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Did you know that the chemicals in commercial makeup can increase the risk of cancer, birth defects, nervous system disruption, immune system dysfunction, and many more negative health effects? Bad news!
Even without knowing that, makeup has never really been my “thing.” I just never got into it. It seemed like too much work to apply every morning. Good way to start reviewing a makeup book, right? But a big issue for me, and something that kept me from applying makeup even when I could use a boost, was that it can be really bad for your skin. I never saw the logic in using something to cover blemishes that will just give you more. After my transition to chemical free, it made even less sense to put those chemicals on my face. And yet, I found myself wanting to have makeup available, for those days when I wanted a little pick-me-up for my face.
The really scary thing about makeup, though, is that not only is it applied to the skin, our largest organ, but it is applied on and near mucous membranes, and therefore is even more readily taken in by our body. Would you eat your lipstick? Well you do whenever you put it on. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something more natural on your mouth?
Enter Make Your Own Makeup
Make Your Own Makeup is written by Lori Klein of Health Extremist. When it comes to making your own beauty and hygiene supplies, makeup seems to be one of the last things that comes to mind. But not for Lori! She has written this amazing book chock full of recipes for homemade makeup she spent years developing. All from natural ingredients, some edible, and (this is the best part) cheaper than the brands you will find in the drug store. And since you are making the products yourself, you can play around with the ingredients to get exactly the color you want!
What you will find
Lori has divided Make Your Own Makeup into sections based on the type of makeup. There are recipes for:
- eye shadow
- eyebrow pencil
- lip gloss, tint, balm and stick
- facial moisturizer
- foundation and primer
- color stick
As you can see, Lori has pretty thoroughly got you covered. Everything you could need, there are multiple recipes for. For example, within the blush category, you can make powder or liquid blush, you can color with beets, hibiscus, berries, or minerals, and she gives instructions for a variety of different shades. All of the recipes are easy to make and often have easy to find ingredients (and some only have one ingredient!).
This variety of choices and colors can be found through all of the makeup categories. This is particularly helpful in the foundation section, where there are recipes for a variety of skin tones with either pink or yellow undertones. Lori then follows this up with instructions on how to adjust these recipes further to get just the right shade. This right here can be a huge money saver – no more shelling out $30 dollars only to find out your foundation is the wrong shade!
In the end, Make Your Own Makeup is an easy to use reference book for all things DIY and makeup. Whatever product or color you need, you can learn to make it yourself. The book also has a concise list of all the products, equipment, and containers you will need, as well as where to buy them, to help you get started.
Have you ever tried to make your own makeup before? How did it go?
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