While researching chemicals and ingredients to make my own foundation and concealer, I came across a few ingredients used in cosmetics or skincare that (upon further research into the process of making the chemical) are derived from soy or wheat.
|You will use glycerin for everything.|
With all my experimenting, I irritated my mouth and skin and realized
the vitamin A & D capsules from Whole Foods were giving my face a mild rash (probably from the glycerin) even though it claimed itself soy-free. Watch out for that...many companies don't realize or even know the source of their glycerine since they buy it in bulk from other countries since its cheaper.
Using a brow brush (you can buy at Sephora or MAC or buy one similar and much cheaper at any art and craft supply store) I applied the formula which I put into a small plastic container.
So I broke down and bought it. I experimented and found it is extremely soluble in water with no other added ingredients besides the beet root crystals.
Whenever you use water in a product, it has to be distilled. This removes all bacteria, parasites and yucky stuff you don't want growing in your product. Since I am my most productive at night, I took a trip to the 24 hr Pathmark nearby for DISTILLED Poland Spring Water. And no, you can't make distilled water at home. I checked. Its a whole process of condensing the water and collecting the beads that form from the evaporation process...
So I mixed a couple of tablespoons of water with one teaspoon of the beet juice crystals in a mug aaaaand, voila! Bloody red natural coloring perfection.
Another option is to buy oil soluble natural coloring. If you were making a powder or using some kind of emulsifier (needed for liquid products like foundations or lotions) then you could actually use hibiscus powder or beet juice powder.
Why do I need red for a brow liner?
Because the richest, most beautiful browns in existence have some red in them! Makeup-artists know this and usually use two colors for brows when applying makeup because of this very reason.
Here is my recipe for homemade brow gel.
1 tsp beet juice (from above)
a dash of USDA Organic turmeric
Start with the wet products and mix in the powders and lastly, the juice until the texture is uniform and consistent. This will give you about 6 months worth of product, which honestly only keeps for two weeks in the fridge, unless you use a good percentage of preservative, which I have yet to figure out...
You can imagine how much money and sanity doing this every month will save! DIY cosmetics and homemade makeup might take some experimenting, but as you can see is totally worth it. No more having to deal with soybean oil or stearic acid (from soy) in the ingredients! If you're allergic to dimethicone, too, like me, this is the perfect alternative.