As someone who’s always looking for “clean” beauty products, trying DIY recipes has always intrigued me. Not only are they fairly easy to make, but most products use natural ingredients and have similar results to what you might find in-store. After spending time perusing the internet, I found recipes for everything from makeup remover to mascara.
I tested out five different DIY beauty products, and here’s what happened.
Berry Lip Stain
This DIY berry lip stain is a simple, pure product that everyone should try! Not only is it a completely natural product, but the payoff is completely worth it. Plus, it’s hydrating and lightweight.
How to make it: Mash 5 blackberries and 5 raspberries in a small bowl. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and continue mashing. Then, strain the mixture and pour into a small airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for about a week.
My results: After applying the product with my fingers, my lips were left with a subtle color that I actually loved! After about 4 hours of wear, the shade of red was still noticeable and hadn’t transferred at all. Not to mention, the product is super moisturizing and tastes good if you get some in your mouth!
One of the most intriguing DIY beauty products I’ve come across is mascara. Along with eliminating harsh chemicals, the DIY product is also super inexpensive. Plus, this recipe is very simple and will have your lashes looking on point.
How to make it: Melt together 1 tsp of coconut oil, 1 tsp of shea butter, 1.5 tsp of beeswax and 2 tsp of jojoba oil in a double boiler. Then, add in 2 capsules of activated charcoal and 2 drops of vitamin E oil. Allow the product to cool in a plastic bag and then squeeze into an empty mascara tube. Use a clean spoolie to apply.
My results: Paired with a good eyelash curler and spoolie, this mascara is actually super impressive! While it doesn’t completely transform your lashes, it still gets the job done. It adds volume, length and color to really make your eyes pop. Plus, it lasts all day long!
Charcoal Eye Liner
Using just two ingredients, this DIY eye liner will complete your glam look and add a little something extra. It can also double as an eye shadow to give you a nice smokey eye. Not to mention, it’s a cheap alternative that doesn’t include countless ingredients you don’t recognize.
How to make it: Stir together 4 capsules of activated charcoal with a few drops of distilled water in an empty eye shadow tin. Add ingredients until the charcoal starts to clump. Then, press down until the product is smooth in the tin.
My results: When I first applied the liner, I had to add a couple layers to make sure the color was not transparent. I used an angled brush to simply apply the product and it worked perfectly. However, the liner didn’t really last throughout the day. As time went on, I noticed a lot of transfer onto my eye lids. While this DIY product was a bit of a fail, it was still super fun to try!
Cucumber + Green Tea Facial Mist
This cucumber + green tea facial mist is a dupe for Mario Badescu’s beloved facial spray. Made with natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen, the mist will leave you feeling refreshed and hydrated.
How to make it: Infuse 2 cups of green tea, add 1 cup of aloe vera gel and 1 vitamin E tab while the tea is still steaming. Stir the mixture until the liquid is smooth. Once it completely cools down, chop up 1 cucumber and add it to the tea. Let the cucumber soak in the mixture for 4 hours. Then, remove the vegetable and pour the liquid into a spray bottle.
My results: While the recipe does say this product can double as a setting spray, I found that it works best as a simple facial mist. Overall, it feels super refreshing, smells good and is perfect for a nice pick-me-up throughout the day! I will definitely continue to make this one.
Witch Hazel Makeup Remover
Last but not least, this makeup remover is a game-changer. With just two simple ingredients, it’s too good not to try! Plus, it’s moisturizing and gentle on the skin.
How to make it: Mix 3 tbsp of witch hazel and 2 tbsp of olive oil in a small storage container. Shake the bottle before use.
My results: This remover works wonders! It easily removes all makeup and feels super moisturizing while doing so. Not to mention, my skin felt incredibly soft and clean after using it. This is a very simple recipe, so I was surprised that it worked so well!
Have you tried DIY beauty products? Let us know in the comments!