Rosy cheeks have been sought after for centuries by women of all skin tones. According to the New York Times Style Magazine, humans are the only animals to blush. Charles Darwin called it, “…the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.”
The act of pinching your cheeks came to light during the Victorian era, as pink cheeks were a symbol of fertility and youth. Reminding us of cute babies with soft rosy cheeks, idealized in Victorian paintings of cherubs.
Blush has a long history of use to provide a youthful appearance. In European countries, it is often referred to as rouge, the French word for red. A simple swipe of blush across the cheeks can give the illusion of good health or a day spent in the warmth of the sun.
What’s wrong with modern day blush?
Blush was originally created with natural pigments found in foods such as strawberries, beets, and mulberries.
Unfortunately modern manufacturers add a laundry list of ingredients to blush. Talc used as a non-clumping agent for example has been reported to include asbestos fibers and linked to respiratory problems1. And parabens, a popular cosmetic preservative, mimics estrogen in the body possibly causing hormonal issues2.
These toxins are just two from a long list of cosmetic ingredients that can easily be absorbed into the skin causing irritation and health concerns. If you want to have great skin – skip the entire list and make your own.
Making your own natural blush recipes truly is a beautiful way to evoke a youthful glow, while feeling good about what you are putting on your skin!
What can you use to make natural blush pink?
Creating homemade blush is much easier than one would think! You don’t have to go through the work of picking berries, vegetables, or flowers and crushing them down to powder.
You can find many things you need in powder form (as well as powder and blush sifters) from our herbal boutique or your local supermarket. Here’s a look at the ingredients you can use to make powder blush will little effort.
Hibiscus Flower Powder
Made from the exotic, vibrant petals of the hibiscus flower. The petals bloom in a trumpet shape and come in a variety of colors including red that is popularly used to make red wine tea. The deep wine color they create are perfect for natural blush recipes!
Not to mention hibiscus is rich in antioxidants and is known to help even out skin tone and increase skin elasticity.
Beet Root Powder
Beets may seem like an odd blush ingredient, but if you’ve ever roasted beets and washed the pan – than you’re likely not surprised since you’ve seen them turn your dish water bright pink.
That bright pink color not only looks pretty dappled on your cheeks, it’s a god-send for the skin. Here’s an example of the pretty pink shade beet root powder creates.
High in potassium, folate, antioxidants, and beatnik beet root stimulates the production of skin cells, detoxifies the skin, neutralizes free radicals, helps to improve elasticity, and protects from sun damage. See what we mean, by god-send?
Customizing Blush for Your Skin Tone
To customize the shade of blush for your skin tone you’ll need just two more ingredients. One to lighten the color and one to darken it.
Use arrowroot powder to lighten blush for fair to medium skin tones. This common ingredient of gluten-free baking is a great thickening agent in cosmetics too. It’s light texture easily absorbs into the skin without buildup and helps natural blush adhere your cheeks.
To create a warm blush for medium to dark skin tones, look no further than cacao powder. Ancient Aztecs considered it a sacred food and we consider it a divine beauty ingredient in homemade blush and facial powder. Isolated from part of the cacao bean it contains higher amounts of antioxidants than red wine, green tea, goji berries, and blueberries!
3 Natural Blush Recipes to Give Your Cheeks a Pinch of Color
We’ve done all the experimenting for you and boy was it quite a mess, but…we have created natural blush good enough to eat for every skin tone!
Seriously, you could eat this… but let’s just keep it to our cheeks.
DIY Natural Blush Recipes (for every skin tone!) (appx 15 ml)
- Coffee Grinder– Nothing fancy, just a cheap coffee grinder like this.
- Container– We have 20 ml and 45 ml powder and blush sifters in the Herbal Boutique.
Soft Peony Pink Light Blush Recipe
Luscious Lilac Medium Blush Recipe
Warm Merlot Dark Blush Recipe
How to make natural blush
Scoop the ingredients from a recipe above into a coffee grinder. (I know what you might be thinking…what about a fork or whisk? Nope. When you are making such a small amount, using a fork or whisk doesn’t get the powder fine enough to create even color. And we found using a blender didn’t work well either. As we just didn’t have enough ingredients in the blender for it really pick it up and blend).
Place the cover on the coffee grinder and let it do the work for 30 seconds.
Remove the cover and scoop into a small container. We used our 20 ml powder sifters.
Tips on How to Apply Blush like a Pro!
Natural blush powder will adhere best to moist skin. If you are using a liquid foundation apply blush immediately after. Or rub a drop of your favorite carrier oil like jojoba oil on your cheeks just before applying. I also love applying my handcrafted face moisturizer, then my DIY facial powder (recipe here or buy here), and then blush over the top. Works perfectly!
This blush has the same texture as mineral blush. And it should be applied the same by dipping your brush into the powder, swirling it in the lid to blend, and tapping off the excess back into the container.
For the best application, use a big soft makeup brush intended for applying blush powder. Once you have your cheeks moistened and your brush correctly loaded, swipe the brush upwards across the apple of your cheeks. Apply more ever so slightly, until you achieve your desired glow.
How long will natural blush last?
The ingredients in these natural blush recipes are extremely shelf-stable (up to 3 years). That said, with care taken (clean brush for application on a clean face) your homemade blush will stay fresh for up to a year when stored in an airtight container. But, keep in mind every time you dip your makeup brush into the blush – you are adding your skin oils.
However, you can help extend the shelf life of DIY makeup by regularly cleaning your makeup brushes. You can also add a few drops of vitamin e when you combine your ingredients, as this will help with oxidation. We love using this simple, natural makeup brush cleaner recipe to keep things clean in our beauty routine.
Making your own blush is a great place to start on your DIY makeup journey! These recipes for natural blush go on beautifully and last all day. And let’s not forget the ingredients are clean enough to eat!
Not feeling particularly DIYish?
Simply not enough hours in the day? Pinning more than you could ever tackle these days? No worries. I have got you covered. Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell a lovely handcrafted facial foundation and facial powder. While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!