February 12, 2013
DIY ~ Cornstarch as Face Powder
I have a problem with face makeup... mainly, that I don't like to wear it. I hate the feel of foundation, and usually hate the way it looks, too. Of course when I take photos for the blog, it's the complete opposite. The more makeup I wear, the better I look, even if I feel like a drag queen. Makeup is so weird.
Anyway, I used to wear foundation for a brief period when I was in high school in order to feel more "mature." But that's the thing... a lot of times, when I wear any kind of face makeup, I think it makes me look older than I actually am. Not what I'm looking for at this time in my life :P I feel like a natural look for my skin suits me better for day-to-day. But sometimes (all the time), I want a more even skintone, and wish there was SOMETHING I could use.
Enter this neat little trick I learned recently...
I forgot exactly where I read about this, but I came across a link advocating the use of cornstarch as face powder- I used this cornstarch brand. You can use it as-is, or mix it with cocoa powder until you find a shade that's close to your own skintone. Find a little container to put it in, and you've got yourself an economical powder that does the job well! What's weirder- I tried it out, and actually liked it.
So there are a few reasons why this is cool, and you might like to also try it out:
#1- It is cheap. Cornstarch costs $1-$2 at the grocery store. Cocoa powder is maybe $4 max. Each of these items can give you a nearly endless supply of product compared to what you would buy at the cosmetics counter. You literally have nothing to lose.
#2- You probably have these items in your cupboard right now. So this experiment could potentially cost you $0.
#3- It lasts. I've been incorporating this powder into the beauty routine for at least a few months now. I have to say, it holds up pretty well over about 5-6 hours, and also doesn't clog pores! No zits, hooray.
#4- Fights oil. I have hella oily skin (and by the way, every time I use the word 'hella,' I think of that episode in South Park where Cartman won't stop saying it.) Usually I need blot sheets at some point during the day, but not when I wear this.
#5- It's subltle. At least for me, this is a plus. Like I said, I really don't like the look of a cakey powder or foundation, but it still gives my skin a little extra polish. My guess is that you could apply it thicker if you like, though. Also, I do like to use this for our photo shoots. Photos love the look of powdered skin :)
#6- It's natural. You know exactly how many ingredients are in it, and what they are. Take comfort in the fact that there's no red dye #2 in there.
#7- Use it as bronzer. Make your mixture darker than your skintone. This could also be a contouring powder.
#8- Use it as a dry shampoo. For this, you would just need the pure cornstarch. I use dry shampoo nearly every day... since as I mentioned, my skin is oily, and as a result, my bangs can get greasy. Admittedly, it's not as good as my Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, but it does do the trick!
Phew! Lots of info. Anyway, hope it was useful. Let me know if you've tried this out and what you think :)) xo
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