How to make your own white face foundation

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How to make your own white face foundation
Pale skins benefit from a homemade white foundation. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Making your own foundation enables you to choose your own ingredients and avoid allergens, and it is a lot cheaper than shop-bought make-up. A homemade face foundation allows you to wear make-up in the exact shade you want without having to buy expensive custom-blend cosmetics. If you have pale skin or you want to create a striking look for a fancy dress party, white face foundation made at home is effective, simple to mix and easy to wear.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Base oil
  • Mixing cup
  • Small spatula
  • Essential oil

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  1. 1

    Select your base. For a white or pale foundation, use arrowroot powder or titanium dioxide. Use one tablespoon of powder for light skin, building the quantity if you need more foundation or a paler look. Pour the powder into a mixing cup.

  2. 2

    Mix in base oil for a liquid or compact foundation. Choose almond, jojoba, coconut, or olive oil. Start by adding five drops and increase the quantity, stirring with a spatula until you reach your ideal texture. Another option is to use glycerine and water.

  3. 3

    Add colour if required. White foundations for naturally pale skin and the geisha look don’t need extra pigment but you may want to warm the base with a tint for other uses. Mix in ground cinnamon, cocoa powder or ground nutmeg until you achieve the right shade. Add two drops of essential oil for fragrance if necessary.

  4. 4

    Apply the foundation to your face using your fingers, a brush or a cosmetic sponge. Dust rice powder or mineral powder over the skin to set the make-up and to minimise shine.

Tips and warnings

  • Arrowroot powder or ground arrowroot is a fine white starch used as a thickener in cooking. Buy it from health food shops or the cake-making section of the supermarket.
  • If you have a shop-bought mineral foundation powder you can also use this as your base to make a white liquid foundation. Use a very pale mineral powder and add sericite mica for silkiness plus oil for binding.
  • Natural ingredients may still cause skin irritations. Check a small quantity of your foundation on your skin before applying to the whole face and rinse well if it causes redness.

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