DIY Zero Waste Makeup Guide – An Introduction Guide

Switching over to zero waste makeup? Use our guide to make that transition smoother!

Let’s face it when we’re shopping and applying makeup we don’t really think about how the products are packaged or if said companies are using plastics, or even checking the ingredients. We’re only focused if the products look amazing on us or if they’re on sale.

Most beauty products, especially makeup products used to be packaged in small jars, and companies used to be very creative with their packaging, such as they used to make unique metal cases that could contain powder and blush, and sometimes even lipsticks too.

When plastic was first introduced every company went crazy for it and started massively using it to package everything without thinking of the consequences and what kind of impact plastic has on the environment.

But thankfully in more recent years, consumers have started becoming more aware of the dangerous impact that plastic has on the planet and on us. And people started researching ways how to be more sustainable but still enjoy makeup without giving it up.

That’s how zero waste makeup has become a thing in these past years. It focuses on creating makeup using natural ingredients and packaging it in reusable, refillable, and compostable materials so that there is less damage to the environment.

DIY Zero Waste Makeup Guide

The one great thing about makeup is that you can experiment with it, have fun with it and you can even make it yourself at home. Yes, you read that right you can make your own zero waste makeup at home using natural ingredients and some ingredients you might have around in your home. So without further ado let’s get into it!

Make Your Own Mascara And Eyeliner

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal
  • ½ teaspoon of shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay
  • 2-3 drops of sweet almond oil or olive oil

Carefully work the oils into the powder ingredients by mixing all of the components together using a mortar and a pestle.

Note: This recipe can be adjusted to your desired consistency by adding more or less of certain ingredients. Also, be sure to clean and sanitize any containers or tools used before making these products.

How to use: To apply eyeliner, dip your liner brush in water first and then into the mixture. To apply mascara, wet a used mascara wand in water, then dip it into the mixture, tap off any excess, and then apply it to the lashes.

Make Your Own Blush

If you want to get naturally rosy and flush cheeks at home and save some money, well we got you covered.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons of beetroot powder (you can also use hibiscus powder or another natural pigment)
  • 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of shea butter

In a small bowl mix the dry ingredients together, which in this case are the beetroot and arrowroot powders until they’re well combined. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler or in the microwave using short bursts of 10-15 seconds until fully melted. Pour the shea butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix it thoroughly. Use a spoon to transfer the mixture into an empty compact or small container. Let the blush cool down and solidify before using it.

How to use: To use it, swirl your blush brush into the mixture or you can use your fingers and apply it to your cheeks. If you want it to be more pigmented you can add more natural pigment if not you can always add less. Store it in a cool, dry place and use it within a few months.

Make Your Own Foundation

Making your own zero waste foundation is a great way and solution to control what is applied to your face and skin and reduce waste.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (adjust the amount based on your skin tone)
  • 1 teaspoon of finely ground cinnamon (also adjust the amount based on your skin tone)
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (this is optional, for extra warmth)
  • 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal (this is optional, for darker skin tones)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil or shea butter

In a small bowl mix together the arrowroot powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and activated charcoal (if you’re using it). Slowly add the shea butter or coconut oil, stirring as you’re pouring until you reach a consistency that you’re happy with. The consistency should be creamy but not too oily, however, if it’s too wet add more arrowroot powder, and if it’s too dry add more shea butter or coconut oil. Test the foundation on your skin and see if it matches your skin tone, if not make some adjustments with the cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and activated charcoal. Store the foundation in a small jar with a closed lid.

How to use: Apply a small amount to your face with your fingertips or a makeup brush and then blend it out. You can also mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oils for some skincare benefits.

Make Your Own Bronzer

A good bronzer to make your face more defined and cheekbones pop out is a must need.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg powder
  • 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder

In a small bowl mix your cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, and arrowroot powders until they’re all combined together. Transfer the mixture to a clean, airtight container. You can always add more or less of the ingredients to adjust the color of the bronzer and to fit your skin tone better.

Note: Clean and sanitize any tool used in the making process.

How to use: Apply it with a big powder brush to your face and neck, and buff it out. Store it in a cool, dry place and use it within a few months.

Make Your Own Eyeshadow

Making zero waste eyeshadow on your own is a great way to avoid applying harsh chemicals onto your eyelids and to reduce waste.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp activated charcoal powder
  • 1/4 tsp mica powder (this is optional, for shimmer)

In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot, cocoa, activated charcoal, and mica (if you’re using it) powders until they’re all combined well. Transfer the mixture into a clean empty compact or container. You can experiment with other natural pigments such as beetroot powder, turmeric powder, or spirulina powder to make other shades.

Note: Make sure to clean and sanitize the tools and containers used in the process.

How to use: Apply it with your finger or eyeshadow brush onto your eyelids and blend it out into the shade and intensity you desire. Store it in a cool, dry place and use it within a few months.

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Making your own zero waste lip balm is fun and this way you will avoid putting toxic chemicals onto your lips.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance (such as peppermint or lavender)

Melt the beeswax pellets, coconut oil, and shea butter together in a double boiler or a microwave in intervals by stirring occasionally until they’re fully melted. Remove the melted liquid from the heat and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (if you want to add it in) and stir it in. Pour the mixture into a clean empty lip balm tube or tin. Let it cool down and solidify before using. You can adjust the consistency by adding more or less of the ingredients. And you can experiment with different essential oils such as almond oil, and jojoba oil, to create different scents and textures.

Note: Clean and sanitize the tools and containers that were used.

How to use: Apply it to your lips with your fingertip if it’s in a tin, or apply it directly to your lips if it’s in a tube.

Make Your Own Lipstick

A makeup look is not complete without lipstick, and it’s even better if it’s zero waste and you can make it yourself.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp beeswax pellets
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp beetroot powder (or other natural pigments)
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance (such as peppermint or lavender)

Melt the beeswax pellets, shea butter, and coconut oil together on a double boiler or in the microwave while stirring occasionally until they’re melted. Remove the liquid from the heat and stir in the beetroot powder and a few drops of essential oil (if you want to add it in) until it’s all well combined. Pour the mixture into clean empty lipstick tubes or tins. Let it cool down and solidify before applying. You can adjust the color intensity by adding more or less of the beetroot powder. And if you want to experiment with other shades add cocoa powder or turmeric powder.

Note: Clean and sanitize every tool and container that was used.

How to use: Apply it directly to your lips if it’s in a lipstick tube, and if it’s in a tin use a lipstick brush or your fingertips.

Conclusion

To sum up, making your own zero waste makeup is a great way to reduce waste, save a lot of money, and avoid applying toxic and harmful chemicals and ingredients to your skin and face which are more commonly found in commercially sold makeup products.

With a few simple ingredients and some creativity, you can make your own makeup collection that’s healthy for you and your skin, and it’s eco-friendly and conscious. Whether you’re making your own lipstick, blush, bronzer, mascara, or eyeshadow, be sure to use clean and sanitized tools and containers, and store your homemade makeup in a cool, dry place to maximize its shelf life.

But before attempting to make any zero waste makeup yourself make sure to read and do more research, check in with your dermatologist in case you have a history of skin irritations and allergies, and always do swatch tests to see if your skin reacts well with the ingredients.

Choosing to make your own zero waste makeup is a great decision as you will lower your environmental impact and you will significantly reduce plastic and material waste. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to create a zero waste makeup collection that is both beautiful and sustainable.

Just remember to have fun and to practice as many times as you want.

We hope you enjoyed this article, please let us know if we missed anything. And if you already made zero waste makeup products on your own please share your experience with us.


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