I’ve never been a huge make-up fan, mainly because I am not the best at putting on make-up but there are a few things that I can’t like without: mascara, a tinted moisturized and a translucent powder. I feel that without these three make-up essentials I look pretty bad. Ha!
Let’s face it, being a mom is rough and getting enough sleep is a challenge. A little make-up goes a long way and even though it doesn’t hide my imperfections, that’s ok for me since my goal is to look alive and not like a walking zombie.
What is translucent powder?
Translucent powder it’s a colorless powder that helps to set make-up, helps control shine and gives your complexion a matte finish. In other words, translucent powder is your best friend in the summer and one of the things you should always carry in your bag. It lives in my purse all year long!
Plus, this is not only for the ladies. If the man in your life gets a shiny sweaty face, apply a little bit on them – it works like a charm. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to tell he’s using a translucent powder.
Another great thing about this recipe is that if you’re out and realize that all of a sudden your bangs look all greasy, you can apply a little bit of this DIY translucent powder and it removes the greasiness from your hair. It’s awesome!
My “mom” make-up routine:
I have make-up that I use on special ocasions but for every day make-up I need something that is easy to put on, that makes me look alive and that is safe (without heavy metals and endocrine disruptors).
The make-up industry is one of the “dirtiest” industries. It is hard to create make-up that is effective, safe and that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients and preservatives. Finding safe make-up line took me a long time but now that I’ve discovered Beautycounter I switched my entire make-up to their products and became a consultant for them because I love their products and what they stand for.
This is what I use on a daily basis – these links are tied to my Beautycounter account, which means if you buy from them I’ll get a commission:
- Mascara: It was SO hard to find a mascara that actually worked and was safe. This is the only one I’ve found that’s made with safer ingredients and works so it’s all I use now.
- Tinted moisturizer: This is lighter than a foundation and doesn’t provide as much coverage as a foundation but it gives a nice glow plus it has SPF and it’s a moisturizer so I use it daily.
- Eye Pencil: I love this one because it has a smudge tip which makes it easy to blend my imperfect lines.
- Translucent powder: I don’t really use this to set to make-up since for that I use rose water but I use it to get rid of all the shininess I get during the day.
I’m out with my kids a lot and my face gets so sweaty. I use my DIY version since it’s very affordable and sometimes my girls want to use it, so I rather use these food-based ingredients but you if you rather buy it, this is a great mattifying powder.
DIY Translucent Powder:
Since this mixture is going on your face, I would stick to organic ingredients.
- Face powder container (you can even get a really cute bamboo one) or reuse an old container
- thick brush to apply – a Kabuki brush is best (Beautycounter also has one)
- 2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon Cacao powder
- Optional: if you have acne prone skin, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- Optional: during the summer months you can add 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay if your face is really really sweaty
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About the quantities:
You want the powder to match your skin tone, however a translucent powder is usually lighter in color than your skin tone – some even look plain white. In this DIY recipe, the arrowroot powder is the base and the cacao is the ingredient you need to adjust to match your skin complexion. It doesn’t have to be an exact match, so here’s a guide to help you figure out which is the right combination for you:
Light skin: 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder + 1/2 teaspoon of cacao powder
Medium skin: 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder + 1 1/2 teaspoon of cacao powder
Dark skin: 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder + 1 tablespoon of cacao powder
Alternatively, you can start with the arrowroot powder and start adding the cacao powder 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired color.
Remember that you’re only supposed to put a very small amount of DIY translucent powder so if you can see it on your face after you applied it, it means you’re putting on too much.
Put the arrowroot powder in a glass bowl. Then add the quantity of cocoa you need to match your complexion. If you don’t know the exact quantity yet, just make sure you mix in the cocoa well each time you add a little bit.
Once it’s all mixed, it’s ready to use.
If you’re adding the extra bentonite clay, add it after you’ve mixed in the arrowroot powder and the cacao powder.
I keep the mixture at home in a mason jar and transfer it to this container to carry it in my purse.
The great thing about this DIY translucent powder is that you know exactly what’s in it, you can get high quality organic ingredients and it’s safe to use on your kiddos if they’re complaining about a sweaty face.
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