DIY beauty

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

DIY BeautyIf adverts are to be believed, you need to have a degree in quantum physics, a white lab coat and a clipboard before you can even think about creating your own beauty products. Happily, in real life, you need none of those things (though a white lab coat is quite sexy, and goes with everything).

Here’s our guide to making your own lip gloss, bronzer, face powder, body scrub and make-up remover, which are every bit as effective as the pricey ones made by lab-coated, clipboard-toting quantum physicists.

Lip gloss

Mix 1 tablespoon fresh aloe vera gel (if you grow aloe vera, you can simply slice open a leaf and scrap the gel from that) with 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Simply mix them until smooth, then store in a small clean bottle or balm jar. The mixture will keep for up to a week.

Another option is to heat 50g beeswax until melted, then stir in 1 tablespoon almond, jojoba or rosehip oil, and a drop or two of essential oil for a light scent (your choice). Pour the mixture into a container and allow to cool. This will keep much longer that your aloe vera lip gloss.

If you’d prefer tinted lip gloss, mix in a little of you favourite shade of lipstick – or, if you prefer to keep things completely natural, rub a little freshly sliced beetroot over your lips for a lovely red lipstain, leave to sink in for 30 seconds or so, then apply your homemade lip gloss.

Bronzer

This is going to sound a little strange, but it works a treat on lighter skin tones.
Mix 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon with 1 tablespoon icing sugar to start; then adjust the ratio to suit your skin tone. Mix in a drop or two of your favourite essential oil – not only will this leave it smelling good, but it’ll bond the powders together. Press the mixture firmly into an empty powder compact and leave somewhere warm to set. Apply with a large powder brush to your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and chin – anywhere the sun would naturally hit.

NOTE: This mixture will stay put if you keep it upright, but it’s likely to come loose and make a mess if you let it jiggle around in your handbag, so take care.

Face powder

Place 1 cup rice flour in a non-stick frying pan and heat gently. The flour will eventually begin to change colour – give the pan a little shake so the flour is evenly coloured. You’ll need to play close attention at this stage so you can control the colour change in the flour – you don’t want it to be too dark. The goal is to slowly change the colour to achieve a shade that matches your skin.

It may take a few tries to get it just right, but it’s super easy once you get the hang of it. Allow to cool then store in an airtight container and use as needed.

Body scrub

These are just about the easiest things to make – it’s a wonder anyone wastes their money buying ready-made scrubs. Here is one of our favourites…
Salt & Sugar Scrub: Mix 2 cups finely-ground iodated salt (the cheap kind) with 2 cups white sugar (the texture created by the fine salt grains and slightly coarser sugar will leave you with baby-soft skin). Mix in 2 tablespoon almond, jojoba or rosehip oil, as well as 10 drops of rose essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Stir to combine thoroughly and use as needed.

Make-up remover

Dampen two cotton wool pads with rosewater or witch hazel, then add a drop or two of vitamin E oil to each pad and gently massage over your skin to dislodge make-up. You’ll still have to wash your face afterwards, but all your make-up should come off, no problem. (This won’t work on waterproof mascara, though.)

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Rachel McGregor is a Cape Town journalist (and part-time narcissist) specialising in food, health and lifestyle-related features. In her spare time she loves to cook and poke fun at hipsters. Sometimes she dreams of giving it all up and becoming a millionaire.

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  1. Riekie

    I will definitely make the body scrub and lip gloss

    6 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    Wow,going to try the face powder.
    Thanks :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Vadapalli

    Will try making lipgloss with Beeswax. From my experience almond oil or coconut works like a charm for removing stubborn makeup even waterproof mascara.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicolene

    Gonna try out the scrub. Thanx :-)

    6 years ago •

  1. Crystal

    helpful tips – think i will be trying out the body scrub one

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wow who knew it was so simple to make your own makeup! have added it to my favourites and will def give these a try :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Charis Kb

    WoW & WoW! great advice! Definately will be trying the tips!

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Cost effective!
    If its safe to eat, it shold be safe on skin
    Effort!

    6 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Sooo cool! Guess what I’m doing this weekend! ;) lol Thanks for the article!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Awesome recipes! I use plain castor oil for a lipgloss. Works like a charm!

    6 years ago •

  1. Becs

    Rosewater is fantastic. Leaves your skin feeling so soft.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    LOVE this. Such fabulous tips for us budget babes. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Love the lipgloss trick…….and the face powder. So clever!!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    Will try the rice flour powder this weekend!!! :)

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I still think you will feel like the physists when make these, I think I will try the make up remover much easier.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Great tips for those working on a tight budget. Thanks!

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    Wow, gonna try the body scrub and lip gloss. Thank you

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Did anyone try any of this? I would like to know if it really works?

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Use asprin or disprin on spots. Contains salicylic acid – same ingredient used in most spot-clearing products. Crush a tablet, add a little water to make a paste, an apply!

    6 years ago •

  1. Jeanice van Heerden

    I love DIY projects. Very interesting. I’ll just have to try them out esp. the lip gloss – a girl can never have too many.

    6 years ago •

  1. ODENDAAL

    Interesting mixes! Like the eyemake up remover!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Going to test out the Body scrub tonight!

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Awsome tips!!!! Thanx will give them a go!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Baby vaseline is always perfect for chapped lips. It already smells adorable. For a different color add a drop or 2 of a food coloring that you like and maybe a rose/cherry/peppermint essence! Voila, lipgloss straight outta the Kitchen!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Ha ha, cinnamon! That sounds like it would look and smell great.

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Wow! Thanks for the amazing article! I am off to my pantry now to try out one of these handy recipies

    6 years ago •

  1. joubert

    Wish i had the time for this, but i don’t maybe i should ask my mom to make me some of these awesome DIY products.

    6 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    WOW! I’d never heard of a few of these :)
    I love experimenting with making my own products. But particularly love the fact that they’re all natural.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Love the bosy scrub and aloe vera, the rest I’m not sure I can make it perfectly, What are side effects if any, I mean for wrong mix amount? hope there’s nothing like dump question!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    These are awesome articles for the lady who wants to look good but still at a tight budget! Another awesome hair/eye/moisturising treatment from my own experience is almond oil! On the eyes with cotton wool as a cleanser diminishing wrinkles and dark circles. On the hair prior to washing as a anti-breakage and shine treatment and a few drops as a moisturiser on the face at night! Best of all it works with all skin types!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mohamed

    When a concealor doesnt match your skin tone or foundation, mix it with a bit of lipstick or lipgloss. I mix it with a red/orange lipstick, and then it blends in perfectly, and even brightens the skin.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mohamed

    Rosehip oil as a serum is apparently really good too. And leaves a glow because of its colour.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mohamed

    This isnt exactly DIY, but as a highlighter or illuminator I use the gold labello. It works really well, and is much cheaper.

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    Oh my word!!!! You gotta be kidding me

    6 years ago •

  1. Duneja

    Love the tips as despite being an avid buyer of products i love homemade ones too.. gonna try lip gloss

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I’m going to try all of the above!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    The Make up Remover idea is great!

    6 years ago •

  1. McConney

    Very cool article! Will definitely try this!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    WOW – Thank you guys. Will definitely try these out!

    6 years ago •

  1. Charne

    Thanks for this DIY Beauty tips. They are TOPS!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Wow thanks so much,will definitely be trying this out,great gift ideas as well

    6 years ago •

  1. wyona

    Oh this is so great, i would like to try the body scrub thanks so much for the amazing tips.

    6 years ago •

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