There are many secrets cosmetic companies intentionally keep from consumers. Thousands of toxic chemicals abound in lipsticks, fragrances, shampoos, and eye shadows being sold in the United States and beyond. Take one look at the Cosmetic Safety Database and you’ll see for yourself that we’re literally killing ourselves for the sake of beauty.

For this reason I made a pledge at the start of the year to dump all of my artificial makeup and skin care products and start over with natural cosmetics. I’ll admit that January was a difficult month. I went shopping and had a very very difficult time finding products that fit my high caliber expectations.

Having worked as a professional makeup artist in the past – I know firsthand the magic of a good cosmetic. That’s why when I was tossing one of my most prized bottles of cheek and lip stain I did everything short of weeping when the item hit my waste bin floor. But now – after much searching and experimenting – I have created my very own concoction that is free of pthalates, fragrance, and other toxic ingredients. Plus – it’s so natural you can serve it for dessert!

So if you too are looking for a simple and effective cheek and lip stain that will give you that come hither glow – give the recipe below a try. Who knows – you too may be inspired to purge your makeup kit too!

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp Honey, 1 Beet

Step 1) Cut your beet in half and trim off the skin. Chop into tiny pieces.

Step 2) Add all your ingredients into a food processor and blend until liquefied. Strain to separate liquids from solids.

Step 3) Pour the liquid stain into a glass jar or other air tight container.

Step 4) Using a lip brush or cotton swap, slide the stain over clean, dry lips.

Step 5) Using the same tool, dab three dots of stain onto the apple of your cheek. Smile to help with placement.

Step 6) Blend onto cheek with circular motion until skin absorbs the stain. Repeat on other cheek.

Step 7) When done, store in refrigerator for up to four weeks or in the freezer for two months.

If you love the idea of a cheek and lip stain but want to experiment with other colors – try different fruits like cherries, strawberries, or raspberries. To give the stain a darker hue add a touch of espresso to the mix. You’ll find that there are tons of different ways you can experiment with natural, edible ingredients that will not only make you look healthy and flushed – but will also nourish and moisturize your skin.

What are your favorite natural cosmetics? Do you have any that you make on your own?

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