DIY Mineral Make-up

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 oxide
¼ tsp brown oxide
Pinch of red 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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Wondering where I get my ingredients? I get almost everything from New Directions Aromatics (Canada, USA, Aus, & UK) and Saffire Blue!

85 Responses to DIY Mineral Make-up

  1. Thank you for this information. How long does it wear? I have been using mineral makeup for years and even though it is a bit pricey, it lasts a long time.

    • Marie says:

      Kelly—There is always make-up left on my face at the end of the day, and I find it actually seems to improve in appearance as the day goes on! As far as how long a recipe lasts, I have yet to even make a dent in mine!

  2. Laura says:

    How much did it cost you for the ingredients?

    • Marie says:

      Laura—The initial investment in the ingredients is your biggest (and only) cost. Here’s what I paid:

      Titanium dioxide – 500g, $9.00
      Sericite mica – 30g, $2.50
      Zinc oxide – 500g, $7.00
      Magnesium stearate – 100g, $2.60
      Yellow oxide – 30g, $3.40
      Brown oxide – 30g, $3.40
      Red oxide – 30g, $3.40
      Jojoba oil – 473mL, $21.50
      Vitamin E oil – 100g, $11.40

      So, the initial investment was ~$64. HOWEVER, that said, I only used a fraction of these ingredients to make this recipe, making the recipe cost approximately $2 (probably less). You can also cut the cost by using a different liquid oil (pretty much anything will work, jojoba just has a very long shelf life), and you can leave out the vitamin E if you’d like.

      I also use these ingredients in other things, such as tinted lip balms, blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow.

      Another recommendation would be to split the cost of the ingredients with a friend (or 5) who is also interested in making their own make-up! Between the two of you these ingredients will still make more make-up than you’ll be able to wear in years!

  3. Gayle says:

    Marie- where did you find all these ingredients?

    • Marie says:

      I get almost all of my ingredients from New Directions Aromatics (https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.ca/). Anything else I’ll usually get at the grocery store (epsom salts, baking soda, olive oil, and other such cheap non-specialty ingredients) or my local soaping store (Soap & More — lye, mostly, and some packaging that NDA doesn’t have).

  4. Lily S Hoag says:

    Where do the oils come in? I don’t see them in the directions.

  5. Gina Rothermel says:

    I’m so excited to have found your blog! I’ve dabbled in herbal remedies etc. but I’ve been wanting to branch out to something a little bit more fun and everyday, practical. Your blog makes things seem so much more accessible and it helps to have firsthand experience with “homemade” health and beauty products. ( I don’t know about anyone else, but for some reason I always worried that for all their healthy, natural benefits, they were bound to be inferior to store bought cosmetics) Thanks for the eye opener!

    • Marie says:

      Thanks, Gina! I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying my blog :) What have you been dabbling with? Any specific goals or projects? I’d love to help/come on your DIY journey with you!

  6. Terressa says:

    I will never buy store bought makeup again!!!

  7. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much. I have just found the biggest candy store of ideas and recipes, but I am wondering where one can purchase the ingredients other than online. I am really excited to begin trying to make some of your wonderful ideas.

    • Marie says:

      Kathleen—Since I have no idea where you live, I can’t recommend anywhere local for you. Be aware that if you intend to shop locally you will generally be paying a huge mark-up on everything you buy. I know Sephora sells argan oil—they sell it for $30/15mL, whereas I buy it online for ~$12/100mL—that’s $2/mL vs. $0.12/mL, which is a huge difference! You will also find that essential oils bought in store are generally older in addition to being more expensive as turnover in local shops (where I live, at least), is quite low (partially because they as SO expensive in stores). Whenever I price compare in stores to my online suppliers EOs are usually at least 4x the price as online, and there is never anywhere close to as much selection. I don’t mean to be rude or anything, I just don’t want you to overpay for everything and then get scared off because everything is too expensive :(

      All that said, if you still wish to buy from a store, I would recommend visiting a local craft/farmers market and chatting with the people there who make soaps and body products, and ask where they buy their products locally.

      Cheers!

  8. Darlene says:

    I have very sensitive skin, any idea on how this may work out for someone like me? I really don’t know that I am allergic to any of the ingredients, some things just cause itching or burning sensations, and I’ve never really been able to narrow it down to a particular ingredient.

    • Marie says:

      I’ve tried this make-up (or at least these ingredients) on a friend of mine who is allergic to most drugstore make-up and she was totally fine. That said, no promises, but these ingredients are generally non-irritating. Why don’t you do some research on Skin Deep and see what you think?

  9. Amber says:

    What is the coverage like? More like a mineral makeup or finishing powder? I have been using bare minerals for years and love the coverage but would totally make my own version if I could. I make a variety of DIY skincare but am just starting to realize that makeup is also possible. I hate the idea of how much trash I’ve generated over the years in product containers alone!

    • Marie says:

      Amber! I’m so sorry it’s taken so long for me to get back to you—I wanted to make sure I replied with a photo, and it has been surprisingly hard to find the time for that. So sorry! BUT! I have the photo. Here it is! So, as you can see, the coverage is really good. Please ignore the fact that the side of my face with the make-up on looks like it came from a zombie. It did not. That is some weird combination of the lighting in my kitchen, weird Photoshop colour correction, and the fact that I blended that make-up in the middle of winter, to match my not-a-hint-of-a-tan face. You can get whatever colour you want when you’re making it, so yes, ignore the colour. See the coverage! It’s awesome :) Also, I just made another batch of this yesterday with a girlfriend who has been using Bare Minerals, and she wanted to compare/DIY. She says mine has better coverage, the colour is better (of course, because it’s custom blended), and it feels nicer and looks better on her face. SO BOOYAH. Also, we did the math, and mine costs (quite literally) 1% of Bare Minerals version. Their is $27/8g, mine is $0.27! Not too shabby at all :) And you can just re-use those containers for all of eternity :P

      • KarinSDCA says:

        Your sense of humor is contagious! I just found your blog about 15 minutes ago and I have been giggling and enjoying every moment! :)

        That said, I am highly intrigued!!!!!! I am definitely into DIY. I started making my own household cleaners, then moved into personal care products and now herbal medicine remedies. Makeup seems like a natural progression, eh???

        So excited!!!!

        • Marie says:

          Awww, shucks, thanks Karin! Glad to hear I’ve made you giggle ;) And yes, do get into homemade make-up! It is SO much fun! Once you realize all the different possibilities you won’t be able to stop (don’t say I didn’t warn you!).

      • Shimotsuma says:

        This looks very convincing… Could you upload mire photos like this? With better lighting if possible?

  10. Shimotsuma says:

    Hi,
    Just found your make up recipes and, frankly, this seems too good to be true ;-)
    I’ll try them as soon as I’ve got enough money for “non-essential” stuff.

    Have you ever thought of making tutorial videos on youtube? I’m sure you’d reach more people that way.
    I think it’s really generous of you to share these recipes with us… mostly because I’m another one with really sensitive skin and no use for the usual make up.

    Cant’t wait to give this a try :-)

    • Marie says:

      Hi Shimotsuma! Thanks for reading :) And I swear it’s not too good to be true! I make almost all of my make-up these days, and it’s awesome—and waaaay, waaay cheaper than the store bought stuff (natural aside).

      I have thought about videos, and I’ve even filmed one… but HOLY WOW do they take a TON of time! I post 4 times a week right now… if I was doing video I’d be lucky to do twice a month. A well filmed, well edited video needs to be shot several times (for different angles), and then edited, and whoa. I don’t have time for that, sadly :( It’s definitely something I want to do sometime, but it’s really not something I can manage right now while I’m working full time. Damn, eh? I’m glad you’re interested in videos, though, I’ll throw one in the “pro” column ;)

      Have fun with your DIY make-up and feel free to get in touch if you need any help!

  11. Sarah says:

    In making your healing concealer I discovered that my skin tone is almost exactly the colour of zeolite clay. I probably could have avoided the oxides altogether and had a pretty close colour–I’ll try that next time! So, do you think adding zeolite (to replace some titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide maybe?) to the mineral makeup would be a good idea, then only add oxides if needed? Orrrrrrr, should I just skip this and go with the airbrishing powder? :P

    • Marie says:

      This is definitely one of my biggest reasons for loving zeolite! I bought so much when I saw they were discontinuing it as it understands my pasty face so perfectly lol. The sad thing about clays in general is that they don’t have great opacity or adhesion when dry, so you’ll still need the titanium dioxide & zinc oxide… those, in turn, make the base powder suuuuuuper bright white, so you are right back to needing oxides (which pack a strong colour punch) to get the colour to skin-like territory. If you want to try it, I’d ditch 4 tsp of the titanium dioxide in favour of the clay and see what happens :)

      All the said, yes, try the airbrushing powder! I don’t even use mineral make-up anymore because I love my airbrushing powder so dearly :D

  12. Elena says:

    Recently found your blog and am immensely inspiried by your projects. Will be following this one soon (and more). The suppliers you shared are wonderful.

    I found some interesting info on titanium dioxide since you mentioned that micronized is best. I agreed with you as well, until I heard someone claim it was unsafe.
    http://www.mvorganics.com/pages/titanium-dioxide-toxic-or-safe

    I think I would rather my powder a tad lumpy considering the article. What do you think? Are we “general public” being overly paranoid about carcinogens?

    • Marie says:

      Aww, thanks Elena :D I’m thrilled you’re enjoying browsing & reading.

      As for titanium dioxide, the risk is mainly from inhalation… so don’t snort lines of it :P Seriously, though, work somewhere well ventilated, and I’d recommend a dust mask to filter the air. I don’t buy micronized TD (it’s not all that easy to find), but I make all my powders in a DIY-designated coffee grinder I got off Kijiji for $10 or so. That works beautifully. The end product is wonderfully smooth, and it’s much faster than the sieve method. And, since the final product includes a few drops of oil, it isn’t very poufy/dusty when you’re using it, so inhalation isn’t much of a risk.

      So… I guess don’t be paranoid, but be careful? And trust me, you don’t want lumpy :P Go the coffee grinder route! It’s so much faster & once you’re hooked on making all your own cosmetics you’ll be so glad you aren’t spending all your free time mashing things through a sieve lol.

      • Elena says:

        Definitely will go for a grinder. Until then the Magic Bullet will have to do. Ultimately, the finer the better. I guess that was my initial concern about micronized titatium, because I’m sure it’s more perfect looking on the skin, but don’t want those nano particles seeping through and wreaking havoc. Thanks for your generosity with your knowledge and experience!

        I’ve recently decided to venture more seriously into my own natural bath and beauty products, but I gotta say…you have quickly become my hero. I cannot stop reading every single post you have had and seeing how you learn and evolve your process. Enough butt kissing…now I gotta start saving my dolla bills because NDA is gonna get hit with an overhaul. I’m taking in everything I’ve learned here so that I can have a good idea of what I’m doing once I’m start. Love your article on solubility.

        • Marie says:

          No worries, Elena—let me know how it turns out for you :) With a grinder I’ve never had a need for the micronized version. The grinder also allows for much better colour integration, which is great.

          I don’t mind a bit of butt kissing, haha (metaphorical, that is, lol). I’m always happy to help if/when you’ve got questions. I’ve done a lot of this on my own (there’s a pretty serious dearth of recipes for most make-up products online), and I’ve learned a lot along the way, and I’m still learning. It’s awesome!

  13. Lauren Ann says:

    I made this today and I love it! I found the amount of Mica to give a bit too much shimmer for my tastes, so I added a bit of white Australian clay and some cornstarch to whiten it up. I also added a tiny fragment of a bit of blue oxide to cancel out the yellow and add a bit of anti-redness green coloring. I then decided to add a tiny bit of my silk powder to add in moisture content for winter. The only thing I am wondering is if there is any way to make this into a cream foundation? I added the alcohol and put it in a compact (so awesome!!), but I really do prefer cream foundation. Just curious if it’s possible! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    • Marie says:

      Fantastic! I’m surprised you found the sericite mica to be shimmery—mine is barely irridescent-ish. I always have to resort to adding some silver mica or some other colour mica to get something shimmery (for eyeshadow, of course, not face powder :P). Your colour correcting additions sound fantastic!

      I’m currently working on cream foundations—I’ve got one on right now, which I keep touching because I never wear cream foundation & it’s weirding me out, haha. So, stay tuned!

      • Lauren Ann says:

        I don’t know why mine is so shimmery! I was looking at your Airbrushing Powder, and got my inspiration from there for the additions. :) I absolutely love the color, and I can’t wait to make concealer, and liquid foundation! I can’t wait to hear how the foundation turns out!!

        • Marie says:

          Mysteries aside, I tend to chalk up inconsistencies to the natural-ish-ness of my ingredients :P So far the liquid/cream foundation experiments are learning exercises in how not to do things, lol. Oh well!

          • Lauren Ann says:

            I agree with the natural individual quality of each batch. All the better for it in my book! I have found some vegan products websites and I am trying to make their cream foundation, primer and eyeliner sealant because they look divine and I have all the ingredients already! So far I think I have the ratios of ingredients really off… :/ I am just going off the list of ingredients, so I still have to fine tune the amounts. How do you go about making a recipe? Is there some secret I am missing?

          • Marie says:

            It sounds like you’re going about it pretty much the same way I would—tweak, experiment, take notes, and think it out. I often end up reviewing lists of ingredients and thinking back to previous projects I’ve done that use similar ingredients, and going from there. Don’t be disappointed if it takes several tries—all the things you’re trying are pretty tricky in my experience (though I haven’t tried primer yet). Just work in small batches, take notes, and mull it over. You’ll eventually gather enough pieces of the puzzle that it’ll all fall into place :)

          • Lauren Ann says:

            Thanks for your advice, so far so good! My DIY notebook is filling up [with a few questionable "mistakes" too ;) ]

  14. Abby says:

    I tried this recipe, and love the potential… But, whenever I apply it to my face it turns a lovely deep orange color that’s really flattering (lol – or not…)… I have oily skin, and have found a number of store-bought mineral makeup brands create a similar, but not as drastic affect. I’m trying to experiment with the ingredients to see what I can change to fix this… Any ideas? Could micronized vs non-micronized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide make a difference? what about treated vs untreated sericite mica? Or maybe it’s my skin reacting to the oxides? what if I tried spices instead – like curry? lol – not sure that smelling like Indian food would be an ideal solution, but I’m willing to consider it :) … What about clays? like a French Yellow? I’ve begun experimenting, but thought I’d see if you had any thoughts or suggestions just in case :) thanks!

    • Marie says:

      Hmmm. How… odd. I have never heard about this before. It sounds like the oils in your skin are combining with the face powder to darken it—this has definitely happened to me with several different concoctions, though usually ones that involve clay. Are you blending the colours and testing on your face as you go? I would think if you were doing that you would counter the effect by creating a colour that darkens to the necessary shade when applied. I can’t see why the micronized versions would make a difference, especially if you’re blending the powder together in a coffee grinder (which is definitely the best way to go about this… as I discovered after spending way too much time with my sieve).

      So, since my official guess is the oil darkening the powder, I’d test it first by mixing a small bit of the powder with a drop or two of carrier oil and seeing if you get a similar colour. If you do, I think your solution will be to try and reduce the oil on your skin before application with a dusting of a pale skin-coloured clay (perhaps blended with some starch). I have a recipe for an oily skin combating powder coming out in the next month or two that’s an extension on that idea that will likely help. You could also try blending the clay right into the make-up.

      Hope that helps! Keep me posted, k?

      • Abby says:

        Eureka! After dumping tons of flesh colored and not quite so flesh colored powders in the trash, I finally discovered a solution! After trying every ingredient by itself with pigment, trying other types of colorant, trying a freshly washed and powdered face as well as a well jojoba oiled one, I didn’t like the other colorants (haha, although I did manage to dye my face mustard yellow just before church one Sunday, which was super exciting…), and I couldn’t figure out how to make the oxide not react with my skin… so, I decided to try and make it react first… and oddly enough, cornstarch is the magic ingredient! Using your original recipe, combine separately 1.5 teaspoons of yellow, 0.25 of brown and 0.25 of red, with 4 teaspoons of cornstarch. Then mix two teaspoons of this “color blend” into your recipe in place of the straight oxides… for some reason, the cornstarch reacts with the oxides the same way my face did, and so by reacting them first, there’s nothing left to morph by the time it’s on my face! :) don’t know if this will helpany of the recipes yyou’ve had color-morph or not, but it works well for me no matter how greasy my skin gets through the day, so I’m happy! Thanks!

        • Laura says:

          Hey Abby,

          It sounds like the makeup oxidized on your face – apparently this is common with mineral makeup (I didn’t know either – my sister is a sephora associate and said “NO!” when I said I wanted to make my own mineral foundation haha)

          Is it still “wear-able” after it oxidized for you? It would be amazing to mix a colour, oxidize it and have it match. I’m wondering if there’s a way to get around oxidation. This article has some more info, and unfortunately doesn’t have good things to say about anti-oxidants in this area :(

          http://beautyandtheblackwoman.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/make-up-oxidation/

          Laura

          • Abby says:

            Hey Laura! Yep, oxidation is the conclusion I came to as well. I’ve had similar trouble with many store-bought foundations, just not as extreme. For me, it seems as though mixing 1 part of pigment oxides with 2 parts of cornstarch oxidized those pigments preemptively. Then using pre-oxidized pigment meant there wasn’t anything left to change colors on my face since the reaction already happened. I’ve had no problems with anything turning colors on my face since, and I’m quite happy with how it wears so far… for a lot of people, the oxidization doesnt seem to be a problem, but if you ever have problems with it, try this and let me know if it works for you! Maybe it’s the diy version of “non-oxidizing” makeup? Lol :) d

          • Marie says:

            I wonder if any other starches (arrowroot, rice, etc.) would have the same effect? Just a thought as many people like to avoid corn products these days. Hrm.

          • Abby says:

            I’ve been wondering the same thing! Unfortunately, I’ve checked every store I can and neither arrowroot nor rice powder are available locally, so it’ll be a while before I can test those. I’ll let you know whenever I do!

          • Marie says:

            Hmm. Amazon grocery to the rescue?

          • Marie says:

            I’m really intrigued by the term “oxidization” here because oxides get their colour from oxidization… hence their name. They are variations on oxidized iron. I wonder if it is possible to go from one variation to another through exposure to an acidic environment? Hmmm. I wish chemistry class had been this interesting! As for anti-oxidants, there’s vitamin E. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, but it’s also acidic. That could make for some interesting tests.

          • Laura says:

            Hey Marie,

            I was confused about iron oxides oxidizing too, but I read another theory about this. I think “oxidization” is just a catch all term in the makeup world to reflect changes in colour, but I think what is really happening here is that the iron oxides are becoming stronger in their pigmentation because they are getting wet – apparently oxidation is more common with those with oily skin. So mixing a mineral powder foundation with an oil prior to application will take care of this problem but you just have to match the colour of the liquid foundation instead of what was powdered. I think using cornstarch like Abbey did works as well because it likely has some moisture in it from the air’s humidity, whereas the mineral components themselves in the makeup have no water retention capability. I’m going to have to experiment with that works best for me when I make this. I moisturize with only joboba oil before I put on my makeup so I don’t know if that’ll make it oxidize sooner, or if it would oxidize later as my sebum levels would be in control because of the oil :S I don’t know what to expect but somehow I’m going to make this work! haha

            Laura

          • Marie says:

            Hmmm. I’ve been thinking about it, and I think it’s a pH thing. I need to do some experiments, but here’s why: oxides HATE water. Have you ever tried to mix a bit of iron oxide in with some water? It doesn’t happen. You’ll end up with a blob of water coated in perfectly dry oxide powder. I’ve even left the mixture for a week to see if it would wet out—nope. This was rather heartbreaking for me in my continued experiments to create water activated eyeliner, but oh well. You can’t argue with physics/chemistry/you get my drift :P I’ve found you have to mix oxides with oil for them to wet out and change colour. So, if they were getting moisture from the cornstarch, it would be water, and that flat out doesn’t compute from my experience. So oil on the skin does make sense as to why the oxides would change a bit on the skin, but that doesn’t explain why cornstarch would cause the same effect. My thoughts based on my experience, at least. I’m already dreaming up an experiment with solutions with different pH levels :D This is such a cool mystery!

          • Abby says:

            Oooh, I like the pH theory… I never paused to think before about the oxides oxidizing thing, but of course if I’m using oxides, then they’ve already oxidized, so that theory is out… as an aside, I wonder why that’s the catch-all term for makeup changing colors? oh well… The pH theory seems reasonable, but, if it is pH, then wouldn’t that just be the H+ ion moving, which would actually be reducing the oxide (the “re” part of “redox”)? I’m definitely gonna have to research this! I have a decent chem background, and if I manage to figure it out I’ll definitely share! Meanwhile, if you do any pH experiments, let me know! I don’t have a way to test pH right now, but you definitely have my interest piqued! As an aside, on some days, the makeup still turns colors on my face a very little bit… think I may need to adjust to a slightly higher ratio of cornstarch. Another side note, I did some experimenting, and I found that non-micronized zinc oxide has better coverage than micronized titanium dioxide. Since zinc oxide has scientific studies showing that it helps heal skin irritations (active ingredient in diaper rash cream for example), and some people are worried about titanium dioxide, I’ve switched to omitting the titanium, and just using zinc and I still really like the coverage. But definitely don’t use micronized for this, since that changes the coverage significantly.

          • Marie says:

            I shall leave this to your far more chemistry inclined and educated brain! I quit chem after the 12th grade and went on to study graphic design, so needless to say, what little I did know has mostly leaked out of my brain by now :P I do want to play with the cornstarch, though, and see if I can make them change colours that way. Hmmmmm.

          • Abby says:

            Alright, so I haven’t quite been able to figure out the cornstarch mystery, but I’ve made significant progress in the foundation quest, so I thought you might appreciate the update :) First, having looked into everything I possibly can about oxides, I’ve come back to your original theory that the color morphing relates to oils. The term they use is “wetting out” and the layman’s definition is that oxides aren’t really reaching their full color potential until they are oiled. The pH does not seem to be the culprit. The cornstarch seems to just dilute the oxide so that there is less available to morph colors, making the color a bit “truer” although it will still morph some. Arrowroot has the same affect, and I found that I prefer the skin feel and appearance of arrowroot. Once I figured out the oils thing, I tried mixing my oxide into some jojoba and then coloring the foundation base by drops that way… unfortunately, the makeup I made that way actually turned lighter on my face (rather than darker)… so I mulled over this a long time…. and finally! I think some of my white pigments were wetting out the sane way, thus whitening on contact with oil… so… I played with the wetting out potentials of both colored oxides and whitening ingredients until they balanced each other (this took forever!). I ended up with 1/2 teaspoon of oil soluble titanium dioxide (NOT micronized – the micronized version is more sheer and doesn’t balance the pigments as well), 1/4 teaspoon zinc oxide, 1/4 teaspoon carnauba wax treated sericite (plain might work as well, but I found that plain sericite makes my skin itch. The carnauba treated kind I found at TKB Trading and it doesn’t irritate at all). Then I added 3 scoops of yellow (I have a 0.15 ml scoop) and 1 scoop of brown (1/2 brown and 1/2 red should roughly match your recipe). This mix looked the right color dry and when applied to oily skin did not morph at all. The coverage was quite heavy, so I added 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot. This didn’t change the appearance the the dry powder, but brought it down to a medium coverage. Another 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot again didn’t change the color of the dry powder, but now caused the foundation to be a light coverage. This is what I’ve been using daily and I love it! I never have to worry about color morphing anymore! I have also added jojoba oil to the blend to make an oil-based liquid foundation that I’ve used as concealer for under eye dark circles etc. Hope all of my endless experiments might prove useful to someone else!

          • Laura says:

            Hi Abby,

            This is SO helpful – thanks so much for keeping us updated! I’m waiting for my ingredients to come in the mail as we speak – this couldn’t have come at a better time :) except I realized I don’t have any tiny scoops for the oxides so I’m going to have to find something or improvise lol. Did you just use the same about of jojoba oil Marie used here in this recipe? I use jojoba oil as my moisturizer before I use my makeup and I’m wondering how that will impact the “wetting” and pigmentation of the minerals. I guess I’ll just have to see!

            Thanks again!

          • Abby says:

            Hey Laura, the proportions that I used are actually pretty similar to Marie’s original just in tiny amounts… I’ll take a look and see if I can convert my measurements into teaspoons/tablespoons for you. I found myself making so many batches that I decided to make tiny batches to conserve my ingredients so I could test more. When working in batch sizes this small, a coffee grinder doesn’t work well for mixing, but I found that putting all the ingredients in a ziplock bag and then squishing it a bunch mixed the pigments well. Just don’t assume you need more pigment right away – keep squishing! :) Because I was squishing ingredients into a baggie, it wasn’t really practical to add any jojoba oil at all. However, I also like to use jojoba or argan to moisturize immediately before applying makeup, so that’s exactly what I wanted to overcome. If you try a similar recipe, I definitely like the lightest coverage the best (with about half arrowroot). I find that it stills covers really well, but doesn’t feel super “made up” – I use the medium/heavy coverage as a concealer. I haven’t added the magnesium stearate to mine yet cause I’ve been spending so much time trying to get the basics right, but I’m excited to see what it will add to the mix :) good luck! Keep us posted on how yours turns out! :)

          • W. Devine says:

            I agree with Laura – this has been super helpful! Thanks for updating us Abby! One question – you mentioned that you made a liquid foundation. How much jojoba oil did you add to do this? Is it more of a cream? I have some dry patches on my face, so a creamy formulation would work much better for me (I use argan oil as my moisturizer but in this harsh, dry winter nothing seems to help!)

          • Abby says:

            Unfortunately, I didn’t measure how much jojoba I used :( I just took a small amount of my powder, and added a bit a jojoba until I could mix it all together nicely. I would imagine that if you used a smaller amount of oil that the foundation would have thicker coverage and more oil would mean thinner coverage. I can’t speak to how well this works or how long it lasts because I haven’t tested it much. It might also be possible to mix this powder into a lotion base rather than straight oil, but again, I haven’t tested this and can’t confirm. All I know is that it works really well at retaining it’s original color in spite of oil. If you have any luck, please update us! :)

          • W. Devine says:

            Thanks Abby! I have thought about mixing it with a lotion base. I’ll let you know how it goes! (Sorry for hijacking your comment thread Marie!)

          • Abby says:

            Alright, so I went back and compared measurements, and as best as I can tell, my “recipe” is pretty much identical to Marie’s original lol :) Way to go Marie on nailing it the first time! Haha :) my measurements are basically the same proportions, just in a smaller quantity. The only thing I can add through my experiments is that the micronized titanium dioxide is not a good choice if you’re worried about pigment wetting. Also, don’t eliminate the titanium dioxide or lessen the amount in favor of sericite or zinc oxide if you want lighter coverage, because it’s super important to balance the other pigments. Instead, just “water down” the final recipe with cornstarch or arrowroot (I prefer arrowroot). I don’t know if plain sericite vs carnauba treated makes a difference (since I quit using plain), but if the plain doesn’t seem to be working try using the wax treated kind instead. Best of luck to all!

          • Marie says:

            Fantastic! I love the wee lab that’s happening in this comment thread :P

          • Marie says:

            No worries, I love it!

          • Marie says:

            I’ll have to experiment with this approach for liquid foundation as well… hmmm :D My biggest problem with liquid foundation has been it flaking/peeling off the face after a little while—yuck :/

          • Marie says:

            Have you tried weekly face masks to help with the dry patches? I find my face starts to flake in spots in the winter without one, and the mask helps exfoliate away dry skin and leave it happy and able to be moisturized… for 5–7 days, at least :P

          • W. Devine says:

            I have been looking at a few of your masks but haven’t actually made any of them yet. I’ve just been mixing some sugar or baking soda with my face wash at night, which seems to help a little. This winter has been soooooo long and has wreaked havoc on my skin!

          • Marie says:

            Oh heavens, I know! It’s so dry here that my face and eyebrows seem to have dandruff :/ I am NOT amused! It’s supposed to be nice here next week, though… though they could be lying to us to try and stave off riots…

          • Marie says:

            I love the idea of having different coverage versions of the same thing once you’ve got the colour perfected—no more trying to match concealer and foundation!

          • Marie says:

            I look forward to hearing how it works out for you, Laura :)

          • Laura says:

            Hi Abby and Marie!

            I finally got my ingredients in the mail and gave it a go with Abby’s smaller proportions. I’ve been testing this for 2 or 3 days now and NO COLOUR MORPHING! I’m so excited!! I added one 1/2 tsp of arrowroot to bring down the coverage, and while it’s more coverage than I’m used to, I’m loving how flawless it makes my skin look. This is my first time ever using mineral foundation, and at least I knew to buy a kabuki brush for it, but does it need to be “set” with another powder? The only thing I’m not liking is that over the day I find it settling in a few creases, but then again I can just wipe that away. I think next time I make a small batch I will add a 2nd 1/2 of arrowroot, for comparison. I’m not used to being so “made up” but it hardly takes longer to apply than what I used to do. Especially because I’ve found I don’t need to use a separate concealer, but just concentrate the powder on areas I would normally use concealer. I’m loving this!!! Thanks for all the hard work Abby :)

            Laura

          • Marie says:

            Fantastic! Three cheers for Abby and her amazing experimenting/DIYing :) I love to set my powders with this setting spray, but it’s totally optional.

          • Marie says:

            WOW! Thank you so much for all your hard work and determination, Abby—this is amazing!

            So… if I understand correctly… the recipe is more or less the same (in that it doesn’t include cornstarch/arrowroot for colour reasons, but for coverage reasons), but your colour blending process is what changed, to compensate for the wetting out?

        • Marie says:

          This is so awesome! And super weird, haha. Who would have guessed that cornstarch was the magic ingredient? I wonder what it has in common with your skin. The internet says the pH of cornstarch is between 4–7, which is a huge range, but that’s actually the same range I’m finding for skin, so I suppose that could be it. I wonder if a touch of citric acid would have the same effect? Hmmmm. But, mystery aside, I’m thrilled you figured it out and found something that works for you. Fantastic sleuthing!

          • W. Devine says:

            So I tried mixing it in a lotion base but it was just ok, not great. There wasn’t enough coverage so maybe I just didn’t use enough of the mineral makeup. As an aside though, I just heard that bare minerals has come out with a liquid foundation – apparently they use something called coconut alkane as a base. However a quick search on nda and saffire blue didn’t turn up anything. Since I prefer to diy and not spend ridiculous amounts of money on small bottles of skincare and cosmetics I’m just going to continue using this! (And because it’s fantastic) well…until Marie finally cracks the case of making liquid foundations! ;) no pressure of course! :) keep up the good work Marie!

          • Marie says:

            Hmm, very intriguing. I’ve never heard of coconut alkane either. Wikipedia says it’s a saturated hydrocarbon, which tells me I will need to do some more chemistry research to get that one sorted. Either way, though, it sounds like something that requires some lab based wizardry to produce, so I doubt that’ll end up in my foundation. Hmm. Must keep trying! I’ve got something else on the slate for this weekend, we’ll see how that goes ;) Fingers crossed!

  15. maggie says:

    I’m researching about making mineral makeup . Question is.. according to my Bare Minerals ingredients and also other brands, there is no magnesium stearate. This is listed as an ingredient in your recipe. What does this do to the recipe or am I missing something. Also.. Bismuth Oxychloride is listed as an ingredient on BM..This I know can cause allergic reactions in some, plus I could not find it at New Directions Aromatics.com anyway.

    • Marie says:

      Magnesium stearate is for slip, it makes the powder feel much nicer going on. It’s definitely a must in my experience. It looks like Bismuth Oxychloride is for shimmer and can be physically irritating to people because of its physical structure, which is basically “pokey” lol. I find you get a nice shimmer from the sericite mica alone, but if you ever wanted more you could add a teeeny bit of another mica (copper would be a good choice).

  16. Laura says:

    Hey Marie!

    I can’t wait to DIY my makeup now! I use a bb cream and find its light coverage is good enough for me, but I want to use something else as it has ingredients I’m not so keen on. This recipe is essentially like a foundation though, isn’t it? It looks like it has a lot of coverage. I don’t need much coverage – if I want to tone down and make it less opaque, what would I reduce and what could I use as a filler instead? Would it be the titanium dioxide or the zinc? Could I use arrowroot powder to fill it or would you recommend something else?

    Thanks!

    Laura

  17. W. Devine says:

    I am absolutely amazed! This turned out fantastic. I can’t believe I made makeup! :) You never cease to amaze me. Although I made the classic mistake of forgetting to write down the measurements of the coloured oxides (even though that was in your advice to beginners post) so I have no idea how I reached my colour! The recipe makes a lot anyway so this will last me quite awhile before I have to make some more. Thank you so much!!

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