How to Make Homemade Makeup Foundation

Most women use a foundation to cover up imperfections, including scars, uneven skin tone, dark circles, and many other issues. These products also give us a matte or dewy finish on the skin and a radiant complexion. 

The great thing about foundation these days is that it contains skincare benefits. From hydrating the face, reducing wrinkles, and soothing the skin, people can get skin-enhancing benefits from the beauty shelves. 

On top of these good things, consumers often pay a higher price for the so-called ‘skincare foundation.’ If you’re not willing to shell out a hundred dollars or more for a small bottle of foundation, you can simply resort to homemade makeup

Advantages of Homemade Foundation

One thing to know about skincare and cosmetics is that they’re not one-type-fits-all. Each product caters to a specific skin type, whether for dry skin, combination, or oily. 

Unless the ingredients are mild, the results will differ from one person to another. 

In makeup, distinguishing what works for you helps to avoid irritation that could lead to acne breakouts and discoloration. The face, essentially, absorbs foundation, so you need a good product that won’t cause any zits and flare-up. 

The advantage of a homemade foundation is, you get to use ingredients that are suited for your skin type. You can experiment with the product and determine what solution works best for you. 

Moreover, DIY also helps you save tons of money. Creating your own foundation isn’t hard, and you only need a couple of ingredients. The best thing is, you can have a lot of supply from making one batch. 

For foundation, you need a good base that’s not too creamy, and at the same time, does the job of concealing your imperfections. 

Making Natural Foundation

For the natural foundation, you want to use organic ingredients. As mentioned, determine your skin type first so you know if certain ingredients are good for your face. To play it safe, here are some mild ingredients to use. 

  • Shea butter
  • Emulsifying wax
  • Aloe gel
  • Witch hazel
  • Natural pre-made lotion
  • Non-nano zinc oxide
  • Cocoa powder
  • Mica powder
  • Clay
  • All-natural mineral powder
  • Organic lotion

First, combine the organic lotion and mineral powder to get the desired color and consistency of the foundation. Now, this is the easy way to make the homemade foundation. A more complex method is used for the complete DIY natural base. 

1) Melt equal parts shea butter and emulsifying wax over a double-burner.

2) Slowly add the aloe and witch hazel until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Turn off the heat.

3) Add colors with zinc and clay. Note that the mixture can look too pale at this point. 

4) Add a tiny pinch of mica powder and cocoa powder until the right color is reached. 

5) Dip a tip of a spoon and let it cool. Test the color and coverage on your forehead. 

6) Get a sterilized container and let it cool. 

Note that if the color is lighter than your liking, you can always add a dash of mica and cocoa powder. Just make sure not to use too much as it’s harder to lighten the formula then to darken it. 

Lightening your foundation means, you’ll need to melt your shea butter and wax again and add it to the mixture. 


Making a homemade makeup foundation isn’t hard, in fact, you only need a few ingredients to have an all-natural base. It’s definitely cheaper than buying a high-end foundation and it gives you your own distinct glow and radiance. 

Try a few recipes to make the formula perfect for you. It only takes a few experiments to get the desired consistency and color. 

This post was last modified on September 10, 2020 6:58 pm

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