When I think of what blush should look like on your cheeks I go back to Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind. I remember her pinching her cheeks so she would have that natural flushed look. I had a lot of Fiddle Dee Dee moments with this DIY blush but I finally found the right ratio of ingredients to give you that Scarlett O. look! So, see you later Rhett, we don’t care if you don’t give a damn, we’re making DIY cream blush and lip stain!
This recipe is very similar to a lip balm recipe. I ordered mica powder the other day and decided to go ahead and use it for this recipe but I LOVE the idea of making colored powder for your cosmetics by dehydrating fruits and veggies! I’m going to have to get the dehydrator first. For now, let’s just work with mica powder.
Mica Powder for DIY Cream Blush
Mica is basically what happens when you grind up a rock. It has this amazing iridescent glitter to it and is actually safe for your skin.
I bought my mica powder here. Using a DIY cream blush gives you a youthful, dewy look. It works best with dry skin and in a dry climate. When applying cream make up, I go easy on the moisturizer beforehand or this can get too greasy and will not last. The cream blush is actually very moisturizing by itself!
DIY Cream Blush & Lip Stain
1 TBSP Sweet Almond Oil (find it HERE)
2 tsp of Beeswax (find it HERE)
1/2 tsp. Pink or Red Mica Powder (find it HERE)
- Fill a medium sized pot with water.
- Place a glass pyrex measuring cup in the water.
- Add all 3 ingredients to glass cup and melt over medium heat.
- Once mixture is melted, add to a container.
- While the container cools, periodically stir mixture so that the mica does not settle at the bottom.
- While mixing, you might want to add more mica if your blush does not have enough color.
- Once mixture is thoroughly mixed, press blush into container until smooth.
This recipe makes about 1oz. Find these 1 ounce tins HERE.
Also, mica is totally safe so you can use this as a tinted lip balm too! I use this and a cheek highlighter on my daughter for her ballet recitals. It works well on little girls and is easy to do touch ups! In fact, I also use it in my DIY rosebud salve recipe.
I must say, I love this DIY cream blush recipe along with my cream highlighter. Both give such a soft, glowy look that not only looks healthy but actually is healthy for your skin! Two birds, my friends!
P.S. Check out my DIY mineral makeup recipe and my pick for the best natural mascara to complete your look!
What is the best way to apply cream blush?
Jennifer-I use my fingertips and blend, blend, blend!!
Hi – I’ve been reading your posts linked through primally inspired. As someone who makes a living making skin care products, I am always interested what others have to share. Your recipes are easily doable for anyone who wants to make their own products and you cover just about everything anyone would need, so thank you!
I do have to take exception to your statement that micas are good for you. #1 never buy any supplies for skin care from a company you know nothing about, and insist on the full ingredient list. Mica is natural – it’s a mineral, the white version of which is called muscovite (I was a geologist before I became a soap maker,etc.) It gives a glisten to lots of rocks, most notably schist and gneiss. From there mica colorants can go downhill. Oxides ARE ground up rocks, but most micas also contain a variety of minerals and may contain synthetic colors such as FD&C dyes. Many rocks and minerals contain elements that are potentially dangerous, some with associations to cancer., for instance chromium oxide green. Some colors are safe for eye makeup but not lips ( esp greens.) You absolutely have to know what you are buying. Amazon doesn’t scrutinize their vendors, so you cannot assume anything about the origin or purity without checking.
The dirty little secret about colors in the industry is that a few major suppliers in china supply almost everything worldwide, including mineral cosmetics. We already know that food and drugs from china are contaminated, so it’s not a big leap to distrust colors either. What are you to do? Scrutinize everything, and go with domestic sources whenever possible, as they are at least accountable to the FDA, for what that is worth. Women have traditionally used all sorts of toxic things on their skin in the name of beauty. We have more knowledge and better alternatives now.
Thanks Gillian! I always appreciate advice-I sure don’t claim to know everything! I feel like making a lip stain with colored mica is less toxic then lipstick, Kind of the less of 2 evils!
Thanks again for sharing your knowledge-in the future I will experiment with gaining color from freeze dried fruits-that’s the only alternative I can think of-you have any ideas?
Yes, I’ve been dabbling with organic freeze dried fruits and some spices. The issue will be ultimately if what you are using is primarily oil soluble or water soluble. You want ingredients that incorporate and aren’t grainy… and if there is any water at all you will need an emulsifier and a preservative. I do make an infused lipgloss using beets. It doesn’t seem to stain much, so the color is short-lived. Actually, using a freshly cut beet makes a great blush on its own!
This is an interesting discussion that I was contemplating learning about, regarding the fruits and vegetables as colorant instead of the other options. Do you know of a good source to learn about natural dyes you can make yourself?
I made a lipstick with mica powder and after used it I feel so dizzy for days. I have sensitivity in unnatural things and now is trying to make a new one with Australian red clay. Hope that work for me 🙂
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Hey I really loved this diy recipe, I actually featured it on my blog along with a bunch of other diy tutorials for lips. Check it out https://divasroom.com/make-lips-stand-3-easy-diy-recipes/
Hi Jenni! Is there a way to turn this into a recipe for a lip balm tube? I don’t like to get creams under my finger nails-it always winds up somewhere it shouldn’t 🙂 Thanks!
Nan-for sure you could! Keep in mind a plastic lip balm tube holds about .25 ounces so one recipe will make quite a few tubes. It can be messy pouring your mixture into the tubes so just go slow-don’t get in a hurry! Thanks!
I’m inspired! Thanks for the great ideas. I am wondering two things. 1. How do you think you make the powders pressed? Is that some kind of factory machine type thing or something in the powder to set it? 2. To make a liquid foundation, what liquid would you use? almond oil? beeswax? water? Thanks! Nic
Nic- Thank you! I actually take the back of a spoon and press the doo wop out of a powder! It works ok, not like a store bought blush or shadow but it works. I would use rosehip seed oil. I prefer to mix it each time I use the powder rather then make a bottle. I do have a post on making a bottle of liquid foundation and it’s fine but it can be a bit cakey looking. I put a bit of powder in the palm of my hand or a small bowl, add a few drops of rosehip and mix-works great! Almond oil is good too. Beeswax wouldn’t work and water would not blend too well. Hope this helps!
HI! can you use beet root powder instead of a mica powder for this recipe? also where did you get the recipe from? I’ve been looking for good books to read on how to make organic/natural makeup alternatives.
Chauna-I haven’t tried it but I’ve seen many recipes from other bloggers using beet root for blush! It’s definitely worth a try!
Last time I made this stuff, (not your recipe) the finished product was grainy and I couldn’t use it.
I tried many times to sift the product when it was still hot but wasted a lot of it.
Do you have any suggestions ? I need the color pigment without the grains
Debra-That’s super weird. I, once in a blue moon will have a balm that seems a bit grainy and I end up re heating it and that smooths it out totally. However this mainly occurs when I use coconut oil. I haven’t had the issue with any other oils. Could the grains be from the mica? The mica I have and link doesn’t do that at all. So sorry your having a time with this-sounds super annoying and messy! Good luck!
i don’t understand i followed all the instructions and it came out so hard once it dried i cant even rub any off with the fingers…
Ice-It needs to be hard because it will be too oily on your skin otherwise. I’m not sure why you’re not getting color though-You can add a little bit more oil to soften it us. Good luck!
Do you have a recipe for dehydrating fruits and veggies for color?
Ursula-I don’t! I need to explore that though!
Do you know the shelf life? Can’t wait to make!!
Baylee-The shelf life is about 4-6 mos. Good luck!
The link for the Mica powder doesn’t work. Do you have a new link or a picture of what you use available. Thanks
Viki-Thank you for letting me know! I linked what I used in the post. You can find it HERE. They have several different pinks and reds but I like the brand.