|My finished bronze powder|
So now my makeup routine is very light and I only have a few products that I use. I usually only use a lip/ cheek stain (once I run out of my MAC stain I plan to try to use a beet food dye instead), mineral foundation (is all natural and works as a sun screen too), and tinted lip balm that I make. That's it, unless it's a special occasion, the I might actually wear some eye make-up too. But lately I've been wanting to keep my natural look but step it up a notch with some contouring. I haven't done that in over a decade, and I most admit some of my fav shots of myself are with highlighting and contouring. For highlighting you need a shade of powder or liquid that is a couple shades lighter than your skin tone and a little shimmer doesn't hurt, and for contouring you want a matte powder or liquid that's a couple shades lighter than your skin tone. I thought a light matte bronzer would be perfect. So I figured I'd try to make some myself before I go and by any in the store. I figured what have I got to lose?
|model shown with contouring via Allure|
|Corn starch, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cocoa Image via Free People|
Here’s what you need:
- Cocoa Powder
- Ginger or turmeric (if you have yellow undertones olive skin would be an example)
- Cornstarch, tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, or powdered sugar
- a container to mix the ingredients in
- a fine strainer or sieve (optional)
- A clean sterile empty compact or small jar with a lid (I reused a jar that had face lotion in it that I saved).
- Essential oil and a mortar and pestle only if you're putting it into a compact
|my final bronzer|
Homemade Bronzer/Contour Powder
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp nutmeg powder
- 1 tsp ginger (use only if you have yellow undertones to your skin)
- 2 tsp cornstarch (can sub tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, or powdered sugar)
- 15 drops of your favourite essential oil (I like tea tree because it helps prevent acne by killing bacteria, just don't use citrus EO because it increases your sensitivity to the sun) optional if you're not putting into a compact
|For best results sift before you mix!|
Put all ingredients through a sieve or sifter before mixing all together, like the picture above. If you don't use a sifter you might get clumps. If you are putting your bronzer into a compact mix your choice of essential oil and ingredients into a mortar and pestle.
When you’re adjusting this recipe to your shade here are a few tips on color:
- Cinnamon = glow
- cocoa = depth and darkness
- nutmeg = a sunkissed brown
- Cornstarch spreads it all out and lightens it.
- Essential oil keeps it together and thickens.
- If you are making this for contouring don't go to red tone think more grey for shadows
|My finished powder, it's darker than it looks here! My skin colour is light olive|
|my bronzer on my tan arm (I'm tanner than I look in this pic)!|
|My bronzer on the left, my foundation I usually use to the right (Maybelline Mineral Powder only found at Walmart now)|
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