How to make liquid foundation from mineral powder

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How to make liquid foundation from mineral powder
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Mineral make-up is pure, natural pigment powder made from minerals such as mica and iron oxides. When applied as make-up, the pigment creates a smooth finish that does not irritate most skin because it is free of preservatives and other filler ingredients. Although powder make-up is easy to apply, it can be messy and difficult to travel with. To resolve this problem, convert your powder make-up to liquid by blending it with quality moisturiser for sheer coverage and a velvety finish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 tsp face moisturiser
  • Small glass measuring cup
  • 3 to 4 drops cyclo-dimethicone (optional)
  • Glass stirrer or small metal spoon
  • Small glass dish
  • Mineral make-up kit
  • Measuring spoon
  • Plastic toothpick
  • 14.2gr. lip balm jar (empty)

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  1. 1

    Squeeze two tsp of face moisturiser into a small glass measuring cup. Add three to four drops of cyclo-dimethicone to the moisturiser. Mix well with a clean glass stirrer or small metal spoon.

  2. 2

    Add about 1/8 tsp of mineral make-up to a small glass dish. Customise the make-up colour as needed to match your skin tone by using the tip of a plastic toothpick to gradually add tiny amounts of lighter or darker pigment powders from your make-up kit. Blend the pigment powders thoroughly using a glass stirrer or metal spoon. Test the blended pigment powder on the back of your hand to make sure that you have the right shade to match your skin tone.

  3. 3

    Add the blended pigment carefully to the moisturiser. Stir until the pigment is completely blended into the mix. Test a dab of the mix on your jaw line to see if it blends with your skin tone. If needed, add tiny amounts of additional pigment powder to make the colour match. Pour the blended mix into a 14.2gr. empty lip balm jar. Keep the jar lid tightly closed when not in use and make sure it is stored right side up.

Tips and warnings

  • Cyclo-dimethicone is a liquid silicone blend you can purchase from an online supplier of cosmetic ingredients. It adds a smooth, non-greasy feel to skin preparations. If you don't have silicone, your favourite quality moisturiser will suffice as a base. You can also make just enough mineral foundation for a single application by mixing a small amount of moisturiser, a drop of silicone and a small amount of mineral make-up in a jar lid.
  • Avoid moisturiser that lists mineral as an ingredient, because it may cause skin irritation.

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