DIY Cheek Stain

DIY makeup? Yup. Natural beauty expert and blogger Aleigh Acerni gives this recipe that she discovered and modified two thumbs up. The stain resembles one of her favorite conventional beauty products from Benefit, called Benetint, which she gave up when her beauty routine went au naturel. Grab a few beets and give it a try.


  • One or two beets
  • Vegetable glycerin (you'll find it in the beauty section of your local health food store)
  • A jar to hold the tint


  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Double boiler (or a bowl inside a pot)
  • Cutting board


  1. Peel the beet(s) and chop them into large pieces.
  2. Put the beets and about two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin into a double boiler (or a bowl inside a pot, like I did), and heat the water to a gentle boil. You can add a little extra veggie glycerin if you use two beets—I probably used four tablespoons.
  3. Cook the beets for 15 minutes, watching to be sure the water doesn't evaporate or boil over.
  4. Strain out the beet pieces, and collect the liquid in your jar. Make sure to let it cool before you dab some on your cheeks!
  5. The stain should keep for about six months.