I’ve been on such a DIY kick lately especially when it comes to personal care products. I feel like I’m on a mission to swap out as many things as possible with homemade natural versions in order to save cash and reduce my chemical exposure. This week I’ve started with a homemade mattefying setting powder that works wonders for oily skin types. I haven’t looked this matte for this long in a LONG time! So obviously, I’m super super happy with this recipe and I hope you are too!
How to Make a Homemade Mattefying Setting Powder with All Natural Ingredients
This powder is perfect for setting your liquid foundation and concealer and will keep your skin matte for hours depending on how oily your skin is. I’d say I have pretty oily skin and the powder worked for 5+ hours easy. I’ve never had anything last longer than 45 minutes on my skin without the need for blotting papers or re-application so this is HUGE!
Here’s what you need to make it:
• A coffee grinder
• 1oz tin (this recipe does not fill a 1oz tin, it’s just easier to use it in something larger so you don’t spill product)
• 2TB arrowroot powder (can sub corn starch)
• 1tsp zinc oxide (a natural sun protectant that also kills bacteria)
• ¼ tsp cacao powder (this is the amount for fair skin so add more if needed in very small increments)
• 1/16 tsp ground cinnamon (I use these tiny measuring spoons)
• 1/16 tsp bentonite clay (great for absorbing excess oil and the green color helps reduce the appearance of redness)
• 1 drop Vitamin E oil
• 1 drop geranium essential oil (this EO is known to help control oil/sebum production)
This recipe makes a little more than ½ an ounce of product and costs a lot cheaper than setting powders at the beauty store. I hope you give it a try!
Loving Preparation – Homemade Mattefying Setting Powder
1. Carefully measure out all of the ingredients except for the vitamin E oil and geranium essential oil and add them to a coffee grinder like this one.
2. Next, cover with a square of plastic wrap and put on the lid. This will greatly reduce the mess you’ll be making!
3. Blend for 20 seconds and then wait a moment for the powders to settle.
4. Check on the blend. There may be powder that hasn’t mixed in hiding under the blade so use a utensil to loosen it.
5. Blend again for 20 seconds. Keep doing this until everything looks well mixed.
6. Now add a drop of vitamin E oil and the 1 drop of geranium essential oil to the powder and blend a final time.
7. Rap the coffee grinder sharply with a spoon to remove any sticky powder from its crevices and pour the powder into a 1oz tin.
• Take a kabuki brush and dab it in the powder.
• Use the lid to swirl before tapping off the excess and buffing it onto clean moisturized skin.
• Re-apply as needed.
This powder is very lightly scented and works well at reducing oiliness and setting make-up. I’m hoping to refine it as I make more batches and will be updating this post as I do so! For now though, it does the job of keeping my skin matte instead of looking like an oil slick.
I’m assuming that this powder is not suitable for dry or combination skin types as it would be too drying, so keep that in mind before making it.
What have been your favorite DIY setting powder recipes? Please let me know in the comments!
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Puspa widegren says
Wonderful site. Thank you for sharing your beautiful recipes.
You’re very welcome! 🙂
Thanks! Love this!
Thanks Jessica!! 🙂
Golden Girl says
Allergic to commercial liquid foundations. Do you have a recipe?
Hi Golden Girl!
I DO, but the article isn’t finished yet. In the meantime, if there is a powder foundation that works well for your skin that’s more on the natural side, try mixing some of it with a drop or two of jojoba or argan oil to make a ridiculously easy and effective liquid foundation. 🙂