With spring and sunshine finally here, I want to get my glow on. I’ve been loving looks featuring glowy highlights that get their punch from catching the light with a touch of glimmer, but not outright sparkle. A sort of optical effervescence, you could say—like champagne. A slight golden glow with dancing bubbles and a feeling of whimsy. And from that visual was born this absurdly simple-to-make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder.

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

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This super-simple highlighting powder comes together in mere minutes; you’ll probably spend more time gathering your ingredients than making. A simple starch (I used cornstarch) forms the majority of the recipe, with some magnesium stearate and titanium dioxide improving adhesion (the titanium dioxide also adds a touch of brightening). A titch of silica microspheres gives the powder a wonderfully silky, dry-touch feel, and jojoba & vitamin E oils add some richness and keep the end product from being too floaty.

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

After that all that’s left is the addition of some gold and silver-white micas. I’d recommend a softer gold if you have it, but any combination of a gold and white-silver mica will yield something champagne-y. If you wanted to really amp up the glow you could use a colour-shifting mica that switches from silver-white to gold (or something else—the sky is the limit!).

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

When I first started working on this recipe I was using a little handheld flashlight-like grinder to blend everything together, but that really didn’t work that well. The silica and micas can’t go in the grinder, and with the small batch size I lost a lot to the threads of the grinding cup and the oils refused to incorporate. So, I went analog—I just put everything in a small plastic bag and smooshed it together. It worked like a charm. Bam. I love it when that happens.

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

The final powder is light, smooth, and lends the loveliest subtle, effervescent glow to cheekbones, brow bones, and anywhere else that could use a bit of champagne glow. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

1/4 tsp | 0.9g cornstarch
1/32 tsp | 0.05g magnesium stearate
1/32 tsp | 0.12g titanium dioxide
1/16 tsp | 0.12g silica microspheres (USA / Canada)
1/8 tsp | 0.15g gold mica
1/8 tsp | 0.15g silver mica
2 drops jojoba oil
1 drop vitamin E oil

Measure everything into a small plastic bag, seal it, and smoosh everything around with your fingers until the mixture is uniform. Transfer to a 10g (1/3 oz) sifter jar. That’s it!

To use, dust a light layer of powder over cheekbones, brow bones, and anything else that could use a bit of extra glow.

Substitutions

As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.

  • As written in grams this recipe will make 1.5g, which fills about 7.5mL.
  • You can use a different starch instead of cornstarch; arrowroot and wheat are great options
  • You can use sericite mica instead of the silica microspheres; this swap would be a good idea if you have dry skin. You can also use half of one, half of the other.
  • Don’t worry too much about your mica colours; something gold-ish and something white-silver-ish will yield a champagne-y colour
  • You can use a different liquid oil in place of jojoba as long as it has a long shelf life; something like fractionated coconut oil would be a good choice

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

How to Make Champagne Glow Highlighting Powder

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