{Eco-Tutorial} Blush & Flush: Natural Cheek & Lip Stain

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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  1. maria gomez says:

    this sounds awsome! but i have oily skin so im a little worried about putting olive oil on my skin.. is there some way i could replace it or simply not use it?

  2. This is interesting. you have the prettiest face by the way!

  3. I never thought to use beets but that’s pretty smart! I like to read more DIY articles just to know what I can use that I might already have. I’ve gotten some good body and facial scrub recipes from: http://www.taaz.com/trends/trends.html.

  4. I love beets and thought this was another wonderful way to eat them! I like the idea of this, but I have reddish hair and freckles. This color so would not work for me. Any ideas of what I could use to get a more peachy color? I would think it would have to be able to stain and have color intensity like beets.

    • Pam – that’s a great question! I would suggest grinding up some carrots and then running the mush through a sieve to separate the juice and fiber. I would still add a little beet to the carrot juice to give it a little bit of a pink hue.

      Let me know how the color turns out on your skin! =)

  5. wow thats really cool… i love Natural homemade cosmetics… nice post.. thanks for sharing! :)

  6. I gave it a try- and had a few things that I tweaked (since I don’t have a food processor)
    I was also quite surprised at how well it worked!! My next batch I’m going to freeze portions in an ice cube tray, separate into little baggies and take out over the 2 months to use every 2 weeks :)

  7. Hello! I adore this idea! I’m wondering if you think this could be turned into … perhaps an eyeshadow of sorts?

  8. I tried this not a great lipstain but a GREAT blush!!!

  9. Sabrina Stegall says:

    I did it with my mortar and piste!! It works great!!

  10. Maria – thank you for posting your question. I have not noticed a separation of any kind – but I also keep my stain frozen. Try it out with the freezing and let me know how you like it. =)

    • Thank you a lot for your a fast answer =). I will definitely try this recipe, it looks GREAT.

  11. Hello, this recipe looks amazing but I have a question. A girl from Crunchy Betty tried a similar recipe, the difference was that instead of beet she used cranberries, and added a capsule of vitamin e, the other ingredientes were the same, and instead of a food processor she boiled the ingredients. This girl said that she didn’t like the recipe because the water from the cranberries separates in the oil. I was wondering if you had a similar problem with this recipe. Thank you.

  12. Wow i would have never guessed. i hate beets so to find another use rather than eating it and one that i would actually use is pretty impressive.

  13. This is AWESOME! Can’t wait to try this out! :) Lori

  14. Rachel: Happy you like the recipe! By the way – how hard is it to grow beets? I’ve never tried my hand at them.

    HerbanLuxe: You are absolutely right! Hence my recommendation to refrigerate or freeze. My test concoction that I did at the end of May is still going strong while frozen. =) The link is wonderful.

    Lisa: Love the idea of cocoa for bronzer! Brilliant! And you never have to worry about it going orange.

    Curly: You are welcome!

    Rain: Would love to hear what your daughter thinks.

    Five Seed: Thank you!

  15. Lovely!

  16. OOH, this is awesome! I can’t wait until my beets get a bit bigger (otherwise I’ll be harvesting them all :)
    This sounds like the perfect solution for the dilema I’ve been having with my, soon to be teenage, daughter! Plus, I can have her help me – so it’s a Mother/Daughter project too. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! And thank you HerbanLuxe for your link :)

  18. This is really clever, thanks for sharing it.

    I use a bit of cocoa powder as both eyeshadow and as a bronzer. It works pretty well and it’s subtle.

  19. Forgot to share a link. If you’re not sure of the shelf life of your home ingredients, check out http://www.stilltasty.com/. It’s a great site to learn the shelf life of any food.

  20. Love the tutorial. Just a word of caution to our readers. When using home ingredients, keep in mind shelf live for your homemade products. Under normal conditions beets will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator. However, because it is being processed and then handled. The shelf life will shorten. So if you try making your own homemade beauty products, be sure to look & sniff, if I doesn’t look and smell right toss it.

  21. Wow, this is great! Who knew it was so simple. I have beets ready in my garden now so I’ll be trying this very soon! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Love this and will be trying it immediately. Thanks for all the tutorial photos too that was the perfect touch. Thanks!

  23. I love this recipe for all Natural Cheek and Lip Stain. I enjoy whipping up natural homemade beauty care products. I am going to give this recipe a try. One tablespoon of yogurt and one tablespoon of orange juice makes a nice natural face mask. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

    • Amy – happy you like the tutorial. I know I’m always looking for new natural cosmetics to try and when I came up with this concoction thought people may enjoy it too!

      Paula – Thank you for the face mask tip – I’m going to try it tonight. =)