Readers of my girl’s blog may know that I’m a fan of anything homemade. From face masks, to body exfoliators, there are huge benefits to making your own beauty treatments. Not only do you save a packet, you know exactly what’s going on your skin, so you can avoid all the other nasties that get packed into your shop-bought cosmetics.

One such cosmetic cheat I’ve recently learnt from my sister is how to make your own homemade version of Benetint, and it’s easier than you think.

If you’ve tried Benefit’s Benetint, you’ll know the virtues of this highly pigmented, lasting stain. Anyway, to make your own version of Benetint, all you need is: rose water, red food colouring (powder form, available in all good supermarkets), an easily sealable tub, ideally a travel shampoo bottle or similar.

You start with the rose water, about 15ml of it is a good start, then you simply add as much food colouring as you need – that’s basically it! Obviously start very gradually, with a pin prick amount. A little of the food colouring goes a very long way with this.. For the full Benetint effect you need add the colouring until you achieve deep, blood red colour.

Now you may be thinking, how can I put food colouring on my face? My view is, if it’s good enough to put inside your body, surely it should be good enough to put on your skin. And no, you won’t be stained for life. But like Benetint, it is won’t be washed away with water alone, you need to get the cleanser or make-up remover on it.

This in my view is a good thing, as often blusher is the first thing to slide off your face when you’re having a make-up meltdown.

The trick with this is to apply really sparingly . While Benetint advises you to use three brush strokes, the homemade version only requires one dot of colour. Anymore, and you may look like a Punch and Judy puppet!

The beauty of keeping the homemade tint in a flip top bottle (the one I used contained a shampoo), is that you can control how much or little you use.