Hello! Today we start a new series: How To Transition To Natural Cosmetics! I’m excited to share with you what I’m doing as I make this change myself and I hope you come along for the ride! There is SO MUCH out there on makeup/products/brushes/skin-care routines/what’s good and what’s not/miracle cures, etc. I know I’m not the only one who finds the world of “beauty” overwhelming and I would like to suggest that it doesn’t have to be complicated if we don’t want it to be. Make-up is fun to play with, but when it comes down to the daily grind, we want a routine that is simple, effective, and good for us. 

Before you can make a change, you have to assess the current situation. So, today, let’s study our faces! One very appealing benefit of homemade, natural make-up + skincare is the ability to work into the products ingredients that are beneficial to you specifically. By including healing components in your concoctions, you can treat skin conditions instead of just mask them.

I was only going to include the above picture/graphic in this post, but as I was asking my sisters which image I should use, they suggested I use each one to illustrate a different area. πŸ˜€

Look at your clean skin. Do you have redness? Acne? Dry areas? Oily areas? Dark circles? Each of these have a cause and with some research, you should be able to figure out some solutions. Acne can be caused by a food sensitivity or over-enthusiastic oil glands, among other things. When I get pimples, I look up a face acne map (like this one) to see if there might be an internal issue my body is dealing with that I need to address. Dry skin could mean you need to drink more water. Dark circles or puffy eyes might suggest you ate too many tortilla chips before bed (salt causes puffy eyes). Or, maybe you have fairly clear skin, eat a healthy diet, and drink enough water, but your skin is just thin and veins show through (like my case is). Google the layers of the skin and discover natural sources of retinol (some retinol products come from aborted baby cells– yikes!) to plump up and encourage a more even complexion. My point is, do some research! There is so much information available at our fingertips. 
There are all kinds of natural ingredients that you can add to your make-up to help with acne, redness, etc., so you should research those as well. For example, tea tree oil helps calm over-productive oil glands and carrot seed oil helps clear up age spots. There are also different types of actual oils that might help different issues, like almond oil, castor oil, or vitamin E oil.

 Complexion Continued:

While you’re thinking about your complexion, identify the make-up products that will help you achieve your desired look. So, dark circles = concealer, redness = foundation, healthy look = blush.


 Do you have thick, healthy lashes or could they use some bolstering? Maybe you could wear a serum at night that encourages lash growth. Are you getting wrinkles? (I know I have some older readers here) Research natural ways to plump those and consider ways to apply make-up that don’t stretch your skin further. Just as with complexion, write down some cosmetics that may enhance your features. Mascara, eyeshadow, non-clumping concealer, etc.


Does their shape compliment your face shape? I think proper eyebrow grooming can be one of the most effective ways to bring out your natural beauty. Are they too thin or too thick? Identify ways to improve that. Maybe add brow powder to your list of cosmetics.


 Dry lips, yellow teeth, and unwanted “mustache” hairs may be issues to identify here. Maybe it’s time for a weekly lip exfoliate. Do you need to brush your teeth after your morning coffee? Research effective hair-removal methods that you’re comfortable with, whether that’s sugaring or iodine + babyoil.


What is your daily skincare routine? Are you using unnatural products? Purpose to find and switch them out for natural/organic ones. Make-up remover, cleansers, lotions, deodorant, and even toothpaste is subject to scrutiny! πŸ™‚

As we are examining our faces, let’s remember that while it is good and right to continually make God’s world more beautiful outwardly, it’s primarily our hearts and minds that bring Him glory. πŸ™‚

To make this exercise easier, I’ve created a free printable for you to use! Click HERE to download the pdf and fill it out to help identify your cosmetic product “needs”!

In the next post in this series I’ll be sharing how I did some research and started buying all the ingredients I need to make my own cosmetics/products, based off of the issues I identified I wanted to address. I hope this post was helpful and that you decide to transition your cosmetic stash, too!

Have a wonderful day! 

35 thoughts on “Study Your Face { + a free printable!}”

  1. Hi Olivia! Great timing! I was just reading your posts about essential oils and transitioning to natural makeup, as I'm interested in that myself. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series! πŸ™‚

  2. I have found that rubbing 1 drop of lemon, 1 drop of frankincense essential oils with 3 drops of water on your face every night will help give you a super clear complexion. I don't even have to wear makeup anymore πŸ™‚ yay!

    1. Did you use fresh lemon or an essential oil??? Also do you recommend where to get or what brand for the frankincense??? I'm new to the essential oils. Thanks!

  3. Fantastic! I have used mineral makeup over the past year and absolutely love it! I was never much for powder or foundation before, but when I did use them I was so grossed out with how it made my skin feel. Natural products feel so much better on my skin. Great post, I look forward to reading the others.

  4. I( have never found a combination of iodine and baby oil that actually took off hair. All it did was leave a mess.

  5. This was so very helpful, thankyou!

    I switched to a more 'natural' routine about 6 months ago. Previously I have suffered from moderate acne, and once I reached my 20th birthday and had no excuse for it being just 'a teenager thing', I decided to do some trial and error research! I have been using coconut oil, tea-tree oil, rosewater, and cold water daily, and a one/two weekly deep steaming and bi-carb paste, or a brown sugar, honey, milk and cinnamon exfoliate. No chemicals, and my skin has been the best it has been for about 7 years! I am hoping to start on natural makeup, but don't know where to start – so I'm sooo looking forward to this 'series'. Thankyou sweet Olivia! xx Blessings, Emily

  6. Hey Olivia! Thank you so much for creating that PDF for us all to use!! I've slowly been trying to play with makeup..(All I wear right now, is eye liner, lip tint and occasionally mascara). The printable you gave us is great!
    I just recently found a makeup line, that you might be interested in πŸ™‚ It uses natural products and they have lots of choices! It's called Cowgirl Dirt. I just bought some samples of their foundation, concealer, blush, lipstick and some mascara…I can't wait to experiment this weekend!

  7. So using essential oils will clear up redness in the cheeks? I use foundation most of the time because my cheeks are always red. I've researched clogged pours and I don't think mine are. I'll have to try this Study Your Face print-out.

  8. Thank you for sharing this! It was very helpful! I suffered with a lot of acne but about 8 months ago I started using Exposed Skin Skin cares products. It cleared all my acne and reduced redness. It is a really great skincare brand and it has a lot of natural ingredient in it. I highly recommend it for those with acne prone skin. l look forward to read and learning more in your next post!

  9. I had never heard of skin mapping before! That's very interesting :). Also, just a friendly word of caution on DIY cosmetics… be careful. I made a natural foundation one time (a well-researched one) and it caused me to itch terribly and have a rash on my face. Maybe it was a fluke, but when experimenting, it's important to remember to test an area of your face first before wearing it out somewhere.

    1. You always have to patch test first, because even though the products might be natural, you could still be allergic to them!
      To patch test you put a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait for a week. If nothing happens, it is fine for you to use, if you get a rash, itching, redness, etc, you should probably not use this product.
      I hope this helps and have fun with other natural projects!

  10. I've never heard of skin mapping before! I took a look at the link provided and there were some great tips concerning my acne! I tend to have breakouts around my nose and chin area, sometimes in between my eyebrows. I'm almost 17 so I'm sure hormones play a part. Just wish I could remember to do my face cream/wash routine!
    I have a question not concerning this:
    I just recently moved to a city outside of Houston. I used to live in south Florida and it's getting cold here! I've got several long sleeve shirts and sweaters but I'm just horrible at combining things in a cute but warm way! I've got several maxi skirts that I practically live in also. I'm just wondering if you could tell how you usually stay warm during winter.
    Adelyn πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Adelyn,
      Olivia has a super adorable tab on the top of her page labeled "Inspiration Categories" for gals just like you. πŸ™‚ She's sorted all her posts into different categories and you can search through them by season, occasion,color/pattern, series, and garment. Here's the link to the winter posts:


      I couldn't get over what a stroke of genius it was when she decided to put that tab in the new blog re-design a couple months ago. πŸ™‚

      (Olivia's younger sista) Emma

    2. If you don't wear pants, try leggings under your skirts. Denim skirts with leggings under them keep my legs nice and warm. I've never been a maxi skirt person in the winter time. I usually switch to sturdier denim skirts or khaki skirts which look great with any color sweater!

  11. I came across your blog and can't tell you how much I appreciate your efforts to share with sisters and woman who desire to be modest and still beautiful and attractive. You have given me so many ideas that long denims skirts are my basic and so much more comfortable than jeans, for me. Now I have a challenge how to mix and match and learn from a young woman who loves the Lord and fashion!! Keep up the good work, it is so appreciated. Just wanted to share.

  12. Olivia, I have been trying to be more natural with my face/hair products. Does the baking soda and vinegar hair care work for long, thick hair?

  13. Thank you so much Olivia! This is such a great post! I don't usually wear makeup (cause I find it takes a long time and I am only 14.) But I think I will give makeup a try! thanks Olivia!

  14. It’s really important to study one’s face first before applying make-up, or any skincare products for that matter. That way, you’ll know what condition your skin is in. You’ll likely find answers to questions like β€˜is it too sensitive?’ or β€˜do I have a pre-existing skin condition’ when you do so. From there, you’ll be able to determine what products are safe for you to use and what to avoid. Thanks for sharing! Stay beautiful!

    Carol Baker @ Dr James L. Baker

  15. Great info! Thanks Miss Olivia πŸ˜€
    I was wondering, when are you going to do another awk/awe post? Those are so fun to read! πŸ™‚

  16. Hi, Olivia. I know you get tons of comments, and I don't know if you have time to answer them all, but I was wondering what kind/brand of natural makeup you use. I am really enjoying your blog!

  17. Can’t wait for the rest of this series! πŸ™‚ I have dark circles, dryness, and some acne. I use Maybelline concealer, and mascara, and Blistex Lip vibrance lip balm. I love all three, but I don’t think they’re natural. Any natural options similar to these? πŸ™‚

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