Friday, February 22, 2013

DIY Finishing Powder


Almost three years ago, I bought Bare Minerals make up for my wedding.  It lasted for quite a while, however, once it was gone, I couldn't justify spending THAT much money on make up.

As I was cleaning out my make up bag, I discovered the last little bit of mineral veil powder left in its jar.  In my pregnant brain, the thought occurred to me: "That looks just like baby powder." I currently have 75 lbs of baby powder at my house.  (Well, maybe not that much, but it seems like it. We got several containers at baby showers.)  I put on my make up and tried out the baby powder on top.  It worked pretty well, but made me look washed out (duh, it's white powder).  To tint it, I added a little bit of cocoa powder.  That solved that problem (and made me hungry for brownies). 

One last issue with it: it didn't really stay on for too long.  My skin would start to get oily and the powder didn't do too much to stop it.  Solution: corn starch. Voila! I had done it. Cheap "mineral veil" that works basically the same for a fraction of the cost. So here's the breakdown:

1 tbs cornstarch
1/2 tbs baby powder*
sprinkling of cocoa powder  (add a little, stir a little, until you reach your desired shade)

Apply with a big puffy brush on top of your make up.

*Recently I've had a lot of emails and comments talking about the baby powder component of this.  I wasn't aware that there were different kinds of baby powder (first-time mom!), but the kind I used is pure cornstarch infused with aloe and vitamin E.


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39 comments:

  1. I love Bare Minerals, too, but not their price, so this recipe sounds interesting. Talc makes me break out horribly, though, so I'll have to try it with talc-free baby powder. Thanks for sharing!

    I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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    1. Thanks for the invite! Just linked up and added you blog to my blog party page =)

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  2. What a wonderful tip on how to save money and still look beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ and I know the feeling of having 75 pounds of baby powder ~ my youngest is 7 and I'm finally polishing off the last 5 pounds of it ;)

    Have a great week!

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  3. I would be interested to try with talc free baby powder. what about bicarb soda instead of cornstarch?
    Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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  4. The baby powder I used had aloe and vitamin E. Not sure about talc.

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  5. Perfect timing, I just ran out of powder! I am headed to the kitchen to make some up. (Bonus, since I just ran out- I have a container!) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Good timing! I used one of my rubbermaid storage containers lol At least it holds a lot!

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  6. Great idea! I love it and just featured it on our FB page! http://www.facebook.com/firefliesandjellybeans

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  7. I love bare minerals, but it definitely breaks the budget. I will have to try this considering I'm almost out of what I have left - also a wedding makeup purchase!

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  8. I'm gonna have to try this!Found you via Somewhat Simple linky. I'm a powder junkie and I use Mary Kay. It's not too expensive but my skin is a little oily and I wonder if this will help.

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  9. Interesting. I'm pinning this for later.

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  10. I'm intrigued! I've seen people make dry shampoo with similar ingredients. I didn't think about making a finishing powder. I'm going to pin it and might try this out once I am out of my powder.

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  11. Always love finding great DIY recipes. I love mineral make up so this is one I'm going to have to try. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from cowgirl up linky party

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  12. I mostly just wear eye shadow because face makeup has always made my face oily and break out. But I do have some bare minerals to. And it is expensive. And the color of eye shadow that I like is only sold in the trial kit. Can't buy individually, and I don't need the other stuff. I read somewhere that cocoa can be used as eye shadow, and a lot cheaper. The only problem with using cocoa is, makes you want to lick your I lids (-; plus it would probably make you crave those brownies.

    Linda @ http://mixedkreations.com/blog

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  13. How resourceful. :D Thanks for sharing
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  14. I have been using E.L.F. mineral powder which is quite affordable, but I will be trying this next. Great tip!
    Thank you for sharing it at and your other projects at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  15. I'm totally getting the "accidentally wonderful" part of your theme here! LOL Clever!

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  16. Wow, fabulous idea. I would have never thought of it. Maybe I'll have to try it out. Thanks so much for linking up at Crafty Tuesday!

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  17. Wow! Amazing idea! How did it work with your skin? I have sensitive skin that breaks out easily, but for only a few dollars, it's definitely worth a try!

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    1. It works very well for me. I've been using it daily with no problems since I made it.

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    2. Bethany, did you try this and did it work for you? I have sensitive skin as well and am weary of trying anything new...

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  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! Glad it works so well for you. I don't really use powder too often, though when I do my skin looks smoother. I just don't spend much money on make-up. This is a good solution! Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime!

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  19. You have been featured on Gingerly Made! Thanks for linking up.
    http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/03/show-tell-features.html

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  20. What a great idea!! I never even thought to make my own! I am going to have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring your powder tonight at this weeks link party!
    Jill

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  21. This is great! I'll definitely try it,thank you for sharing,Rebekah!!
    Visiting from Green Willow Pond :)

    Hugs,

    Sayuri@Vintage Breeze

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  22. I am so intrigued. I use Baremnerals...but would love a thriftier version!

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  23. This sounds like a great idea -- pinning to try later!

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  24. I love experimenting with making my own skin care goodies. Thanks for the great Tip! ;o)

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  25. What a great idea! So glad you shared @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Pinned while I was here :)

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  26. Hi,
    Great idea at a fraction of the price!
    Our party is live today, and we would like to invite you to link up and share this: http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/ We would really appreciate it.
    Hope you have a great day!
    Thank!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  27. I accidentally bought a foundation mineral powder too dark for my skin so added cornstarch and tripled it. I read you can also add cinnamon or nutmeg to get a different tone

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  28. I accidentally bought a foundation mineral powder too dark for my skin so added cornstarch and tripled it. I read you can also add cinnamon or nutmeg to get a different tone

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  29. I would love to try this!!
    the only concern should be adding cocoa to my face... i know is natural but i can't help but imaging getting ants all over (i know cocoa isn't sweet, I'm just weird)..
    I have being wondering.. and maybe i can add a bit of Food Grade Coloring Powder instead of the cocoa, so I'm sure there's no flavor at all in it...

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    1. I've never had an issue with the scent of the cocoa attracting an bugs... The coloring powder may work well, though =)

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  30. I got so excited I had to make some up even though I don't have all the ingredients. I used body powder (it does have a little talc, but mostly cornstarch) and a little Mexican hot cocoa mix. The powder has a slight vanilla floral scent, so it mixed with the cinnamon hot cocoa fragrance beautifully, though it's barely descernible. The texture is wonderful. I know there is sugar in the mix, but so far it doesn't seem to matter. That gives me $25 more dollars for the vacation fund!

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