You Never Have To Buy Setting Powder Again! (If you don’t want to)

DIY Setting Powder

Setting Powder DIY Recipe

Setting powder is a beauty staple. It helps set your foundation, blurs fine lines, reduces the appearance of pores, and controls shine. Plus it degreases an oily face providing touchups throughout the day. 

You may not realize how easy it is to make your own DIY setting powder. All you need are 3 ingredients


                1 tbsp Cornstarch

                1 tbsp Arrow Root

                1 -3 tsp Cocoa Powder – This is optional. Use it until you get the desired color.


Mix all these ingredients together. The cocoa powder can form little lumps, so it’s best to grind some in a mortar and pestle before adding it to the cornstarch and arrow root.

If you’d like to see a video on how we made this click here.


Cornstarch versus Talc

Cornstarch is a good alternative to talc. Talc is the main ingredient in most setting powders. Many people don’t like talc because it grows naturally next to asbestos. It’s difficult to separate the talc from the asbestos, but not impossible. Some mining companies do not want to remove it completely due to costs.

The United States doesn't mine for talc. All the talc sourced from the United States is synthetic. It is almost impossible to know where your talc came from. Your product might be made in the USA, but you’ll never know where the talc came from. Just because something is made in the usa, doesn’t mean that all the ingredients are made in the USA.

Cornstarch has a natural pH between 5-6. The skin’s pH should be around 4.5 – 5.5, so this ingredient is the perfect complement to your skin!

Both cornstarch and talc are thickener and viscosity enhancers. Both absorb the skins oil, which is perfect for touching up makeup when it gets greasy looking.

To avoid talc, just look for cornstarch listed as an ingredient. Another alternative is mica. Mica doesn’t have to be glittery. Mica can be used in the same way as talc and cornstarch.  


The Top 3 Setting Powders Without Talc 

1. Innis Free Matte Mineral Setting Powder


2. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder


3. Charlotte Tilbury’s Genius Magic Loose Setting Powder



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