As I’ve said before, I’ve got horribly sensitive skin. When I saw this recipe, which calls for colorants like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder, I thought, “Are you nuts?” My next thought was that I’d smell like a bakery, but I decided that’s not so bad. I’ve been a big fan of mineral makeup for years, but that stuff is expensive and I’m finding out some of the additives aren’t that great.
On Monday I decided to try pure cornstarch. While my face wasn’t as shiny as going powderless, I did notice a couple of pimples had appeared. Upon further research I found that cornstarch can clog pores. Bingo.
I looked around for some easy natural face powder recipes and came across arrowroot powder as a base ingredient. Since it’s also got medicinal uses, I went out and scored some at the supermarket (baking supplies aisle) for just under seven dollars for a twenty ounce bag.
Since the recipe calls for only a few tablespoons per batch, that’s a great deal. I added some colorants, but remember this is not going to be a full-coverage powder. This is more for anti-shine purposes.
Normally I wear sheer foundation along with eyeshadow, bronzer, and mascara. This week I went with strictly the natural powder and mascara. Simple and clean.
Mind you, I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and layer the powder over it. When I asked my coworker/friend what she thought if the change, she said she actually hadn’t noticed a difference between this and my normal makeup. She’s a pretty observant person. This says two things: YAY for looking natural in full makeup, but also, what the heck was I buying all that stuff for?
The end result of the experiment? My oily-skinned face remained shine free throughout the day and I didn’t notice any negative side effects. Here’s the kicker: Those zits from the cornstarch? Both completely gone by the very first workday’s end after they’d appeared. No sign they were ever there. That’s enough proof for me!