Allow me to start this blog off with a confession. This clay cream blush was supposed to be liquid lipstick when I made it. There. I said it. Unfortunately, it ended up being really… weird… on the lips. Much better suited to the cheeks. And, in the spirit of never throwing something away when it can be re-purposed (into something useful, that is), I now have a lovely recipe for clay cream blush that I think you’ll like.

13-11-02-pic08Since this was supposed to be liquid lipstick, I started off with a lip balm base, minus about half the beeswax so it would be nice and creamy instead of solid. I added titanium dioxide for some opacity, and then added some French pink clay to start to get some colour.

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The clay ended up steering the colour in a rather brown direction, so I added a bit of red iron oxide to bring it to a nice, deep red tone.

Very brownish, and not much coverage. We need some strongly pigmented red in here.

Very brownish, and not much coverage. We need some strongly pigmented red in here.

Now it's red!

Thanks to some red iron oxide, now it’s properly red!

The resulting creamy blush can be easily blended into your cheeks for whatever intensity of red you’re looking for.



Dab it on...

Dab it on…

Blended in!

Blended in! (This is pretty subtle, I know.)

Clay Cream Blush

2g | 0.07oz beeswax (USA / Canada)
7g | 0.25oz virgin coconut oil
4g | 0.14oz cocoa butter (USA / Canada)
15g | 0.53oz avocado oil
1g | 0.03oz magnesium stearate (optional, it’s for slip and adhesion)

1/8 tsp oil-soluble titanium dioxide
4–5 tsp Australian Pink Clay
~1 tsp red iron oxide

Melt all the oils and butters together with the magnesium stearate in a small sauce pan over medium low heat.

Remove from the heat and stir in the titanium dioxide. Slowly add the clay and red iron oxide until you reach a colour you like. You may wish to add a pinch of blue ultramarine for a more purpley red, or a bit of yellow iron oxide for more of a coral tone.

To use, lightly dab on your cheeks and quickly blend in. Enjoy!