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Liquid Mineral Make Up-DIY BB Cream

DIY BB CreamUnless you’ve been living under a rock, BB Cream is the new kid on the block.  If you aren’t sure what BB cream is, check out THIS post.   I want to share with you how to take my basic mineral make up recipe and turn it into a cream foundation!  Like BB Cream, this cream foundation will not only provide great coverage, it will also benefit your skin.   It’s so simple and looks so amazing!

I’ve always loved mineral make up but lately I’ve noticed that it looks cakey-so not attractive.  One solution is my finishing spray.  This has helped to give me a healthier, less pasty look, but for many of us with dry skin, a cream foundation is just a better option.  Read on to make your mineral make up into a luxurious skin treatment that will give your skin that creamy, healthy look!

Turning your mineral make up into a cream could not be easier.  You simple add your favorite carrier oil!

DIY mineral cream make up

Dry &/or Aging Skin Recommendations:

Sensitive Skin Recommendations:

Don’t forget essential oils!

*I would add 4-6 drops of essential oils per 1 ounce.

I don’t have recommendations for oily skin types-Mineral make up in it’s powder form is your best option!  However, you can add essential oils to your powder!  As usual, lavender is my go-to oil.  Sometimes the kubuki brush would irritate my skin, so lavender was so helpful to reduce any inflammation.  If you prefer a cream foundation, mixing a light moisturizer would be your best option.  In my experience I would start with equal parts of lotion and make up and then add lotion until you get the right coverage.

Now, let’s talk proportions.

For maximum coverage-Mix equal parts of oil and make up.  This will give you a very thick, flawless coverage.  2 TBSP of oil to 2 TBSP. make up.

For medium coverage-Mix 2 TBSP. of oil to 1.5 TBSP of make up.

For light coverage-Mix 1 1/2 TBSP. of oil to 1 tsp.

These proportions are assuming you will transfer your cream foundation to a 1 ounce bottle.  I found a perfect glass pump on Amazon but I did not order it because of slow shipping.  I ended up running to Walmart and buying some foundation and emptying it.  Let me tell you, it was not easy to get the foundation out.  I ended up getting out what I could with super hot water, then soaking the insides in TKO Orange, an awesome green cleanser I’ve used for years.  When undiluted it will remove almost anything.  Plus, you could drink it, it’s that safe.  You will also need a small funnel to transfer your cream into your bottle.  I used THESE.


  1. Using a small bowl, mix your oil and mineral make up with a small spoon.  This can be tedious.  You will need to really mash the make up into the oil.  It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth though.  When you apply it, your fingers or applicator will smooth it.
  2. Transfer to your bottle.

Cream Mineral Make up

I absolutely love this DIY-my skin has never looked better.  Not only did I ditch the cake face, but my skin is enjoying the benefits of rosehip seed oil, geranium and lavender oil all day long!  My skin truly has never been so soft!!

BONUS Concealer!!

  1. Measure 1 TBSP. of make up to 2 tsp. of oil.
  2. Mash, mash, mash and stir, stir, stir.

The proportions are subjective-You might need to tweak the oil if your make up is too lumpy.  This concealer will be very thick and cover anything.  Remember, the more make up you add, the more coverage you’ll get.

mineral make up concealer


  1. Squeeeeeee! I’m so excited for this!!!! Thank you so much Jenni for taking the experimental part of this out of my life!!

  2. You are a freakin genius! Thank you!

  3. Will FCO not work for this?

  4. Hi Jenni – how many drops of EO’s do you use???????


  5. Do we need to use amber (etc) glass if we add the EOs?

  6. W. Devine says:

    Yay! I am so excited to make this. I just recently discovered your blog and am totally hooked! Thanks for all the amazing recipes. You’re an inspiration!

  7. Jenni, is this 4-6 drops of each essential oil? Can’t wait to make this!

  8. How about coconut oil? I made my own like that and it worked for me… is there something i am not understanding that may make this not a good idea?

    • Marie-If you want to try coconut oil, I say go for it! There is no reason to not use it. I always say, everyone’s skin is different so when you find something that works for your skin, keep with it. The only concern I would have about coconut oil is that it will not stay a liquid. I don’t think this would mess too much with coverage, it will probably just be a more solid consistency. Thanks!

    • Coconut oil can clog your pores!

  9. EEEEEEEEKKKK!!!!!! Where have you been hiding all my life! All these recipes, all these fantastic marvelous recipes. You are fantastic! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us 🙂

  10. Ashlynn Kaplan says:

    This is so great! I just made the mineral powder foundation, though with less titanium because it tends to clog my pores, and I am now going to try this! So excited! What about Argan oil? This is what my skin loves, have you tried it?

  11. Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try. I have found most tinted moisturizers to be way off on my skin tone since they usually only come in like 3 shades and are hard to find without lots of chemicals in it. Thanks!

  12. This is so inspiring !!!!! Wah !!!!

    How long of a shelf life would you say this has? Could you make a big batch and save it or would you do this on a more regular basis to mitigate mold, bacteria, etc. ?

    • Hi Nolan! Thanks so much! As long as there is no water added, the shelf life is as long as the oil you add which is typically about 6 mos. Mold and bacteria don’t typically grow unless you are using a pot and sticking your finger in it daily or unless you’ve added water. Hope this helps!

  13. Genevieve says:

    Can i add Bio oil instead?

  14. I am so impressed by your website – I have been using liquid mineral foundation for about a year in small areas – I am in my 50’s and still have severe breakouts (Im under a dermatologist) but love the make up- – Id really like to make my own. I tried mineral powder but hated the cloud of powder! Which oils would you suggest would be best to combine for promelatic skin? many many thanks!

    • Lou-This is hard to answer because everyone is different. I am prone to clogging and sweet almond oil really messes me up but rosehip seed oil is wonderful. I’m afraid it’s a trial and error thing. Jojoba oil is similar to our skin’s own sebum so it might be a great choice to help your skin not feel like it needs to produce more oil which could cause break outs. I do love Tamanu Oil for oily skin types, I haven’t tried it for liquid mineral makeup but it might be worth a go-You can read about it HERE.

  15. Best option for oily skin: Rosehip Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, and Maracja Oil. I combined these three oils for my BB mineral cream and it worked like a charm on my oily acneic skin! I also used Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils.

  16. Hi there,
    I was just wondering, have you tried using the concealer as an eye primer? Do you reckon it would work?

  17. Elizabeth Wingfield says:

    Next Challenge: Cream Blush and Cream Eyeshadows!!!

  18. I’ve been starting to research for a chemical-free make-up recipe and come up to your site.
    What brand of mineral powder would you suggest?

    • Jhen-I always used Bare Minerals but since I make my own I haven’t used anything else. Wait-I have tried Tarte’s mineral powder and do like it.

  19. Yolanda lee says:

    I used rosehip oil as base and the only issue I’m having now is that it’s still got the dewy and slightly oily look and it tends to slip around esp on my nose and corner of lips. I cant touch or wear sunglasses bc the makeup comes off instantly. I use reg mineral foundation to set it afterwards and it still doesn’t help. Do you have this issue?

    • Yolanda-Oh, that’s a bummer! I think there is just too much oil in your formulation. Can you add more mineral makeup? I don’t have this issue all thought I don’t believe it wears as long.

  20. Hi there!
    I am so excited to try this!
    Is there a way to incorporate aloe into this recipe? Is this recipe greasy? Do you have some before and after pics?
    Thanks so much!

    • Kathryn-I can be greasy especially if you already have oily skin. I don’t so it looked so pretty on my skin. It actually thickens up your consistency and makes it cover better so you need to use much less which helps. You could try to nix the oil and just add aloe but you can’t do the 2 together unless you mix this on a daily basis. Oil and water based ingredients won’t mix and will grow bacteria.

      • I made this foundation with some of my remade makeup and it didn’t quite turn out right. BUT I did make the concealer (and followed your mineral foundation recipe) and I am THRILLED!

        Thank you so much!

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