Ever since I was young, I remember my mother and grandmothers keeping a slice of uncooked beet in the fridge. Every morning after applying their moisturizer, they would head over to the fridge and rub the beet on their cheeks and lips. This was their daily makeup. They always had that healthy glow about them. The kind of glow you get after being out in the fresh air for a while.
For years I used the Cheek and Lip stain from Benefit, until I started to wonder if all the stuff they add on (that I can’t pronounce) can be harmful for me. I thought of my Mom’s way of adding color to her face and decided to have my take on it. Here’s what I came up with.
I made several bottles since it’s so easy and inexpensive to make. I give them out to my Mom (who no longer needs to keep cut up beets in the fridge), and my teenage nieces who love the stuff as much as I do.
Here’s how to make your own:
Step 1: Cut Stems and Peel one or two red beets. The amount of beets depends on how much you’re making. If it’s only for you, then one will do. If you want to make extra to give out then two should be more than plenty.
Step 2: Simmer over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes or until desired deep red is reached.
Step 3: Let cool & drain.
Step 4: Pour into a small wide-mouth bottle. I used some empty shampoo bottles I kept from a hotel we stayed at.
Step 5: Print the label for the bottle here or click on label below.
Step 6: I use the stain right after I moisturize my face so the stain glides on and it’s easier to apply. Of course, this is something you don’t have to do. If you find the stain is too rich, you can always dab a bit of water to your cheeks before applying.
To print out the PDF instructions, click here or on the picture below.
Dab a bit of the stain onto a cotton ball and apply to your cheeks and lips.