|Weck jar, Ecotools Bamboo Brush|
Blush was one of the first things I stole from my mom when I was too young to wear makeup. I have big cheeks, and liked the flushed milkmaid look- fresh and healthy. In Paris, women don't seem to wear pink blush too much, favoring pale cheeks or highlighted cheekbones. That doesn't work for me. I prefer old school Dauphine Marie-Josephe de Saxe-era French court makeup, with heavy rose tones from ears to the apples of my cheeks. I used to do stuff like just swipe beet juice onto skin, or mash a few raspberries or strawberries together with olive oil for lip tint. Applying pomegranate juice directly to cheek or lips was another easy beauty DIY. However, powder can be applied more precisely, doesn't cause breakouts, and lends the matte look I need for my oily skin.
Homemade beetroot powder blush is coarser and darker than storebought, but looks subtle on skin. Some people incorporate arrowroot powder to tone down the redness. I haven't calculated the energy consumption of using a dehydrator or oven to make this, but it surely uses a lot less resources, water, and time than conventional store bought blush. I use organic beets from Joel Thiebault, eat the greens, and dehydrate as many roots as I can at once. If you don't have a dehydrator, slice beets into 1/4 inch slices and set the oven under 100°C (the lowest setting is fine), with the fan on. Place on cookie sheets in the oven. It takes up to eight hours to dehydrate beets, after which you simply pulse them a few times in a food processor, with arrowroot, if desired. If you have a dehydrator, leave thinly sliced beets at 200°F overnight. The same process with golden beets makes yellow eyeshadow. Use mortar and pestle if you don't have a food processor. UPDATE: Bonnie had the great idea to mix golden beets with red for a peachy blush. If anybody tries, I'd love to see it!The color is universally flattering, but you can dehydrate cherries or strawberries at the same time to make a different hue. For DIY lip and cheek stain, mix two teaspoons beetroot powder for every one teaspoon each oil (I recommend almond) and candelilla wax. Above is a bad picture of me wearing the lip stain- my lips are flesh toned normally, but the lip stain gives a nice berry hue and has great staying power. Keep homemade cosmetics out of sunlight in a tightly sealed jar, so they last a long time. Just wash your brush with bar soap every week to keep bugs away :)
|Louis Vuitton coat, secondhand (similar here)|