After coming up with a successful batch of mineral make-up, I decided to branch out into blush. It was really easy and works beautifully. I managed to get a great coral colour, and it stays on beautifully. It’s probably pretty obvious, but I am rather pleased with myself.

I started with a recipe similar to that of the mineral make-up, but took a few cues from that experience and a few recipes for other mineral make-ups and eyeshadows I’ve seen. The first thing I did was ditch the titanium dioxide in favour of a bit more zinc oxide and some silk peptite (a new ingredient for me). I have nothing against titanium dioxide, but the version I have is non-micronized, and ended up as the largest particle in my mineral make-up by a fairly large margin.

Next up, I decided to add some clay. I have green and red French clay… I chose the red one for rather obvious reasons. It’s a beautiful russet tone, and once I combined it with all the different white powders I had something very close to the colour of the mineral make-up. I then took it the rest of the way to pink with red iron oxide.

After those modifications, the process was very similar to making mineral make-up. Mix together everything but the oxides, press the mixture through a fine sieve, and then start slowly adding the oxide. I used a 1/8 tsp measure to add.

Homemade All Natural Blush

6 tsp zinc oxide
1 ½ tsp sericite mica (USA / Canada)
1 tsp silk powder
½ tsp magnesium stearate
2 tsp red clay

1/4 tsp jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
5 drops Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)

¾ tsp red iron oxide (work up to it!)

Mix together the first five ingredients in a metal bowl. Pass through a fine sieve into another bowl, pressing through with the back of a spoon to break up the clumps. Pass back and forth, pressing and smashing until you don’t notice white streaks anymore as you mash the mixture through the sieve.

Add the oils, stir, and then press through the sieve, passing back and forth until the mixture is uniform again.

Begin adding the oxide, 1/8th of a teaspoon at a time, passing back and forth through the sieve after each addition. Test the mixture between each addition (brush some onto your cheek or inner arm with a blush brush for a realistic test) to check the colour. 3/4 of a teaspoon ended up being right for me, but it might not be for you.

Notes as of November 2018:

  • You’re definitely going to want to make this in a coffee grinder that you only use for DIY projects. It’s the only way to get an even, thorough colour blend, plus it’s way faster! Just make sure you wear a dust mask so you don’t inhale the powders after whipping them up—that can be dangerous to your health over the long term.
  • If you want to press this makeup, this is how.
  • Check out my book, Make it Up, for a better formula that uses fewer ingredients and is much more flexible. My book also has lots of colour blending tips and a few different starter colour blends so you can create a wide variety of different shades of blush.