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Beauty on a Budget: DIY makeup for the perfect natural look

With makeup making a significant dent on our yearly budgets, it is not surprising that many of us are starting to think about making our own. Here at CashLady quick loans, we are taking a closer look at DIY makeup, specifically how we can make it and save money at the same time.

According to research by Superdrug, during her lifetime, the average woman spends approximately £18,000 on makeup. This calculation, based on an average of just over 64 years of makeup buying from age 18 to 82, equates to a staggering £280 per year, more than many of us can afford to shell out.

Even if we put the costs to one side, many high street make-up products that we buy to put on our skin and lips are actually full of chemicals, that may not benefit our skin at all. By making our own DIY makeup, we will know exactly what we are putting onto our skin and can even adapt ingredients to suit our skin tone and texture.

For example, one of the ingredients of DIY foundation is Argan oil, used for skin care in Morocco for many generations.

DIY makeup: Foundation

When it comes to making your own foundation, you have two options.

You can use a pre-made moisturiser from a high street shop (make sure it is specifically for the face, as body moisturisers used on the face can result in spot break-outs) and then mix it with other ‘powder’ ingredients to get the right colour and consistency for your skin.

Alternatively, you can make a DIY base moisturiser yourself. This gives you more control over what you are putting on your skin and once you have all of the ingredients, it can work out cheaper than buying pre-made moisturisers (although this obviously depends on how expensive the face moisturiser is that you buy!).

If you would rather buy a pre-made moisturiser, just skip the ‘base’ recipe and go straight to the powder mixture.

Also, because this is a ‘natural’ foundation, the ingredients will not last as long when they are mixed together, so it is better to make it in small batches – enough for 2 or 3 weeks is what you should be aiming for.

Base mixture


  • 2 tsp of Argan oil
  • 1 tbsp of Aloe
  • 1 tsp of Witch Hazel
  • and 1 tsp of Shea butter
  • 0.5 tsp of Emulsifying wax


Using a bain marie (a heatproof glass bowl over a pan of simmering water), melt your shea butter together with your emulsifying wax. Add your argan oil.

Stir in the witch hazel and the aloe until the mixture is smooth. Turn off the heat and leave to cool for a couple of minutes.

Powder mixture

If you want to use a shop-bought moisturiser to mix with the powders, instead of the base mixture, you will need about 3 and a half tablespoons of it in a bowl.


  • Zinc oxide (this should provide sun protection)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Ground Cinnamon or Ginger


You may notice we have not put amounts in the ingredients section. This is not an accident. The amount of zinc oxide that you choose to add depends on how ‘thick’ you like your foundation. Around 1 to 3 teaspoons is usually about enough.

The cocoa powder can be added to get the right ‘depth’ of colour for your skin tone (test it on the inside of your forearm if you do not want bits all over your face) and the cinnamon and ginger help to ‘tone’ the colour of your foundation. It is worth noting that some people find that cinnamon irritates their skin, so it is worth doing a patch test first.

Alternatively, you could add a mineral powder, suitable for your skin tone, to your base mixture or moisturiser.

DIY Makeup

DIY makeup: Bronzer

Perhaps the most simple of all DIY makeup recipes, DIY bronzer can be made by mixing cornflour and cocoa powder together until you get your desired colour. If you want to add different colour dimensions, you can add cinnamon, nutmeg and even a pinch of ginger.

Use an old, clean spice container with a ‘sprinkle’ top to store your bronzer. Simply sprinkle it onto the back of your hand when you want to use it and apply with a bronzing brush.

DIY makeup: lipstick

Do you sometimes buy eyeshadow and wish that you could have lipstick in the same colour? Or do you spend lots of money on lip colours that you quickly get bored of?

By mixing vaseline with eyeshadow, you can make a lip colour that is not only moisturising but could save you from buying expensive lipsticks. You can even mix two or more different eyeshadows together before adding them to vaseline for a truly unique lip colour.

DIY makeup: EyelinerBeauty on a Budget: DIY makeup for the perfect natural look

Part of the reason that we spend so much on makeup is that we buy many different products for different things. However, just like using your eyeshadow to make a new shade of lipstick, you can also save yourself shelling out on a new eyeliner, by using your eyeshadow as a base.

Simply break up your eyeshadow into a powder, add a few drops of water, then mix out any lumps. And voila! You have an eyeliner that you can apply with a thin eyeliner brush.


DIY makeup is a great way to save money and take control over what you are putting on your skin. It also allows you to experiment with colours and costs a fraction of the price compared to buying beauty products from the high street.

You can also make any makeup products that you do buy go further, by making use of them for different purposes – like using your eyeshadow to make an eyeliner or lipstick. That is the definition of a win, win situation, we say!