As many of you know by now, I make some of our household products myself. I do this somewhat to save money and because I believe it's healthier. It's also nice to know exactly what's in the products I'm using, and honestly it can be kinda fun for me since I'm not really a creative person, this is one way I can experiment and create things. So when a friend posted a link to a blog on DIY foundation (makeup) last weekend, I eagerly checked it out. I was thrilled to discover that the basic process looked familiar to me, it was quite similar to my own lotion recipe. I also had most ingredients on hand, so I decided to go for it. I made a batch, and having a "bad face day" that day, I gave it a try right away. My results were less than stellar. (I will add the disclaimer here that I WAS missing zinc oxide from my batch, an ingredient said to be listed for it's SPF factor. There is a possibility that including that would have changed my results)
The above image is the powder and foundation I made. Initially I only made the foundation, but after applying it I felt it necessary to follow the link in the initial blog to another blog for powder, hoping that would save this little DIY project and give me the good results I was so certain I was going to get when I'd begun.
So here's me on my "bad face day" having a breakout.This is the makeup free me last Sunday morning. I really wish I'd fixed my hair before I documented this experiment!
Certain that I was going to smooth on this foundation and feel a million times better (keep in mind that other than occasional mascara use, I quit wearing makeup about a year ago in my quest to both eliminate yucky products from my life and try to have more naturally nice skin, so I wasn't going into this used to the performance of a commercial product), I wasn't very worried about my unflattering "before" photo. I actually thought it was good I'd have a more dramatic comparison when my blemishes were minimized in the "after".
Unfortunately THIS is what the application of the foundation did for my looks:
Of course I could've just skipped the makeup and gone straight to the mascara like a did here the week before: