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Low Cost Homeade Loose Facial Powder with Health Benefits

Updated on September 25, 2012

The price of facial bronzers and powder is ridiculous. When you have to pay $10 for powder, your getting ripped off. (unless it can make you look a year younger).

When I got into a financial bind, I decided to make my own powder. There are many recipes for homemade facial powder out there, but I'm giving you the one that works best for me. Every face type will be different as each of us have different colored undertones to our skin. Some have pink, some have yellow. That will determine ingredients for your powder.

This recipe is for loose powder and literally costs under $3 and works just as good but has better benefits for your skin and will not break you out.

Ingredients You Will Use:

- Container to put your powder in. You can use an old loose powder container or even a small tupperware. I would recommend using a small, clean container if you want to keep it in your purse with you.

- Cinnamon (A medium container costs about $2)

- Nutmeg (A small container costs $1)

- Loose shimmer eyeshadow that coordinates with the undertones of your skin. My container is empty if you'll notice in the picture because I just got done making some before I thought to write a hub about it. If you have yellow undertones, you will want to purchase a yellow shimmer powder, and if you have pink undertones, you will want to purchase a pink shimmer eyeshadow. I like to use the Bon Bon brand of loose shimmer eyeshadow as it only costs $1 per container. I use the entire container but you can add or subtract the amount according to how shimmer you want your face.

- Cornstarch (A box costs about $1-$2)

- Fork

For about $6 dollars you can have about a year supply of your own powder. It doesn't get better than that folks.

Now there is no specific amount of each ingredient you put in as it is mixed according to the shade of your face.

If you have darker skin, you will want to put some cinnamon into your container first and gradually add your cornstarch to reach the color of your skin. If you have light skin, you will want to add your cornstarch first, then add your cinnamon gradually to obtain your skin tone. You will waste a lot of product and make much more than needed if you do not do this first step exactly. The color of your powder will generally be darker than your skin tone but this is alright because when it is used in small amounts on your skin it tends to show up lighter, so don't go by it's color in the bowl to determine the depth of your color, test it with a powder brush on your face each time you add an ingredient for the closest match.

Once you add your second ingredient whether that be cornstarch or cinnamon, sift the mix lightly with a fork to gain an even color throughout.

Once you have your desired color, shake in some nutmeg. You don't want a ton of nutmeg, just enough to add some highlight to your color. Sift with your fork to evenly distribute the nutmeg into the mix.

Lastly, add your desired amount of shimmer eyeshadow. Sift with your fork again.

The wonderful thing about making your own powder vs. buying it is oftentimes makeup is made from animals, many chemicals and oils that were not meant for our skin to be exposed to frequently as well as many other chemicals and oils that clog your pores and cause awful acne breakouts.

If what I've said thus far doesn't convince you yet, here are the benefits of your ingredients:

Cornstarch is a great matte powder that keeps your skin dry and oil free all day long. It is also an anti-inflammatory to help control acne and other skin rashes and infections.

Cinnamon has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to keep your skin looking and feelings healthy and acne-free.

Nutmeg is a known natural acne-fighting agent when used topically on your face. In addition, it also has the ability to lighten scars on your face so for someone with acne scars, this would be a great powder to use.

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