A Few Of My Favorite DIY Makeup And Beauty Tips!

I may not be much of a “do-it-yourselfer” when it comes to home improvement projects….but when it comes to health and beauty DIY…count me in! I just love this stuff. :-)

Recently I’ve been running across some really cool DIY makeup and beauty tips that I just couldn’t resist sharing. (Sorry guys…this is definitely geared more towards the gals….BUT….if you happen to have “stinky feet”, make sure you check out the Black Tea Foot Deodorizer! Your friends and family will thank you!) ;-)


diy illuminator

DIY Illuminator

Take a little bit of your liquid foundation and add a small amount of shimmering eyeshadow to it (a light gold works well). Loose powder will work too. Be careful not to over-do the shimmer because this will lead to your skin looking oily.

source: michellephan.com


lip gloss saver

Simple Lip Gloss Saver!
Favorite lip gloss almost gone? Make sure you get to use every last drop!

Place your lip gloss upright into a mug of WARM water.
Let sit for 10 minutes.

Voila! There is no more lip gloss in your container than before. Magic? Nah. The warm water heats the lip gloss clinging to the inside of the container causing it to drip down to the bottom. You’ve just saved yourself from throwing away perfectly good lip gloss. yay!

source: cjsbeautyblog.com



diy bronzer

DIY Bronzer/Face Powder

What you need:
a small container
a light eye shadow
cocoa powder or ground cinnamon

If the eyeshadow isn’t already loose, crumble it into your container.
Mix in however much cocoa or cinnamon you see fit to match the bronzing color you’d like to achieve.
Apply with a standard makeup blush/powder brush.

source: tlc.howstuffworks.com



advil gel caps zit zapper

Advil Liqui-Gels Zit Zapper

According to beauty guru Robin Coe-Hutching makeup artists use this trick all the time on models backstage at fashion shows.
Open up an Advil gel cap and apply it right onto the pimple. It takes the swelling down right away.

source: ivillage.com



starbucks manicure

Starbucks Makeshift Manicure

No time for a manicure? Make your Starbucks stop do double-duty. Jin Soon Choi, owner of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa mixes sugar with some lemon, honey, and olive oil and scrub into hands and nails for a minute, then use a wooden coffee stirrer to push back cuticles. Rinse off and your hands will look totally clean soft and manicured.”

source: ivillage.com



milk of magnesia face mask

Milk of Magnesia Oily Skin Face Mask

Make sure it is the original, plain variety, because you do not want to use the cherry or mint flavors on your skin!

1. Apply Milk of Magnesia to your skin.
2. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
3. Wash it off and you will have gorgeous, non-oily skin.

Milk of Magnesia works so well on oily skin because it contains Magnesium Hydroxide which can absorb more oil than any clay ever will be able to absorb. Plus, you might already have this in your house in case someone becomes constipated, which makes Milk of Magnesia truly multipurpose!



black tea foot deodorizer

Black Tea Foot Deodorizer
Steep 2-3 bags in a bowl filled with warm (not hot!) water – then set your stopwatch for 15 minutes and get soaking. The tannins are helpful in neutralizing odor while also rejuvenating tired tootsies.



natural eyeshadow and liner

Natural Eye Liner and Shadow

Eyeshadow:  Mix up several colors of eye shadow using cocoa powder (brown shades) Spirulina (green shades) and arrowroot (light shades). My favorite is just cocoa powder with a tiny bit of arrowroot mixed in for smoothness.

Eye-liner:  Use a tiny bit of cocoa powder mixed with coconut oil, or a tiny dab or activated charcoal on a slightly damp brush. Be careful not to get either one in the eye. Store in an old powdered eye shadow container and apply with my finger or a very slightly damp brush.

To make a smoother eyeliner, mix equal parts of coconut oil and cocoa butter (about 1/2 ounce of each) and add about 1/2 tsp of activated charcoal to make a black eyeliner that is thicker. You can also do this with cocoa powder for a brown hue.

source: wellnessmama.com



natural mascara

Natural Mascara

In a small bowl, mix a few drops of Aloe Vera Gel, a couple drops of Vitamin E oil, and a pinch of activated charcoal. Mix it up as you use it or store in an old mascara container or in a small jar and clean the mascara wand between uses.

source: wellnessmama.com



gelatin nail soak

Gelatin Nail Soak

A simple, natural remedy that will help strengthen the fingernails. Ideal for cracked and brittle nails.
Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan or tea kettle. Bring to a boil.
Put 1/2 oz. of plain gelatin in a small mixing bowl, and pour the boiling water over the gelatin. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or a disposable stirrer.
Transfer the gelatin nail soak to a wide-mouth glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
To use, pour a small amount of the gelatin nail soak in a shot glass and dip in the tips of your fingers. Leave each finger in the mixture for about two minutes.
Store the mixture in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator between uses. Unused portions can be kept for about two months.

source: eHow.com

What “MacGyver” beauty tricks do you have up your sleeve? :-)

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  1. Corrie says

    Mix cornstarch with a bit of cocoa powder (depending on your skin tone) and it makes a GREAT setting powder that rivals Bare Minerals’ Mineral Veil! Hides pores, oil, and imperfections, and leaves your skin super smooth!

    • Corrie says

      Oh yes, and cornstarch or baby powder (mixed with cocoa powder for darker hair) as a dry shampoo to sop up greasy roots!

  2. says

    My sister recently gave me a recipe for homemade makeup remover. I haven’t tried it yet, so I’m not going to pass it on yet.

    For the bronzer and illuminator that have other makeup as an ingredient, is this still a moneysaver? I realize you could get multiple colors without buying more makeup, but I don’t know enough about makeup prices to know how the prices compare.

    • BooBooNinja says

      Re: the recipes that use makeup

      I think they are a good way to use makeup you don’t turn to. Three of my eyeshadows have been languishing at the back of my drawer because I don’t like how they look on my eyes. The ideas in this post will help me repurpose two of them! I’m going to mix my gold-bronze eyeshadow with body lotion to use lightly on my collar bones/arms/legs for special summer nights out. Mixing my too-shimmery pale pink eyeshadow with face moisturizer could make a subtle illuminator.

      Sharla, would you mind posting the makeup remover recipe here if it’s effective?

      • BooBooNinja says

        ps Thanks for the ideas, Jillee! I found your blog through Pintrest and now I’m a subscriber via Google Reader. :)

  3. says

    Thanks you for these fabulous tips. I am a bronzer freak but I’ve always wondered how to make a DIY version of it. I’m really excited to try it. The key thing, actually to application of any make up [and most things in life heh] is not overdoing it. By the way, on the DIY Illuminator, do you think it also work if you used a stick foundation?

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  4. KimH says

    Great ideas.

    I use generic Milk of Magnesia (no other ingredients except water) for deodorant and it works better than any other DYI deo I’ve tried. I pour it into an old small dawn bottle and just squeeze out about a dimes size worth onto my finger tips, pat it to both hands tips, and then swipe my underarms and other place that have the potential to sweat. The magnesium stops bacteria from forming which is what actually causes b.o.

    It also is wonderful on atheletes foot & ring worm, and works better than any commercial product we’ve tried.

  5. Deborah Jennings says

    I prefer Olive oil to Coconut oil in cleansing my face. I also wash my face with homemade lye soap that I make at home. I love all of these tips and will be using some if not all of them. I use olive oil and coconut oil in my soap making. If I use too much coconut oil, it will dry out my skin. Otherwise, it moisturizes the whole body! I have used a bar to wash my hair with, too. It seems to give it a lot more body than just plain old Shampoo.

    • Deborah Jennings says

      I also make my own moisturizers and lotions. My MIL uses the lotion I make on her psoriasis. It works wonderfully well. I use lavender and vanilla the most in my lotions. Vanilla for day and Lavender for night.

    • says

      You are the first person besides my mother 1902-1983 who washes her face with homemade lye soap! She would not use anything else. She had beautiful skin, no wrinkles and I had hoped to inherit her skin genes! Maybe it was the lye soap! Thanks for the memory of my sweet mother. Oh, yes, I’m 73 and should have learned to make the soap!

  6. Colleen says

    I found several new things to try from this post. Thanks, Jillee. My favorite ‘homemade’ moisturizer is pure virgin coconut oil, unrefined. I had heard about it’s benefits both in the diet and for skin, but hadn’t used it much until my son came home from summer camp with second degree sunburn (he won’t be going back). After seeing the Dr and determining that the only thing to be done was give it time to heal and getting several products to apply, all of which caused further pain and irritation to his severely damaged skin, I remembered coconut oil. It provided immediate relief and caused no discomfort on application. It was amazing how quickly the damaged skin started to repair itself. It’s not greasy and absorbs quickly. It’s now used widely in our house, both in cooking/consuming and on our bodies.

  7. Kristi B3 says

    We found out that calamine lotion makes a great acne mask. My daughter had poison sumac on her face last summer and everywhere we had applied calamine was clear. She started to experiment with using it add a facial mask, applied at night, wash off in the morning and her skin is bea!tifully clear now! We swear by it

    • Tanya says

      what a great tip! I told my daughter and she is going to try it out starting tonight. thanks!!

  8. Rachel Reed says

    I have been using milk of magnesia as a face mask for over 10 years! Works wonders on my oily skin :)

  9. Penny Hannah says

    Some great suggestions there, although I think the eyeliner one with coconut oil must surely smudge very easily. I use mascara made with aloe vera gel, but add a black mineral eye shadow instead of charcoal. It’s great fun to mix up one’s own beauty products and a huge moneysaver.