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5 DIY Foundation Recipes You Have to Try!

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It's so easy to make your own DIY Foundation! Learn how to make homemade foundation powder and liquid foundation with these simple recipes!

Finding completely natural, affordable makeup can be a real challenge.

That's why I love easy, homemade makeup recipes so much! The ingredients in store-bought makeup can have a laundry list of side effects. You can learn more about that here

If you're just not up to DIYing your makeup, definitely check out the Skin Deep Database or Think Dirty App to find safe cosmetic brands.  

But if you've been wondering how to make a DIY foundation at home, we're going to talk about that today!

diy foundation on a table with makeup brushes

How do you make all-natural makeup?

 A few of my favorite homemade makeup recipes are Homemade Blush, DIY Makeup Highlighter and Tinted Lip Balm. There are so many reasons to use clean makeup or make your own. 

Making all natural homemade foundation doesn’t have to be hard and the best part is, you control what goes into it! 

To make an all-natural foundation all you need are a few ingredients that you can easily find! 

For many DIY powder foundations, you’ll use arrowroot powder as a base, and for many DIY liquid foundations, you’ll use butters and waxes to create your perfect foundation!

What is the best natural foundation?

We believe that the best natural foundation is one that you make yourself! You can use either of our foundation recipes to make DIY powder or liquid foundation, and, you can make it to fit your skin. 

Need light coverage? 

You can do that! 

Need to adjust the tint? 

You’re in control! 

Sensitive skin? 

Adjust your recipe. 

Making your own homemade foundation can lead to more customizable makeup and happier skin!

What ingredients to avoid in foundation?

There are a lot of ingredients you should avoid in conventional foundations. To us, it’s easier to make your own foundation than try to avoid all of them! 

But, here’s a quick list of ingredients that are found in a lot of foundations that you may want to avoid.


Parabens are estrogen-mimicking preservatives that are found in many cosmetic products and can be difficult to avoid. Parabens have been found to wreak havoc on hormones and there are plenty of natural preservatives that can be used in place of parabens.


Firstly, seeing the word ‘fragrance’ printed on an ingredient label should be scary. The companies that make those products are not required to disclose the ingredients that make up that fragrance. 

Meaning, there could be skin-irritating or toxic chemical to create that fragrance and you wouldn’t even know it!

Sodium Laureth Sulfate: 

Found in many liquid cosmetics, sodium laureth sulfate is used to help skin and hair absorb product. But, it can cause skin irritation, blemishes, and acne as it has a comedogenic rating of 4

What is the best non-toxic makeup?

The best non-toxic makeup is one that you create yourself with ingredients that you control.

If you don’t want to make your own makeup there are plenty of companies out there that pride themselves on making cosmetics without all of the harmful ingredients found in many conventional makeups.

How do you Make Your Own Foundation at Home

When I started digging into the topic of homemade foundation recipes, I found a lot of similarities in the recipes.  

One of the main questions I would ask is, are you looking for full coverage or just a light coverage? 

If you are struggling with redness or breakouts, a homemade foundation powder may not give you the coverage you're looking for.  

If you are just looking for something with light coverage for everyday wear, a DIY foundation powder might be just what you're looking for.

How do you make a full coverage foundation at home?

Believe it or not, you can make your own full coverage foundation at home! 

We have a few recipes for liquid foundations that you can make yourself. 

Each of these recipes are customizable and allow you to control the coverage as well as the tint! 

Creating your own homemade liquid foundation involves melting down butters, beeswax, and combining carrier oils to create a base for your foundation. 

Or, you can use a facial cream or lotion that you adore and add to it to create your perfect foundation!

How to Make Homemade Foundation Powder

homemade powder foundation and makeup brush

Homemade foundation powder is effortless to make. You can create a simple face powder by mixing arrowroot powder and either cocoa powder or cacao powder for tint. 

There are definitely other ingredients you can include, but they are not necessary.

I am sharing a few really great DIY powder foundation recipes!

How Can I Make Liquid Foundation at Home

diy foundation and makeup brush

Making a DIY liquid foundation from scratch is definitely a little more involved than making a foundation powder. 

Unless you have a facial lotion or face cream that you love, you will have to make the base for your liquid foundation.  

This can involve melting down butters, beeswax, and carrier oils to create a base for your tint.  

Next, you can add zinc oxide for sun protection and cocoa or cacao powder for tint. 

You can also use natural preservatives such as sodium benzoate to make your foundation last even longer!

I have included multiple DIY Liquid Foundation Recipes for you to choose from! 

You can choose the recipe that you have the ingredients for already and whip up some all-natural foundation! 

Have some fun experimenting and come back and tell me your favorite!!

5 DIY Foundation Recipes

Learn how to make your own clean homemade foundations using these awesome recipes!

I hope you've enjoyed learning all about making DIY Foundation! Be sure to pin this post and share it!

If would like a lovely lip gloss to go with your foundation, you can learn how to make lip gloss here. Our recipe and tutorial is completely customizable. We've included a lip gloss base that you can customize with any colors and tints you choose!

Pin DIY Foundation Recipes for Later

homemade liquid foundation and makeup brush

Renuka Devi.K

Friday 22nd of October 2021



Thursday 1st of July 2021

I love this powdered foundation!!! It works great! I was afraid it would rub off right away but it didn't! I actually replaced the arrowroot powder with corn starch and it worked amazing! I have been looking for a homemade easy recipe and I am so happy to have finally found exactly what I have been looking for!!! You should definitely try it!

Udeme Okuyedi

Thursday 8th of April 2021

How do you know what recipes will get your exact shade or is it one fits all?

Mindy Benkert

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Depending on the recipe you're using, you can adjust the shade by adding more or less cocoa or cacao powder. :)


Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

I absolutely LOVE the foundation!!! I cannot say enough good things about it! It's my everyday go to moisturizer/foundation. I've officially made my own now too and I love it. It was easy, fairly quick and it's working great!

Mindy Benkert

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

That's awesome! I've only made the powdered foundations, but I am definitely going to make this recipe now! :)

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