Package Free DIY Make Up Tutorial

When you're putting in the effort to live plastic free, there are certain things that pop up along that way and have you scratching your head.

Sure, making cloth reusable produce bags was an easy solution, and getting your keep cup was something you may have had before you even thought of living plastic free, but every day there will be something that makes you wonder how can I do this in a more sustainable manner?

A big one we always get asked about is makeup.

We've already given you the complete DIY guide to making your own toiletries, and after that, we were inundated with women who were struggling with wanting to feel jazzy on a Saturday night out and trying to stay away from the huge amount of plastic packaging that is part in parcel with the cosmetics industry.

So without further adieu, here is your planet-strong guide to all things cosmetic.

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DIY Mascara

Sometimes a light touch of mascara is all you need; I'm a pretty big fan of low-key makeup, every woman in the world possesses their own natural beauty, but there is nothing wrong with accentuating those lashes!

What you'll need:

- 2 teaspoon Coconut Oil

- 4 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel

- ½-1 teaspoon grated beeswax (for a vegan alternative try Candelilla wax)

- 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal (found online, or in health food shops) for black or cocoa powder for brown

- A mascara tube (you can clean out an old one, and reuse it!)

Tip: if you live in a warm climate, add more wax as coconut oil is liquid above 75 degrees, meaning the warmer it is, the more you might find it running. The more wax, the thicker the hold.


Step 1: Put coconut oil and grated beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the beeswax is completely melted

Step 2: Open 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal and pour into oil mixture. Stir until completely incorporated. Remove from the heart

Step 3: Pour the mixture into a small plastic bag, pushing the mixture down to one corner. Then cut a very small hole in the opposite corner of the bag. Us this hole as a way to push the mixture into your mascara tube (similar to a pastry piping bag).

And viola! This mascara is not only good for the planet but without harsh chemicals, and with the natural conditioning qualities of coconut oil- it is also great for your lashes.

Image credit and tutorial adaption from Thank Your Body

DIY Concealer

This DIY concealer recipe is the best one out there, for different skin tones you might have to play around and find what suits yours. With all natural ingredients (a few you may need to source online) your skin will be thanking you.


- 2 teaspoon of Argan oil or Jojoba oil

- 1 teaspoon of Shea butter

- ½ teaspoon vegetable based emulsifying wax (found online)

- 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel

- 1 teaspoon witch hazel (health food stores or online

- 2 tablespoons Zinc oxide powder (found online- look for non-nano and uncoated)

- ¼ - ½ teaspoon cocoa powder (more for darker tones, less for lighter)

Colour and Coverage

- ½ teaspoon of either Kaolin clay, Earth Clay or Bentonite Clay (all found online and dependent on your skin tone)


Step 1: Melt the Shea butter, Argan oil and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted

Step 2: Add the ale and witch hazel and whisk until completely incorporated and smooth

Step 3: Turn the heat off, then, add zinc and clays

Step 4: Add cocoa powder a tiny pinch at a time until the desired colour is reached. You will want this to be lighter than your skin tone, so it blends and lightens, if it is too dark it will leave dark spots on your skin

Spoon the mixture into the desired container and let it cool down.

Tip: the more zinc oxide powder you use, the more coverage you will get, adding less will make it thinner and better for highlighting.

Tutorial Adapted from Wellness Mama Image credit Humble Bee and Me

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DIY Liquid Foundation

This recipe is much cheaper than store bought makeup, and a whole not cheaper than natural branded make up. It's got a few ingredients that you might need to source online, but the great thing is most of them also go in the concealer DIY as well, so why not make a day of it?


- 2 teaspoons of Argan oil or Jojoba oil

- 1 teaspoon Shea butter

- ½ teaspoon vegetable based emulsifying wax

- 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel

- 1 teaspoon witch hazel

- 1-4 Teaspoons non-nano zinc oxide (sourced online)

- ¼ - ½ teaspoon cocoa powder

- ½ - 1 Teaspoon mica powder (sourced online)

- ½ teaspoon of clay of choice (see options above in concealer tutorial)

Step 1: Melt the Shea butter, Argan oil and emulsifying wax in a double boiler until completely melted

Step 2: Add the Aloe and Witch Hazel and whisk until completely incorporated, then, turn the heat off

Step 3: Slowly start adding colours. Start with zinc and clays until desired coverage is reached. It should still be too pale at this point.

Step 4: Add mica powders and cocoa powder a tiny pinch at a time until desired coverage is reached.

Step 5: Dip the tip of a spoon into the mixture and let it cool for a few seconds, then test the colour on your forehead to make sure you've reached the right tone for your skin.

Step 6: Spoon the mixture into the desired container and let cool!

Tip: Using a silicone squeeze tube will make it easier to apply. Make sure with homemade makeup you're making it in smaller amounts; you should use up each batch over a couple of weeks. As they're made from raw materials, they will go off, but in saying that you'll get almost a whole year out of the ingredients!

Tutorial Adapted from Wellness Mama Image credit Shutterstock

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DIY Eye Liner

This one is almost too easy to be considered a tutorial, but it creates a beautiful soft eye-safe liner, and is super inexpensive!


- Activated charcoal powder (found in health stores, either get capsules and break them open or buy loose powder)

- Avocado oil


- In a small container add some charcoal powder, start with 2 teaspoons (you just add as much as you want to make)

- Slowly add your avocado oil, while mixing, until you create a paste

That's it. That's a great, easy to apply with a small brush, super cheap to make plastic-free all natural eyeliner. And you know what? I prefer it to my old Revlon crayon.

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DIY matte powder

Once again this one has a few ingredients to source, but it uses the same stuff as the concealer and foundation, so once you've found it all you just need to spend a day making up your makeup.


- 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (source online, this offers coverage)

- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

- 1 teaspoon gold mica dust (source online)

- ½ - 1 teaspoon of desired natural clay powder (source online)

- Up to 1 teaspoon finely ground cocoa powder


Step 1: Mix zinc oxide, arrowroot and mica dust together well

Step 2: Slowly add natural clay powder and cocoa powder mixing to achieve the desired colour. Start with less, test on a patch of skin and build up.

Step 3: Store in a jar, with a lid.

Tutorial Adapted from Wellness Mama Image credit Shutterstock

DIY eyebrows

This one is super easy, and hardly a tutorial. With an eyebrow brush, depending on what colour your after try cinnamon powder for lighter eyebrows, cocoa powder for darker browns and activated charcoal powder for black, use an eyebrow brush to soften the powder.

Adding a drop or two to the powder of choice and mixing well will give you more of an eyebrow pencil finish, avocado oil, almond oil & Argan oil will all work, just don't add too much!

Image Credit Shutterstock

So there you have it, some of the ingredients may seem far out there, but in reality, you can mix and use them for a bunch of different homemade makeup recipes.

Avoiding store bought makeup means avoiding the mass plastics used to wrap, contain and store makeup. Not to mention the throwaway mentality, and the fact these products are made from 100% natural ingredients- allowing your skin to breathe.

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