DIY Foundation Makeup with Sunscreen

Foundation makeup has many benefits, specifically helping to smooth out the tone of the skin. But most store-bought foundation products are filled with a long list of ingredients that can damage your skin, cause cancer and affect your endocrine system. (1)

It also has a long history with its appeal for stage actors created by the famous Max Factor, but even the ancient Greeks and Romans wore contaminated foundation containing high levels of white lead and mercury which caused lethal poisoning. (2)

Some ingredients, as reported by, are found to be toxic. Parabens, synthetic scents, nanoparticles, formaldehyde, mercury and lead are just a few that can be found on most labels. (3

You can search products on the Cosmetic Database website at, but perhaps the easiest and healthiest thing to do is make your own right at home. DIY foundation makeup can be a fundamental part of your natural skin care routine.

Keep in mind that DIY makeup, as an all-natural foundation, is not as daunting to make as you may think to prepare. In fact, it is very easy and can be made with just a few ingredients. You can even add homemade sunscreen to the mixture to ensure protection from the sun. When choosing your ingredients, use unrefined, raw and organic where possible.

Let’s jump into your personal homemade makeup that is just right for you!

How to Make DIY Foundation

To start you DIY foundation makeup, measure all of your ingredients and set aside. Now, using a double-boiler or a glass bowl in a pan of water, turn on low heat and place the almond oil or coconut oil and the cocoa butter into the bowl. Using a whisk, stir to blend.

Add the shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E. Make sure to blend well. Remove from heat. Shea butter is a favorite ingredient of mine since it’s extremely moisturizing and hydrating, providing immediate softness and smoothness. Beeswax is the perfect addition with its moisturizing qualities combined with the ability to heal psoriasis and eczema for anyone suffering with these skin conditions. It’s also great for acne-prone skin. Vitamin E has long been known for its skin-healing properties. It fights free radical damage while helping reduce inflammation, plus it’s a natural anti-aging nutrient.

Next up, add the zinc oxide and stir. Zinc oxide offers some amazing sunscreen benefits. You need to make sure you choose the uncoated, non-nano and non-micronized versions. In addition to being a great sun-blocker and cancer-fighter, zinc oxide lowers skin inflammation, helps prevent acne and locks in moisture all the while helping form healthy collagen in the skin. (4

Now, let’s add some color to your DIY foundation makeup! It is important to be careful with the amount of cacao and cinnamon you add. The reason is that these ingredients offer the tone of the foundation. If you need it darker, you will want to add more. For a lighter tone, use less. The best thing to do is start with less and test it on your jawline, in sunlight, to get just the right amount.

Make sure to pay attention to how much you use so that you can note it in your personal DIY makeup recipe. To give you an idea, about a ½ tablespoon of cocoa powder will give you a light foundation, add another teaspoon for a medium foundation, and one tablespoon will result in a medium-dark foundation.

Cacao is a pretty amazing ingredient that not only is delicious in some recipes, but it’s great for the skin with its high antioxidant contents. Meanwhile, benefit-rich cinnamon is right up there with cacao in the antioxidant category and has been used medicinally for centuries.

Once you have reached your desired shade, pour the DIY foundation makeup into your container and allow it to cool. You can use a silicon makeup tube or a glass jar. If using a jar, make sure to wash your hands prior to each use to avoid contamination.

DIY Foundation Makeup with Sunscreen

Total Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: About 5 ounces


  • 2 ounces almond oil or coconut oil
  • 0.5 ounce cocoa butter
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 0.5 ounce beeswax
  • ⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 0.5 ounces zinc oxide (look for uncoated, non-nano and non-micronized)
  • organic cocao powder
  • cinnamon or nutmeg


  1. Using a double-boiler or a glass bowl in a pan of water, place the almond oil or coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, and vitamin E oil together and stir to blend well. R
  2. emove from heat and add the zinc oxide. Note: The more you add, the higher the sunscreen levels.
  3. Then, add the cacao and cinnamon or nutmeg.
  4. Remember the amount of these ingredients that you use will determine the shade of the foundation.
  5. Start with less until you reach your desired shade.
  6. Test it on your jawline in sunlight to ensure the shade that works best for you.
  7. Store in a silicon tube or glass jar. Make sure hands are clean prior to dipping into the jar if you use that type of container, to prevent contamination.

Source: Dr. Axe

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