Here’s a post about Skin and makeup DIY tips using Turmeric!

I have fallen in love. Again. This time it’s with this incredible little spice called Turmeric.

I LOVE Turmeric! Why? If you haven’t already guessed…..Hint: skin and makeup!

You would normally add this spice to a delicious dish which incidentally is very good for you but did you know that this little wonder has incredible benefits for your skin and can help ‘fix’ your makeup?

I’ll begin by telling you the benefits of ‘eating’ turmeric.

Turmeric is a spice that has been used in India for hundreds of years not only as a spice but as a medicinal herb as well. Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the plant Curcuma longa, a type of ginger.

turmeric roots

Turmeric roots

Curcumin, a component of Turmeric, is a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is bright yellow and is the spice that gives curry and mustard that yellow color. It is no wonder that wellness fanatics use it for helping with inflammation (see down below) by making it into capsules using websites such as, so they can get their daily dose of health benefits.
Turmeric has been linked, as beneficial, to help with:

– Inflammation
– Detoxifying the liver
– Fighting allergies
– Stimulating the digestive system
– Boosting immunity
– lots more!

Many believe, although it hasn’t’ been proven, that it can help prevent certain cancers and even slow down Alzheimer’s. I also came across a great read that provides extensive information on the benefits of turmeric if you’re interested!

I particularly love this for two main reasons:

– Great for the skin! Especially beneficial in treating skin discolorations. It is so powerful that a tiny bit goes a LONG way and can stain so be careful when manipulating turmeric.
– Can ‘fix’ your foundation color. This only applies if your skin has yellow undertones

In beauty turmeric is beneficial because

– It has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce skin inflammation, pigmentation issues and blemishes.
– It has antibacterial properties, which help reduce acne, especially when used with other natural ingredients.
– It has anti-aging properties, which help prevent and improve dry skin and wrinkles and helps to slow the process of aging so your skin looks younger
– Can help treat skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema

I use it primarily as a mask and to correct the tone of my foundation.

Using Turmeric in beauty DIY

You can use turmeric with other natural ingredients to treat various skin issues such as acne, hyperpigmentation, facial hair (yes believe it or not!), cracked heels, stretch marks, for glowing skin, oily skin, wrinkles and a slew of other things. You should definitely scour the web (and especially Pinterest) and look for awesome DIY recipes that you can do at home and I have included two here that I frequently do.
For glowing skin simply mix:

¼ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. organic honey
½ tsp. milk or yogurt

Mix the ingredients together. It does not form a paste (unless you use the yogurt instead of milk) but is more liquid in texture. I apply it with an old makeup brush and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes until it dries. Then simply rinse with lukewarm water. Do this regularly and you will see great benefits!

Another one that I found is great for skin discoloration is this. Mix:

Turmeric powder and lemon juice until it forms a paste. Lemon juice is excellent and known for brightening and lightening the skin. Apply on areas you feel need to ‘lighten or improve’ or simply apply it all over as I do. Leave on the skin for about a half hour. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. For maximum results do this regularly.

In makeup

We’ve all been there. We test a small area of foundation on the jaw/neck area at the store and it looks FAB only to come home and it’s a disaster! Granted, many beauty stores such as Sephora and Mac have great return policies and in some cases I do return them but sometimes for whatever reason I don’t have the chance or the time to return them so I am now stuck and left with this foundation that, on its own, I cannot use. What to do? In those cases there are a few things I can do to try and remedy the situation:

– If the foundation is too dark I can mix it with a moisturizer and make a bb cream or tinted moisturizer
– If it’s too dark I can use it for contouring
– I can use it as ‘leg makeup’ and that works great!
– If it’s too light I can mix it with a cocoa powder or a bronzer to make it darker and use it as a cc cream

BUT if it’s just plain the wrong color I use turmeric to correct the color and give it some yellow undertones. I have yellow/orange undertones so this neat trick works great if I ended up with some ‘cool’ colors…adding the turmeric will help give it the ‘warm’ adjustment I need. The beautiful Thandie Newton has been known to do this!

The pictures below show that with just a tiny bit of turmeric you can turn a cool beige into a gorgeous golden beige! Keep in mind that this swatch is on the inside of my arm and hand which does not have the same effect as on the face. Also I exaggerated a little bit to show you the difference. You definitely have to play around with how much turmeric you add to custom create your personal shade. Remember, a tiny bit goes a long way!

Swatch of cc cream with and without turmeric

Swatch of cc cream with and without turmeric

Swatch of cc cream with and without turmeric

Swatch of cc cream with and without turmeric

I will update this post soon showing the actual cc cream on half my face with and half without turmeric.

So as you can see Turmeric has so many advantages and benefits! Take the time to research it and try to incorporate it in your regimen.

Have you tried turmeric in recipes, in beauty or makeup? If so please do share your experience and any goody DIY recipes that have helped you address a skin problem!

UPDATE: Mark Williams from Root and Sprouts came across this post and wanted to share his post as he also believes in the many benefits of Turmeric! Here’s a link to his post: The Many Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin That Are Evidence-Based

I appreciate the article Mark! Many thanks!




  1. Sandy Taylor

    April 12, 2016

    Will this work for people with sensitive skin?

  2. Martin Eising

    December 17, 2015

    Great post Nuccia, I will share on Twitter 🙂 I just blogged about turmeric, and like yourself this super spice amazes me! I could have written a book on all its medicinal properties 🙂 And honey is also an amazing food!


      Nuccia Ardagna

      December 17, 2015

      Thanks Martin and thanks for sharing your link! Will check it out as well. I really appreciate you stopping by! 😀

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