It has always been a challenge for me to find the right foundation color for my complexion. I’ve always been in between shades in most lines or the color was either too red or pink in undertones. I have only found one line that makes a color even close to my skin tone, yet it had unfavorable ingredients.
While working in cosmetics, it was surprising that there was not one cosmetic company that made my foundation color in the store in which I worked, so instead I focused on skin care. When a customer asked me which foundation line I used, I was only able to tell them what my favorite lines were in applying them as a makeup artist. Learning about skin care and skin care products has been invaluable in knowing what ingredients are important to create a beautiful complexion. Mineral makeup has the ability to create an even more flawless complexion as it reflects light and is predominately rich pigments.
After doing some research, I’ve created my first very simple mineral makeup formula. When trying mineral makeups in the past my skin has been irritated by titanium dioxide and other fillers such as talc, dyes, lakes, carmine, synthetic fragrance, bismuth oxychloride, dimethicone, petroleum derivatives, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, methylparaben, propylparaben, and urea that are in many mineral makeup lines. By making my own mineral makeup I can create the exact color that I want and control exactly what is in the makeup.
What you will need:
Rice or Silk Powder
Mortar and Pestle or Small Food Processor
Powder Sifter Jar
I used red, brown, and yellow iron oxides to develop my foundation shade and rice powder as the base about 50% of the composition. Iron oxides do not mix easily without using a base such as rice or silk powder. I began by putting in a teaspoon of rice powder in a mortar and pestle and adding tiny amounts of red, brown, and yellow iron oxides until I developed the right shade. I used more brown and yellow iron oxide adding only a tiny bit of red iron oxide. Mix the pigments thoroughly before adding more each time. I finally added more rice powder to create the consistency I desired. You can also use red and yellow iron oxides with ultramarine blue to develop foundation shades as well.
**Update: This simple recipe is more of a very pigmented powder than the coverage that I prefer from foundation. Please read Creating Mineral Makeup–Powder or Liquid for the latest of my discoveries.
Here is a great video of how Monave Mineral Makeup is created. I believe that creating the correct skin tone shade is mostly trial and error when you are first making your own foundation. I have not found exact recipes online that show how each foundation shade is formulated, yet here is a recipe that includes titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, jojoba oil and more that has exact measurements for a medium beige complexion. It is not as challenging as I anticipated, and learning to create your own personalized shade is worth the effort in the end. You can add more of one pigment or another to create the correct shade. It is not only rewarding to make your own makeup, but save you a lot of money, while creating a product where each ingredient caters to your every need.
You can purchase mineral makeup ingredients from Coastal Scents. They have wonderful prices, great packaging, and good shipping with their products as well as many mica colors to choose from to create your own blush, eyeshadow, and lipsticks.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)