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Easy DIY Beet Blush and Lip Gloss: 3 Ways

The color of fresh, organic beets is unmatched. After making Raw Veggie Bacon, I would often look at my stained hands and wonder if beets could be made into chemical-free cosmetics. Then this summer, I read a super article in ReadyMade magazine about the book No More Dirty Looks, and it shared a simple recipe using beets for lips and cheeks as well as a tip for easy lip stain—slice a beet, kiss and go!

So, I conducted some research that turned up many blush and lip gloss possibilities using a variety of oils and combinations, even including strawberries. In the end, I whipped up my own simple mixtures with 3 simple ingredients that I already had in the house.

The result was a powder blush and a super moisturizing lip gloss that doubles as a cheek stain made in under 10 minutes, if you don’t include dehydrating time. You can keep your creation to 10 minutes though, if you just want to buy organic beet root powder instead of making your own with the dehydrator like I did.

Beets give a natural, healthy glow to pretty much all shades of skin without the creepy dangers of chemical-laden makeup. Give it a try!

Tools:
Small glass lip gloss container(s) (recycle if you can, I use old Burt’s Bees containers.)
Small saucepan
Glass measuring cup or something similar
Dehydrator and coffee grinder (optional, only needed for making your own beet powder)
Fine mesh piece of fabric like muslin

Ingredients:
1 tsp Organic Almond oil
1 tsp Organic Beet Root Powder (you can easily make your own with a dehydrator and a coffee grinder. Read below.)
1 tsp 100% Pure Lanolin (shea butter works well, too)

Make your own beet powder
If you have a dehydrator, and you would like to make your own beet root powder, it is incredibly easy to do. Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife, slice your beet into very thin strips and lay on the dehydrator screen. Place in a dehydrator set to a temp of about 100°F and dehydrate for 8-10 hours. Overnight is perfect.


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Once thoroughly dried, crunch up beet chips with your hands and place in the coffee grinder. Pulse until beets are a fine powder with no bits (see bottom, right).


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This beet powder is a natural blush! So easy. Just put some of this ground powder in a glass jar and use as you would any loose powder blush. Store in a dark, cool place.


Making your lip gloss/cheek stain
Fill a small saucepan with about 1 cup of water and place a glass measuring cup inside it. Turn your range on to low heat. Place your lanolin and almond oil inside the measuring cup and stir until melted. Once melted, add your beet root powder and stir until thoroughly mixed.


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Now just pour your mixture through the fabric to strain out any gritty particles. Twist the fabric to squeeze/wring it out. If you still see tiny beet root particles, run the mixture through again. Now, place into a tiny glass jar and allow to cool. Use on your lips and or rub into cheeks for a truly healthy glow.

Here it is in powder form too…pretty!


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Substitutions:
1. Dehydrate strawberries, grind up (for fragrance and color) and mix with beet root powder and oils, or keep as a powder.
2. Add some mica powder to your mix for a bit of shimmer.
3. Can’t find lanolin? Warm and mix 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp beeswax pellets (or candelilla wax) and 1-1/2 tsp beet root powder for a lip and cheek stain.

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  1. Kat Solo

    This is an amazing idea!

    However, i am vegan, so i don’t do beeswax or lanolin. Do you think i could substitute with cocoa butter?

    Thanks!

    • Kat~
      Check out the substitutions at the end of the post (coconut oil), and yes, I do think you could use cocoa butter and it would smell amazing (maybe some coconut oil and some cocoa butter). Let us know if this works for you. Have fun!

    • stephanie

      Do you think drying the beets in the oven would work? My lowest temperature is 175. I do not own a dehydrator. Thanks!

      • Heather Crosby

        Stephanie, I’m afraid that the oven will darken your beets while cooking, but go ahead and try if you like (definitely let us know if it DOES work). You can buy Beet Root Powder
        online though—use any extra for natural food coloring for cookies and frostings (just fold it in).

      • Karen

        I dried mine in the oven at 175, that was also the lowest mine would go. My beets were dark when they came out of the oven but once I ground them up they were fine.

        • Stephanie

          Karen, how long did you keep them in the oven? Once grounded they were a bright color? Thanks!

          • Karen

            I actually grated the beets and spread them out flat. I baked them in the oven at 175 (I opened the door and then locked it before closing the door again so the oven wasn’t completely closed). I left it in overnight. The powder is a darker shade but still very beautiful and made for wonderful tinted lip balm and blush. The darker color was very flattering on my olive skin.

  2. I don’t wear make-up anymore, but this is lovely and the color…wonderful!

    Enjoy!

  3. Yay! I made some blush powder too! I don’t have a dehydrator so I did a little beet bakin’. The first round, not so good…I accidentally set the temp to 350…don’t do this: )
    2nd round I kept the heat at 225 for about 2 hours. I covered them with foil thinking they may “brown” on me…although that might work for pigment variation…hmmm. Time to move onto the lip gloss!

  4. So I am confused, was the final product in a powder form? You never show any images of a solid lipgloss? I just got some beet root powder in the mail so I could try some recipes, but so far nothing has really worked as a stain. But this one sounds wonderful, just wondering what the final product looks like and whether or not anyone has tried this recipe out for themselves (other than the author of course)

    • Katy~
      Thanks for pointing out that I left out an important image. Yikes. I had created it, but neglected to upload it. So please check the post again to see the gloss. I have a handful of girlfriends (all with different skintones from African American to Irish) who have tried it out so far—none have commented on YU, but one friend in particular I work with stops by my desk to use it often. Let us know how it goes for you. Have fun with it!

  5. Abigail

    will the lip stain work with just coconut oil?

    • Abigail,
      I am thinking that it might, It is still something I’d like to try. My only hesitation is that coconut oil is so sensitive to heat. It can go from solid to liquid pretty easily. I’d recommend mixing it with liquified (just heat on the stove) cacao butter (amazing smell) then cooling it. Shea butter may be worth a try too. If you have your heart set on just coconut oil, I say go for it, and let us know what you think. You could always just dab the powder on your lips to stain and top it with your favorite natural lip balm too. Have fun.

  6. Oh my goodness, I love and adore you for posting this, and when I get my hands on some beetroot powder I will most certainly experiment with it!

  7. Hi! Just found this site and find it awesome! Anyway,I know it’s about 6 months since you originally made this post, but I wanted to let one of the girls above know that I recently made a beet juice concoction using liquid beet juice and glycerine and it’s wonderful. My mom liked it so much on me that she asked me to make her a batch! Though, I can’t speak yet as to the shelf life. Your post intruges me because having it in powder form seems way more convenient. Just one question though… what would you say the shelf life is for both your liquid and powder versions? thanks again for sharing!

  8. Lidna Leigh

    Did you steam your beets before dehydrating them or did you just put them into the dehydrator raw? Thanks! :)

  9. Lindsay

    I can’t wait to try this! How long will the beet powder last / does it go bad?

    • Hi Lindsay,
      Beet powder lasts quite a while—6-12 months depending on storage conditions. Keep it in an airtight glass container in the fridge or freezer. Have fun!

  10. Anna

    This raises another question in my mind. Will the lip gloss with lanolin and almond oil go bad at some point or grow mold/bacteria? Do you have any idea how long it is good for? Thank you for the recipe! I want to try this for Christmas!

    • I would store both wet and dry versions in a cool, dark place and if you want it to last longer, store in the fridge. I didn’t/haven’t experienced mold, but after about 3 months, my beet powder (I made fresh) lost it’s oomph and became cakey. I’d make small batches for the wet and dry versions that you use up in 4-6 weeks. I am curious how it works with store bought beet powders. Let me know how it works out for you all!

  11. Beth

    Hello and Happy Holidays to YU! I was prepping both blush and gloss this Christmas eve and was met with some beet resistance! I have both dehydrated and baked my beets before and have always found beautiful color, but for some reason, t’was this night before Christmas and all through my beets, I kept finding black, brown and defeat. Okay, sorry, couldn’t help my xmas rhyme: ) However, in all seriousness, my beets were unusable so I improvised…
    I used:
    lanolin
    coconut oil & a few drops of vanilla for half the glosses I was made
    and…
    lanolin
    coconut oil & paprika for the other half.
    They are “setting” in the fridge now and although not what I had in mind, originally, I’m psyched to give my little stocking stuffers. Thought I would share. Happy New Year to all of YU!

  12. Rani

    Hi, i was wondering if instead of making powder i could use the juice of the beets instead? what do you think?

  13. Priya

    Brilliant. I’ve tried lots of recipes, but this actually worked. Using beetroot powder instead of juice means it doesn’t spoil. I used beeswax and sunflower oil, which is wonderfully moisturising. Probably a touch more beeswax, which meant it solidified as I was squeezing it through the cloth, and I got much less lip tint in my jar (even after microwaving the cloth to warm it up) BUT I got a smooth, solid lip tint that works! Maybe next time ill mix the powder with oil first, extrude then add beeswax

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  15. I’m very impressed! I love your technique. Today I had something of an epiphany to use crushed freeze-dried raspberries to make lipgloss.. and here it is.. already invented :) I’m thinking some dried blueberries mixed in would be nice to add a touch of purple color with the red. Amazing. Beets have incredible healing powers.

  16. Debbie

    In order to get the beet powder fine enough I added a little arrow root, not only will it be a thickening agent when making my lipbalm, it made the beets into more of a powder.

    • Heather Crosby

      Awesome suggestion Debbie. Thanks for sharing! H

  17. Deb

    Hi what is the shell life of the lip tint?thank you

    • Heather Crosby

      Hi Deb,
      Pretty indefinitely, but use your nose and eyes. If it starts smelling weird or has any mold, bad bacteria has taken over, so toss it ;) Enjoy. H

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