I’ve been enjoying the process of making my own makeup as well as matching my complexion better than foundations that I have bought in the past. I have also learned more about what ingredients change the consistency of cosmetics. In Make Your Own Mineral Makeup I had created the perfect shade for my complexion, yet had not created the proper consistency of makeup to create the coverage that I desired. My first simple recipe was more of a very pigmented powder than the coverage that I love from foundation.
The key ingredients to create coverage in foundation are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, although you don’t need to use both ingredients in your formulation. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are also the ingredients that provide sun protection as it is used in all natural sunscreen. What I’ve never loved about natural sunscreen is that on darker complexions you have an ashy film from the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Usually titanium dioxide in foundation is only in small amounts based on where it is in the ingredient list. Although in mineral makeup it tends to be one of the first ingredients. The pigments in the iron oxide mix wonderfully with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The amount of titanium dioxide or in this case zinc oxide mixed with iron oxides (your foundation color) can be used in any cosmetic base to create the foundation and coverage that you desire.
When creating a loose mineral makeup, you will need to use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with iron oxides and mica. The best recipe that I have found was mentioned in Make Your Own Mineral Makeup. You can find that recipe here.
I am so excited about the liquid foundation that I created with great coverage that I can hardly contain myself. What was so completely shocking was how simple this was. I love simplicity! First you will need to know how you create your foundation pigment to match your complexion. With lighter complexions it is the zinc oxide that brings the color to perfection. Without zinc oxide or some powder to brighten the mixture of brown, red, and yellow oxides or red, yellow, and ultramarine oxides the color pigment still isn’t correct. I also suggest trying using sienna oxide that is obviously not as dark as brown oxide and may be a color that is easier to work with for some. You may still use both sienna and brown oxide as well. (My perfect foundation color was created with sienna, brown, and yellow oxide without any red. You can find the exact recipe here.)
So let’s get to it! The easiest way to create a mineral foundation with good coverage is to mix 20-40% of your iron oxide pigment mix with a natural sunscreen that already contains either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. I prefer to use a sunscreen with zinc oxide as it is gentler on sensitive skin. In The Best Chemical-Free Sunscreens I share my favorite sunscreens and the ingredients in all of them. Zinc Oxide is the key sunscreen in all of them. In my foundation is used Badger SPF 30 Unscented Natural Sunscreen. I mixed my iron oxide pigments (sienna, brown, and yellow iron oxides) with the sunscreen in a tiny bowl with a spoon and that was it. I am still shocked with the results. It was so easy!
For a tinted mineral foundation you can mix your iron oxide pigments with a face lotion, or even aloe vera which I mentioned in DIY Sheer Liquid Mineral Makeup.
By working with iron oxides and mica the possibilities are endless. I love that whatever color I desire I can create myself and even create the formula that I want my makeup to have whether it is a powder, cream, or liquid. Check out Make Your Own Mineral Makeup to view a video on how Monave Mineral Makeup is created.
(I am currently looking for a new company that sells the ingredients needed to make your own makeup to recommend again. The company that I was recommending previously has reformulated some of the products with ingredients that are extremely unhealthy to use and has not listed them online.)
(Image by Kevin Sinclair)