A Quick Guide To DIY Shimmering Body Products For Black Women

Rihanna has recently released yet another wonderful addition to her Fenty Beauty makeup line, Body Lava and Fairy Bomb. The Body Lava is an illuminating gel-based moisturizer for the body that comes in two shades, Beach Please and Brown Sugar. Fairy Bomb is an oversized puff that dispenses glitter when dabbed onto the body. The catch? Body Lava is $60 and Fairy Bomb is $42. My bank account is crying too. So now it’s time to get creative with the DIY projects and make your own illuminating body products for a fraction of the price!

The first thing you want to figure out is what kind of base you want because there’s definitely plenty of options and it’s all about preference and what’s best for your skin. Some people prefer body butters while others prefer oils, etc. Here are some recommendations for base products to get you started that won’t break the bank.


I wrote a post of recommendations for Black-owned body butters that you can read here. If you don’t want to order online or you don’t feel like waiting, you can also whip up your own body butters at home with shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, essential oils, etc.


My favorite body oil hands down is Sweet Almond Oil ($11). It’s not heavy and it moisturizes the skin nicely while leaving a nice glow. If you have a preferred body oil, feel free to use that instead! There’s really no limitations to this mixture. Neutrogena’s Body Oil ($15) is also cult favorite in the beauty community if you’re new to body oils and unsure of where to start. You can also use the classic Johnson’s Baby Oil ($4) if you want something that will give you an extra shiny glow.


Johnson’s also has a gel version of their baby oil that comes in different scents like the original, aloe vera, cocoa butter, and lavender. Vaseline also has a body gel with cocoa butter as well, and the best part? All of these products are under $10 and you can find them locally at CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, Target, etc.


If you prefer a quick and easier method of application, you can opt for a bottle of MAC Fix Plus, Heritage Rosewater Glycerin Spray, etc. so that you can just spray the mixture on go!


The most important part. You have even more option when it comes to adding a pigment to your base because it definitely doesn’t have to be a specific type of product. As long as it has shimmer/glitter in it and you like the color, it’ll work. You can use pressed highlighters and scrape them out of the compact/pan into your base or you can get loose pigments and simply pour them into your base depending on how shimmery you want it to be. You can also use a liquid highlighter, which would probably be the most mess-free option, and mix them in with your butter/gel/oil. Here’s part 1 and part 2 of our highlighter recommendations ranging from drugstore to high end if you need a little help.

In addition to those, you may want to check out the new L’oreal Shimmerista Highlighting Powder, MAC Pigments, and loose highlighters from Black-owned brands like Kaylux Cosmetics, The Crayon Case, and Wvrthy just to name a few. Happy mixing!

“Erin Dyana is a freelance writer with a focus on pop culture, criticisms, and beauty. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Urban Social TV, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Clementine Zine, and Philadelphia Print Zine. In her free time she likes to create art, watch films, read books, and eat everything in sight."

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