How To Make Your Own DIY Cushion Foundation

How to make your own DIY cushion foundation
How to make your own DIY cushion foundation

I’ve been lusting after the L’Oreal Cushion Foundation for ages now, but they don’t seem to carry my shade w4 (tears. so many tears) so I haven’t tested it out yet. Since I desperately want to try a cushion foundation, but also want to finish up my current foundations, I thought, “hey! Make your own.”

Making your own DIY cushion foundation is actually very simple as long as you have a cushion compact. I bought a new one at MemeBox for $7 or you can reuse a cushion compact if you’ve finished one up. Simply wash and disinfect the sponge and container, and it’s as good as new!

How to make your own DIY cushion foundation

How to make your own DIY cushion foundation


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula (to mix with)
  • Cushion foundation compact (new or recycled)
  • Tweezers (to take the cushion out carefully)
  • Base products you want (foundation, primer, highlighter, color corrector, serum, essence, etc)

In a bowl, mix together the foundation and all the other base products you like. I used the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, NARS Sheer Glow, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, Belif Aqua Bomb, Belif Hungarian Water Essence, Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Illuminating Base, and Algenist Blue Color Correcting Drops— I went a little HAM! The only thing to be cautious about is using a foundation that contains oils because it will separate in the container. That’s why I didn’t use my Dior Nude Air Serum foundation since it tends to separate and needs a good shake before each use.

Once mixed, try it out on your face, if you like it, use some tweezer to gently remove the sponge from the container, and pour the foundation in. Fill it about half way otherwise it’ll overflow when you put the cushion in. I learned the hard way. Then, soak the sponge in the leftover foundation in the bowl and carefully insert it back into the case and give it a good push in. And there you have it– your own cushion foundation that’s been tailored to what want! Of course I went for a super glow ;)

What’s your favorite cushion foundation? Would you make your own? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Okay, this is genius as it never ever crossed my mind that we can make our own cushion foundation. Bookmarking!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • this is such a good idea, how did i not even think about this! i found that none of the shades that loreal carry in the cushion foundations suited me, need to make my own one now!

  • I always want to try DIY stuff but once I get to it I’m too damn lazy to do it. I liked the Loreal Lumi Cushion a lot but it made me oily, I have they release another one in a demi-matte version soon!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

    • Yeah, I read a lot of reviews saying it made people oily. The demo-matte one sounds perfect :)

  • OH MY GOD I must try this..right now.. I’m going to search for a cushion box you said? Thank you so much for the post, I can use some of my Best Damn Beauty Oil and some illuminating drops..woot

  • You clever cookie, this is such a fantastic idea! x

  • Such a genius idea!


    Tamara –

  • Such a cool idea – love how creative you are! And that foundation mix is insaaaane!! haha
    would love an update on how easy it is to use and if its changed your makeup game ^_^

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Thanks, lovely! Girl, I know, I went a little crazy hahaha! I will definitely do an update :)

  • Such a neat idea!

  • Oh my – this is intriguing indeed! Very cool to be able to concoct your own foundation creation! I will have to give this a go at some point – probably when I finish my Loreal cushion then I can reuse it :))

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • That would be a great time to make your own! It’s helped me use up more of my foundations :)

  • Bernadette

    This was such an interesting read. It’s pretty cool that you can make your own, i’m going to try this when i run out of my L’Oreal Paris cushion foundation.

    • I hope you do! I still really want to try the L’Oreal cushion foundation!