How to Use Corn Starch as a Natural Face Powder

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If you know how to use it correctly, corn starch is a perfect natural alternative to commercial face powder. I have an oily complexion, and in the past I was never able to keep the shine off my face no matter what brand of face powder I used or how many times I blotted throughout the day. After I switched to using corn starch as a face powder, I can go an entire day without blotting and the most I would end up with is a sort of dewy look to my face, but for the most part my skin stays matte.

How to Use Corn Starch as a Natural Face Powder
You can fill old face powder containers with corn starch, but if you don't have one, here is a suitable container I found at Muji. The link takes you to the Taiwan store site. Unfortunately I couldn't find this product on the US site. Also, the brush in the above photo is heavily loaded with corn starch so that it would show up better in the picture, but you want to use a lot less powder than that for actual application.

The downside is, corn starch is very, very white, so it may only be suitable for those with paler complexions. All you need to do is load a little bit onto your powder brush, and remember to tap vigorously to make sure most of the excess is shaken off, then apply to your face as you normally would.



If you have a darker complexion that contrasts too much with the corn starch, mix non-sweetened cocoa powder into it, blending and adding until you get a color that matches your skin tone. The ratio can even be more cocoa powder than corn starch. Then do the same thing for application; load up your brush, vigorously tap off the excess, and swipe it over your face.

How to Use Corn Starch as a Natural Face Powder


I only use corn starch to set my makeup now, and it works amazingly well, definitely better than any cosmetic face powders being sold in stores. It also makes a great "dry shampoo."

I've read online that some people are concerned about corn starch clogging your pores. I personally have not had this problem, and I'm speaking as a person who is prone to breakouts. I think if you clean your face thoroughly (and I mean, really dedicate your time to gently removing your makeup and massaging every crevice of your face to get it clean), it shouldn't be a problem for you either.

10 comments:

  1. I also use this for face powder and once I began doing so my face has actually cleared up.

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  2. Do i have to use make up removal for corn starch? Since babies use it and didn't have to remove them using makeup removal?

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    1. Washing your face as you normally would takes the corn starch off very easily. However, I would recommend going through the motions of "removing your makeup" even on days when you're not wearing any. All the grime your skin encounters during the day mixes with the oils on your face and could cause breakouts, and doing a thorough "makeup-removing" cleanse will help keep your skin clear. You know what I use as makeup remover? Olive oil! www.salubriousexclamation.com/2012/01/use-olive-oil-as-makeup-remover.html

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    2. Great! And thanks, love your posts btw ;)

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  3. I agree!!! I have used it for years!! I am very fair with blue eyes and I find my makeup looks great all day. I gave up on expensive face powders that were too dark for my complexion OR made my face look greasy. LOVE cornstarch powder; just remember to tap off the excess on your brush OR you will look like an 18th century white faced courtier at Versailles!

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    1. You're right, I once made the mistake of not tapping off the excess and I looked like a clown walking around outside!

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  4. Clogging pores? No way, at least not for me. It keeps my face grease free, which it never is without corn starch. I have also had fewer breakouts because of this.

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    1. Me neither! I have never experienced clogged pores using corn starch and breakouts have been drastically reduced since I started using it. I have read accounts online where this was a concern though ... so maybe we're just lucky.

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