below:

Q: What kind of coverage does this provide?

A: This foundation powder will provide a light to moderate coverage. If you’re looking for heavy coverage, this powder isn’t for you. I transitioned from a heavy liquid foundation and pressed powder to this homemade recipe. During the transition time I used an organic concealer to hide my scars and little blemishes which would pop up. After using this powder for a few weeks I found my skin appearance actually improved due to the lack of harsh chemicals. I’ve now phased out the concealer. If I’m headed to a fancy event, on very rare occasion, I’ll use either the organic multi-mineral cream from Pacifica or Scratch Mommy’s liquid foundation with this recipe. That combo provides the heavier coverage I desire for such special events.

Q: This doesn’t stick to my face. Help!

A: I guarantee I’ve made countless jars of the powder (around one jar a month), and I haven’t ever had this issue. Truthfully, I’m not sure why a few people have sticking issues. Listed above in the ingredients are the actual brands I use to make this powder. I’d recommend buying ingredients that are high quality and very fine. Since I’m not in your kitchen (or bathroom) making this with you, I simply don’t know why the powder didn’t stick. I’d recommend wiping your face with a damp cloth to see if any powder stuck to your face. It may be that you are experiencing the difference between heavy, cake-like, store-bought powder and homemade, light powder. A few other questions to ask: did you wash your face and then apply this powder? Is your face greasy, did it just sink in? What kind of application tool did you use-powder brush, finger, washcloth? (I recommend a powder brush.)  It shouldn’t roll-off your face, there should be stick. You can find my video tutorial for making homemade foundation powder, here.

Q: I’m allergic to Vitamin E, what can I use instead?

A: I like Tea Tree Oil and find it nourishes the skin much like the vitamin E. That’s my recommendation for a replacement. If you’d like to experiment without the Vitamin E or Tea Tree Oil, you’re welcome to.

Q: Does the cinnamon irritate your skin?

A: No, it doesn’t. This recipe calls for very little cinnamon compared to the main ingredients. The ratio is very low. Cinnamon can cause skin irritation, if you are worried, leave it out, or test a small amount. I would not suggest applying cinnamon directly to your face without a mixture like this foundation. Cinnamon is actually beneficial for your skin and helps heal, particularly with blackheads. I feel more comfortable applying a small amount of cinnamon found in this powder than the chemicals in store-bought powder.

Q: If I don’t like it, did I waste my money?

A: No, you didn’t. I personally love this foundation powder. I literally use it daily and know many other readers and friends who do as well. I’ve bought countless foundation powders over the years and thrown many away. Talk about a waste of money! Everyone has different tastes. If you don’t like this powder, I’m not hurt, it’s just a difference in taste. Here’s the great news–when you buy powder and don’t like it at the store, you’ve lost $10-30. Ouch! When you buy the ingredients for this powder, you’ve gained kitchen and bathroom ingredients. The cocoa and arrowroot can be used in the kitchen. Arrowroot is basically corn starch without the GMOs. The vitamin E can be added to coconut oil for a wonderful moisturizer, or many other homemade body products, even body wash. The bentonite clay is the BEST skin mask out there! Add a little with water and apply to the face. Your skin will thank you. You can also make toothpaste. The spices are common cooking spices. The Lavender can be used for aroma or in countless homemade DIYs (search lavender essential oil in the search bar above to find some of my favorites).

Q: Can I skip the bentonite clay?

A: I don’t recommend skipping the clay. You can still make a great foundation without it, but if you are looking for corrective issues, like redness or mild acne to be resolved, the bentonite clay is needed. If you want a corrective powder, the bentonite is what I recommend and use in my recipe. For more of a white clay the French clay is a good choice. I personally don’t use the French, so you’d need to experiment with ratios.

Q: I want to turn this powder into a liquid foundation, can I just add coconut oil?

A: I’ve experimented with liquifying this recipe with zero success! Adding a liquid like coconut oil just darkens the cocoa and you end up with a nice edible chocolate. Freeze it and you’ll have a chocolate bar. The only recipe I know that works is Scratch Mommy’s liquid foundation. You can find her recipe here.

Q: I love your recipe so much I want to feature it on my blog. Can I do that?

A. So glad you like the powder and I’m honored you’d like to feature Live Simply’s recipe on your blog. The content here at Live Simply is copyrighted so we don’t allow duplication. If you’d like to use a picture with a link back (recipe needs to stay here at Live Simply), please contact me here and we can talk. I love a good blogger shout-out and am happy to work with you so the recipe is properly featured with credit. Of course, feel free to share across social media or mention the recipe in a blog post with a link back.

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212 Comments

  • Lisa Beck says:

    I am going to try this again – there are a couple of ingredients (clay) that I will need to acquire. I do not like to venture out of my home without at least foundation or face powder on. I am still on the search for an effective natural deodorant – unfortunately, primal pit strong paste is not working for me.
    Thanks for perfecting and sharing this recipe. Looking forward to the blush recipe too!

  • Thanks for sharing; I’ve been wanting to make my own powder for a while now! Is the lavender essential oil something that could be skipped?

    • Kristin says:

      It could be skipped. The oil just adds a bit of “stick” to the powder, but with the vitamin E in there, you will be fine. You could actually skip both if you wanted :)

  • Stefanie Mayer says:

    This is inspiring! I’m going to try it!

  • Jeannine Smith says:

    I really prefer a liquid foundation, do I just add lotion?

    • Kristin says:

      I haven’t used it as a liquid very much. I have tried adding lotion to it though and it works great as a liquid foundation when I have desired to have that consistency as a bit more coverage. I would make sure to use a good lotion that is as natural as possible. Let me know what you think.

  • Nicole says:

    Think this is okay for acne-prone skin?

    • Kristin says:

      I also have acne-prone skin. And living in the heat of summer in Florida never seems to help, but I have really enjoyed this make-up without problems. You can also add a couple drops of tea tree oil to help with the acne and healing too.

  • Nicole says:

    Thank you!

  • I have been experimenting with making my own cosmetics, too–but haven’t had much luck. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. Have a lovely day!
    Neighbors About Town Blog

    • Kristin says:

      Thanks so much! I love this recipe! I really do use it daily. I experimented a lot with homemade make up before finding this combo. Hope you like it. Thanks for pinning and tweeting it!

  • Oh, forgot to say…I’m tweeting and pinning this. Have a great day!

  • Kerry says:

    I am so intrigued– I dislike makeup just because (I guess I am lazy) but now that I am working outside the house, I feel like I should put some makeup on. I think if I had something like this, I wouldn’t mind makeup so much! Have you ever tried witch hazel for cleaning your face? My kids use witch hazel and for the occasional break out some tea tree oil. Both of them have very good complexions now that we use this (the store bought chemical laden stuff was horrible).

    Thank you for sharing on A Humble Bumbles Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop, I hope you will join us again next week!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

    • Kristin says:

      Thank you. I have tried Witch Hazel in the past and have had good success with it. Today I just use coconut oil to clean my face and moisturize. It works really well. Looking forward to coming back to the Blog Hop again :)

  • My skin is so sensitive too! I can’t wait to buy the ingredients and make this. I’m featuring this today, thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/07/featuring-you_10.html

  • Amanda says:

    What a great idea! I bet it smells fantastic too. Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  • JC says:

    Hi, thanks for this make up recipe. Do u know how to turn this into a makeup stick?

  • Amy says:

    I just made this, and its AWESOME! I consider myself to have fair to medium skin, but I followed your recipe and it matched my skin tone perfectly. Thank you so much! I’m going to share this with some girlfriends at a party this weekend!!

  • does this work on darker complexions?

  • Holly says:

    I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS! I am tired of spending money on foundations that have all these ingredients that I have no idea what they are. I want something natural that isn’t going to mess up my skin. Thank you for this DIY FOUNDATION!

  • I so need to try this! I love wearing Make-Up but like you I break out whenever chemicals come in contact with my face, and I keep on thinking about what I am putting on my face at the moment, and its not healthy. I love this homemade Foundation Powder recipe, will be checking back for your blush for sure :)

  • Laura says:

    I don’t wear foundation often, but would love to get your blush recipe :)

  • nox_lumen says:

    i have some questions. but my skin tone is a tough mach, so i may NEED to make the color myself.

    my skin tends to be dry, so is white french clay ok to switch for bentonite?

    it looks like the cocoa and spices are colorants, but can you explain how each affects shade?

    i am pale but rosy, so this will probably need some serious play, and i am thinking i may need to start with a smaller batch of oil free powder for shade refining.

    oh, and finally, have you tried DIY cream concealers?

    • Kristin says:

      The recipe in the post is just suggested amounts so you will need to adjust the quantities to match your skin color. The cocoa adds color, if you didn’t use it you would just have a greenish/white powder. The spices add warmth to the color. I haven’t tried any DIY cream concealers. Once I started oil cleansing and using homemade make-up without the chemicals, my skin cleared up so much I didn’t need concealer anymore :)

    • ivy says:

      i love the idea i done a cream concealers it does work. my daughter is in dance she need all this makeup i buy cover girl and all super red lipstick for her dance

  • Roxy says:

    Can’t wait to try this!! Would you say it is light coverage or more full coverage?

  • nox_lumen says:

    That’s great

    unfortunately my dark circles are genetic, so i still need concealer even for clear skin. and my shade, once again has been discontinued.

    once i can get my powder color down i will have to do some experimenting with cream yellow and cream skin tone.

    but once i fine tune the mix, i won’t have to worry about the industry taking my products away as soon as i find them.

  • This sounds like a great recipe for homemade foundation. I am going to try it and see what it looks like. I never really think of making homemade make up except I do use mineral make up sometimes. Visit my blog Beauty Lists sometimes for more beauty tips, guides, clothes and accessories to buy

  • daisy says:

    Thanks for posting this. I never would have thought to make my own makeup. And to think it’s made with food ingredients.

  • Ashley says:

    Does the oil actually mix in with the powder though? Anybody try that is fairly tan? what kind of ratios do you use?

    • Kristin says:

      Yes, the oil mixes with the powder. You would never know there was oil in the mixture. It helps the powder “stick” better. For a tanner complexion I would use more cocoa powder and cinnamon. You can start with the ratios I give in the recipe and adjust the cinnamon and cocoa powder to produce a color that complicates your skin complexion best.

  • Jerica Michael says:

    I have everything but the vitamin e. Is there any way to do without? We most likely won’t be able to get some for a long while.

  • Kelly says:

    Do you need the clay? I figure it’s a prominent ingredient, but we don’t have any, and from what I’ve seen, it’s kind of expensive.. I don’t want to buy it ‘just to try it’, as I NEVER wear make up.

    • Kristin says:

      You can try it without the clay. Just up the arrowroot powder (that’s the most expensive ingredient). The clay is really good for your skin. I also use it weekly as a masque for my skin.

  • mindy says:

    I’m used to a liquid foundation. How long till it seems to wear off? Do you think it would cover light freckles?

    • Kristin says:

      I was a liquid foundation girl too. It has great coverage. Not too thin, but not super thick either. It lasts all day on my face even in the Florida heat and running after two kiddos :)

  • Karen says:

    Can I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder? I have an organic cornstarch on hand.

  • Hi, I just found your site in searching for DIY natural makeup, and yours looks the most helpful so far! (Though I’m still looking for a full-coverage liquid base to cover some residual issues I’m waiting to clear up…I’ve read I can just add oils though.)

    Anyway, I had one question…is your liquid Vitamin E a pretty viscous liquid? When I went looking for it for a bodywash recipe, the only option that was purely 100% vitamin e without other ingredients, was a clear liquid ‘goo’ that was pretty thick and slow moving (kinda like honey). So I’m curious if pure Vitamin E actually comes any more ‘liquid’ than that, or if I need to look somewhere outside my little local health foods store for it in that form.

    Thanks!

  • Terri says:

    I have medium to tanned skin tones and do not (yes, you read that right) like the smell of chocolate. I’m assuming cocoa powder/cacao powder has that smell…right? Does anyone have a suggestion for a substitute? I love the idea of making my own make up. :-) TYIA!

    • Kristin says:

      You can try carob powder. If you use a strong enough essential oil you really can’t smell the cocoa powder.

      • Terri says:

        Thanks for responding so quickly! I’ll have to do some experimenting with different ingredients. I’m thinking I’ll start with adding extra cinnamon. Thanks again!

  • Brooke says:

    Could you give an estimate of the entire cost? I googled some of the items and they seemed expensive. I just want to get an idea before heading to the store. I’m excited to try it!

    • Kristin says:

      It was a pricey endeavor for me to gather all the supplies the first time. Around $30 for everything. I figured that was about 3 of the store-bought foundation powders. I have now been making this for over a year and still have 1/2-3/4 of everything I bought the first time around. That means each time I make it the true cost is just a couple dollars. The initial cost is pricey, but nothing compared to the price of repeatedly buying the pricey store stuff :).

  • Anne says:

    Thank you very much for this natural foundation powder as I have been trying to go as natural as possible. I would just like to ask though, whether using vitamin e oil will work, as I don’t have vitamin e (liquid). Or will vit e as an oil be too sticky and cause clumps or the whole powder to stick together?

  • G says:

    I was really excited to try this, but I broke out in a horrible rash. I guess I’m doomed to having sensitive skin.

    • Kristin says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. I haven’t heard of anyone having a rash from using the foundation powder. What do you think caused the rash? What kind of make-up do you normally use? Was it all over or in one isolated place?

      • G says:

        I honestly don’t know. Thankfully, the rash has gone down now. I wear my powders on my cheeks, because that’s where I have acne scars that need to be covered up. Those are the areas I got big hives/rashes after using it. I usually use Mineral Fusion’s pressed powder.

        • cp says:

          It was likely one of the spices, cinnamon is a common culprit for such a reaction. Try using only arrowroot powder and cocoa powder and see if that causes a problem. If it does, try cornstarch instead of arrowroot or carob powder instead of cocoa powder. Try different spices, and test it out in an inconspicuous place first. For a reddish tone, you could try annatto, hibiscus, or beet powder. For a yellowish tone, you could try tumeric or ginger.

  • Sandra says:

    Thanks for the recipe ! Funny how i had all the ingredients under 2 weeks for other purposes (cocoa unsweetened for my son who can’t eat sugar ; spices for my black tea ; green clay for masks…), i decided to give it a try, since it doesn’t required to much product !
    I follow the recipe for the dry ingredients (didn’t have vitamin E and HE), but only put 1 tbsp of cocoa instead of 4. It’s match perfectfly with my light/medium skin, i think it might be due to the brand of cocoa (french and bio here).
    The texture on the skin is amazing : very very thin, good smell, and above all very good coverage for oily skin (not for acne however). I will use it as a powder face !

  • Very affordable arrowroot powder & vitamin e oil and bentonite clay can be found at Vitacost. for under $6 now on sale:http://www.vitacost.com/bobs-red-mill-all-natural-arrowroot-starch-flour-20-oz-1
    http://www.vitacost.com/jason-vitamin-e-pure-natural-skin-oil

    1 lb of bentonite Clay over at Mountian Rose Herbs for $6
    http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/clay/clay.php

    Anyone had any help with acne and reddness? Anything you might add to help cover this up. I use to have a lady make powder for me but I don’t know what was in it and she quit making it. I buy the expensive natural $30 pressed powder but I like this idea much better. It doesn’t seem to cover up the acne and redness though like the others… it seems too dark and not red enough or something. Back to experimenting with it!

  • Alison says:

    Will this cover up blushing?

    • Kristin says:

      Hi Alison, I find this powder wears very much like a powder you purchase at the store. It provides a good coverage and should provide a nice even skin tone and cover-up any light redness.

  • Alison says:

    I have Green Montmorillonite clay and Matcha Green tea. Its like a mask. Will it work? Also I don’t have ground nutmeg can I just use cinnamon?

  • Angie says:

    I tried this recipe but it gave me the most horrible rash in my life! I think it was because I used a lot of cinnamon. I have darker skin and cocoa powder didn´t matched my color very well.
    Could I use nutmeg instead? is it itchy too?

    • Kristin says:

      It sounds like you used too much cinnamon. Cinnamon will aggravate the skin in large amounts. I keep the ratio of cinnamon to arrowroot and cocoa powder very low. The cinnamon just adds a bit of warmth not really color. The nutmeg is used to add a bit of glow. The color really comes from the arrowroot and cocoa with the spices just a small touch to add warmth and glow to the foundation.

  • brendaruth says:

    Does the cinnamon irritate your skin at all?? like, make it burn or turn red? Sometimes when my kids get cinnamon sugar on their face from eating a cinnamon toast, it turns red there. So, I’m a bit leery of putting cinnamon in my powder.

    • Kristin says:

      It can if you use too much. The ratio of cinnamon to main ingredients is very small. I don’t recommend adding more. It’s just there to give a bit of glow and depth of color. You can skip it if you feel uncomfortable with cinnamon and play around with the other ingredients.

  • SPE says:

    I just tried this, so far so good! I am Latina, with light/medium skin. I added maybe two teaspoons more of cocoa powder. I didnt have any Vitamin E or lavender essential oil, so I added Argan oil and Clary Sage essential oil. I keep it in a dark container since argan is photosensitive. It has light coverage for me, which is good because I dont like a lot of coverage. It reminded me of how the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil looks on the skin if you just wear that instead of that and the foundation. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jennifer says:

    What type of container do you use for this and your blush? I have been acquiring all the ingredients and am finally almost out of my makeup and am ready to start creating! Thanks

  • vanessa says:

    Hi! I really find your idea helpful! By the way, is this homemade powder good in covering Rosacea? Because I have lots from cheeks. Lots of redness in my cheeks from my old pimples it leaves scars there.. Does the powder stays the whole day? I am interested to do it!

  • vanessa says:

    Can I buy all of the ingredients in Supermarket here in Germany? Is the homemade blush on looks good when you have very red cheeks because of the acne before? Because I have red scars in my cheeks from acne..

    • Kristin says:

      I’m not sure if you can find all the ingredients in Germany. I’ve never looked in another country for these ingredients. It provides a moderate amount of coverage similar to a mineral powder.

  • vanessa says:

    Hi! Thanks for the reply! Do you have topic about how to treat when you lost too much hair? My baby is almost 4 months old now and after giving birth I lost hair but it is around 1 weeks from now on since I lost. I read that it is normal after giving birth but still it bothers me.. I have red acne scars on my cheek. How do you treat it? God bless you!

  • vanessa says:

    Hallo, what do you mean by the arrowroot that is is similar to corn starch…used as a thickening agent in cooking without the GMOs? Thanks a lot..

  • vanessa says:

    Hi! By the way, I already have all the ingredients needed for this. I have a daughter, she is 4 months old now. Are all the ingredients safety even if you are breastfeeding? Thank you soo much!!!

  • Julie says:

    Hi, I’m allergic to Vitamin E, do you know if I could substitute maybe olive oil or coconut oil in this recipe? Thanks, Julie

  • This looks fantastic! Out of curiosity, what purpose does the cinnamon serve? (I’m dangerously allergic and wondering if I could skip it.) Thanks so much for the great recipe. :D

  • Sharon Reel says:

    i’ve tried a recipe similar to this where they used french green clay powder instead of the bentonite clay. do you know if it makes a difference as to which clay?

  • Hi Kristen,

    thanks for this recipe, I have all my ingreds and want to make, how did you whisk if the clay can not come into contact w metal? All my tools to mix are metal
    thank you for your reply

  • Tenshi says:

    Hello! I wanted to know if there was another alternative for the coccoa powder as I do not think I will be able to acquire some any time soon. Thanks for the wonderful recipe~

  • Hye-Yung says:

    I am very excited to try this DIY Foundation. I have been getting more interested in natural beauty products, and as I have such sensitive skin, I thought this would be a great starter. I received an adorable vintage Hello Kitty jar for Christmas, and I was wondering if I would be able to store the powder in that? I am asking in reference to your note that Bentonite Clay should not come in contact with metal. Do you mean ALL times, even when stored, because it is a glass jar with a metal lid. Thanks!

  • Jamie says:

    Do you mean cocoa powder like the kind you cook with? I know that sounds silly but I just want to make sure! Thanks!!!! LOVE this idea!

  • Dawn says:

    You mentioned the clay can’t come in contact with metal. What about piercings once the foundation is complete? Most are stainless steel or silver. I wouldn’t want a reaction. Is there something that can be used instead that could come in contact with piercings?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Dawn, I’m not really sure about piercings as I’ve never had personal experience. Basically, the clay just doesn’t work as it should once it comes in contact with metal. I don’t believe it will cause a reaction, just won’t work (from a chemistry point of view) on the skin as it would without the metal contact. That said, I’ve had a bit touch earrings (while applying) and I’ve never had a reaction on my skin.

  • * I did not read all the comments so if this is a repeat I apologize.
    A note on the cinnamon, that you should test what you are using on the back of your hand to make sure it does not burn. Not all cinnamons are created equal. The oils can cause really painful welts/burns even for people who are not allergic or have sensitive skin. We did an all natural spa night and had to stop using the cinnamon for that reason. It may not affect anyone at all in such a small amount, but having experienced it, better safe than sorry.
    In fact, it probably would be a good idea to test all the ingredients out on your hand before you mix it up. Then if you react to something you know what to omit.

  • Alicia Wilson says:

    Omg!! I love your recipe!!! I am 18 and ever since I was really little, I have always been about using all natural, home made products. Funny thing, when I was about 9 or 10 I remember seeing all these young girls wear makeup in my school (yeah crazy right?!!)so I would MAKE my own! I would mix cacao (no not a typo!) powder (which my mother purchased at Whole Foods) and cinnamon and wear that as a foundation. I also would open powdered cranberry capsules (which my dad got from work; he is a manager of Penn Herb Ltd.) and use that as a blush. For eyeliner and mascara, I would use charcoal capsules and water (using the screwy thing dislodged from an old Lip Smackers chap stick tube to apply both). I still use my homemade foundation recipe BUT yours is so much more sophisticated and probably works a lot better so I am definitely going to try it asap! Thanks!!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      That’s awesome. You were a very smart teen, going down the natural route to skincare. I really wish I had cared for my skin back in my teens. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the powder. I just love it and use it nearly daily.

  • Hi Kristin! I’m new to your blog and absolutely loving it! I was just diagnosed with celiac disease several months ago and looking for the most natural makeup and skin care products as much as possible. I will definitely give this a try! I have yellow undertones and wonder if this will be fine….I think so! I have to be careful of that vitamin E as that may contain gluten but I think I would try to replace it with Rosehip Oil…thoughts? Hope you get a chance to visit my blog…if this works nicely I will do a video post and credit your site for sure! Thanks again….my site is: http://www.hotblogsforwomen.com

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Nuccia, Welcome! Glad you found Live Simply. The make-up should work well for your skin tone. You will probably need to play around the amounts of each ingredient to get it just right, but that’s the beauty of this recipe. Rosehip sounds wonderful. You could also try tea tree oil as it provides the healing and soothing properties for the skin. Looking forward to hearing how it turns out for you. I popped over to your blog. It looks wonderful. I’ll spend some time exploring over there :).

  • Thanks Kristin! I will definitely try it and let you know….I nifty little trick I learned is to add ‘turmeric’ and that is huge for yellow undertones….i’ll definitely play with it and let you know. you have an awesome blog…truly enjoy it!

  • Nuccia says:

    Hi Kristin! I’m making this shortly and have 2 questions: 1) I was only able to find liquid bentonite clay..is that ok? Also 2) I hear that powder foundations accentuate fine lines….do you find it does that? Don’t want it make me look older…thanks!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Nuccia, I don’t think the liquid will work. You really need the powder. The powder won’t accentuate fine lines anymore than a make-up would. I haven’t had any problems with fine lines.

  • Nuccia says:

    Hi Kristin! Happy Tuesday! :) Sorry to be a pain but I have one more question….I tried this on the weekend and I really like it but I find i’m not getting a lot of coverage…could it be the missing Bentonite clay? I upped the arrow root though to compensate. What do you think I did wrong? or maybe that’s just how it’s supposed to look…I have a couple of light freckles but they won’t hide with the foundation so I ended up putting concealer…let me know…thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Nuccia, The powder will provide a moderate coverage. If you are used to a heavy coverage, you may want to use an organic concealer underneath. Extra arrowroot powder may actually provide even less coverage. The clay definitely does help.

  • Tammy says:

    I put the 4 TBSP of cocoa in and it was way to dark, had to start over…is that the correct amount? The second time I used 4 tsp, much better:-)

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Glad you found the appropriate amount for your skin tone. I use 4 TB mixed with the arrowroot, but that does change in the winter, due to less sun exposure. One reason I love this recipe is the fact that I can play around with the shade, each season.

  • Mary Rose says:

    Do you have any suggestions to have the makeup be appropriate as a sunscreen?

  • Laurin says:

    I was reading the comments and I saw mention of using coconut oil to give it more of a liquid foundation coverage, how would I go about mixing that? I made the powder, but it doesn’t hold to my dry skin very well.

  • Lyn says:

    Would there be a way to add zinc oxide in here to give the powder some sun protection?

  • Jay says:

    So I just made some and tried it on but the powder is invisible! It didn’t cover up redness and looked no different than before I put it on. I didn’t have the clay or vitamin e oil (used tea tree oil instead). Could this be because I skipped the clay? Or could it just be my skin?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Jay, I don’t recommend skipping the clay. You can still make a great foundation without it, but if you are looking for corrective issues, like redness or mild acne to be resolved, the greenish bentonite clay is needed. If you want a corrective powder, the bentonite is what I recommend and use in my recipe. For more of a white clay the French clay is a good choice. This powder will provide a light to moderate coverage so if you want a bit for coverage for certain areas I recommend an organic concealer in the beginning. I used an organic concealer in the beginning and I actually found this recipe helped heal (the clay helps in the healing too) and over time I felt comfortable wearing it without anything underneath.

      • Jay says:

        Thanks for replying so quickly! And thank you for answering my question with such a detailed answer. I will definitely try and locate some bentonite for the next time I make this recipe. :)

  • schnappxplo says:

    Hi, I’ve tried your recipe but I am having two problems I was hoping you could help me with.
    I’m using Arrow root powder, ginger powder, cinnamon powder, Vit E, Lavender Essential Oil, and Bentonite clay.
    1. It does not stay on my skin at all
    2. Clumps continuously form.
    I would really appreciate some advice from you! Thank you!.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Truthfully, I’m not sure why a few people have sticking issues. Listed above in the ingredients are the actual brands I use to make this powder. I’d recommend buying ingredients that are high quality and very fine. We are working on a video tutorial which I hope will help the handful that have expressed this issue. Since I’m not in your kitchen (or bathroom) making this with you, I simply don’t know why the powder didn’t stick. I’d recommend wiping your face with a damp cloth to see if any powder stuck to your face. It may be that you are experiencing the difference between heavy, cake-like, store-bought powder and homemade, light powder. A few other questions to ask: did you wash your face and then apply this powder? Is your face greasy, did it just sink in? What kind of application tool did you use-powder brush, finger, washcloth? (I recommend a powder brush.) It shouldn’t roll-off your face, there should be stick. Also, for clumping be sure to whisk the ingredients together. There will be a couple small little clumps, size of a dot from a pencil, but nothing large or continuous throughout the make-up.

      • TGP says:

        I have the same problem, does not stay on my skin, uneven coverage, and clumps form. Not sure of the purpose of the vit E oil. My store bought powder foundation goes on much thinner and smoother. I washed my face, I have very dry skin and am very fair. In fact only 1tbsp of cocoa powder was almost too much. Tried my finger tips so I could grind the powder more finely and control application. I have not read all of the other posts yet, any other suggestions? Thanks

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hi TGP, The arroworoot and cocoa powder should be fine in texture. The bentonite should also be fine enough to not clump or stick. You can try sifting the mixture (like flour) to get any clumps out and even whisking. Also, make sure you apply to a moisturized (not oily, just moisturized) face. The vitamin e oil provides moisture for the skin as the bentonite can have a drying effect when used alone, for some people. It also helps give a bit of “stick”. Try applying with a brush too. The unevenness may be coming from applying with your finger- the brush should help.

  • Tylere says:

    I’m allergic to ginger and was wondering how it would affect this recipe if I just omitted it? Or could you suggest something I could use to replace the ginger?

  • Robyn says:

    Two questions: could I use rhassoul clay instead of bentonite and could I use a different EO or just leave it out completely? Thanks! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Robyn, I haven’t used rhassoul clay before, but from my reading it sounds like it will work well. My only concern would be color. The rhassoul looks a bit more gray to pinkish in color. You may need to play around with the ratios of ingredients to achieve the best color. You are welcome to use any essential oil safe for skin. I personally like the smell of lavender, but any EO will work perfectly. You can also leave it out. Enjoy the powder :).

  • Kristen says:

    Just thought everyone here would like to know our hilarious experience with this powder. Four of us made it, ranging from rosy white to African -American and the same mixture worked on everyone’s skin. Feels just like a powder. So…. My friend gets home from work yesterday and announces she can no longer wear the powder to work (she is a daycare teacher-2year olds). She said three of her kids licked her face, LOL, then…. A parent licked her face!!! She said she was handing a kid to his dad and he licked her face!!! Said she smelled like chocolate and he wondered if she tasted like it too!! OMG!! We coud NOT stop rolling in laughter, it was so funny! So either we used the wrong kind of cocoa powder or it just smells chocolate-y. Either way thanks for the recipe and definitely thanks for the laughs…. I told my friend maybe she needs to test out your pumpkin lotion next! ROFL,

  • moxyvida says:

    Beautiful website, and I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe out! Thanks you :)

  • Jenny says:

    I wondered about the color. I’m also fair skinned and made the recipe. Is it really supposed to be 4 Tablespoons of cocoa? Mine seems quite a bit darker than yours so I was just making sure. Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Jenny, 4 TB is the amount I use. I use less during the winter as my skin isn’t exposed to the sun. The wonderful thing about this powder is you can play with the clay depending on season and your need. If it’s a too dark add a little bit of the arrowroot.

      • Jenny says:

        Thanks, that makes sense. Would you mind sharing what your winter recipe is for when you’re more fair skinned? I have a good brush that helps with coverage and it seems to have pretty decent coverage, possibly buildable coverage too. It’ll be awesome to cut out that expense every couple months!

  • Susan says:

    Do you happen to know if the bentonite clay powder packages sold with winemaking kits are the same thing? (I work at a brew your own facility)

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Susan, I wish I knew the answer, but don’t know anything about the bentonite clay that comes with wine-making kits. I believe there’s only one kind of benonite clay.

  • prezshannon says:

    I couldn’t find bentonite clay can I use green clay?

  • prezshannon says:

    Just want to say I LOVE this powder ! It’s so soft and smells amazing ! If anyone hasn’t already come across this.. here’s a tip I discovered.. I applied it with a makeup sponge for more coverage around areas that need it. Works great ! Thanks for this recipe !

  • I love this recipe, and am going to try it, but I know that cinnamon and cloves and other spices sometimes make me sneeze. Don’t think I will have problems with the cacao. Have you ever run into this, or should I just go for it?

  • G says:

    Can I use tapioca flour/starch instead of arrowroot? Also, is cocoa powder and the starch comedogenic in any way?

  • Karen says:

    Hi, I made your recipe today & was really impressed with it. I made a half batch & other than being a tiny bit yellow on my skin, it was a good mix. Next time I’ll use less ginger. I traded the vitamin e for tea tree oil, it was easier to find. I read some comments & was worried about it not sticking, so I was generous with the bentonite clay & the lavender. After 10-11 hours of wear, I could still feel with my fingers that it was still on my face, but my face felt great. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Karen, Thank for coming back and sharing your experience. The beauty of making your own powder is being able to play with color, sounds like you are already doing that by adding less ginger, and figuring out a great color combo for your skin. Enjoy the powder :).

  • Shannon says:

    I was looking up bentonite clay since that is the ingredient I don’t have and need to get. The one I saw on Mountain Herbs says it’s 18% aluminum. I made my own deodorant to avoid aluminum. Is this really harmless to be putting on my skin? Otherwise, I can’t wait to make it!!!
    Thanks!!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Shannon, I make all my own products to avoid toxic ingredients too. Aluminum is part of the structure of all clay. The aluminum found in natural bentonite clay is safe and naturally-occurring, not the man-made aluminum found in most store-bought beauty products. Natural aluminum can’t be absorbed by the body like man-made aluminum, and isn’t toxic. I actually use this clay to make toothpaste (recipe on the blog) and many people use it for detox purposes as it pulls out toxins. It’s also a fantastic facial mask as it draws out impurities.

  • Amanda Bruette says:

    I love this! I have 100% carob powder. Do you think I could use this in place of the cocoa? Thanks!

  • rweich says:

    Can you use Kaloin Clay, instead of Bentonite?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi rweich, I don’t have any experience with Kaloin clay. From what I’ve read Kaloin clay should work for cosmetic use, but you may have to adjust the cocoa powder as the clay is very white.

  • stella says:

    Wonderful info. Pls for Africans, do we use less or more of cocoa powder and will corn starch come out well instead of arrowroot powder?

  • Heather Teeter says:

    4 Tbsp of cocoa powder? Is that correct? I followed your recipe exactly because I assumed that since you were fair skinned and I am fair skinned, the ratios would work for me. That being said, when I added in that amount of cocoa powder the color was WAYYYY too dark for me. I ended up quadrupling the other ingredients to make up for the excess cocoa powder. Maybe I am missing a step, or could it be that the cocoa powder is to read 4 tsp? Just checking. Thanks for giving people with sensitive skin a recipe that may work for them, regardless :)

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Heather, 4TB is the amount of cocoa powder I like to use. I live in Florida and while I have fair skin, I also have a tan for a good the year, so the 4TB works great. This recipe is great for the fact that you can play around with the amount, adjusting as you mix. So glad you found the right combo for you. Enjoy!!

  • Darla says:

    I just had to leave a comment regarding the homemade foundation recipe: THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have never had anything feel so good on my face, or control oil like this. I made my batch following your recipe, except I didn’t have nutmeg so I just added an additional amount of ginger. I also left out the vitamin E oil and per your recommendation, used tea tree oil instead since my skin is the exact opposite of dry.

    I hate thinking about how much money I have wasted over the years on products!
    I don’t need a lot of coverage, but the one thing I have that I hate is oily skin, and NOTHING ever has worked like this. I want to broadcast this recipe to the world and all the others that struggle with controlling oil on their face lol.
    I had even used the bare minerals line of products, and all it did was settle in my pores and look cakey. This recipe goes on smooth and looks great, and I have far from perfect skin. I am so happy, and I just thank you so much.

  • Katelyn says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Have you thought ever thought about or heard of people adding Maca powder? I just always have some in my kitchen and am curious if it could be a good addition.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Katelyn, I don’t have a lot of experience with Maca powder, so I’m not sure if it would work in this recipe. If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!

  • sariyan says:

    hi kristin,, thank you for the recipe sharing..may i know how long it takes to last longer? Is it one month?

  • Roxana says:

    would this work without nutmeg and ginger?? I don’t have those and I wanted to know if they are a must, or not! Thank you for an answer and THANK you for your amazing website! oxoxox

  • pinky says:

    Calcium Bentonite clay (Green Clay) is this clay ok to use in foundation powder

  • Julie says:

    I have a comment and two questions.

    If you have a food coop nearby, check it out. Our local coop has a bulk area with many of the ingredients in this and some of Kristin’s other recipes available to be purchased in whatever quantity you choose (arrowroot powder, beet powder, cocoa powder, lavender and calendula blossoms). There were three different cocoa powders with slightly different shades which would allow an additional way to customize your shade.

    Now for my questions. My skin is quite dry; I’m not dealing with acne or redness, so would it still be best to include the bentonite clay? Does it have any benefit for dry skin?

    I understand that you like the scent of lavender. Have you tried any other essential oils whose scent you like for this recipe?

    Thanks! I love your website.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Julie, I’ve tried making the powder with the clay and without. When I first started using this recipe I didn’t use the clay, but found I liked the added benefits of clay and started incorporating it into my recipe. You can leave it out and still make a good powder.

      I have tried other oils. Any oil that’s safe for direct contact with skin (meaning no need for a carrier oil) would work great.

  • Loren says:

    Question: How do you get rid of the clumps that occur from adding the liquid vitamin e and the essential oil?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Loren, I generally whisk the powder for about a minute after adding the vitamin e and essential oil. You could also run it through a spice grinder, if you desire, but that would be more work.

  • pinky says:

    i tried the powder today but it didnt match my indian skin.we usually have orange tint in our cosmetics to suit our skin colour.i tried it with turmeric powder but none suited my complexion.plz help me to get that orange shade

  • Tracy says:

    I just made your foundation powder and am amazed! I left out the vitamin e and lavender oil because I didn’t have it, but intend on getting some later and adding it. I used shea butter as a moisturizer underneath so the powder would stick since i left the oils out. I cannot believe how much this looks like my expensive foundations, maybe even better. It soaks into your skin later so even though it looks powdery, that only lasts about half an hour. Also wanted to mention I think your video tutorial on this is great, and now I have utensil envy. Must get some wooden spoons! :-) Thanks so much for your blog. It’s been so informative.

  • Courtney says:

    Woah! Such an awesome concept! I’ve never seen a DIY foundation before!

    http://breakfastatvogue111.blogspot.com/

  • Sue says:

    I made this yesterday and it goes on nicely! I added an extra T. of cocoa powder to adjust the color for my complexion. The only thing I was worried about was smelling like a spice rack – not that that’s a bad smell, but, well, you know…Anyway, the spice smell dissipates quickly, I even had my hubby smell it after a bit and he agreed – no smell :)
    I may add a few more drops of the vitamin E oil as I live in New Mexico and it’s dry dry dry here!

  • Rachel Dow says:

    I can’t wait to try this out! But I do have a question: do you have a recipe or idea for concealer?? I have a ton of acne scars & continual acne (trying my best to find out the most natural way to clear up my face) and my currant foundation (all mineral, but costly!! ) does not even come close to covering my scars.. :(

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Rachel, I’ve experienced the same issue with scars, so when I go out for an event I use an organic concealer and this foundation powder powder over the top. I’ve used Physician’s Formula brand with good success. They make an organic line which isn’t perfect (for ingredients) but much better than other store-bought alternatives. Scratch Mommy also sells an organic foundation, although it’s not as thick as what you’ll get from a store-bought concealer: ScratchMommy.com.

  • Muktangan says:

    Wonderful recipes!! Can’t wait to try :D

  • Katie says:

    I apologize if someone already asked this; there’s too many comments to sort thru! Does the lavendar serve any purpose other than scent? Can I leave it out and get the same results?

    Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Katie, There are a lot of comments on this thread, so no apologies :). The lavender adds a pleasant scent, but also a soothing and healing property for the skin, but it can be left out. You’ll still have a wonderful foundation powder without the lavender EO.

  • Cindy says:

    In your frequently asked questions you ask, “If I make this and don’t like it did I waste my money?” You can use it as a dry shampoo if you don’t want to use it as a foundation! Apply with a brush to the scalp and brush out.

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