All Natural Homemade Foundation Powder: For a happy face.

All Natural Homemade Foundation Powder: For a happy face.

Homemade foundation: Let’s do this! I’ve had quite a few requests for a homemade foundation powder. After giving you homemade mascara, homemade blush, bronzer, and lip balm I really wanted to give you a good homemade foundation powder.  Of course foundation is tricky. For one, it covers the whole face. It needs to go on well, stay put, match skin tones, and not clog your pores.

A hefty task, indeed.

This has also been a challenge for me on a personal/psychological level. I know. I’m talking about makeup, not some childhood phobia. But after battling acne and bad skin for so long, and relying so heavily on thick foundations to “cover up” my imperfections, I have finally come to a place where I feel really good in my skin. I rarely use makeup at all these days. I don’t know if you can understand just how huge this is.

But still, I’ve been promising a homemade foundation for a long time, so today I’m making good on that promise. Because of its nature, however, there are a few things you should know about the recipe I’m about to give you:

  • Homemade foundation is not an exact science. It requires some experimentation to get a color that works for you.
  • This is not like your typical foundation that you buy in the mall, grocery store, or from your Avon rep. It’s totally natural (yay!) but may not “do the job” in the way you are used to. Maybe it will. That really depends on your skin type and your expectations.
  • Just because it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s perfect for your skin.

Let’s talk about that third point for just a moment.

If you a familiar with my bronzer recipe you’ll notice that this foundation recipe is very similar. Simple ingredients that you can usually find in your kitchen at any time. Awesome, right? Yes. But you still need to proceed intelligently.

For example:

This recipe, like my bronzer, has the option of using finely ground cinnamon. According to this article, cinnamon can be very beneficial for your skin. But some individuals find that it causes redness. When we remember that herbs and spices are potent and powerful, this makes sense. Depending on our unique set of circumstances, even the most harmless ingredient may not be a good fit. There is nothing toxic in this recipe but I still urge you to try out a sample and decide if this is a good “every day makeup alternative” for you or not.

The good news it that you can make a really tiny batch for sampling. The really good news is that this homemade foundation powder is so so so simple.

This homemade foundation vs. mineral make up

Before I finally said “good bye” to my commercial make up I was wearing a nice (expensive) mineral foundation. And just so you know, there are recipes out there to teach you how to make your own mineral make up and where to get ingredients. And for some, mineral make up is seen to have a lot of benefits.

But I personally still don’t feel completely confident in most of the ingredients. Some ingredients like Mica are common skin irritants. Many contain Titanium Dioxide which I don’t feel really comfortable putting on my face every day. You’d need to do your own research and have a trusted source for quality ingredients if mineral make up interests you. But if your are looking for a homemade foundation that is like your mineral make up, this is a place to start.

Okay, enough stalling. Let’s do this!


You may notice that my foundation is ridiculously light in color… that’s because I’m ridiculously pale. A little cocoa powder for me really is all I need to add. But yours will look different, don’t worry.

Since I know someone will ask for it, here is a before and after picture. It’s subtle, but I do think the homemade foundation smooths things out and takes out some of the redness in my face. Plus it provides a nice “foundation” for any other makeup I might want to put on.

(Sorry for the awkward pics… this is what you get when I have to take them myself.)

Absolutely no make up on the left, only foundation on the right:

All natural homemade foundation from


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There you go, an all natural homemade foundation powder! Have fun. And enjoy how yummy your face will smell, too.


All natural homemade foundation: So easy to make so make your face happy.


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    1. Sierra

      I have no Arrowroot Powder and I looked up a substitute for it it said that 1 tsp. of arrowroot powder would equal to 1tbs. of flour or 1 1/2 tsp. of cornstarch. Would that be a healthy alternative or no?

  1. Kelley

    This is awesome :). I know this is a little off subject but can anyone help me find nin toxic stage makeup for my daughter?

    1. Post author

      Great question. Maybe I can ask my facebook readers if they have any ideas. Can you post this question on my wall there so I don’t forget?

    2. Crystal

      It may be worth spending some time on the EWG Skin Deep website and searching by make-up type and choosing one with the lowest score (anything green or yellow is best). Expect to have to search to find the product and pay a bit, but it’s best to be safe with a young one.

    3. Samrrz12

      Walamrt has a new line of non toxic makeup for tweens:)
      I’m 12 and I heard about it on the news, so excited to try it!

    4. Andrea Gray

      Hi Kelley!

      Know you asked your question a while back but if you still need some suggestions, here are a few, and all can be purchased at You can also visit the product websites for more in depth info about each line:

      Alima Pure (mineral make up)
      Vapour Organics (cream make up in either stick or pump bottle)
      W3LL People (cream make up in stick form, a little less hydrating than Vapour)
      RMS Beauty Un Cover Up- (cream formula in a little pot) This is a fantastic make up line! But maybe a bit challenging to work with for someone young. The Powder from this line, Un Powder, is amazing as well. It contains only one ingredient, silica. And it feels like absolute velvet on the skin.

      For mascara, it’s a bit trickier. NONE of them on the market are totally free and clear of nasties. But, there are a couple that come pretty darn close. And, what you have to remember is that they are still leaps and bounds above your mainstream brands in terms of safety. These mascaras are: 100 Percent Pure and Kjaer Weiss

      These are all stellar lines containing great ingredients…happy shopping!

    5. Lauren

      Try Shear Miracles, their products are so organic, that you can eat them with no harmful side-effects..

  2. Cheryll

    Thank you so much! I’ve been waiting all weekend for this post :). Would grapeseed oil be as good as the other oils you mentioned if I want a creamy foundation? (I read your post on grapeseed oil last week.)

    1. capraG

      Hello, very good article.
      I made my own foundation as well, a few weeks ago; it’s great! my recipe is slightly different: I mixed zinc oxide with some beetroot powder and turmeric powder until I got my shade, then added some powdered silk protein and some argan oil. Beetroot and turmeric are well-known for their health and cosmetic benefits and the silk protein gives my skin such a nice soft finish! just make sure you use only a small amount of turmeric, or eelse you’ll as yellow as liver failure : )))
      what do you think? : )
      As for the stage non-toxic make-up, my brother is on stage as well and I gave him some home-made concoctions of mine : ) : zinc oxide and a bit of white clay made into a paste with argan, almond oil, ricin oil for that white-ish foundation they always use and for the eyes I made him a paste of charcoal mixed with aloe vera gel and some argan oil as eyeliner and mascara. as a blush he uses beetroot powder mixed with just a bit of turmeric powder for the right shade : )

      1. preeti

        wow capraG that was really very there any other substitute for zinc oxide?

  3. Phoenix

    I used your bronzer recipe to make face powder a couple weeks ago. I love it! I smell cookies all day long when I wear it. I’m going to try using oil to make pressed powder for my daughter since she makes a mess with the loose powder.

    I also made a darker shade to powder the roots of my hair. We ditched shampoo a month ago and this really helps getting through difficult hair days.

    Thank you so much for posting these great recipes that make getting rid of toxic products so easy and accessible!

    1. Post author

      Bronzer is usually used more to contour your face… rather than used all over. Although, I wouldn’t take advice from me on how best to apply it. 😉

  4. Meghan

    How much cocoa powder did you add? I’m ridiculously pale too … I may need even less than you :(

    1. Post author

      I didn’t really measure… but I started with probably 1/2 tsp and just mixed and added. I would brush a little on the inside of my arm and then keep adding until it seemed right.

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  6. Ruth Kleiber

    All I can say is . . . WOW!! I work in a drugstore and I am well aware of the ingredients in the cosmetics and the harm they can cause. This recipe is wonderful!!! I didn’t have any arrowroot powder, so subbed in some cornstarch . . . as per bronzer recipe . . . worked really well!! Thank you!
    Also, I do not used commercial hair colour, see above regarding harmful chemicals. Body Art Quality henna works great :)

    1. Laurie

      Thanks for the henna suggestion. I’ve been looking for an alternative hair coloring. Do you know if Body Art Quality henna is organic?

  7. Bethany

    Wow, so creative and wonderfully natural! You look great with it on too. It’s just a natural-looking glow. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Alicia

    This sounds GREAT! Im all about ALL NATURAL. My problem is I have VRY I made foundation with the oily skin. If oil, wuld it me shiny??? Any ideas???

    1. Post author

      The added oils do not make it oily at all… and you can leave them out and just use the powder. The oils only give enough moisture to give it some structure, but I doubt it will make your skin more oily.

      1. Ellie

        Alicia, I read somewhere that if you have oily skin your skin WANTS oil so the common beauty mistake (and acne suffer mistake) of dehydrating the skin (or somehow taking the oil away) makes your skin produce more oil.

    1. Post author

      I think right now I have Red Mill’s in my fridge. It’s not organic, but they are a GMO-free company. I haven’t seen organic in my health food store, but I know I’ve seen it online on Amazon.

  9. Cassie Sun

    Thank you so much for sharing these! These recipes sound so rich and yummy… I can’t wait to try them! Just wondering though… could you tell me the difference between Arrowroot powder and cornstarch as far as how they function on our faces? I try and stay away from all corn products due to being gmo, so I was going to try the bronzer with arrowroot powder. Thanks again :)

    1. Post author

      They are pretty similar. I find arrowroot more fine and a better option for skincare. But you can use either for either recipe.

  10. Lisa

    I tried this some years back with cornstarch, didn’t know about Arrowroot at that time. Anyway, took the cornstarch and put it into a frying pan on very low heat, continuing to stir with a spatula till it got darker, to the exact color I wanted.

  11. Rachael

    This looks great! So nice that your recipes use such accessible ingredients :) I was wondering, what are your thoughts on adding french green clay to the mix? I’ve heard it has great benefits in skin care for drawing out toxins but not sure how that’d work in a foundation application. Thanks!

    1. Post author

      I’ve heard mixed reviews. Some love it. Some say it’s a little too strong to use on your face all day long. So I’m not sure what I’d recommend. You could always try a small batch and test it out. :)

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  13. Drema

    Just tried the bronzer. I like it but need a little more pink tint instead of red. what would u suggest?? I used arrowroot, cinn, nutmeg & cocoa. I had 1 I loved it but nex 1 I got was more orange so afraid to chanc spending so much money & not like it!Made the mineral veil befor & liked it!

      1. Dominique


        Thank you for posting the information concerning your homemade foundation. I read your comments and have a question. You stated you gave some to your brother who is on stage. My assumption is he is an actor and on stage, he probably sweats a lot. How did the homemade foundation react when he began sweating? In my profession, I often encounter a warm atmosphere/temperatures. I am not immune to applying more foundation but was wondering how it behaved when a person begins sweating.

        Also, do you carry your homemade foundation in your purse? If so, what type of receptacle do you utilize?

        Thank you for assisting.

  14. Angela

    You said you’ve battled acne but don’t anymore… I would love advice! 35 with two children, acne since early twenties :(

    1. Post author

      Maybe I can work on a post on that… my skin is still far from perfect, but it’s so much better than it used to be. Honestly, I found that changing my diet and taking OFF the makeup has been the two biggest factors.

    2. brigitteh5

      Check out this site:

      She mentions honey in the article, and I’ve been using honey to wash my face for several months.
      Quoted from
      Why putting honey on your face is a good idea:
      It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.
      It acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process of acne.
      It soaks up impurities and helps detoxify your skin.
      It is loaded with antioxidants (aka the good stuff your face wants) and helps restore damaged and wrinkled skin.
      It is incredibly moisturizing, but will not break out you.
      It naturally cleans your skin and leaves it super soft.

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  17. Lindsay

    Thank You for posting this recipe!! My husband suffers from a titanium/metal allergy so finding makeup(among other products) that do not contain titanium has been a challenge for me. Finally a solution that isn’t pricey and won’t cause him to have an allergic reaction!! Thank you!!

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  19. Allison

    Thanks so much for a great foundation recipe! As a former cosmetics junkie, I was very skeptical to try this. But in an effort to simplify my life, and take better care of my body, I decided to take the plunge – not that the recipe is that complicated.=0) I am very impressed with the results. It wears great and makes my skin feel good. You’ve made me a believer, and now I want to look into your other makeup recipes. Thanks again!

    1. Post author

      I’d recommend it, but you can try cornstarch (look for GMO free or organic) in place of it… but I’ve heard that it can be harder on the skin.

  20. Anna

    Hi! I’ve found your blog through Pinterest and I’m really happy ! I can not wait to try the recipes of your natural cosmetics and I will follow you faithfully in the future. :-)


  21. Paula

    Hi, I wonder if you added a bit of a yellow spice to the mix if that would help cover red tone? I have a red tone also.. Thanks :)

  22. Terry

    This is such a wonderful idea. How do you adjust to the smell of the cocoa? It made me hungry and all I could think about was chocolate while I was wearing it.

    1. Post author

      I wouldn’t. If you really need a substitute I’d use a GMO free cornstarch… although I think it will be heavier on the skin.

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Good question. My skin tends to be really dry so I’m not sure I can answer from actual experience. Anyone else?

    2. Anonymous

      I know it’s been a while since this was posted, but I tend to be somewhat oily (partly because of my skin, and even more because I tend to overdo it on the jojoba oil moisturizer), and I have found that if anything it dries me out. I have to make sure I allow my skin to absorb all the moisturizer it wants before I put it on.

  23. kitty :)

    hi,I am making it right now, and it looks a little grey, I have very very light (and pink) skin, does anyone have any ideas? thanks so much!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hmmmm…. not sure why it’s looking gray. Try adding more cinnamon or nutmeg. And test some on your arm to see what the color will actually be on your skin. It’s a very light foundation so it won’t be exactly what it looks like in the container.

  24. Jo

    I have dark african skin and powders tend to look ashy on my skin. I was wondering if I could make this into a liquid foundation by adding Aloe vera gel or coconut oil or both to the mix. also, I am not too keen on the arrow root powder and I wanted to know if I could leave it out all together. Aloe gel is said to help make up stay on longer

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      The arrowroot gives it lightness, so with darker skin you could probably leave it out easily enough. I’ve never tried adding ale vera gel or coconut oil, but it I would think it would work.

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  27. autumn

    i have very light skin lake pale i want it to match my excact skin tone and i dont wanna use store foundation or concealer or makeup so what do i do?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I have super light skin and this worked just fine. Try just a little and do a patch test. It blends in really well.

  28. Kaela

    I made this powder last week and LOVE the scent and clean feeling, but I hate the mess of the loose powder. When I tried to add jojoba oil it ended up making the powder ridiculously dark. Am I just adding too much oil? Thanks.

  29. MelLava

    This is great! Thank you so much! I’m a veteran acne sufferer myself and have been slowly healing the acne and scars by changing diet and skin care products! I don’t use foundation very often (like twice a year now for specific occasions like a wedding or photos) but I still use concealer everyday. Any tips on how I could tweak this for concealer?

    Thanks ahead!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I haven’t tried it, but perhaps mixing this with some quality oils or moisturizer might work?

        1. MelLava

          So i tried this today, mixing it with my favourite eye moisturizer didn’t work; it didn’t give any coverage. Maybe oils will work better. but i will mention that i added ground ginger in my mixture since i have yellow undertones. So far it’s feeling alright as an all over face powder; i’m just hoping i don’t break out, i’ll see tomorrow :)

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  31. Maria

    Hm, i have done this recipe but the foundation was like a creamy dark cakemix.
    I didnt use nutmeg, just arrowroot powder, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
    I think that i took to much olive oil but i added some arrowroot powder just to get the mix lighter and more solid.
    The result was a lighter and more solid thing, but it doesent want to attach on the brush.. Damn.

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hmmm…. I’ve heard that the oils can darken the mixture… Arrowroot will definitely lighten it up, not sure why it won’t attach to the brush.

  32. SoftJazz


    This is my first visit to your site and I love it already; I came across this when looking up natural makeup products. You got me hooked now, and plan to read more from you.

    I found this recipe to be very intriguing as I have been eyeing mineral makeup for some time now. I ended up having so many questions for you. I don’t usually wear any makeup except for parties, weddings, etc. I am wondering if this recipe would give the same texture as some of the commercially available brands. Can you use sandalwood powder instead of cocoa powder to darken the arrowroot (I have fairly light skin with acne scars and break out occasionally + sandalwood smells nice)? Can this double as concealer? Lastly, (this might sound silly but…) I love the container that you kept this recipe in (pictured); where can I get something like that?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Thank you! As for how this compared to commercial brands… it’s definitely a lighter foundation. I used to cake on my foundation (way too much) during my youth to try and cover my acne. This won’t do that (which is probably a good thing because I often looked like a clown). It’s fairly comparable to mineral makeup, more about evening out skin tone than covering things up. As far as using it for a concealer… maybe? I haven’t tried, and you may want to add some more jojoba oil or something to give it a little more staying power. It might work, but may need some experimentation to get it to that point.

      I’ve never personally tried sandalwood, but sounds like it could work.

      I got my container at my local health food store (in their herb section). I’m sure you could find something similar online as well. :)

      1. SoftJazz


        Thank you so much for you reply. After reading through your articles, a number of my makeup questions have been solved, but I still found a few more questions for you. Can I use tapioca powder instead of arrowroot powder (I have tapioca handy)? I heard somewhere that they are alternatives to each other; does this apply to makeup too? Also, can I use coconut oil instead of jojoba/lavender or other oils? I thought of this since it has antibacterial/anti-fungal/antimicrobial properties too, but I am not sure if it will last the same way. How long will it be before the finished product starts to show signs of going bad? How would I know?

        After doing some Internet research, I saw someone write that this can double as concealer if I use a concealer brush (assuming I’ve got the right shade of color, of course) to focus on problem areas (including under eye dark circles), and then going over it as foundation using a large foundation brush. I am guessing that I’d have to add some oil to it to make it more compact and less powdery. It seems as though it is definitely worth a try since having things dual-purpose also saves money and space.


        1. Post author
          Robin Konie

          I haven’t played with tapioca powder in my makeup, but I would *think* it would be a great substitute. And yes, you can switch out the oils for coconut, just know that coconut oil gets more “butter like” if the temperatures drop and that can affect what you’re putting it in.

          Let me know how the concealer works out! :)

          1. SoftJazz


            Thank you so much for the great recipe, it worked great! Both as foundation and as concealer. It did lessen the darkness around my eyes and acne scars and evened out the skin tone. Focused on problem areas first, as concealer. Then brushed overall as foundation. Overall, it gave a nice glowing peachy color that also looks healthy and not caked on; feels light too and absorbed moisture on my skin and kept it dry. It didn’t dry out my skin, just kept me from looking like I’d been sweating, so I think that’s a good thing. In the remote chance of it drying out my skin, the coconut oil will prevent that, so I would say it is a safe combination.

            I think its the combination of sandalwood and turmeric that gave the glow since both of them individually do. I just need to practice more with my brushes to get the look perfect, but it is working. This recipe is a definite keeper. And thank you so much for that.

            I do not expect the coconut to get butter-like so much since I blended the powders thoroughly and sifted it. But just in case, when winter rolls around, I’ll remember your tip. I used 15 drops (melted) to get a compact. Right now, it stays in place even if I turn the container upside down, but attaches on like powder to both brush and finger. I guess one can add more oil for a more “liquid” foundation, but the scent of coconut could potentially mask the sweet smell of sandalwood, so that is something to consider if you prefer that scent. In mine, the sandalwood scent did get a bit masked by the coconut scent, but I have to see how it airs out in a few days.


  33. Emily Rose

    First off, thank you thank you for your incredible website, with how commercialized “natural” make-up products have become, it is a breath of fresh air to find a site that has both straight-forward and truthful information! I just made your foundation and the only bump I’ve come across is that mine is quite grainy…obviously due to the fact that not all my spices were finely ground. How did you tweak yours so that it was able to be more of a fine powder? I’ve tried the spice grinder but there isn’t really enough of it to get super finely ground.
    You’re a goddess, thanks again for looking out for all the women out there!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Wow, you are sweet. :) Thanks for your kind words.

      You could try purchasing a simple mortar and pestle. That might help get the spices really finely ground.

  34. Maria

    If you add some turmeric, you’ll get some ‘yellowness’ or like a peachy colour in the loose powder one.
    Turmeric are awesome if you have acne, beacuse it may reduce it faster.

    1. SoftJazz

      Yeah, I’ve heard about turmeric too. I’d definitely add a pinch for the yellow undertones as well as its anti-bacterial properties. Even if you don’t have acne, over time, it will make your skin glow. However, we have to be careful about doing over eyebrows everyday since turmeric does have hair removal properties; over a long time, the peachy fuzz we have will reduce, but any reduction of hair in the eyebrow area will be more prominent.


  35. Samrr

    I love homemade makeup, I have made the exact same thing! Besides the nutmeg, I did the 1 T. baby powder, 1 pinch or 2 of coco, and 1 pinch of cinnamon. I like to make BB creams, and foundation. With this recipe, you can add stuff like sunscreen lotion, moisturizer, or lotion to turn it into a liquid foundation. I’m 12 and so this is really helpful:))))

  36. Samrrz12

    Hey Again:)
    I was wondering… Could you use corn starch in place of arrowroot??
    Big time money saver, instead of paying $10, it is like $2!


    1. SoftJazz


      I heard you can, but since the cornstarch is not as fine as arrowroot or tapioca or something, the texture of the finished product could/would be different depending on how much cornstarch you are using. I also heard that it absorbs moisture and keeps you dry, so if a person has oily skin or is prone to a lot of sweating, its a good option. Hope this helps.


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  38. Shirley

    Is there an odor-free substitute for bees wax? Odors really bother me, and bees wax has a strong one.

  39. Sarah

    I absolutely love what I’m learning on your website. I plan to make my new foundation tomorrow. Thanks for your help in my journey toward eliminating vile chemicals from my life.

  40. Karen Spencer

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made my foundation as a loose powder, which I’ve always preferred. I’m so fair that my skin is close to porcelain. I don’t have ready access to arrowroot, so I used cornstarch, which I find to work perfectly for me. My skin is also rather neutral, both cool and warm tones.

    My skin tone recipe is as follows:
    1 Tbs cornstarch
    1/2 tsp cocoa powder
    1/8 tsp cinnamon
    small pinch of nutmeg

    This is the perfect recipe for me!!! Thanks so much for this recipe!!!! This recipe evens out my skin tone like no commercial make up has. And my skin is so soft!!!

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  42. Vanessa

    Hello! Am so excited to try you shampoo and foundation recipes! My local food store has arrowroot flour… Is that what you mean by arrowroot powder? Or is this different? Could I use it? Also do you use conditioner after your shampoo?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      It’s the same. :) I use an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to condition, but I have super short hair and don’t need much.

  43. Aimee

    I am SO making this! I’ve forwarded it on to family and friends and shared on our Fb page. So glad to see natural makeup recipes so I can know exactly what the ingredients are and not spend a fortune buying natural products. Thank you! -Aimee

  44. Minoo

    This is a fabulous recipe. The arrowroot powder absorbs excess oil and keeps skin looking matte all day long and the cocoa is simply good for the skin..thanks for posting :)

  45. JIll

    I have roseca and trying to rid it with castor oil, but in the meantime using something natural to cover would be helpful.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Not sure off the top of my head. If you post this question on my facebook page I could ask my community of readers. They always have great suggestions. :)

  46. Sara

    I really want to love this but I think I’m doing something wrong ><

    I made a small test batch (half a tbs of arrowroot, half a tsp of cacao, a pinch of nutmeg and and the tiniest amount of cinnamon). But no matter how I try to apply, it doesn't really cover nor blend in; or when I try to apply more, it starts itching a bit (although that feeling settles after a while). After an hour I swiped my face with my hand and the powder just came off, like a lot. I had a film of wonderful smelling 'dust' on my fingers.

    I wanted to use this to fill in my bigger pores, and cover up the blotchy redness that I have on my cheeks. I also have dark acne scars, and some pimples, but I don't think I could cover those without first using concealer.

    Could it be because I use an ACV-toner that my skin is too sealed off, or the ACV reacts with some kind of ingredient causing that tingle?

    Would it help to make it a compact? And how do you do that really… do you add the powder to the compact container, add oil, add more powder, add oil etc. Or do you add oil to all the powder in a mixing jar, and then press it in the container (with a spoon?)

    Thanks so much!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’d try adding some oil, like jojoba, to the mixture before putting it in the container to make it more compact. Or maybe even putting a little coconut or jojoba oil as a moisturizer/base on first might help?

  47. Crystal

    I have been suffering from acne for 12 years now, and tried everything from dairy free and gluten free, to birth control to oil cleansing method, and whatever else you can think of. I had recently (within the last couple of years) switched to Origins makeup, and I loved them a lot, but it had become too expensive, and they weren’t all that “natural” even htough they come off that way. I switched to a brand Whole Body carries, Mineral Fusion, and it is great, too…but still very expensive $30 for small compact (works great!) and $30 for very translucent foundation (i dont care for it…doesnt even out my skin tone like it should).
    Needless to say, it hasn’t helped my acne or my large pores, and going without makeup would cause a panic attack for me. No jokes. I have always been super self conscious.
    Well, despite the expense, it still has titanium dioxide, mica, and a couple other things that I dont like, even though the ingredients arent much more than that. So I heard of this recipe and decided to try it.

    Here are my questions and concerns:
    I am having a very difficult time figuring out if it is my shade or not because of several factors:
    lighting in my house
    the uneven-ness of my facial skin
    the fact that the mixture gets DARK when wet.

    Now, I have found a slightly different recipe, and the only difference is the addition of Bentonite clay (great stuff). Perhaps it is the cause of the darkness when wet, I will experiment more later…

    Well, I can’t seem to tell when it is on my skin, and even though it goes on super light, it darkens PAST my normal skin color and looks VERY splotchy and almost like a got self-tanning lotion on my face. Especially where my glasses sit on my nose, when I remove them, its poopy brown. I think its the cocoa powder darkening…and I see that as a common problem, but I dont seem to see anyone else bringing it up.

    I scrolled though every comments and so far I seem to be the only one with this issue. How has your experience been with this makeup so far?

    And I don’t dare get my face wet or I will look like a different race. (I’m caucasian). I am part italian so I have a difficult skin tone to match. I have olive, pink, and yellow undertones, and some blue as well. So…I usually have to find neutral shades but not all work well.

    I think thats all I wanted to say…
    Sorry if it sounds scatterbrained.

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  49. Kathleen

    I’m so intrigued, and am pinning this for future reference. Question: how does it wear (does it last as long as “regular” powder?) and have you noticed any issues with “shedding” the powder’s color onto clothes and such? Thanks!

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      Robin Konie

      I haven’t noticed any issues with it coming onto my clothes… as for how long it wears for… you’re asking the worse person. No matter what makeup I use it always seems to disappear within twenty or so minutes. This seemed to last as long as the store stuff, but that’s not necessarily saying anything with my face-repelling skin. :) Keep in mind that this is a much more subtle foundation than most commercial brands.

  50. Beth

    Could you come up with a way of making eye shadow because i really like using organic make up becaus eI know my skin isn’t covered in toxic stuff!! Please keep doing all your doing because it’s amazing!!! thanks xx

  51. Danielle

    I was really excited about this because:
    1) I’m a vegan
    2) I’m allergic to metal
    Make up you buy in the store seems to either have animal products OR iron oxide, zinc oxide, etc.
    I used arrowroot and turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg but no cocoa because it has a high nickel content and I didn’t want to have a reaction.
    I also put a small amount of lavender essential oil, coconut oil, and apricot because I get dry skin.
    Anyway, I am getting no coverage whatsoever. Maybe less shine but that seems to be it. It dries me out like crazy which makes my face itchy and all my blemishes are still there, brighter than ever.
    Any idea what I could be doing wrong? I’m so disappointed. Has anyone else had trouble getting the foundation to show up on your face?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Could be the cinnamon. Some people have allergic reactions to it… I’d maybe try it without it and patch test it.

      As for the coverage… You could try making it into a liquid foundation by adding the mixture to a facial moisturizer/lotion, although I haven’t tried it myself.

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      Robin Konie

      You could try cornstarch, but it won’t be as “fine” of a powder. Tapioca flour might also work.

    2. Orda

      Really sorry about the previous comment, I’d definitely go with corn flour/starch. I found only the yellow one but it blends really nice with the cinnamon and it looks really good.
      The barley powder/flower wasn’t grounded very thinly so it made a lot of mess and doesn’t cover nearly as good as the cornstarch.
      Really sorry, just had to say this because it would suck if you tried my previous stupid suggestion.

  52. Orda

    I cannot thank you enough!
    At first I was a bit sceptical but I thought I’d give it a try.
    I did it without oil, but I used barley flour and cinnamon…it works absolutely great, I love it so much and it’s inexpensive, healthy and I can make as much as I want. My face feels so soft and smooth now, I’m freaking out from enthusiasm!
    Thank you so much!
    Next on: Trying the natural toner and putting the coconut oil to good use.
    Thanks a lot!

  53. Organic Girl

    I was wondering how to make this into a liquid foundation. I really love this…but I want something that looks more dewy! Maybe that can be the next tutorial! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  54. ruth johnston

    hi Robin, thanks for this great post. i am a soon to be 56 year old woman who has always lived a partly natural state. for the past ten years, i have made more of an effort to live a cleaner, greener life. about 2 years ago i went into full hippie mode in an effort to be the best all natural gal i can, in every area except make-up. i had gradually eliminated most and gone for au naturale, but a short time ago, i realized i just wasn’t happy never wearing at least some.
    i cannot wait to give this a try, and then move on to additional make-up items.
    btw, you are gorgeous and look terrific with or without make-up. you so remind me of my best friend when i was a teenager.
    thank you for a great post AND a terrific site. i’m bookmarking it, sharing it on fb and pinterest.
    xo ruth

  55. Helen

    Hello :)
    I just made this today with a slight alteration. I used cornstarch instead with cocoa powder and cinnamon. I sifted these ingredients well but the color just comes off as cocoa brown, it didn’t look like a skin color (I’m light beige btw). When applied it didn’t go on evenly nor did it blend. It would also clump up or cling on to my tiny hairs (I read somewhere how cornstarch is stickier and less fine compared to arrowroot so maybe that’s why). So i decided that maybe it’ll work better once I turned it into a pressed powder instead so I added a little of olive oil and argan oil and pushed it down with a spoon in a small container. The color just got darker (I could’ve used it as a bronzer) and I had even more trouble applying it. It wouldn’t even go on my brush for it to make it to my face. And whatever did go on the brush would clump (very small clumps) up once it got to my skin or I would apply it and I would see zero difference. I’ve even tried using my finger to apply it to my skin to see what shade it is but the powder doesn’t transfer onto anything. Did you have this trouble when you first started making this? I played around with the amount of each of the ingredients but still no progress. The recipe is easy, everyone else seems to love it but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

    Thanks for the help!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I didn’t have this issue so it may be the cornstarch… hard to say. Hmmmmm…. I love arrowroot because it’s so fine and light so it really may be what you need.

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  57. Vivian

    If anyone’s interested, I’ve been using this recipe for a while now, except I add a little green clay powder to the mix. I have very oily skin and it really helps to keep it matte and after almost a year of use, I haven’t experienced any extra dryness because of it.

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  59. Aimee

    I made this on the weekend and I love it ! I had to place all the powders into my mortar and pestle and grind up really well though, otherwise bits of cinnamon and nutmeg show up grainy on my skin because they’re not as fine as the arrowroot and cocoa. It’s slightly drying on my face so I just add more rose hip to my skin beforehand.

    Do you know how to make a good natural concealer by any chance?

    Thanks for this!!

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  61. Dawn Rangel

    Thanks so much for the great idea!!! I have recently given up liquid and cream foundation because of the toxins. I always use coconut oil on my face and then dust with loose powder. This will be a perfect substitute for my “toxic” loose powder too!! Yea!!
    I also dry out ground my egg shells (from my own chickens) and put the powder back into their food for calcium, I read that that powder can be used on the face too, has anyone tried it?

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  63. Amy

    Hi Robin,

    I absolutely love your website. It contains so many healthy alternatives to at times what seems like a “toxic” world we now live in.

    Just had a question for you, or any of your followers, re this natural foundation base. How long does it keep for? Is there anything you would recommend to add as to make the foundation last longer?.


    Amy :0)

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      Robin Konie

      Hi Amy,

      Thanks for your kind words! I have this foundation in my bathroom for 2 – 3 months without any issue. As with all homemade beauty/personal stuff, if it ever smells “iffy” toss it. Adding in some vitamin E oil would help the shelf life a bit if you’re concerned at all.

  64. Danja

    I love this idea of non-toxic foundation. Although I have yellow skin tone. what should i add to make it yellow base skin tone?

  65. Heather

    Make sure the the cinnamon you use is the “real” kind and not the toxic imposter. I can’t remember which latin name is the correct one, but you can do a search to find out which is which. The toxic one is sold as a cheap cinnamon and most people don’t even realize that there are two that look very similar to each other. Since you care about your health, thought I’d pass the information along to you. :)

  66. Alexis

    Hello c: Okay well I noticed that many foundations call for arrowroot powder do we have to use that? or is there another spice or flour I can use?

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  68. Ashley

    What’s the best way to mix this? I put it in a bowl and stirred it, but I can’t get all the clumps out.

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  72. marizol

    First of all, thank you so much for the recipes! I am so happy to have found your site! I have a question on the cream foundation: I didn’t have cocoa butter and replaced it for more shea butter. the color is amazing but it ended up being way to greasy. Would adding arrowroot fix it? thanks again!

  73. Michelle

    I am so thankful to have found your website and recipes! I haven’t been able to wear any makeup at all in years because of my long list of allergies… so this gives me hope. I am a little worried about the arrowroot powder though — if it doesn’t work out (causes a reaction) would Tapioca Flour be an okay substitute? I have to stay away from cornstarch, sadly. :(

    1. Ashlynn

      Hi Michelle!

      Tapioca flour/starch is actually much like cornstarch in that it can clog pores. It did for me! Arrowroot actually has soothing properties and even with my sensitive, clog prone, and cornstarch sensitive skin tolerates well =) I have even ground chamomile flowers up in a mortar and also in a coffee grinder and added it to my powder! Not sure how much it really helps though. If arrowroot doesn’t work out for some reason, try some rice powder (cosmetic grade – ground more finely than the flour) or try silk powder =)

  74. kiran

    i have had alot of torouble with acne so i was wounder if u could show how to get rid of small little pimples fast and easy

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