one green planet
one green planet

I love natural powder foundation! I’ve been using it religiously since the early 2000s. Too bad I dropped beaucoup dollarinos on swanky beauty brands for years when I could have been making my own. This is the cheapest and most natural powder you can put on your face: simply arrowroot powder and natural colorants, like the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg that are waiting in your spice rack.

Best for: All skin types

Top Tips: Lots of beauty-supply stores sell excellent jars designed for storing homemade makeup. For this powder, look for a jar with a built-in sifter top. It will keep any lumps at bay and sprinkle just the right amount of powder on your brush.

You can use a little more or less cocoa, cinnamon or nutmeg to match your skin tone. Play with the amount to find the shade that looks prettiest on you.

Superstar ingredient: Arrowroot powder is a natural starch made from the roots of the tropical South American plant Maranta arundinacea. It’s white and lightweight, so it’s a versatile base for powders and other DIY vegan beauty products.



  • Blender (optional)
  • Makeup sifter jar
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder 30 milliliter
  • Powdered natural colorant, 
such as unsweetened cocoa 
powder, ground cinnamon 
or ground nutmeg
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil


  1. In a small bowl, combine arrowroot powder and enough of the colorant to achieve a perfect color match with your skin. Add lavender essential oil. Whisk until well combined. (Alternatively, in blender, combine arrowroot powder, colorant and lavender essential oil. Blend until well combined.)
  2. Pour into jar.
  3. Sprinkle powder onto a large fluffy makeup brush and apply to facial skin.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Recipes reprinted from The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty, Published by Robert Rose.