I absolutely love my translucent airbrushing powder, but I’ve had some requests for a cream version. Given how terribly dry it is these days, now seemed like a good time to give that a go. The final creme is light and moisturizing, with a subtle airbrushing effect and a low-shine finish thanks to the inclusion of some gentle clay.
The main ingredient in my translucent airbrushing powder is sericite mica. It works by diffusing light, creating a light blurred effect around your skin. So, it really does airbrush your skin in real life, which is pretty darn awesome if you ask me. So, of course sericite mica plays a major role in the creme version as well.
I included a wee bit of clay to help ensure a not-to-shiny finish to the creme. I chose zeolite ultrafine clay as it’s pretty much a perfect match for my skin. As it is, this creme foundation is translucent, so unless you’re significantly darker than I am, you should be able to get away with the zeolite ultrafine. Otherwise, kaolin is a good choice, or a beige clay that is a close-ish match. Keep in mind that the clay will need to be very fine to apply smoothly, so if your clay isn’t, run it through your DIY coffee grinder first. Not all clays will work, though—rhassoul comes to mind as one that will be gritty no matter what. So, stick to the lighter, smoother clays.
The rest of the creme is a light lotion. I used grapeseed as the carrier oil as it absorbs into the skin quickly, but any fast-absorbing carrier oil will work. I used Emulsimulse/Ritamulse as my emulsifying wax of choice as it thickens up nice and fast, meaning I was able to add the powders to the lotion at its final consistency (polawax requires a few days to thicken up).
I made mine relatively low-impact, but if you want more of a punch, feel free to use more sericite mica. If you have any serious blemishes you’ll want to conquer them with some concealer first, but this lotion is fantastic for just minimizing pores and making your skin appear smoother.
Airbrushing Creme Foundation
73g | 2.5 fl oz distilled water
2g | 0.07oz vegetable glycerin
1 tbsp sericite mica
1 tsp zeolite ultrafine clay (or kaolin)
Combine the oils and water in the saucepan over stovetop and ensure everything comes to the same temperature (everything must be liquid at this temperature).
Remove from the heat and start whisking as the mixture cools. Once it’s cooled and you have a thick, creamy lotion (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax from emulsimulse/ritamulse). Whisk in the sericite mica, clay, and preservative. Decant into a squeeze plastic bottle.
To use, smooth over the skin and enjoy you newly smooth-looking, moisturized face.
If your pores are particularly problematic, feel free to swap out some of the water for some witch hazel, which is an astringent and will help reduce the size of your pores. It also smells a bit funny, so you may want to add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to the final product if you decide to go the witch hazel route.
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