VIM Tries It: DIY Makeup

Have you ever had the urge to throw out all your store bought makeup and make it yourself from scratch? Most people don’t, but there are a million and one recipes to turn your kitchen into a homegrown Sephora. With a little free time and willingness to give your Tarte and Benefit products a break, we tried three DIY makeup recipes and are ready to share the verdict.

DIY Lipstain



  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Olive Oil

In one word, delicious. In two words, doesn’t work. While our lips were most certainly pinker than before, the consistency is  too watery to remain on your lips or spread out evenly. The concoction also would need to stay on the lips longer than many people are patient enough to endure in order to gain significant color. We’ll stick with the brand name stains.

DIY Bronzer


  • Flour
  • Cinnamon or Cocoa Powder

While this contour smells like Too Faced, it certainly is not. You’ll need significant layers in order to reach a noticeable pigmentation, and blending is no easy task. Next to Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, there’s no comparison. You don’t have to break up chunks of flour when your bronzer comes in a package.

DIY Eyeliner


  • Activated Charcoal
  • Shea Butter
  • Coconut Oil

Mix it all together, and even we believed we just created gel liner. We grabbed our flat angled brush, dipped it in and tried to cat eye to no avail. As with the other DIYs, the pigmentation just doesn’t cut it. If you prefer your liner thick, this may be a suitable dupe, but fine lines are out of the question. When compared to Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, you can clearly see the difference in consistency and pigmentation.

While DIY makeup may not be the move, financially or aesthetically, we do see the benefits of all natural ingredients and a guaranteed cruelty free product. With a little practice, maybe your dupes will be the perfect replacement to your everyday products. Ulta who?

Danielle Chesney

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