I occupied a bit of time last week watching Lisa Eldridge videos on YouTube (thanks for getting me back onto her videos, Genevieve!). That woman, with her almost too-classy British accent and magical make-up application skills, is a bit of a superhero to me. Mostly because she possesses skills that are so far beyond my comprehension that she might as well be able to fly or shoot laser beams from her eyes. Also, she did Kate Winslet’s make-up for the Titanic 3D premiere, so she’s responsible for making one of the most beautiful women in the world even more beautiful (something I would have thought impossible).

Whilst watching one of her tutorials I was taken with the effect of a shimmering creamy highlighty thing. It was all brightening and face accenting. And I could totally make it instead of buying it. Take that, $40 tablespoon of shimmery goo.

This powder is semi-sheer and slightly pink. It might look like blush in the sifter, but it goes on sheer with just enough pinky glow to keep you from looking like Queen Amidala.

Lisa Eldridge tells us to put highlighter on the top of the cheekbones. You can also put it on the brow bones under the eyebrows. And on the inside of the nose. Apparently it makes your eyes look bigger or further apart or something.

Add a few drops of [sv slug="jojoba-oil"] to pull the powder together and keep it from being too powdery and light.

Homemade Sheer Highlighting Powder

1 tbsp arrowroot starch
2 tsp sericite mica (USA / Canada)
2 tsp titanium dioxide
3/4 tsp silver mica
2 tsp silk powder
1 tsp magnesium stearate
1/16 tsp red iron oxide
1/32 tsp yellow iron oxide
8 drops jojoba oil (USA / Canada)

Put everything in a coffee grinder and blend thoroughly. Stop to tap and scrape down occasionally. Leave the lid on for at least a minute before taking it off to give the dust a chance to settle. Once you’ve blended in all the jojoba oil (USA / Canada) it shouldn’t be too dusty, though.

To make it more shimmery, add more silver mica.

Notes as of November 2018:

  • Make sure you wear a dust mask so you don’t inhale the powders after whipping them up—that can be dangerous to your health over the long term.
  • If you want to press this makeup, this is how.
  • Check out my book, Make it Up, for a better formula that uses fewer ingredients and is much more flexible. My book also has lots of colour blending tips and a few different starter colour blends so you can create a wide variety of different shades of highlighter.