Natural Makeup 101: Foods You Can Eat – and Put on Your Face
You read that right. Today is the generation of time-saving lifehacks and clever improvisations that food as makeup is not surprising. We’re already eating them, so why not see if they have other uses? In fact, before the age of petroleum and glycerin, ancient beauty gurus have used natural ingredients to make themselves beautiful. Not only are they easily available, they’re 100% toxic-free and super affordable. Whether you’re a cosmetics newbie or a makeup pro, why not try these food beauty hacks for a naturally pretty you in Spring?
*Note: Results will vary based on preparation and type of ingredient used. Please be advised against food allergies. Do a test first and be very cautious around sensitive areas such as the eyes and lips.
- Beets, your favorite berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc.), cocoa powder, cinnamon, water, coconut oil and/or shea butter
- Q-tips, empty small makeup canisters, petroleum jelly, unscented baby powder, activated charcoal (optional)
If you already have perfect skin, then just concentrate on adding color to your face. Mash the fresh beets, then add a little coconut oil or shea butter for smoother consistency. Use your little finger or a Q-tip when applying to your lips and cheeks. Add a little at a time until you get the desired shade. Blend well. Beets last longer than other ingredients; but you can also try your favorite berries such as raspberries (which give a luscious pink tint).
Activated charcoal works great for lashes and as a natural eyeliner. However, be very careful of purchasing a good brand. Activated charcoal is NOT the same as coal or ashes (the kind you use for barbecues). Make your own research and read reviews for the best kind on the market. This ingredient is also handy in case of accidental poisoning and for whitening teeth. To use as makeup, mix a pinch to petroleum jelly or coconut oil. Mix well and use a damp brush when applying on the eye area.
Want to look sun-kissed but hate cakey bronzers? Simply combine a bit of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and unscented baby powder; mix well and dust onto cheeks, chin, and forehead to help catch light. For a creamier consistency, simply replace baby powder with either shea butter or coconut oil.
What about foundation? Try a pinch of cocoa with baby powder, OR go all-natural and simply wash your face using fresh Spring water. Without the hard minerals from regular tap water, you may see and feel a difference when it comes to your skin’s texture.
Care and Storage
Natural makeup is definitely cost-effective and looks great. Plus, you don’t have to worry about applying unknown toxins on your precious skin. Use small empty makeup pots for storage so you can take them anywhere. But remember to throw them out after a several hours! Unlike manufactured makeup, they have quick expiration dates.
If you’re not ready to go all-natural just yet, try organic moiturizers from trusted brands. They contain little to no harmful chemicals that could ruin your skin over time.