The concealer is a staple in many makeup routines. It is used to even out skin tone and cover problem areas such as dark circles. Ironically, however, conventional concealers tend to contain a host of chemicals that can further irritate the skin.
Oh, and they’re terrible for the environment. Research shows that almost half of the concealers tested contain fluorinated compounds, “forever chemicals” that never biodegrade.
Getting rid of toxic cosmetics from your makeup bag is a great way to reduce your everyday environmental footprint, but that doesn’t mean you have to boycott the concealer completely. Instead, make your own with natural ingredients that are good for your skin and better for the planet. As an added bonus, you won’t end up with a bunch of plastic packaging.
Here are five DIY concealer recipes that require little more than a well-stocked spice rack and a double boiler.
Nourishing corrector with almond oil and aloe vera
Almond oils are highly emollient and rich in vitamins A and E. In this recipe, they will help nourish the skin while the aloe vera soothes and hydrates.
This concealer contains a range of moisturizing ingredients like argan oil, shea butter and honey. It highlights with light reflecting zinc oxide and gets its pigment from natural cocoa powder.
- 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon of argan oil
- 1 teaspoon of shea butter
- 1 tablespoon of non-nano zinc oxide
- 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 3 drops of raw organic honey (optional)
- Melt the shea butter with the two oils in a double boiler.
- Once melted, remove from heat and mix aloe, zinc oxide and honey (if using).
- Gradually add the cocoa powder until you reach the desired shade.
- Transfer to a clean container and let cool completely before use.
Choose sustainable zinc oxide
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says zinc oxide nanoparticles can harm coral reefs and marine life. When buying zinc oxide, make sure you get non-nanoscale particle sizes.
Color Corrector Green Corrector
Green concealer is used to neutralize redness and generally even out skin tone. Many store-bought versions contain the naturally green mineral pigment of chromium oxide, which is an inorganic compound that does not biodegrade. For a greener iteration, you can use the powdered seaweed often hailed as a super food, spirulina.
This recipe makes a powder concealer that works well for oily skin.
- 1 teaspoon of sericite mica
- 1 teaspoon of non-nano zinc oxide
- 1/4 teaspoon kaolin clay
- 1/4 teaspoon of magnesium stearate
- 1/8 powdered spirulina
- Carefully mix all the ingredients together, making sure to distribute the color evenly and work through the clumps.
- Transfer to a clean container and apply with a brush.
Full Coverage Concealer Cream with Cocoa Butter
This recipe gets its richness from beeswax, cupuaçu butter, and cocoa butter, the latter two being hydrating superpowers. This formula also contains sea buckthorn seed oil, which is popular for promoting skin well-being.
Precision is the key to mastering this concealer, so some ingredients are listed by weight rather than volume. You will need a sensitive scale for this recipe.
- 4 grams of beeswax
- 7 grams of cupuaçu butter
- 5 grams of cocoa butter
- 4 grams of sea buckthorn seed oil
- 4 grams of rosehip oil
- 1 gram of vitamin E oil
- 1 1/4 teaspoon non-nano titanium dioxide
- 1/2 teaspoon of sericite mica
- 1 teaspoon of ultrafine zeolite clay
- 2 1/4 multan mitti clay
- 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
- Melt the beeswax, butters and oils using a double boiler.
- Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the titanium dioxide, sericite mica and clays.
- Gradually add cocoa powder until you reach the desired shade.
- Transfer to a clean container and let stand completely before use.
You can use bentonite clay, which is more common, instead of ultrafine zeolite clay and multani mitti clay if you desire a green tint.
Easy-to-mix spice corrector
One of the easiest ways to apply makeup at home, whether it’s a concealer, foundation, or bronzer, is to mix in a few spices from your cabinet, to mix oils and voila! In this case, you have an aromatic liquid stain cover.
Some people find cinnamon irritating to their skin. Test it on the back of your hand before applying it to your face.
- 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon white bentonite clay
- Oil from two vitamin E capsules
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
- Cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and ginger powder, as needed
- First, combine your oils and gradually mix the arrowroot powder and bentonite clay, stopping before the base gets too thick.
- Create your perfect shade with spices. Cocoa powder is a classic, but you can play around with nutmeg (the darkest shade), cinnamon (a reddish shade), and ginger (great for fair skin). Start with very small amounts and increase as needed.
- The consistency of this corrector is up to you. Thicken it with more arrowroot powder or lighten it with a mild carrier oil like sweet almond.
Coconut Mango Brightening Concealer
Mango butter is sometimes used in beauty products to enhance dull skin and create glow, qualities that are especially desirable when trying to neutralize dark circles or redness. It has a firmer texture and a milder fragrance than the shea butter, also present in this formula, but their moisturizing properties are similar.
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of mango butter
- 1/2 tablespoon of shea butter
- 1 tablespoon of white bentonite clay
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
- Melt the coconut oil and the butters in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- In a separate container, combine the bentonite clay and arrowroot powder.
- Add the powders to the oil mixture.
- Gradually incorporate the cocoa powder until you reach the desired shade.
- Transfer to a clean container and let set.