Have you ever cut into a beet and stared in awe at the gorgeously intense pink-red color, wishing you owned some blush or lipstick in that very same hue? Same here. Beets have a beautiful color to them – and it happens to be flattering on just about every skin tone. That’s why when I came across some recipes for an all-natural beet lip and cheek stain, I was totally down to make it. There are a few different mixtures for this circulating the internet, but I chose this one because I already had some vegetable glycerin on-hand.
What you need:
1 beet (preferably organic)
3 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (I got mine at Whole Foods)
Double boiler (or pot with smaller bowl)
Glass container with lid
What you do
Peel your beet and cut into cubes. The cubes should be relatively small, but large enough that they won’t fit through your funnel.
What you do:
1. Peel your beet and cut into cubes. The cubes should be relatively small, but large enough that they won’t fit through your funnel.
2. Add the vegetable glycerin and beets to your double boiler (or makeshift double boiler, as in my case) and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.
You should soon see that gorgeous pink-red color bleed into the glycerin.
3. After about 20 minutes, remove your pot from heat and funnel the liquid into a glass container. This amount of time creates a subtle-colored makeup. For a bolder color, leave your mixture on the stove for longer. Allow the mixture to cool completely before applying to your skin.
4. To apply, dip a cotton ball or cosmetic sponge into the liquid and dab onto your lips or cheeks!
This was my first time making this product, so I’m not sure how long it will last. Keep it refrigerated and you should be good for at least a month! If you notice a change in the smell or color of your makeup over time, throw it out and make some more. :)
As with all new products, you should first perform a spot test by applying the makeup somewhere on your body and waiting 24 hours to see how your skin reacts.
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Photos by Brigette.