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DIY Bronzer

The only way to maintain a healthy, warm-weather glow is to hit the tanning salon or invest in expensive, high-end bronzers, right? Wrong. Just head to the kitchen pantry! Here’s a thrifty, cruelty-free beauty recipe that calls for only two ingredients and a container to store it in.

Sunny’s DIY Bronzer

Mix the ingredients together until you’ve reached your desired shade for bronzing. Add more cocoa or cinnamon powder to darken, or add more sugar or baby powder to lighten. If you’re naturally fair-skinned like me, I suggest adding the cocoa or cinnamon powder sparingly, a little at a time. I mean, unless you want to achieve this kind of look… Pour the mixture into the sifter jar or compact, apply using a blush brush, and voilà—you have the look of sun-kissed skin!

Now you can easily maintain your summery, bronzed glow throughout the fall and winter. Bring on sweater weather, bonfires, and apple cider!

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  • rose says:

    cinnamon is actually a skin irritant so

  • dolly says:

    lovely thank you

  • heather says:

    i would not use this…using baby powder isn’t too bad but to put cinnamon on your face, or using cocoa ….when you put it on it might look nice, but when you start to sweat or if its humid out the powder is going to turn dark and blotchy, it’s a fun idea, but it’s just not practical.

  • Pita L. says:

    If your looking for cheap quality makeup, i wuld reccomend NYX. You can buy it in any swapmeet, ulta, etc. you can get it online. It has beautiful colors and its all cruelty free. Also if you go to walmart you can check out Hardcandy in the makeup aisle. Its a little girls brand but its also cruelty free and cheap. <3

  • Ana says:

    As an American College of Dermatology board certified specialist, i strongly suggest sticking to cruelty free cosmetics. Putting sugar on your skin clogs pores and feeds acne causing bacteria. Cinnamon is a caustic irritant and could cause painful reactions in people with sensitive skin. There are many choices on the market that are both cruelty free and cost effective. There is no need to put your baking supplies in your pores.

  • animallover5 says:

    But how do you know it works if you don’t test it on animals first?

  • Courtney says:

    I saw a recipe similar to this on and was wondering how well it worked and how well it stayed on.

  • dbakeca says:

    Great advices. Thx!

  • Holly says:

    Just buy cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics …

  • AFormerBaker says:

    I would go with cocoa over cinnamon. I speak from experience when I say that cinnamon will burn on your skin as soon as you get oily or start to sweat. And it hurts. A lot.

  • Crystal L. says:

    I read somewhere of a trick like this, but it called for cocoa powder added to a regular, everyday lotion. Haven’t tried it, but it seems like a good idea…

  • Courtney says:

    This is a good tip, but does it stick ok? I like reading about DIY makeup tricks. I’ve learned a couple from I’ve been in on their beauty conversations lately. There’s a lot of users with great tricks like these.

  • kacebelle says:

    Great tips! I will definitely be trying this out!

  • Carol says:

    I don’t wear makeup but when I did and I had known they were harming animals I would have never worn it in the first place and that is a fact.

  • Lori says:

    It seems as though the cinnamon would burn eventually, and I have to agree, doesn’t the sugar become sticky? A great idea, though. I will have to try it.

  • ottsunshine says:

    Thanks for the great idea. I will try it and tell my family and friends about it. PETA I appreciate everything that you do for the animals and hopefully in time people will stop abusing and eating animals. They are so precious, everyone of them.

  • Marge says:

    Corn starch could be another sustitute for baby powser.
    Wonderful symplicity.

  • Deanne says:

    Great idea. I would use the baby powder. Gonna try this! Waaay Cool!

  • Cristina says:

    Doesn’t it get sticky with the sugar?

  • morna says:

    Very cool recipe – thank you.

    I do wonder – where did those lovely brush bristles come from?

  • kathy says:

    what a cool idea!! gotta try this

  • zoe Ruth says:

    Thankyou peta theworld is a better place with you in it!