This is a project my friend Sarah found. She’s on a quest to make some all-natural tinted moisturizer/light foundation, and this was the starting point. So, we ordered up all of the ingredients, and this weekend we made some fleshy-coloured face powder.

It’s simple enough. Mix everything together, and then mix some more. Lots more. We pressed the mixture through a fine sieve about twenty times, adjusting the colour as we went. We started with this recipe. It was a bit off. Very, very pale.

In the end, this is what we did, more or less. You’ll have to tweak the colour balance to match your skin tone, but it’s nice and simple, so I’m sure you’ll have no trouble.

Mineral Make-up

8 tsp titanium dioxide (micronized is best, but we just used normal stuff—it was a bit lumpy)
1 tbsp sericite mica
4 tsp zinc oxide
1 tsp magnesium stearate
1½–2 tsp yellow iron oxide
¼ tsp brown iron oxide
Pinch of red iron oxide
¼ tsp jojoba oil
5 drops vitamin E oil

Rubbing alcohol, optional

Mix together the first four ingredients, and then add half of each oxide. Mash and grind everything together in a mortar & pestle, or press through a fine sieve. Or both. The colours in the oxide will come out more as you mash and press away, so don’t be too heavy handed with the oxides. Gradually tweak here and there, as necessary.

Once you’ve got the colour you want, drop in the jojoba and vitamin E oils. Toss them into the powder and then press through the sieve, back and forth, until they are totally incorporated.

You can leave it at this point for a loose powder, or you can stir in a bit of rubbing alcohol to make a paste, and then press it into a powder compact. Leave it open and the alcohol will evaporate off leaving you with a pressed powder.

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