Friday, 18 October 2013

3 Beauty Tricks with Cocoa Powder

When we say cocoa powder, we usually think of chocolate cake and triple chocolate fudge cookies. Of course, cocoa powder makes for a really simple and affordable beauty product for many different uses, including as a mask!

I'm going to show you three really simple ways to use cocoa powder in your beauty/makeup routine. Don't forget to treat yourself to a bit of chocolate after.

1. Contour

Cocoa powder is the perfect brown colour for most skin tones to use as a contour. It's not too orange and just dark enough to create a shadow in areas you want to recede in your face. Cocoa powder is also very pigmented, so use a densely packed brush and a light hand. Add this to below your cheeks, on your temples, your jawline or even the sides of your nose for a bit of a bronzed touch and a chiseled face.


(After. My camera doesn't do justice to how pigmented this stuff really is.)

2. Brow Powder

Since cocoa powder could irritate the lids of our sensitive skinned sisters, a safer way to use it on our eyes is on our brows. The chocolate colour is perfect for those of us who have darker hair. Tip: Use an eye primer on your brows before adding powder for stronger pigmentation and lasting power.

3. Dry Shampoo

Greasy locks? Normal dry shampoo giving your gorgeous dark hair a grey cast? Why not use cocoa powder? It smells great, soaks up the oils on the roots of your hair and doesn't live a white residue. You can use this with either a face brush to dab on the roots of your hair or rub a small amount into your scalp. For a full tutorial on how to make your own DIY Dry Shampoo (featuring cocoa powder), click here!

So there you go! Three easy ways to incorporate cocoa powder into your beauty routine. It's cheap and it's pretty effective. I've noticed that the cocoa powder as bronzer lasts on my combination skin for a good couple of hours (4 or 5). Because it's so pigmented, you won't really notice the fade until later on. Brow powders seem to always fade on me (I need a brow pencil!) but for those who have normal/dry skin, it will probably hold up pretty well.

Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I'll see you in my next post.

Have you tried cocoa powder in your beauty routine? Let me know below!

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