Does DIY Organic Foundation Really Work

UPDATE: Does Homemade DIY Foundation REALLY Work!?

As much as I LOVE them…DIYs are hard.

There are many others out there like you and me…those who want to rid their homes and bodies of nasty, horrific, completely unnecessary chemicals. So, that is why I create all of these DIYs and share them with you.

That said, for every five people who love my DIY recipes, there seems to be one nay-sayer. Yes, of course, that is okay. We all like & require different things. I mean, it is like going to the store to try something new; you just don’t know if you will like it until you actually try it.

With a recent DIY, I have had many requests for pictures, proof, and a desire to actually ‘see it’.

I have had A LOT of comments and questions re: my Smooth Finish DIY Foundation With Sunscreen recipe.

Does homemade DIY foundation really work?

I tried this foundation and it was less coverage than I anticipated.

Those have been the two most common things I’ve heard.

So, I decided to really put myself out there and simply show you exactly how the foundation works.

First, a couple of things to clarify…

  • As I mention in the original post…this is a LIGHT coverage foundation. If you are looking for a full coverage, pancake type of foundation…this is NOT it. This will even your skin tone and create an amazing base for the healthy powder of your choice (I make my own DIY Facial Powder), which will ‘set’ and ‘finish’ your new foundation wonderfully.
  • Yes, this is VERY healthy for your skin. I mean, what could be more healthy than organic, natural, unrefined ingredients that people use on their bodies everyday. In fact, I no longer use a moisturizer on the days that I wear this foundation, as it does double duty beautifully. That said, we all have different needs for our skin. As with any product you try (from the store or one you create in your own home), you simply have to try it before you know for sure.
    • Side note: Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for my DIY Nourishing Facial Moisturizer…coming soon!!!
  • So, say you try this and it doesn’t work for you. Well…at least you now have on hand ingredients that have MULTIPLE uses. If you ask me that is #winning.
  • I am applying the MEDIUM shade in these pictures.

Want to see just how this foundation works?

Below are pictures of me in all of my not-so-glorious makeup-less-ness for the world to see (…please, be kind).

Follow along in the pictures below to see before and after pictures, as well as side-by-side pictures.

  • Other than a little bit of homemade eyeliner and mascara, I have nothing else on my face in these pictures.
  • Also, I did absolutely NO editing to these pictures, at all. NONE!
  • Please, feel free to click each picture to make it larger.

Before Selfie

DIY Smooth Finish Foundation Application


Applying Foundation Only To One Side Of My Face - DIY Smooth Finish Foundation - By Scratch Mommy
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Foundation Application ONLY To Right Side Of My Face


Inside Photos With Foundation Only On The Right Side Of My Face

Outside Photos In Natural Light With Foundation Only On The Right Side Of My Face


Powder Application Over Foundation (my right side)


DIY Foundation & Powder Applications Complete!

And there you have it, my friends.

I hope that this helps you to see what the foundation looks like when applied. It offers wonderful, healthy, nourishing light coverage to help smooth your complexion and improve your skin tone.

Yes, WITH sunscreen, too!

Oh, did you miss the recipe!??

You will find that recipe by clicking the picture below…

Rather Me Make It For You?

No problem. Pick up light, medium, or dark HERE in the Pronounce Skincare Shop! Just click the picture below to take a look…


HERE is the DIY Organic Facial Powder Recipe!
DIY Organic Facial Powder Recipe - SO easy and looks amazing!!!
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Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

Comments 46

  1. Love this foundation! I have been using it for a few weeks and friends don’t know until I tell them that I changed. Ppl. are pleasantly suprised when I say I made my make-up. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I made your recipe but it came out way too oily on my skin…could I just remelt the batch and add arrowroot powder to absorb some of the oiliness and create a different texture?

    1. Hi Hannah! Sure, you could give that a try. I haven’t tried that myself, but it sounds good in theory. You did use the zinc, yes? That’s kind-of crucial to the recipe setting up properly. Let me know if you melt down and add arrowroot. I’ll be curious to hear how it works for you!

    2. I had the same problem with it being oily. Also, the color matched perfectly when it was in liquid form, but when it cooled down the pigments shifted to the bottom, so there is no pigmentation now. I made the powder you referenced in the original post and have had problems with the cocoa powder clumping. I think this is due to it being too oily from the separation. Any suggestions on what I did wrong?

      1. Thanks for your note!

        Hmmmm, I can’t really say. That hasn’t happened to me. Possibly there was an ‘off’ measurement somewhere? I just really don’t know because I haven’t encountered any separation. It is more ‘oily’ at first, but it soaks in and sets perfectly (for me) with my finishing powder.

        Kristin of Live Simply recently wrote an update re: her awesome powder. It might answer some of your questions. What I’ve found that works best for mine (it’s super similar to hers, so I’m sure it would work well for hers, too) is either putting it in a mason jar and shaking it all together really well (and sometimes using a spoon to mash out any clumps) or even run it through a clean coffee grinder. You can read her updated (video!!!) post here-


        1. I am intending to try this but haven’t yet, so this is a very uninformed opinion, but knowing what I do about cooking and these being natural ingredients, it sounds like a temperature rather than a measurement problem. Particularly cocoa powder, as it does easily lump in recipes if it’s not added at the right temperature or to the right viscosity of ingredients. If something is splitting, it has likely gotten too hot and you may or may not be able to bring it back. Also double check to make sure your ingredients don’t have any extras – e.g. many cocoa powders have thickeners in them and this can make them clump. Just offering up some possibilities! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you for the before and after shots! I’ve been on the fence on whether or not to try it, but those pics have inspired me to give it a go. And not just for me. My girls are still a bit young for make-up, but I’d love to have something in my arsenal for when they do. I think I’m becoming addicted to your site, btw. Love it!

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  8. Love this post! I have been very intrigued with all your super healthy makeup! I really want to give it a try and see how it works for my skin. I’m amazed that it’s possible to make something from scratch that is so effective and healthy at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of homemade foundation and when I saw this post with the pictures I decided to give it a try. I made a trial size sample using some substitutions to see if I wanted to invest in the “official” ingredients. I expected it to be a total fail, but was pleasantly surprised at how well i like my hack version. I used Jojoba as my liquid oil, coconut oil in place of the cocoa butter and cornstarch in lieu of the zinc oxide. After a couple days, I decided I wanted a bit more color, so I reheated and added another half teaspoon of cocoa powder. I also added 10 drops of lavender oil which really helped to mask the cocoa smell. At this point the color in the container is actually much darker than anything I would buy in the store, but it wears great on my face. i just thought I’d mention that for others who feel that it’s not much coverage… try making it darker than you think you should.
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I definitely plan on buying some zinc oxide to use in my next batch, but I’m going to stick to the jojoba oil, and maybe try mango butter in place of the cocoa butter. Can you tell me how the two compare in weight and texture? I’ve been wanting to try mango butter to use in body lotions.
    Thanks for showing us your lovely face! It really helped!

  10. You are beautiful with or without make-up! I am pretty sure this is my new favorite blog. I will be trying the deodorant recipe as soon as I get my scale! Thank you so much for all these diy posts!

  11. Hi, I love the look on my skin, except the cacao powder seems to give me pimples every time I use it.. I got the organic all natural 100% cacao powder.. Has cacao powder give anyone pimple? I donโ€™t know if I should keep trying. Thank you! : )

    1. Yes. Cocoa powder gives me pimples. I had to stop eating chocolate/cocoa powder completely to get rid of those nasty bumps that kept appearing. I am trying carob powder in my foundation now. We’ll see what that does.

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  13. Hi, I was wondering how long this foundation is good for? A few months, a year, etc. Thanks and it looks like a great recipe!

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  15. I love the concept of this recipe, and the light coverage and consistency is great. And the hint of chocolate fragrance? Yes, please. I’m wondering if I did something wrong, though. Mine is a little bit sparkly. It seems like the zinc oxide didn’t fully incorporate. I whisked like crazy until it was too thick to whisk any more. Any thoughts on what I should have done differently?

  16. I love this foundation! The one cosmetic I’d not forsaken was my liquid foundation! I haven’t been able to part ways with its chemical blend til now. I make all my other beauty products, including bentonite clay based powder foundation and decided to make your delicious smelling foundation liquid and love it. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’m in love!

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  18. I’ve been using your recipe for the past few months and I am in love! Thank you, thank you for sharing your recipe! I thought I saw mention of a concealer recipe? Concealer is the only thing I haven’t yet replaced with a non-toxic option so I’m eager to try your recipe if you have one. Thanks again!

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      Yay! So glad you are loving the foundation, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, yes!! I will have my concealer recipe up soon. Make sure that you are subscribed to our newsletter so you’ll be ‘in the know’ when we publish. Thanks for stopping back by!!

  19. I made this foundation a little while ago but stopped using it. I had a problem with blotches of color when applying my powder over top. Do you have any suggestions?

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      Hi Kristi,

      Well, that doesn’t sound good! I apply only a thin layer on my face, allow it to dry and soak in a bit, and then apply a thin layer of my powder over top. What powder are you using? That might give me some insight.

  20. Really looking forward to trying this! I’ve never worn any foundation, it always weirded me out covering my precious skin with chemicals. This is a great solution.

    PS On your site right now, I can’t see the entire navigation bar. The parenting and homesteading options are transparent until I hover over them… Just thought i’d let you know. Not sure if it’s just my browser.

    Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I so want to try this, but I’m afraid this will be a little too pale for my skin. I am extremely pale, literally porcelain doll pale, but I have freckles, acne prone skin, and lots of redness. Do you have a very pale recipe you could offer? Also would it cover my freckles, redness, and acne (I’d love to cover everything). Thank you so much and thanks for sharing!

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      Hi Victoria,

      Thanks for your note. ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly, this is a light coverage foundation, not meant to ‘hide’ too many things. I do have a touch of rosacea, and it covers it some (esp with my homemade DIY powder recipe over top), but it is not a thick ‘pancake’ foundation that will cover freckles, acne, and lots of redness. :/

  22. I made the foundation and powder about a month ago and it is even better than I expected. I love how it evens out my skin tone without looking like I have make up on. It moisturizes so much better than store bought foundations and my skin is clearer.

    I was probably being more cautious than I needed to be but I found a list of non-comedogenic oils and used all Shea butter and hemp oil instead. I added the tea tree oil as suggested and find it works great as night time spot treatment for the occasional pimple.

    I’ve had the blotchy color thing with the powder, too. I tend to be in a hurry in the morning and don’t give it enough time to soak in. I’ve found applying the powder by tapping it around my face then sweeping it across works well.

    Thanks you for your generosity in sharing your recipes! I’m looking forward to trying the sunscreen and deodorant.

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      <3 One of the best comments I've read all day long. Thank you so much.

      And yes, right you are! You do have to give it a bit of time to soak in before applying powder over top...well worth the wait to avoid the toxic foundations offered over the counter. So happy to provide these recipes for you. :)

      Oh, and great tip with the powder, too!

  23. I was curious to try this but i was wondering about application with a buffing brush or other foundation brushes. they are my favorite for my normal foundation. What would you compare the consistency to when using it?

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      Great question. Honestly, a brush won’t work. It is thick in texture, so a clean sponge or clean fingers will work best for this recipe. It’s a scoopable (is that a word!?) foundation, but melts right into your skin smoothly. Hope this helps!

  24. What an awesome, kind and beautiful lady! Thanks for sharing the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ is there a substitute for shea butter?

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  25. I just wanted to say thank you for the recipe! I’ve been using it for a couple months now, and I am getting compliments left and right. When they ask where I got it, they’re surprised that I made it! I also make my own eye liner and mascara. Thank you again! I will be sending people your way!

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