How to Make Natural Face Powder

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How to Make Natural Face Powder
Make Natural Face Powder

While store-bought face powders help to cut down the shine of oily skin and even skin tone, they are often heavy and clog the pores, especially if used every day. Try a fantastic all natural alternative made with herbs and minerals that goes on easy and heals rather than harms your skin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Glass bowl
  • 1 tsp. comfrey root powder
  • 1 tsp. slippery elm bark powder
  • 1 tsp. kaolin clay
  • 3 oz. arrowroot powder
  • Coffee grinder (for making your own herb powders)
  • Wooden spoon
  • 5 to 10 drops of sweet orange or lavender essential oil
  • Up to 1 tsp. beet root powder
  • Up to 1/2 tsp. colored mica (1 or more colors)
  • Small glass jar with tight fitting lid
  • Large blush brush
  • Cotton makeup pads

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  1. 1

    Measure into a glass bowl 1 tsp. of comfrey root powder, 1 tsp. of slippery elm bark powder, 1 tsp. of kaolin clay and 3 oz. of arrowroot powder. If you cannot find the herbs in powdered form, you may grind them to a powder with a clean coffee grinder.

  2. 2

    Stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon as you add 5 to 10 drops of either lavender or sweet orange essential oils. Start with a small amount of essential oil, adding more only if necessary. Lavender tends to have a stronger scent than orange, so remember, just one drop at a time and test.

  3. 3

    Test a brushing of your powder on your face and then slowly add up to 1 tsp. of beet root powder and up to 1/2 tsp. of your choice of colored mica to help reach your natural skin tone. For best results, measure the maximum amounts of each powder first and then add them to your base a pinch at a time. Test on your skin and then add another pinch until you reach the right color.

  4. 4

    Store your natural face powder in a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Dab a large blush brush into the jar and tap the excess powder off into the jar and then apply to your face in circular motions. You can work to blend the powder even better using a cotton makeup pad.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you take notes about how much beet root powder and mica you've added so that you can recreate your natural face powder later.
  • Consider using sparkling mica or adding a pinch of fine glitter for that shimmering look. You might also experiment with different shades of mica to turn your face powder into blush, eyeshadow, bronzer and more.

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