I think that a fine line should be drawn between natural beauty and cosmetics boosted looks, and I’m confident that you will agree with my idea. While I’m not denying the importance of makeup, and I can’t imagine a world without it, I don’t think that the only choice regard is to buy stuff from beauty shops. There are plenty of ingredients in our own houses that we can use with just as much success, without exposing our skin to potentially harmful chemicals that are plentiful in cosmetic makeup.
Highlighting our natural beauty with homemade bronzer contour powder is something that was on my mind for a long period of time, and led me to in-depth research. I’ve tinkered a bit with bronzing powders to achieve the perfect mix of color, and I found out that cinnamon and cocoa powder are one of the invaluable ingredients. Some of you might think that cinnamon/cocoa powder can be more of a nuisance due to the fact that many women with sensitive skin will find it irksome, but in this case it will not cause any irritation. Well, in my case.
I always try to keep my hands off from products that use synthetic ingredients. Much to my chagrin for the store-bought bronzers that are typically made of iffy ingredients we can hardly pronounce so I really don’t want those stuff to be applied on my skin. But I was elated when I found out that we can actually concoct a homemade bronzer using ingredients that we normally have in our pantry. Plus the fact that I feel au courant with these ingredients are no toxic stuff thus, it gives me a sun-kissed glow is a bonus. I realized that the simple way to run the show on what goes on your face is to be cautious with the makeup you use. And here’s one of my favorite:
(If possible, try to grab organic ingredients – they serve better for your skin.)
1 Tbs. cinnamon powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder – (optional, but it smells delectable and is good for zits! Go figure!)
2 tsp cornstarch
15 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil
A clean container
**Just skip the essential oil if you opt for a loose powder.**
Cinnamon adds glow
Nutmeg adds a sun-kissed brown
Cocoa adds depth and darkness
Cornstarch spreads it all out and lightens it
Essential oil keeps the mixture together and makes it compact.
What you do:
Grab all the ingredients and mix them well. (Try using a sifter to make the spices more finer if you feel that the final result does not feel like fine enough or still have clumps.) If you prefer darker color, add more cocoa powder or you can play around or adjust the amounts of the ingredients to reach your desired color. If you wish to add a more glimmer effect, just add more cinnamon.
Note: I can’t speak for everyone but in case you have sensitive skin, please be sure to make a patch test on your neck beforehand as the skin in your neck is hypothetically comparable to the skin on your face. And for everyone who wish to experiment this recipe, please do it with your own discretion.
What you get will be a mild yet inspiring cinnamon fragrance, not to mention those hues that many prospective shoppers look for in commercial products. The best part is that most of the ingredients necessary for the homemade bronzer contour powder are already in the kitchen, and the rest can be acquired for insignificant amounts. When preparing the powder, you are in complete control of the quantities of each ingredient, so that the product will brilliantly match your skin tone.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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