DIY Makeup Series #4

FINISHING (TRANSLUCENT) POWDER:

Makes: about 2 tsp.

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tsp. of arrowroot powder

½ tsp. French green clay

⅛ tsp. cocoa powder

½ tsp. ground ginger

Method:

Mix the ingredients in a small container with a tight lid. Close, and shake vigorously for 2 minutes to combine. Apply with a powder brush.

SettingPowder

Candid Notes:

This powder is a great alternative to store-bought varieties. Again, mix the proportions according to your skin type. It sets liquid foundation well, but does not offer heavy coverage as a powder foundation. It gives a slight white angelic aura for a few minutes,after application, but as the green clay draws out oils and impurities from your pores, the powder evens nicely for a hearty finish.

EYELINER:

Makes: about 2 tsp.

Time: 5 minutes + 10 minutes drying time once applied

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp aloe vera

10 caps of charcoal powder, opened

1/16 Fuller’s earth cosmetic clay

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar. Combine very well, until smooth. Apply with a thin, slanted brush and allow to dry thoroughly before blinking. As a general note, eyeliner and mascara are applied after foundation, powder, and eyeshadow so as not to get “dust” on the blackened portions.

Eyeliner

Candid Notes:

This recipe went through several (frustrating) attempts to find one that dried well without flaking, yet stayed wet enough for application. This eyeliner recipe needs time to dry once applied, but then lasts all day. The aloe gives a cooling sensation when applied and keeps the mixture from flaking as it moisturizes. The clay helps the mixture to dry. It works best on the top lid, but can still be used below. Use a brush to apply it, using two coats if necessary to make smooth lines. Remove with soap and water, or a Q-tip with lotion. Be sure to remove all makeup before drying your face on a towel, or else two raccoon-eye spots will peer back to you from your towel, perhaps staining lighter colors.