A while ago, I discovered this recipe for a DIY cheek stain from ReadyMade, and I thought, “I should make that!” Then I read the ingredient list. You guys, I hate beets. I really, really hate them. I hate them so much that the thought of purchasing a beet, then having to peel it and chop it and smell it…grossed me out.
However, I also happen to be a former Benefit junkie. I have very fond memories of their famous Benetint, and that little beet-y cheek stain looked a lot like it. (Oh the shopping spree I’d go on if Benefit made natural or organic versions of their products…)
Finally, I could no longer stand the thought of being reunited with a natural version of Benetint, so I went to Healthy Home Market, bought two (!) beets and some vegetable glycerine–and wow, do I love this stuff.
Read on for the recipe and more photos!
One or two beets
Vegetable glycerine (you’ll find it in the beauty section of your local health food store)
A jar to hold the tint
Double boiler (or a bowl inside a pot)
Peel the beet(s) and chop them into large pieces. Put the beets and about two tablespoons of vegetable glycerine into a double boiler (or a bowl inside a pot like I did), and heat the water to a gentle boil. You can add a little extra veggie glycerine if you use two beets–I probably used four tablespoons. Cook the beets for 15 minutes, watching to be sure the water doesn’t evaporate or boil over. Strain out the beet pieces, and collect the liquid in your jar. Make sure to let it cool before you dab some on your cheeks! The stain should keep for about six months.
What do you think? Will you try it?