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Easy Natural Blush Recipes (for every skin tone!)

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.

Learn how to DIY natural blush recipes for every skin tone. It's easy, and way better for you than the conventional blushes on the shelves, filled with toxins. - Pronounce Skincare & Herbal Boutique

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!

Simply ingredients for a healthy glow. DIY your own natural blush recipes (for every skin tone). - Pronounce Skincare & Herbal Boutique

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.

Beetroot 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 beetroot powder creates.

High in potassium, folate, antioxidants, and betanin beetroot 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?

Here you see three shades. Learn how to DIY your own natural blush recipes from simple healthy ingredients. Easy and beautiful! - Pronounce Skincare & Herbal Boutique

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!

Discover just how easy it is to create your own natural blush recipes with simple and healthy ingredients. We’ve got a recipe here for every skin tone!”

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)


Soft Peony Pink Light Blush Recipe

Dusty Rose Medium/Medium Dark Blush Recipe

Chocolate 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.

NOTE: We have had various grades of hibiscus flower powder here at the shop. Some have been more finely ground, while others have been fairly large in mesh size. If you find that your hibiscus flower powder (&/or beetroot powder) is larger in  mesh size we discovered that the best way to finish your new blush is use a fine sifter (this is a great sifter) and sift the smaller mesh sizes through into a bowl. Then, discard the larger pieces of hibiscus flower powder.

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, 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!

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  1. Cannot wait to try this and make one for myself!
    I deserve it! Thanks. Hoping my grinder makes a fine powder…

  2. Oh my gosh – how genius is this?!! Going to make this with my teen girls. So concerned about other unnecessary additives in their skin products. Thanks so much for breaking this down!

  3. This was super easy to make but I can’t for the life of me get this to stick to my skin. Even when I moistened my skin first as suggested. It just rolls off my face. Any suggestions as to what might be wrong? I really want this to work for me.

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      I’m sorry you have having trouble. Boo! Most days I apply this over my face moisturizer, and some days my face foundation (recipe here). I don’t have issues. I’m curious…are you using a brush? I like using a brush. Do you need to add more of an ingredient to give you more color? Just brainstorming here. I’d love to help you figure out the issue.

      1. I noticed you mentioned adding vit. E. I’m going to try that and see if that helps. Yes, I used a brush but it didn’t work. Also, I love your foundation but I did not try it after applying that. I’ll try both ideas and let you know how it goes. I really appreciate you getting back to me and trying to help. You’re awesome Jess!

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          Yes, of course! Happy to help. Give the foundation a try with the blush…powder over top is even better. Adding the vitamin e is great, too.

  4. Those homemade powders look absolutely gorgeous! I would love to try this out at home — it’s always looked so intimidating to me. But your recipe makes it feel a little easier 🙂 Thank you SO much for sharing!

  5. Such a neat idea! I never thought to DIY blush. I can’t wait to try!
    When you say that you can add Vitamin E oil, do you add that to the blush? Won’t that change the texture?

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      Yay! Let us know when you give it a try! Great question…I add a few drops as I’m mixing it, just like I do with my DIY facial powder. It’s a small amount and doesn’t change the texture at all. Happy DIYing!

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      Hi Rose! I think you’ll love your new foundation and powder. I don’t sell this blush, but I do sell all of the ingredients to make it yourself (even the powder sifter). Make sure you’re signed up for my weekly newsletter and if I decide to add this into my product line I’ll let you know there. 🙂

  6. I can’t seem to get the beet powder or hibiscus powder ground to a fine powder in my coffee grinder. It is still grainy. Is it my grinder?

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      Oh no! I think it could be the grinder. Are the blades a bit dull? I wonder if the grinder was too full, perhaps? I haven’t had this issue, but I think you could be onto something with the grinder. :/

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