I have used mineral makeup for at least a decade now. When Bare Minerals came out, I was amazed at how well it covered and that it was actually good for my skin. Now, a decade later, I realize how simple it is to make! While I don’t really believe it’s that beneficial to my skin, I do believe it’s simple and free of harmful chemicals that are in other make up foundations. Mineral make up is excellent for oily skin types and especially for sensitive skin. Mineral makeup is not only gentle, it also covers exceptionally. You can tailor your foundation by how much you apply. Because it’s free of parabens, fragrance, mineral oil and dyes, it doesn’t irritate or clog pores. So, the conclusion is, DIY mineral make up is a good idea.
This recipe is just as good as a commercial mineral make up if not better. It covers so well and because you can customize your color, it blends perfectly. Making your own mineral make up is as easy as mixing powders together. It’s that simple. You have the ability to add extra white powder if it’s too dark, or extra brown powder if it’s too light. Yellow and red powder can be added to get the tone just right. You just need some good lighting and a little patience! So, let me get you started by making a list of what you’ll need!
This ingredient is a white powder that gives an opaque finish. Zinc oxide provides coverage and a matte finish to your makeup so the more coverage needed; the more zinc oxide should be added. Plus, zinc oxide gives UVA/UVB protection. It also has soothing properties.
Titanium dioxide provides even more sun protection and helps with coverage. There is a possibility that you could choose either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for your recipe, but I haven’t tried it with just one.
Mica gives your powder a “slip” so it can be applied with ease. It also is what can give you the “dewy” look.
Iron Oxides come in yellow, red and brown. They are how you customize your powder to your exact skin type. They are so highly pigmented that you will quickly find that you only need tiny amounts to make big changes in your make up. Using a mix of yellow, red and brown, the options are endless.
This ingredient is optional. I used this mica in my cheek highlighter. It’s very glittery. It brightens skin tone. Light reflects off of it which gives a fresh, healthy look!
Kaolin is another optional ingredient. It can be added to help control shine by absorbing oil. It gives your powder a creamy texture.
Essential oils can actually be added to your mineral make up to make your powder more beneficial to your skin. Lavender will help calm skin and tea tree can help control bacteria and keep clogs at bay.
Basic Mineral Make Up Recipe
Add all ingredients to a jar and shake. That’s it! I suggest testing your make up in daylight-it’s the most honest light when it comes to color. Find mineral make up containers HERE.
How to Tweak your Color-
- If the color is too dark, add more titanium dioxide.
- If the color is too yellow, add more red oxide.
- If the color is too pink, add more yellow oxide.
- If the color is too light add more brown iron oxide.
- If you need more coverage add more zinc oxide, but be careful-zinc oxide can make your make up too ashy.
This make up has no shelf life-it does not go bad. It has an SPF of 15+. It’s perfect for everyday sun protection. It’s not enough if you are going to be outside all day, but just right otherwise.
Making your own mineral make up can be expensive in the beginning. It took me a while to take the plunge and buy the ingredients, but I’m so glad I did. I have made mineral make up for everyone in my family and all my friends-all of them agreeing they like it better than their Bare Minerals! I have loads of ingredients left-I literally will have mineral make up until I die, no joke. Also, by buying these ingredients, you not only can make your own foundation, you can also make blush, bronzer and concealer. Go HERE for that post! I am in the experimenting phase of making a cream foundations from these ingredients so stay tuned for that post! Eye shadow is also another option, you will need more colors of mica powder for that one, unless you just use your brown or red oxide.
UPDATE: Go HERE for my cream foundation post.
Depending on the amount of powders you buy, you will be able to make a lot of pots of make up from the above ingredients! I haven’t broken down the price of each pot you make but I believe it comes out to about $1 a pot. Wow, compare that to $25 a pot-it’s quite the value! If you are daunted by the cost, I suggest pairing up with a friend, cut the cost in half and still have a ton of product!
Making your own mineral makeup just makes sense. It’s another easy way to cut way down on harmful ingredients and take charge of your own body.
Update #2-I find that sometimes shaking isn’t enough and I end up with colored streaks on my face-Using a Magic Bullet Blender really helps with this.