This homemade bronzer has a lot in common with my homemade blush. It’s easy, effective, and uses most of the same ingredients. Swap the red oxide for a mix of red, yellow, and brown oxides, and some bronze mica, and voila, bronzer.
The process is pretty much identical. Mix everything together (minus the colourings), and the press the mixture through a fine sieve, again and again, adjusting the colouring as you go. Be sure to test it on your skin as you go.
If you have an extra coffee grinder that you only use for DIY projects, you’ll find you get much better results using a coffee grinder to make this powder, but it’s not necessary. The coffee grinder will produce a much smoother, more uniform powder in far less time, so if you’re interested in making more powdered cosmetics, it’s definitely worth picking one up from your local thrift shop for $10–$15.
Zinc oxide gives us a bright white base to work from, which we’ll colour with the oxides. While the mica looks stunning in the jar, it doesn’t add much colour to the final product—just a touch of fantastic, light catching shimmer. Jojoba oil and vitamin E oil help weigh down the powder to keep it from poufing out and being easily inhaled, as well as giving us a bronzer that doesn’t dry the skin and leave our skin looking flaky and dry (ugh).
6 tsp zinc oxide
1½ tsp sericite mica
1 tsp silk powder (optional)
½ tsp magnesium stearate
2 tsp French red clay
¼ tsp jojoba oil
5 drops vitamin E oil
5/8 tsp bronze mica
5/8 tsp brown oxide
½ tsp red oxide
1 tsp yellow oxide
Mix everything but the oxides and mica together. Pass through a fine sieve again and again, until smooth. Gradually add in the colourings, passing through the sieve between additions. Test on your skin to gauge the colour and correct as needed. Store in a mason jar.
If you have a DIY coffee grinder you can also do all your blending in there instead.