Homemade Natural Blush

Homemade Natural Blush

Lately, I am on this quest to create my own natural, cheap makeup products. You’re probably thinking it’s because I did some research and found out about all of the horrible stuff in makeup, since that’s usually what gets me to venture into making my own products (or because I’m cheap). But the truth is… I have rarely purchased makeup in my life, and no, I’m not one of those people with fabulous skin that doesn’t need makeup. Sure, I have purchased Bare Minerals a few times, but I have been super fortunate to have a mom who sells make up and, better yet, buys me everything I need! Love her! Honest moment here… I am a 24-year-old married woman and my mommy still buys me makeup! Haha.

So, the real reason I’m starting to make makeup is because my makeup didn’t come in on time when I was in Chicago last, and I’m running out! The truth is, I don’t think I am ever going back to the store bought stuff! Sorry, mom (she’s probably happy she doesn’t have to buy it anymore). It is just way too easy and cheap to make, and it’s all natural, which I’m pretty into!


Homemade Blush

How bright pink you want your blush will determine how much beet root powder you should use. I use about 2 parts beet root powder to 1 part cornstarch. If you want to add more depth or make it darker, add a little cocoa powder!

Directions: Start with 1 Tbs arrowroot powder or corn starch and add in 2 Tbs beet root powder. Mix in a small bowl, making sure to break apart any clumps. Adjust color to your liking! Done!

To use: Dip your blush brush in the powder, tapping off any extra. Apply to your cheek bones!


See, didn’t I tell you it was easy? Making makeup makes me excited! So fun and cheap. Remember that makeup is very different for every person. What works for me may not work for you! You may have to adjust the recipe to your liking! Hope ya’ll love it!

Check out last week’s post, where I show you how to make your own homemade powder foundation!

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  1. How long does it hold up (on a greasy skin?) and how long does it last (as in… doesn’t it go to waste at some point?). And also, is this okay to use on sensitive skin? I wouldn’t want to get a rash from using too strong ingredients (just like not all chemicals are bad, not all natural ingredients are good). It’s so lovely though…

  2. Hello! Have you tried to make your own colors? I was thinking (since I have a dehydrator) making my own makeup (which I’ve never done before…) but using fruits – such as strawberries – dehydrating them – and making them into a powder…blueberries? beets? peaches? Using organic, of course. …

    1. I haven’t before. I was asking if anyone had…but I wouldn’t think it’d be too hard. I have a food dehydrator (nesco from bed, bath and beyond) and I was wondering if it’d be easy enough to dehydrate the fruit (or veggies such as beets) and then grind them, once dried, in a coffee grinder? I may have to try it…

    2. I make my own powders by dehydrating them and then running them through a handheld coffee grinder. I also have a more commercial grinder but in any cosmetic purpose that does the job. I make carrot root powder (more orangy peach hue), beet root powder, etc.
      I write a blog on self-reliant living and write for Grit Magazine about natural products etc. Nice to see others too 🙂

  3. question. can you make this into a pressed powder by slowly adding water til it clumps and then add to a tin? similar to the pressed eye shadow?

  4. I made my own makeup with beet root, arrowroot, cacao powder and cinnamon, but these ingredients triggered a candida attack in me. I am very, very sensitive to candida, and my health is not goodI am looking to replace the beet root powder with something non sweet, but I have no idea what to use. Also, I am looking for a replacement for the cacao powder, since the cacao irritates my skin, but I dont know what to replace it with. Ideally the ingredient is healthier than cacao, and does not irritate.
    The make up I made looked good, but I so very much wish to find make up that works for me, without making me ill. All help is very much appreciated.

  5. I do not believe that the picture you have posted is the actual blush you made… Did you even make this? I tried this recipe and I think it’s a fail. The beetroot is VERY dark purple and it does not actually color the skin. I’m so disappointed. I wanted this to work.

    1. I’m sorry this didn’t work for you :(. I did make this and that is the actual picture. My beet root was more pink.

  6. Amy, I enjoyed reading your post. I am switching to homemade makeup as well, such as cornstarch as face powder and thawed raspberries or blueberries as a blush and lip stain, and lately I’ve added beetroot powder. I have one tip for using the beetroot powder, and that is to wet it. I keep an 1 oz jar of it in purse. I place a tiny amount of the powder in my palm and wet it slightly with my finger and apply to lips, cheeks, and even eyelashes and eyebrows (I have to be careful with the eyebrows and wipe it off soon after applying it and go over the brows with a grooming brush). I am 23 yr old and this routine works wonderfully for me. Beets have beneficial vitamins also which would be good for the skin to receive through regular application.
    The more I use these natural ingredients as makeup, the more I find naturalness beautiful and the less I desire to use formulated natural and organic cosmetics bought at the store. God’s handiwork is always more beautiful than what we make.

  7. Hey Amy! I tried this today, but for some reason it didn’t work. You see, it came out purple. XD And I think the beetroot powder I have (out of a VERY small selection here in New Zealand) is not ground enough, because the cornstarch and beetroot separate on my face; the beetroot seems a lot bigger and flakier than the cornstarch. Do you know how I can fix these problems? Thanks!

  8. I’m seriously thinking that making your own makeup is the way to go. It’s just so damned expensive, where does it leave you but to go that route. Really love your site Amy and I’ll let you know how I fair with making my own makeup.

    1. You don’t have to use organic cornstarch. I try to avoid GMOs as much as possible so that is why I recommend organic.

  9. Sorry to repost this. I couldn’t find my last post and was hoping to see your answer. The blush was wonderful when I first made it and within hours had become very caked. How do you avoid this?

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