How to Make Natural Blush/Bronzer at Home

I ran out of blush and I needed more in a hurry, so I turned to the ingredients in my kitchen. You can too!


You'll Need:

- corn starch
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- food coloring (mostly the color red, obviously)


1. Pour out enough corn starch to fill your container.
2. Add a few drops of red food coloring and mix it into the corn starch until you reach the desired amount of pink. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring if you prefer a more orange hue to your blush. If you'd like to adjust the color to be a "cooler" rather than "warmer" blush, add a few drops of blue. And if you'd like to darken it a bit so that you can use it more as a bronzer, add just a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder.
3. Keep mixing and adding until you reach your desired color.

To Use:

Sweep your homemade blush/bronzer across your cheeks with a blush brush as you normally would!


There is a lot of trial and error with this recipe, especially since everyone's skin tones are so different. So have fun with it, make many different colors of blush if you want. The great thing about doing this yourself is that you can find the color blush that flatters your skin tone the best, or you might find many colors work well with your coloring.

If you don't have food coloring on hand, feel free to experiment with beet root powder, which works just as well as colored corn starch.

If you're interested in knowing more about how else you can use corn starch as a cosmetic, perhaps you'd like to find out how similar this recipe is to creating your own face powder.


  1. before I try this, I wanted to get some feedback from you as to what you recommend for skin tones that are more yellow/olive toned with tan undertones. I think if I use any red it will not come out quite right. What do you recommend?

    1. My skin is also rather pale and olive-toned. I generally think a more orange/brown hue looks better on my skin than tones that are too red or pink. Hope this helps.


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