I think I have a problem.
What you see above is a small selection of my face tint and highlighter collection.
A small selection.
I just can’t help it, guys. I love make up. I loved decorating bare hallways with it as a child, and I love decorating my face with it now.
There’s only one problem. Makeup is expensive.
So I buy some good stuff, and then I buy a bunch of shitty Wet ‘N Wild to balance out all of the money that I’ve spent. But then one day I realize that I’ve used all the good stuff, and all I’m left with is a drawer of Dr. Pepper Lipsmackers and terrifying shades like “ice queen” and “berry sexy.”
And that is not okay.
So in an effort to upcycle the rejects, I decided to undertake a project: homemade highlighter. Highlighter is my absolute favorite piece of makeup – I take it with me everywhere. I wear it in my pajamas. I probably have it on while I sleep. It’s incredible and brightening and makes you look alive and awake, even when you’ve forgotten to shower. I love it.
But like I said – that shit is expensive. So I took the rejects and I made my own. Then I liked it so much that I decided to include it in the holiday gift box I’m sending to my college roommates (and to one of you – don’t forget to enter!). Granted, you have to apply it a little more often, but just a tiny dab will do. And even though I definitely threw some “ice queen” in there, the results are anything but drug store.
Start with empty paint containers. Then, find your first victim: a shimmery gold or yellow shadow. This will give your highlighter a nice sheen. Put about half a teaspoon full in each container you’d like to fill.
Next, grab some pink. This is a cream blush set that I always forget exists in the back of my drawer. It’s not that I don’t like it – it’s just somehow been cast to the island of misfit makeup. That is, until now. If you have a cream blush, use a small spoon to scoop it out like so.
Place an amount slightly smaller than the gold shadow in your container. You don’t want the pink to be too overpowering. If the blush is very concentrated, use even less.
Okay. It’s time. Bust out the ice queen. Scoop out an equal amount as you did of the gold. This will give your finished product a nice, frosty glow for the winter.
Finally, mix in some oil-free moisturizer. Use two squirts, stir, and then add two more until desired consistency is reached. I used about 12 squirts in each container. You have to be careful with this step, though, because you don’t want the makeup to get too diluted.
Stir your pots until smooth. Make sure to try it out before gifting. I really love that mine gives a little bit of a rosy tint as well as a subtle sheen. It’s perfect for pairing with some wintery whites and a bold lip.
Cut the paint pots apart from each other, and you’re done! Last step: look fabulous.