Makeup Recipes

Ditch 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 🙂

DIY Healing Concealer

DIY Healing Concealer

I've always thought concealer was a great big Catch 22. You start with an angry clogged pore that turns into a zit. So you cover it it up with some fleshy coloured goo (though let's be honest, you aren't fooling anyone within 2 meters of you). Said fleshy coloured goo...

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DIY Natural Clay Mascara (that actually works)

DIY Natural Clay Mascara (that actually works)

Speaking of things I wasn’t sure I’d ever crack—mascara. There’s a reason this is my first entry of my third year of blogging. I have been trying to figure out mascara for ages now. You wouldn’t believe the amounts of black goop I’ve tossed over the last few years....

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Red & Gold Clay Eyeliner

Red & Gold Clay Eyeliner

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to share this recipe with you. Eyeliner is one of those things I have tried (and failed to make) many, many times. I tried many times, and ended up tossing a lot of small dishes of darkly coloured muck down the sink. However, I...

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The Different Properties of Make-Up

The Different Properties of Make-Up

I am the first person to admit that I was a terrible teenager. Not in the “sneaking out, smoking, drinking, and destroying private property” way, but in the “dismisses typical teenage behavior as being stupid & irrational, and therefore behaves mostly like an...

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Homemade High Beam Highlighting Creme

Homemade High Beam Highlighting Creme

One of the most amusing trends that swings back and forth is the trend of how your skin should look—dewy and moist, or matte and dry (or glittery, if it’s the 90’s). Since I don’t particularly care one way or another (oddly enough, I feel that skin should look like...

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Rose & Silk Facial Setting Spray

Rose & Silk Facial Setting Spray

I absolutely love my translucent airbrushing powder, but sometimes Calgary is so dry (drier than usual, that is) that is can look a bit powdery for my tastes. That's where this rose & silk facial setting spray comes in. It's pure luxury, and gives a wonderful...

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Red Velvet Lipstick

Red Velvet Lipstick

When I first published my Red Rose Lipstick, I had a few requests for something that wasn't quite as strong. This is what I came up with. It's fairly simple, following the same principle, and can be made with a couple different secondary clays. It's a lighter, more...

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Bronze Shimmer Stick

Bronze Shimmer Stick

There are many wonderful things about having Scottish ancestry. You have a beautiful homeland to visit. You can claim many fantastic people, like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan), Ewan McGreggor, Robbie Burns, and Alexander Graham Bell as your fellow countrymen....

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Brightlighter

Brightlighter

I'm really excited about this brightlighter! I know I seem to be saying that a lot these days, but it's true. I feel like I've figured a few great things out over the last few months, and I'm having tons of fun with those discoveries. This little stick is fantastic—it...

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Anti Summer Stick Powder

Anti Summer Stick Powder

Back in 2011 I was lucky enough to spend about 10 days in Fiji with a big group of friends while I was on an exchange term to Australia. It was a blast! We befriended a bartender at the rather grungy hostel we were staying at, and on his days off he would take all 9...

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Strawberry Shimmer Stick

Strawberry Shimmer Stick

Here's yet another project I'm really excited to share with you—it's a multipurpose tinted lip balm/blush stick. I'm calling it a strawberry shimmer stick for the colour, and I am just in love with how easy it is to throw this little stick in my travel bag when I'm...

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Coral Lipstick

Coral Lipstick

I first fell in love with the colour coral when I fell in love with the dinner dress from Titanic. The beautiful silk/taffeta under dress is a fantastic coral colour, and from there on out... love. It's a fantastically flattering colour clothing and cosmetics. I love...

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Summer Shimmer Lipstick

Summer Shimmer Lipstick

Ahh, summer. Well, it's still a few days off to be officially summer, but I'm calling it. We don't really get spring here, anyways—we just have a period of time where it is winter for two days, then summer for a little while, and then winter again, and so on and so...

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Snow White Lip Stain

Snow White Lip Stain

I can't tell you how totally thrilled I am with this recipe. I've been trying to devise a recipe for lip stain for months. I have thrown out so much pink and red goop since January that I was beginning to lose hope. But then, a new colourant (that was always the...

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DIY Red Rose Lipstick

DIY Red Rose Lipstick

The more I see lipstick around—on album covers, in fashion shoots, and out on the street—the more I seem to like it. I believe that's called a mere-exposure bias ("a psychological phenomenon whereby a person develops a preference for a stimulus based solely on his or...

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Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm

Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm

A quick scroll through Pinterest or flip through a fashion magazine will tell you that sheers, bright colors, and those skirts with the front half missing (also called hi-lo skirts) are all very "in" this summer. This lovely lip balm is both sheer and bright, and...

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Super Gentle Homemade Eye Make-Up Remover

Super Gentle Homemade Eye Make-Up Remover

I've made a few forays into homemade eye make-up remover. My latest version worked really well, but as it sat on my vanity, the strength of the emulsifying wax slowly increased, and my nice, creamy (but liquid) eye make-up remover gradually turned into something...

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Translucent Mineral Veil (Real Life Airbrushing Powder)

Translucent Mineral Veil (Real Life Airbrushing Powder)

I'm super excited to share this recipe with you guys—I devised this because sometimes you just want something light for your skin. You're going out for the evening and you want a bit of a finish, but nothing that's going to add any weight to your night. This...

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DIY Concealing Colour Corrector

DIY Concealing Colour Corrector

The last time I was in Sephora I noticed funny little pots of distinctly non-face coloured goop. That you were supposed to put on your face. It came in a selection of pastels, including minty pink, lavenderish purple, and some sickly looking yellows and oranges. As a...

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My Lazy Make-Up

My Lazy Make-Up

If we're being honest, my lazy make-up is basically just waking up. I do lazy properly when I want to. But if I'm looking to upgrade a bit less than quite that lazy, this is what I do. I think it makes me look more put-together, older (a major bonus when people...

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DIY Eyebrow Filler/Fixative

DIY Eyebrow Filler/Fixative

As I've said about a million times, I am pretty low maintenance and I like it that way. When I first made mineral make-up I had no idea what to do with it. I don't even know why I made it. Now that I have it I sometimes put it on, but I'm not really sure if I'm doing...

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DIY Benefit Eye Bright

DIY Benefit Eye Bright

When it comes to make-up, my eyes are generally the only thing I can be bothered to pay attention to (and even that's new). If I'm feeling lazy (but not so lazy as to forego make-up entirely, which certainly is not a rare occurrence), I'll put on mascara, do my...

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Cosmetic Powder Base

Cosmetic Powder Base

I've been having a lot of fun re-creating different cosmetic products lately, and I've found that almost all of them start with some sort of combination of titanium dioxide (or some other ingredient that provides opacity), magnesium stearate (or something else that...

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Lightly Tinted Lip Balm

Lightly Tinted Lip Balm

This lightly tinted lip balm was borne out of my new (and tepid) fondness for red lipstick. It's very "in" right now (I know, even I'm amazed I noticed). It's fun to wear, but then it inevitably gets on things, can taste funny, and thanks to all the pigment, lipstick...

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