It’s officially the season of bare skin everywhere, Green Monsters, and that means we may want to pretty up our skin with some bronzer here and there. A dash of bronzer on bare shoulders can make a strapless dress look even more amazing on you, and a sweep of it on your cheeks can you give you a truly gorgeous glow.

But, like most other conventional makeup, bronzer can be chock full of dangerous chemicals and things you really don’t want absorbing into your body. Always keep in mind the idea that if you wouldn’t eat your makeup, you should not be putting it on your skin, as it’s nearly one in the same!

To get yourself in contoured, glowing skin heaven without all of the extra chemicals (and, to boot, save some cash), try this super easy, plant-based, chemical-free bronzer DIY mix this summer and beyond. You can use this all over your body or just on your cheeks — wherever you want a natural-looking “blush” of color.

To mix up your perfect hue, you will need to experiment just a bit. Get yourself a bit of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and cocoa powder. If you can go with the organic variations of these ingredients, that’s even better. Then, you’ll need a bit of cornstarch — definitely opt for organic on this ingredient, since corn products in conventional products often contain of slew of nasties like GMOs — and, again, if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your delicate and highly absorbent skin, people! You’ll also need a seal-able container, like an emptied and thoroughly cleaned lip gloss tin, or even a small glass Tupperware container. How much you mix up is up to you, too — this mix is really very customizable, so feel free to play around with it both in color variation and quantity.

The idea is that you begin with equal parts of each of these four ingredients to start. So, if you want to try a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of nutmeg, a teaspoon of cocoa powder, and a teaspoon of cornstarch to begin, that should work well. Mix this into your container and then give it sweep on your skin with a bronzer brush. With so many different skin colors and types out there, you will have to really cater this to your liking, but the basic guide is that if you want the color darker from this base, add a tiny bit more cocoa. If you want to add more of “glow,” add a bit more cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Add cornstarch in an equal part to whatever you add in extra from this base to balance the whole thing out and bind it well.

Once you find the right color mix, another variation of this is to take some of of your newly crafted powder and add it to a bit of melted (but cooled) coconut oil for a very spreadable and glowing liquid bronzer. If you want something with a bit more hold, you can also try mixing your bronzer powder with argan oil. The idea here is that you have fun and know you are putting great-for-you, totally plant-based and natural ingredients on your skin to get a lovely glow. And what’s more, you can use your extra ingredients to make cookies after you mix up your bronzer! Double win!

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