Cosmetics can be pricey, not to mention dicey. You don't know what you get in them. They could be filled with preservatives and parabens. These chemicals terrorize sensitive skin and cause allergic reactions.

But you can save money and save your skin in the bargain. "While there are some good natural alternatives that you can buy," reports the beauty blog Wellness Mama, "the cheapest, easiest and most natural way is to just make your own, and you might have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already!" In other words, DIY cosmetics are super simple and affordable.

All Natural Eye Shadow

Prep time: 20 min

This all natural eye shadow formula produces hypoallergenic, shimmering eye shadow in a jiff! Plus, you can make an assortment of different colors.

Ingredients

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried beet powder
  • Turmeric
  • Allspice

(Customize the shades by blending the various powders together.)

Directions

Place 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot powder in a small bowl, and then add your other spices and powders. Mix thoroughly until you achieve the desired color. Once you have a thoroughly mixed color, add 1/2 teaspoon of shea butter. Mix together until you achieve a soft, creamy powder.

All Natural Foundation Powder

Prep time: 10 min

Say goodbye to commercial foundation with this all-natural foundation powder. Experiment with this recipe to achieve a color that works for your skin tone. This foundation goes on sheer for light to medium coverage.

Ingredients

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg (optional)

Directions

Begin with a base of arrowroot powder in a bowl. If you have dark skin, use one teaspoon. If you have light skin, use one tablespoon. Slowly combine cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg until you achieve a matching tone. If you’re looking for a more compact foundation, add some olive, jojoba, or almond oil to the mix, and press down into a compact. Use a brush to apply this foundation.

Beet Blush and Lip Balm

Prep time: 15 min

Most commercial lipsticks and blushes contain artificial colorants and preservatives, but not these! Beets give you a natural, healthy glow and their color flatters most skin tones.

You'll need:

  • Lip gloss containers
  • Small saucepan
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Coffee grinder
  • Mesh fabric

Ingredients

  • One teaspoon organic almond oil
  • One teaspoon organic beet root powder
  • One teaspoon shea butter

Directions

Pour one cup of water into a small saucepan, and place the glass measuring cup inside of it. Adjust your stovetop to low heat, and put shea butter and almond oil inside the measuring cup, stirring until melted. Then add your beet root powder, and stir until mixed together. Pour the mixture through your mesh cloth, and place into a small glass jar. You can use this as a cheek stain and lip balm.

DIY Eyeliner

Prep time: 10 min

If you have sensitive eyes, then they probably become easily irritated by commercial eyeliners and mascaras. This recipe is free of harsh preservatives and it’s hypoallergenic.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 capsules activated charcoal

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Seaweed Mascara

Many commercial mascaras contain artificial colors and preservatives. These can irritate sensitive eyes. This ultra-moisturizing formula contains castor oil, which helps your lashes to grow.

You'll need:

  • Plastic bag
  • Empty mascara tube

Ingredients

  • One teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 1/8 teaspoon bladderwrack powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • One teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon castor oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and stir until the beeswax mixes with the oils. Pour the mixture into a plastic bag, and force through one end. Cut a hole at the bottom and squirt the mascara mixture into the tube. Let set for one hour before using.

Red lipstick

Prep time: 15 min

Nothing’s more classy and universally flattering than red lipstick. But a lot of commercial red lipsticks contain harsh pigments and preservatives. Not this one, though. And it’s simple and affordable, too.

You'll need:

  • Microwave oven
  • Microwave safe bowl

Ingredients

  • One tablespoon beeswax
  • One tablespoon shea butter

1 1/2 tablespoons beet root powder

Directions

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Stir between heatings until the beeswax and shea butter have melted. Blend together and pour into a small container. Let cool before using.

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