This milky facial oil is pretty much the opposite of my Argan bronzer. While the bronzer is designed to impart a summery glow, this serum lightens and brightens the complexion, smoothing out imperfections and giving you that Downton Abbey complexion I’m so in love with these days.

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A base of silky, luxurious Argan oil is thickened slightly with a hint of capuacu butter. I chose cupuacu for its smooth, silicone-like feel, but if you don’t have it mango butter would be a good alternative. The butter is there to thicken the oil base and help keep the powders in suspension, so while I don’t recommend eliminating it, you could if you’re ok with shaking the bottle vigorously before each use.

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To that I’ve added a touch of sericite mica. This pale, translucent powder works to diffuse light around the skin, giving the appearance of smooth, perfect skin without heavy coverage. It’s a wonderful subtle touch.

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For added brightness I’ve added titanium dioxide. I recommend adding it slowly and in small amounts, testing it on your skin to see what you think. You’re aiming for a bit of lightening, not the Queen Amidala look.

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Once you’re happy, use a funnel to pour your serum into a 15ml glass bottle with a dropper top. To use, just massage a few drops into your face, taking care to blend around the edges as you would with foundation.

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Winterlight Argan Serum

10g | 0.35oz argan oil
2g | 0.07oz capuacu butter
~5/32 tsp oil-soluble titanium dioxide (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
3/16 tsp sericite mica (do not use other kinds of mica unless you want to look like a disco ball!)

In a small dish, weigh out the argan oil and capuacu butter. Place the dish in a slightly larger bowl of just-boiled water and let the warmth of the water melt the capuacu butter, stirring to encourage things along.

Add the sericite mica and stir with a flexible silicone spatula to combine. Begin adding the titanium dioxide a wee bit at a time, stirring between additions to blend and testing the mixture on your skin to check the colour.

Once you’re happy with the final shade, use a funnel to transfer to mixture to a 15mL/half ounce glass bottle with a dropper top.

To use, shake the bottle before use and massage a few drops into your face, taking care to blend around the edges.

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