I am a simple kind of gal. I don’t like spending a fortune on cosmetics, so when I heard about DIY zero waste makeup, I went nuts about it. Naturally, I couldn’t resist but to take on the challenge. Not only did I save money, but I also made some amazing sustainable and cruelty-free makeup. Here are 3 recipes that I’ve tried so far and to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
Zero waste lipstick
For this all-organic lipstick, you will only need 2 ingredients: beetroots, which will give the lipstick a nice pink-reddish color, and some coconut oil to act as a moisturizer. Instead of coconut oil, you can also use vitamin E oil or honey. The first thing you’ll do is peel the beetroot, chop it into small cubes and throw them in a food processor.
Once you get a nice consistency, strain the beetroot and make sure that is completely dry. Then mix it with a small tablespoon of coconut oil (or other moisturizers of your choice). Give them a nice stir and once combined you can try out the mixture on your lips. That’s it. Easy-peasy, right? However, keep in mind that since your lipstick is all-natural, it must be stored in the fridge, so it won’t go bad.
Zero waste bronzer
Making a nice bronzer is even easier. Not to mention that is a lot cheaper than a store-bought one. The only things you’ll be needing are some cacao powder, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Start by mixing one tablespoon of cacao powder with one tablespoon of cinnamon.
Depending on how light or dark you wish your bronzer to be, add 1-3 tablespoons of cornstarch. I used one tablespoon of each. However, these are only my preferences. You can customize the measures according to your desire and depending on how the bronzer looks on your face.
Zero waste blush
The recipe for blush is pretty much similar to the one for the zero waste bronzer. The ingredients are again cornstarch, cocoa powder, while the cinnamon is replaced by beetroot powder. I got mine on Amazon. However, if willing, you can also make beetroot powder at home. Peel the beetroot, slice it thinly and dry in a food dehydrator or outside in the sun.
Once the slices are ready, crush them in a food processor and grind them as much as possible, until you get a powder-like consistency. Now it’s where the fun part starts. By combining the three ingredients you can make as many color shades as possible. And remember, just like with the bronzer, use the cornstarch to darken or lighten your blush.
Now that you know how incredibly easy it is to make some zero waste makeup at home, give it a try, spread the word, and inspire others to do the same. If you think about it you probably have most of these ingredients already lying around your home.