Since the beginning of July, I have been living in St Petersburg, Russia. After the move, I have been forced to make some change in my sustainable and natural living. Not only did I not have the possibility to bring any of my essential oils and other raw material, things like organic food and recycling seem to be completely unknown in this country. Nonetheless, I have tried to take the most out of the situation, and try to look at what I can do in Russia instead of what I can’t do. And there’s a few things that they do better than many, maybe even any, other country. Such as honey. And vodka. I’ll hopefully get back to those later, but for now I wanted to share a quick tip with another type of food that the russians love: beetroot.
When looking for Halloween makeup, natural isn’t excactly the first thing that comes to mind. Many of the face paints on the market contain potentially harmful ingredients, especially if you’re looking at cheap products in the toy shops. Actually, a lot of the Halloween makeup on the market isn’t even graded as cosmetics, and therefore they don’t even contain an ingredient list! (if you can’t find an ingredient list, it’s more likely than not to contain stuff you wouldn’t want to put on your face, and even less so on your child’s face).
Last weekend, I was invited to a Halloween party, and I decided it was a good chance to play around with some homemade versions of Halloween makeup. After much consideration, I chose to go as Sweeney Todd (read: after panicking for a whole day I found something I could go as one hour before leaving), which called for some white face paint, white temporary hair dye and some dark makeup for a more undead look – not to mention something that would highlight those cheekbones Johnny Depp-style.
Here’s what I came up with (and sorry for the incredibly lousy bathroom-mirror-mobile-photo):
HAIR DYE AND HAIR MASCARA
I wanted to make my hair a bit darker and not quite as red as it is normally. To achieve this, I made an infusion with coffee, nettles and walnut extract (optional) and added a teaspoon of ground activated charcoal. This made my hair a little bit less red and more brown. To make it even darker I mixed some activated charcoal with water and combed it through my hair. Quite messy business but my hair did get darker.
You could also use indigo or katam for black hair, which is more permanent than this. Or try another herbal recipe, depending on what you’re going for.
The white streak in my hair was achieved with the following mixture:
1 tsp titanium dioxide
1/2 tsp zink oxide
1/2 tsp rice flour
Grind the ingredients slightly in a mortar. I mixed this with safflower oil (you could probably use any other oil as well) – start with a few drops and gradually add more until you have a thick but oily paste. I found that a toothbrush worked perfectly for applying the paste into my hair (don’t expect to use the toothbrush for anything else after this though!)
NATURAL FACE PAINT
The white foundation is the exact same as the recipe above, some white powders mixed with thistle oil. I was actually very surprised by how well this foundation worked; it gave a very even tone and stayed on perfectly until I washed it out 6 hours after applying. I only used a very thin layer as I didn’t want to be clown-white, only give a bit of a ghastly appearance, but the same recipe could achieve a really strong white appearance too.
Under the eyes I applied a little bit of activated charcoal powder, which worked really well for a hollow-eyed look. I also put some on my eyebrows and just under the cheekbones.
Didn’t need to do anything about my nails – the were really dirty after all that fiddling with charcoal-dyed hair 🙂
REMOVING THE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP
It took a good while to get the dye out of my hair, but your normal hair washing method should do the trick as long as you rinse for long enough. If using oil in your hair (like the white streak which contained thistle oil) it can be a good idea to apply your conditioner/shampoo/baking soda or whatever you’re using into dry hair, that way it’s more effective against the grease.
The skin makeup comes off easily with any vegetable oil. Just apply some vegetable oil, like olive oil, to a cotton pad and swipe it out.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN MAKEUP
- When I tried making a turmeric face mask, I realized it’s really difficult to get out. This had me thinking – turmeric should be the perfect natural yellow food paint. Mix it with some oil and apply to your face if you want to go as… I don’t know, a Simpson character or a chicken?
- This blog post has some really nice recipes for everything from fake wounds to warts.
- I know titanium dioxide and zinc oxide might not be found in every kitchen cabinet … You could try using just plain riceflour or cornstarch in the recipe, but I have no idea if it will work or not. Kaolin clay could work as well.
- If you have some iron oxides you can mix most any color your heart desires into the face paint recipe I mentioned above. It’s a good idea to grind a bit before mixing. If you’re using mica, no need to grind!
Finding a good mascara that doesn’t smudge and stays on long can be rather tricky. Especially if you’re looking for something of the natural, no ‘poo variety. Personally, I don’t even use mascara right now, which is partly because I haven’t found a good one and I’m too lazy to go out looking for one. The other reason is that I’ve discovered the glory of a product that I, only a year or so back, would have awarded with the-most-unneccessary-product-of-the-century.
It’s this little guy.
If you could have an eyeshadow in any color you liked, what would it be? Take a moment to think about that, right now. Because here’s your chance to win your very own customized makeup. In this giveaway, I am going to make one eyeshadow and one blush according to the winner’s wish!
In addition, one of the two lucky winner will also receive a 6-piece set of Eco Tools cosmetic brushes. These brushes have soft bristles made from synthetic taklon and gorgeous bamboo handles. I personally use EcoTools brushes for almost all of my makeup applications and I’ve been very happy with them, as am I sure you will be too.
The set includes a blush brush, eye shading brush, angled eyeliner brush, concealer brush and a lash and brow groomer. In addition, the set also includes a makeup case made out of hemp and cotton, where you can store the brushes and a whole bunch of makeup. You can read more about the set here.
1st prize: One mineral eyeshadow in the color of your choosing, approximately 10 ml. Plus a set of EcoTools cosmetic brushes.
2nd prize: One mineral blush/bronzer, approx. 10 ml.
Before you enter, please keep a couple of things in mind.
- The products that you can win in this giveaway are homemade and even though the ingredients I use are cosmetic grade ingredients, they do not have any kind of cosmetic certification.
- I will do my best to make colors as close to your wishes as possible, but I do not guarantee that they are exactly what you wish for.
- The second prize of a customized blush does not include any kind of application brush.
To enter the giveaway, you only need to do one thing. Imagine the shade of color that you would like to have on your eyes and cheeks, and explain them. Should the eyeshadow be bright pink or deep forest green? Sparkly or matte, light or strong color? Would you like a bright red blush that goes perfectly with your 50’s style red dotted dress or something closer to a bronzer for that sun kissed look? Be as specific as possible, and if you have a picture of the color or of somebody wearing your dream eyeshadow, you’re more than welcome to post links.
That’s all you need to do for one entry in the giveaway. For additional entries, do one or more of the following:
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Enter #giveaway to #win homemade mineral eyeshadow or blush customized in shade of your choosing! http://bit.ly/sluotI via @hilda_blue
You can have as many entries as you like (up to the six possible), but make sure that you post each action as a separate comment. Simply post a comment saying that you’re like facebook page, follow the tweets or subscribe to the posts. If you already follow/like, you’re also welcome to count that as an entry,
This giveaway is open to participants worldwide and closes on December 4th, 2011. The winners will be selected using random.org and notified by email. Good luck!
Playing around with micas and shimmering eyeshadows is fun enough, but here comes the true challenge: making mineral foundation. By making your own homemade mineral foundation you’ll save big bucks, as store-bought mineral foundations can be rather expensive. Plus, you have the opportunity to get the exact shade that suits your skin color! Once you get the formula right, you can make a huge batch that you can keep forever (and when I say forever, I mean forever. This will never go off)
First, we need to make a white base. (more…)
Now you know which ingredients you need to make your own make-up, and here comes the fun part – the actual making of the makeup! And we’re going to start with the most fun part, that is eyeshadows and blush! When making eyeshadow the possibilities are endless, and you can get any shade you desire – and often a bunch of colors that you didn’t even think you desired.
In addition to many long evenings of fun-fun experimenting, you get makeup that’s a) cheaper, b) longer lasting and c) more natural than most conventional makeup products. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get down to business!
If you still think this seems all too complicated (and believe me, the most difficult part is buying the ingredients), don’t worry – in a couple of weeks time there will be a giveaway with the chance of winning customized eye shadow or blush made by yours truly! So don’t forget to check back in the beginning of November. But until then, start experimenting and I promise you you’ll be hooked in no time! (more…)
It’s time for the second part of our make up series – which ingredients do you need when making your own cosmetics?
Here’s a list of the the things you’ll need. You will need to make a small investment to get the pigments and stuff that are necessary for making your own makeup, but once you have them, they will last really long – and in the long run you’re going to save a bunch of cash too!
You can order the minerals online – let me know if you need to find a good site.
When you start creating homemade beauty products, you realize there’s a whole world of opportunities as to what you can create. Many have already realizes how easy it is to make scrubs, face masks, lip balms, deodorant, lotions, shampoo and bath salts. But I have noticed that only a few start to make their own makeup. It seems like a very big step, somehow.
But let me tell you something.
It’s really easy.
Also, it’s so much fun, that once you get started, you’ll never want to stop.
I had planned on writing a post about making mineral makeup at home. But then I realized I have waaay to much to say. So I decided to split it up. Into four parts. And the grande finale will be a giveaway where you get to chance to win some homemade makeup – personalized just for you!
To make mineral makeup you’ll need to make a few purchases online to get started. More on what you’ll need in the next post, but let’s start with some even easier homemade makeup using ingredients that you’ll find in your local store – or forest. (more…)
Check out this amazing video from 30 bananas a day on how to use fruit and veggies as make up!