Last week I finally tried a cheek stain I kept hearing about, but just hadn’t gotten around to testing. Honestly? I was kinda blown away by the results. It’s 100% natural, organic, had great, buildable coverage, lasted ALL day (even through a workout), and was the least expensive natural makeup product I’ve ever found.
Curious to learn what product managed all that? Well…
It was from beets. Yes, beets.
Now before you think I’ve become a complete and utter hippie, let’s back up a bit. I first read about using beets as a cheek and lip tint (kind of like Benetint) in the book No More Dirty Looks last year. Then, they reminded me of it on their blog in December. I somehow made it through all of winter without trying this with one of the beets we had laying around for dinners, but last week, I finally had my chance. I tried this with both a raw sliver of beet (cleaned and peeled) as well as a steamed piece (obviously no other spices, oils, etc), and WHOA. Both worked perfectly.
On the cheeks, I took a sliver and dotted on the color, as if it were on a sponge. Keep dabbing, and you’ll find the color is totally buildable. Too much color? No problem — I used a damp cotton ball to blot some off. I was shocked when I used a piece of beet in the morning during my regular makeup routine and it lasted all day and through a gym workout in the evening. Crazy, right?
The best was using a sliver of leftover beet after it’d been in the fridge all night. The cold felt so refreshing on my skin.
Okay, so this might be a little out there, but scout’s honor, the color was the same as Benetint and the Tarte Natural Beauty cheek stain I’ve been using lately. Will I go out of my way to purchase beets just for this purpose? No, but if I have leftover beets at any point, you can bet I won’t be wondering what to do with them!