I’m super excited to share this recipe with you guys—I devised this because sometimes you just want something light for your skin. You’re going out for the evening and you want a bit of a finish, but nothing that’s going to add any weight to your night. This translucent powder is perfect for that. It adds a bit of real life airbrushing without adding anything else. Brilliant.


This mineral veil is based around sericite mica (USA / Canada). I use sericite mica (USA / Canada) in all my various make-up concoctions, so I thought I should read into it and find out exactly what it does. Sericite mica isn’t like the other micas. Standard micas are super shimmery—they take anything from matte to whoa strip club/Vegas in about a quarter of a teaspoon. Sericite mica has some shimmer, but it’s nothing close to shimmerville like the rest of the micas.

Before the colour adjustment.

Before the colour adjustment.

It turns out that in addition to/as a side effect of adding a bit of lustre to products, sericite mica (USA / Canada) does a great job of diffusing light. This means it disguises fine lines and pores—awesomesauce! So… I got to thinking; what would a powder made almost entirely of sericite mica do? I hoped it would create the appearance of great skin , but because it’s translucent, you could get a bit of coverage, but your real skin would still shine through. And I was right!




The jojoba oil (USA / Canada) and silk pepetide help your skin stay fresh and moisturized all night long. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, and it mimics our skin’s sebum very closely, making it a great addition to cosmetics. It’s also very shelf stable, so it won’t be spoiling your make-up anytime soon. Silk is a humectant, meaning it’s constantly pulling moisture from the air and holding it close to your face.



I chose zeolite clay because it has a pinkish, skin-light tinge to it. If you’re darker you might want to look at rhassoul or fuller’s earth clay as a substitute. Otherwise, kaolin or another white clay will give you a blank slate. The red, yellow, and brown iron oxides are there to fine tune the powder to your skin tone. The amounts you’ll need of these will very much depend on your individual skin tone.



I like to buff the powder into my skin with a Sigma Kabuki Brush and then set it with a spritz of water. The effect is subtle, but definitely noticeable; it reduces shine and improves the overall appearance of the skin without a “made up” look.

Translucent Mineral Veil (RealLife Airbrushing Powder)

2 tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot or wheat starch)
2 tbsp sericite mica (USA / Canada)
1 tsp silk peptide
1 tsp zeolite clay (or kaolin)
¼ tsp magnesium stearate
20 drops jojoba oil (USA / Canada)

Red, yellow, and brown iron oxides; as needed

Blend the first 6 ingredients together in a coffee grinder until smooth.

Now to fine-tune the colour; start by brushing some of the blended powder on your face (blend it in as you would apply mineral make-up). It will likely be too pale (if it isn’t, you’re done!). Start adding tiny bits of the various oxides, blending between additions, until you match your skin tone.

Once you’re done, decant into a sifter jar. Et voila!

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 even more variations on this concept so you can create versions with varying levels of colour, and even transform it into a liquid airbrushing foundation!

The left side has powder, the right side does not. You can see that the left side looks much softer and smoother than the right side, thanks to the light diffusion, but it still looks like skin & you can still see my freckles!