Makeup RecipesDitch the cosmetics counter and make your own!
What do we want in makeup?
Adhesion? Slip? Opacity? A quick overview on the traits we want in our makeup and why.
DIY Cosmetic Ingredients You'll Need
The ingredients list for homemade cosmetics is a bit different than for most other homemade body products—here’s my overview and shopping list.
Help, I made a mess!
My best tips for cleaning up your DIY messes 🙂
Today's DIY is inspired by a product sold by a well-known natural cosmetic brand. A simple base of beeswax, castor oil, and coconut oil is heavily laced with a blend of shimmery micas to create a creamy highlighter that's brilliant for illuminating cheekbones, brow...read more
Over the last year or so I've been working on all kinds of different waterproof makeup formulas—a gel eyeliner, in particular, is a big goal of mine, as is a long-wearing liquid lipstick. While the formulas still need work before they will stay on my face for ages, I...read more
I'm really excited to share this recipe with you guys—it's a formula that's been heavily requested, and I've been working on it and testing it for months now. This is a beautiful solid cream foundation that you can put in a compact or a stick for easy application. It...read more
This punchy red liquid cheek and lip tint has become a fast favourite of mine. On first glance it’s a thin, vibrant red liquid. It’s less red than you expect on application, and the slip is divine; lightweight and satiny, with a finish that is unexpectedly rich...read more
When it comes to makeup I actually wear on a regular basis I find I tend towards subtle, easy-to-apply stuff (read: stuff that goes on easily and lightly enough that it disguises my amateurish makeup application skills). These lip tints were born of my initial...read more
When I got my awesome little TKB Trading Lipstick Mold one of the first things I wanted to investigate was the compatibility of the lipstick recipes in my book with the mold. The compatibility was resoundingly… not. Efforts to use the lipstick bases from my book...read more
This project was inspired by one of the first bits of makeup I ever fell in love with. When I was growing up my mom made a point of taking advantage of those "spend $X and get this miraculous goody bag of sample-sized treats for free" at the Estée Lauder makeup...read more
I'm often asked about making stick lipsticks, and turning the lipsticks from Make it Up into stick lipsticks, so I was super excited when TKB Trading got in touch and asked if I wanted to try their new (inexpensive!) lipstick mould. I've definitely looked at lipstick...read more
This idea was born out of perusing one of those in-flight catalogues whilst I was undoubtedly quite bored. You know the type—you can order Arwen Evenstar’s pendant, a mini-putt for the corner of your office, and a brand of makeup you’ve never heard of that is...read more
With spring and sunshine finally here, I want to get my glow on. I've been loving looks featuring glowy highlights that get their punch from catching the light with a touch of glimmer, but not outright sparkle. A sort of optical effervescence, you could say—like...read more
I've been meaning to whip up a makeup brush specific cleanser for a while. In the past I've just swirled my brushes on whatever bar of soap was sitting next to my sink, but for the past six months or so I've had foaming hand washes there instead, and I've found those...read more
Over Christmas we had a positively frigid cold snap here in Calgary; waking up to temperatures below -40°C with windchill was not uncommon, and most days had "highs" no higher than -25°C. This lasted for about ten days, and while my preference would've been to sleep...read more
I’m having a bit of a love affair with fancy white powders. Mostly micas and glitters—irredescent ones that colour shift are my favourite right now. When I visited New York in October I placed a pre-emptive TKB Trading order and scooped up sample sized baggies of all...read more
I sometimes wonder if I'll ever outgrow glitter. I don't particularly want to, but I also didn't want to realize the special effects in some of my favourite childhood movies are painfully bad. Sometimes these things just happen. One of my strongest glitter memories is...read more
Today's project is a simple one that I've been meaning to whip up for ages—a good makeup remover. It's wonderfully easy with just three ingredients, one of which is very flexible and another is optional. It's also wonderfully effective—I tested it with some seriously...read more
Ok, so I may be a touch late to the party on this one, but isn't rose gold the prettiest?! In the past I've shied away from pink. Not for me, I thought—too... pink 😜 This stance has softened over the last few years and I now find that rose gold has nestled...read more
This silky Airbrushing Primer Stick is basically a fantastic hybrid of primer, stick foundation, and my airbrushing powder. It helps control oil, blur imperfections, even out your skin tone, mattify your complexion, and keep your makeup on longer—all awesome things,...read more
I had so much fun developing these Highlighting Moon Drops, and I think you're going to have a blast making them! They come together really quickly and easily, allowing you to create a rainbow of different colours in no time. I've kept the batch size small so you can...read more
I thought I'd mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something dark...read more
This soft, sparkly Winter Wonderland lip gloss has a lovely champagne hue in the tube, but goes on sheer with a hit of shimmer and a hint of sparkle. It's also a bit thicker than some of my previous lip glosses, as per some reader requests, meaning it sticks around...read more
It's still two days until it's "technically" autumn, but Calgary clearly missed that memo—our trees have been turning since late August. Along with coarsely knit knee socks, my scarf collection, and this awesome jacket that I bought on sale in May and haven't had a...read more
The idea for this Hydrating Rose Water Everything Spray came from watching a makeup tutorial on YouTube. Wayne Goss was chatting about how using a rose water/glycerin mist in combination with powdered mineral makeup let him wear loads of it and still have it look...read more
Whenever I publish a post on a powdered cosmetic (like mineral makeup, blush, or eye shadow), questions about how to transform it into a pressed powder quickly follow. In the past I've tried mixing powdered cosmetics with high proof alcohol to turn them into a paste...read more
A recent (and rare) trip to the mall informed me that berry toned lips are in (as are some pretty poppin' eyes, if Sephora is to be trusted). I'd been thinking it was high time to blend up some new lipstick shades for a while, and said mall visit proved to be just the...read more