As if I don’t have enough hobbies, I’ve decided to make my own mineral make-up. It started with me looking to buy mineral make-up (foundation) and not wanting to pay the premium. So instead, like a 60 dollar home-grown tomato, I decided to make my own.
I’ll be trying my first experiments in blending this weekend, but here’s the basic starter information I’ve learned so far.
You need three or four basic ingredients:
Pigments – all colors are made from black, red and yellow. You can buy browns that are already formulated as a starting point–much easier than trying to achieve browns or tans on your own and there’s not any difference in cost at most places.
Titanium Dioxide – This is a bright white and is used to help get the makeup to a usable, spreadable state. You can’t just spread the pigments on your face. Tapioca starch is also used either in combination or in place of the TD. (Talc is used also, but not considered to be a great ingredient because of its chalkiness.) I’m probably going to try the tapioca starch to begin because I can get it readily. The place I ordered pigments from didn’t happen to have TD. They had an extender product which is a mica coated with Titanium Dioxide–it looks like it will work, but I don’t really know if I want to use only the extender or if I’ll want something less reflective.
Mica – Mica provides a satin sheen, helps spreadability and can help hide wrinkles (due to its reflective nature.) I’m not sure how much I’ll like this one because the one thing I hate about foundations is sparkle or shine. There are no sparkles in the mica I ordered, but it does have a sheen. Since the pigments are dark and flat, I think some will be necessary, but for me, not a lot. For mica’s with more sheen/sparkle, Slice of the Moon seems to have every color imaginable. They can be mixed with either white micas or titanium dioxide to create various make-up (eyeshadows, blushes and to color foundation. The vendor, Slice of the Moon has a HUGE selection of mica colors.)
Zinc Oxide – this is a basic sunscreen and is also used to sooth skin (it’s in a lot of skin protectorant products). I’m not using this one for now. I don’t generally wear a lot of make-up and not out in the sun because then I sweat it off anyway. I may decide to add it later!
Here’s a website that reviewed a lot of products already on the market. I used it to get an idea of what ingredients I might want in my make-up.
Of those, I really liked the sound of:
Affordable Mineral Makeup They use the least ingredients out there and had very reasonable prices. They have a forum and were great about answering my emailed questions.
Eyes Lips Face The prices seem very reasonable and a friend uses and recommends the products. There were more ingredients, including bismuth (which I believe would impart more of a shine/glitter than I want), but again, the price seemed very fair at first glance.
If you’re looking for a dynamite home made soap, I make and sell a lavender bar for $5.00 a bar (shipped price if you order 3 or more). The bear soaps are $7 a bar because they are bigger and the hearts are $3.00 with a requirement of five bars for the free shipping. Contact me on the side bar if you’re interested!