In this post…
- How Is This Legal?
- Is Homemade Makeup Safe?
- Is There Quality in Homemade Makeup?
- Starter Kits
- How I Make Mine
How Is This Legal?
Fun fact! The FDA does not really evaluate or approve finished cosmetic products, just the colorants as ingredients. From the FDA website,
“The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market, but there are laws and regulations that apply to cosmetics on the market in interstate commerce.
The two most important laws pertaining to cosmetics marketed in the United States are the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). FDA regulates cosmetics under the authority of these laws.”
Is Homemade Makeup Safe?
My rule of thumb is if you’re old enough and mature enough to handle and cook raw meat without getting sick, then you can make your own cosmetics without any negative side-effects.
Many people have reactions to store-bought makeup, and these things can easily be solved in a product made at home. You get 200% control of the ingredients in your creations and are able to safely test your reactions to some ingredients before using them – made easier by the fact some suppliers sell small quantities of individual ingredients in sample sizes [about a teaspoon] for about two dollars.
Much like when you trust a chef enough to prepare your food, you are putting an awful lot of trust in companies who manufacture cosmetics to not only know what they’re doing, but to do it well. I’m so often hearing of companies managing to violate the few standards the FDA has for cosmetics, having nasty things pressed into their powders, mold, insects — the list could go on.
The advantage homemade has over store-bought is it’s freshly made. You add preservatives in pressed makeup and make sure to use eyeshadow tins that won’t rust, and this alone should generally keep you safe.
Is There Quality In Homemade Makeup?
Cosmetics are largely the same few ingredients, just in different quantities, and each brand has their own formula. When they list their ingredients on the packaging, it’s in order — the first item listed is the ingredient that is used in the largest quantity, and the last item in the list is the smallest quantity.
It’s easy enough to make a dupe of most products, even high-end.
Product packaging serves no purpose other than to market and make a product stand out from the rest, but it bumps up the cost of makeup considerably.
A lot of people shell out for pretty packaging and say they’re going to keep it on their vanity for decoration, which I can understand. However, instead of purchasing another overdecorated palette and having the clutter and waste [extra brushes, mirrors, puffs], why not just dupe the product and replace it yourself?
Reduce & Reuse 😀
- EZ Eyeshadow Kit
- Press Your Own Makeup Kit
- Mineral Makeup Kit
- Absolutely Everything Kit for Mineral Makeup
How I Make Mine
Let’s start off by saying I’m no trained expert or something like that – but I have made quite a bit myself and figure I could share my processes.
Gloves and a mask are a must and a minimum – something to protect your eyes might be a good idea as well since a lot of these powders are very lightweight and tend to go airborne really easily, and you don’t want to get them in your eyes or lungs.
You’ll also need a space reserved just for cosmetics – I hold the belief that kitchen cosmetics are dangerous because these powders are very light as i mentioned before and they’re not something you want around the food you ingest. You can never be sure that the scrub down you gave your counter will be good enough to prevent anything nasty from transferring onto your food.
What I like to do is tape newsprint paper down onto a TV tray and work on that surface, since it’s easy to throw away afterwards.
Using my gloves and mask, I use small clean jelly jars for my mixtures. I like mixing my base powders and pigments separately before combining them. This way I can make sure I get the exact right color for my shadows.
If you’re using a premade base, your preparation time is cut in half!
For pressing, I prefer to only press sparkle and shimmer shades right now, and I like to use dry pressing, which is pressing with oil rather than alcohol.
I am working on pressing mattes, which is more difficult, and once I figure it out I’ll share my process here 😀
SOURCES & LINKS
FDA Authority Over Cosmetics: How Cosmetics Are Not FDA-Approved, But Are FDA-Regulated, FDA.gov
Lime Crime & The Scary Truth About Product Safety, Refinery29
Hair Found in Highlighter! Third Time’s The Charm!, KarinaKaboom
MOLDY Makeup + Woman loses eye DRAMA // IMPORTANT SAFETY MEASURES IN MAKEUP, DYNA
Bugs & Food Particles Found In Kylie Cosmetics Products, Em Venditte
Preservatives from TKB Trading
How To Press A Matte Eyeshadow, MeggieXOXOXO