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Making your own highlighter from a broken shimmer eye shadow, boiling beeswax to make lip-gloss and using activated charcoal for eyeliner are all expert ways to make your own beauty products at home. That’s according to the money saving team at PromotionalCodes.org.uk who have put together a list of beauty products that you can make yourself if you’re feeling cash strapped. Whether you want a more natural remedy for make-up, make homemade batches for gifts, or simply save money, there is a recipe to suit all make-up lovers.

Highlighter

One way to resurrect a broken shimmer eye shadow is by transforming it into highlighter. Simply pour a small amount of the broken eyeshadow into a small container, and then squeeze two – three pumps of body lotion into the shadow before stirring together. This will make the eyeshadow creamy and easy to apply to the cheekbones, cupids bow and the nose tip. 

Lip gloss

If you need something to resurrect chapped lips in the winter, why not make your own rosy-tinted lip-gloss? Simply melt one tablespoon of chopped beeswax in a double boiler, and stir until it’s entirely melted and smooth. Then add one tablespoon of Shea butter, two tablespoons of sweet almond oil and five drops of vitamin E oil and stir until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Add a small chunk of an old red/pink lipstick and stir until the colour is absorbed into the gloss (at this part you can also add rose extract to give a scent). Then, pour the gloss into a container and leave to set overnight. 

Eye Liner

Eyeliner may seem like a tricky product to make but it is actually a lot easier than you think. The main ingredient you need is activated charcoal, which can be purchased at most health stores. This product is natural but still be extra careful not to get it in your eye. Break a few of these capsules into a container then mix with a bit of oil (you can use almond, coconut, or aloe vera). You can turn it into a liquid, or leave it as it is for a kohl liner effect.

Lip Scrub

Lip scrubs are both natural and delicious. To make a lip scrub, you need one teaspoon of refined sugar and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Mix the two ingredients together to make a paste consistency and then add the essential oil for any flavour you want to achieve. Pour into a small container.

Natural Blush

Arrowroot powder can be purchased from online health retailers and it’s the perfect ingredient to make blush, face powder and even powder foundations. To make a perfect rosy blush, simply add a red plant-based powder. For a darker blush you could use for contouring, simply add a small dash of cocoa powder or cinnamon. If you have a darker skin tone, using cocoa powder on its own would work well.

Skincare

Natural remedies make the perfect addition to your skincare routine and they are a lot more affordable than most brands. Raw honey is an amazing remedy for your skin. Simply spread across your face and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. If you have acne, another great tip is to use one teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the raw honey, and leave on the face for an hour.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes is a great natural remedy to use as a makeup remover. It contains antioxidants like Vitamins A and E, and it won’t clog your pores. Simply add a small drop to a cotton pad and gently wipe over your face. Then rinse with warm water and follow with your usual skincare routine.

Danielle Mead




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