Bean Bag Chat: Make Up

I’ve wanted to make this post for awhile and I finally have the gumption and the pictures to back it up *pumps fist* I’M AMPED!!

So, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to what goes in my body, but I’ve never thought about what goes on it. I’m not the type of person who really has many care/beauty products at their disposal: If anything I pride myself on smelling and looking ‘good’ (my standard) on less than 5 or 6 things. You can imagine how I crumbled when I found out everything I was using was harmful for my health. Once I found that out, I was like a mad, crazy, obsessed woman bent over the edge searching for reasons why my make up could possibly kill me and searching for every alternative so that I could keep my black eyeliner and bright red lips. I was going H.A.M on the internet for weeks. . . .

Fortunately, I found answers to my questions and an alternative that ultimately seemed easy, affordable, and appealing to my creative side: making my own make up. I’m sure there are other bloggers who’ve advocated this several times over and beat it to a bloody pulp with reasons why it’s great, why buying make up from some of your favorite brands is bad, and tutorials, but I’d like to beat it in extra extra extra hard (I feel like that sounded wrong inside my head, but my mind is an unclean gutter at times, so ignore. . . .please. . .) First, I’ll start with a basic list of the chemicals found in makeup that can be harmful. There are way more beyond this, but these are easy to pick out on any bottle or beauty product. I’ll also leave at least two or more links to websites that’ll give you more information:


Whether it has an ethyl-, propyl-, or any other type of fragment of letters attached to it, it’s bad. It’s a chemical used to prolong the shelf life of things like lipsticks, mascara, lotions, under eye/overnight creams, and a list of other things. Although it keeps your lipstick from rotting, it’s known for causing cancer, specifically breast cancer.

#2. MICA

This is what makes that lovely shine and glow on your lips when you throw on one of your favorite lipsticks. One thing that’s not so bright about this powder is that it’s dangerous to inhale. Now, most of you, I’m sure, don’t snort your eye shadow or lipsticks, but these powders, when applied, can disperse in the air as tiny nano-particles that can’t be seen. It’s known to cause severe lung damage with use over time.

#3. TALC

You’d find something like this in loose foundations and other powder care products. This is a substance that can be compared to asbestos and is just as dangerous. This one likes to create tumors in your lungs and ovaries . . . .fun 😦


Titanium Dioxide is commonly found in make up as well as other products that may promote ‘protection from UV rays’ and can even be found in the food we eat. It’s a simple white powder, but carries the same respiratory hazard as Mica if inhaled and may even cause minor damage to the brain. This one’s hard to avoid since it’s in a majority of products we use and even if you don’t use products that have it, your favorite candy’s dye might have titanium oxide, your best friend’s sister’s aunt might have this sunscreen she loves and every time she hugs you, you’ll be exposed to small amounts of it, or you’ll just encounter it walking passed someone wearing something that contains it. Titanium Dioxide is also tricky because the harm of it is ‘down-played’ to calm consumers. With it’s ability to protect you from the sun and it’s non-ability to absorb into your skin, it seems safe at first glance, but to stay away from it will give you a life with less complication and more days to live on your calendar.


If all this is new to you, I just want to say I’m sorry for crushing those who’s lives are nothing without a little powder and blush. You’re probably looking at your compact with both betrayal and deceit in your eyes and I know that feeling all to well: I relived that feeling while picking up my make up and dumping the contents of the containers. . . .Yeah, I said it: I dumped EVERYTHING. It’s worth it, trust me. For those who still want to revel in the glory that is shopping for make up, Bare Minerals and LUSH both are known to sell all natural make up. LUSH has a category for those who want to go completely vegan and have the complete organic experience. There’s also Red Apple Lipstick, which is quite pricey, but sometimes good things come at an expense *shrug* life’s rough.

BUT. . .BUT I DON’T WANNA *sobs*

If you’re someone who can’t afford the good stuff, you’ve got two options:

-Make it yourself


-Have care and beware

When I say ‘have care and beware’ what I mean is ‘know what’s good for you and make a conscious decision about what your using’. It’s okay to want to slink back to your L’OREAL lip stain whatever, but try these few things out:


Try using a little less make up. I know ‘contouring’ is the new make up craze, but let’s try to show off our best assets without the smoke screen of 7 layers of foundation. People LIKE to see your face. . .show them your face O.O


Apply powders near an open window to lower the chance of inhaling it. Maybe apply it in the car with the window down in a parking lot before work or if you have a room with a window, crack it a bit. You could also invest in pressed powders.


I’m sure there are tons of cheaper options for less harmful make up out there. I’m no genius *points to self* I just like to write stuff and post it. Do research and find products with only one harmful substance. It’s a small step, but a start for those too sheepish to get away from high end brand make up, or even cheap make up. All websites should have a pull out menu with a tab labeled ‘ingredients’ for each care/beauty product. Knowing what you have on your face is a click away. Ignorance is bliss, I know. Just realize that knowledge is power 😀 and use it to get passed the pain XD


When you read the word ‘make’ you had a slight twitch in your left eye. . .I felt it. I had that same twitch after the trauma of losing all 3 or 4 of my make up products. For those who like to be creative, there’s a number of recipes and tutorials at your disposal, but first I’ll talk about some oils, butters, and wax for some of the make up you’ll be making.


I’ll admit, I had trial and error with this on my first run which I’ll explain when I get to it, but even when you’re going for a more natural approach, it’s good to know the benefit you reap from the ingredients your using. Here are three butters that are used for DIY make up:

-Shea Butter
-Cocoa Butter
-Mango Butter


-Shea butter contains vitamin E, A, F and D. It also has healing properties that repair damage on the sensitive skin of the lips. Not only can you put this in your lipstick and balms, but it’s great as an under eye cream or even a moisturizer. It absorbs directly into your skin, so it doesn’t leave a noticeable greasy residue.


Coming back to my mistake I made with this particular butter. . . .I bought a 2 oz. bag of unrefined shea butter only thinking about the great benefits it would give to my homemade make up. One thing I forgot to keep in mind: I’m allergic to tree nuts.

Okay, so for those that don’t know where shea butter comes from, it’s extracted from a nut and these particular nuts grow on trees similar to a walnut, pecan, or any other nut that comes from a tree. When shea butter’s refined, you have a less chance of having any type of allergic reaction BUT if unrefined, that’s an entirely different story due to the fact that it hasn’t been processed through anything and it’s in the purest state it could possibly be. I was fine for the first couple of days because my allergy is mild, but when I used more lip balm I noticed that my lips were that of a blow fish (which isn’t a good look because I already have huge soup coolers for lips)

If you’re allergic to tree nuts or all nuts: DON’T USE THIS!!! Your lips will swell like a balloon and if your allergy to nuts is more severe, it may be a life or death situation for you to even be surrounded by natural shea butter. Instead, use the next two I’m about to mention.


Other than smelling like chocolate heaven, it has just as many benefits as shea butter. It’s hydrating and healing to the skin, and serves as a powerful antioxidant. It also reduces stretch marks for those who want to use it for more than just make up.


With softening and healing power, it also has a light sweet smell. Other benefits to this is the protection it gives from UV rays and it’s ability to soothe irritated skin.


The list goes on and is practically endless, but I’ll list the ones with the most use in homemade make up:

-Olive Oil: basic oil that cleanses your skin and handy for wiping off make up while moisturizing your skin

-Coconut Oil: anti-viral and antibacterial properties

-Jojoba Oil: good for acne and oily skin (if you wanted to use it alone, too) Also contains anti-inflammatory properties

-Castor Oil: This gives your balm, gloss, or lipstick shine

-Sweet Almond Oil: Gives a nice scent and is good for soothing itchy or irritated skin

-Vitamin E Oil: This will act as a preservative in the make up you make

There’s Avacado, Rose Hip, Borage, and a gang of other oils that are great. I’ll be leaving a link for those at the very bottom because this post is already extremely long. Next I’ll move on to. . .


Beeswax and soy wax are the two most common ones. Beeswax is protective against outside elements and locks in moisture. Soy wax is similar, but an alternative for those allergic to beeswax.


There are a few I personally suggest because they’re more likely to give you the color that you want verses natural color you purchase from somewhere else that have already pre-mixed a color for you. Pigments can be used in balms and lipstick, but you can also mix oil and pigments to create blush and powder foundation with them:


These are safe for DIY make up use, but I wouldn’t recommend considering it as a pigment for the use of permanent make up because it has a different effect when it’s on the surface of your lips versus coursing through your blood stream. It’s harmless when on the surface of your skin and produces deep vibrant shades.


There are FDA approved natural Micas you can use if you wish. This contradicts the ‘Micas are bad’ speech I gave earlier, but if you’re dying for that shiny color, a little goes a long way. Also, some Micas sold in craft stores or online wholesale shops are safer than the ones that are untested in the make up we go out and buy. Some examples are DIY Cosmetics and TKB Trading. Often, Mica will be found in already crafted lipstick powder shades. They can also be found in tiny amounts in iron oxide if the pigment is shiny or metallic.


These are simply colored ground shades of clay which will give you brilliant, bold, and bright shades. If you don’t want to worry about oxides or micas, clays are for you.


Yes. . .Kool Aid and Crystal Light and other powdered drink products. . .I know . . .slightly childish for us sophisticated ladies *whips hair while wearing a shirt with talking chili peppers on it* but they are extremely pigmented (you’ve seen it stain your hand for days. . .) and as long as they don’t contain Aspartame, I would DEFINITELY see it as a cheaper option for a make up pigment.


Cinnamon and nutmeg make good brown pigments and are also a cheaper option. Cocoa powder and beet root powder are also good options.


This is similar to corn starch and is used for cooking. It has no real scent and blends well with brown and neutrals to create a decent powder foundation.


This will make your colors brighter and protect you from UV rays. It’s a thick white powder that will add body to the color.

Now that you know about what supplies you can use and how they can help out your face space, it’s time to create. Here, I’ll put down every single tutorial I watched and articles I read to be able to make the make up you can see below in the picture frames. I hope this post helps anyone reading it 🙂 :

HOW-TO: Lipstick




HOW-TO: Lip balm







HOW-TO: Blush



I haven’t found a good one yet. . .but I suggest this:

1 tsp of shea, cocoa, mango butter
1/2 tsp of beeswax
A pinch of oil

-heat ingredients and add in as much pigment as you wish.

HOW-TO: Foundation


Helpful YouTube Channels:

+ Kin Community

+ Ecoistas


+ styleken

DIY Websites To Order Materials:

DIY Cosmetics:

TKB Trading:

Scentsible Crafts on Etsy:

Carrier Oil Info Site and Shelf Life Info:

Oil Info (SOURCE):

Shelf Life Info:

More Info On Harmful Chemicals (SOURCES):


SIDE NOTE: Notice I didn’t put crayons as an option. Sure, it’s non-toxic. Sure, it’s safe for a 2 year old to ingest and shove up their nose, BUT crayons probably contain more lead than the lipstick you use normally. . . .I won’t bother putting a reference or article for this because as soon as you put in ‘the danger of using crayons. . .’ in the search box of any search engine, there will be plenty.

Again, I hope you guys enjoyed this. I spent hours on this post, but if there are any errors, please let me know in the comments.