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How to Make Mineral Powder Foundation II

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Since I seemed to have a reaction (acne) to the cocoa powder foundation, I decided to go back to using iron oxides as the colorants in mineral powder foundation. Here is the recipe for medium warm toned skin. If you are lighter or darker, add less or more of the oxides. If you are cooler, add less or no yellow oxide. If you are really cool, with pink or red tones, you can add a little red oxide.


4 tsp Titanium dioxide (mineral makeup base)

1 tsp Zinc oxide (extra sun protection)

1-1/4 tsp Serecite mica (adds luminosity and lightens the texture)

1/4 tsp brown iron oxide (mineral colorant)

3/4 tsp yellow iron oxide (mineral colorant to add warm tone)

1/2 tsp silica powder (I use Mally Skin Finisher)

few drops of grapeseed oil


1. Wear a disposable nose and mouth mask (the kind they make you put on at the doctor's office when you have a cough). Mixing all these powders can be irritating to your nose.

2. Grind it all up with a mortar and pestle until uniform. This takes a while, so be patient. Once you think you've got it, grind it a little longer. If you don't do a good job, mixing it, you will see streaks of color when you use the powder.

3. Test the color by dusting it onto your skin (match the color to your neck)

4. Add more ingredients to tweak the color or texture of the foundation.

     a. Add more titanium dioxide and/or zinc if you want to lighten the color

     b. Add more brown oxide to darken the color

     c. Add more yellow oxide to warm the tone

     d. Add some red iron oxide to cool the tone

     e. In some cases, you can add chromium oxide green if you have very olive skin tone. I have done that with nice results.

     f. Add more mica if you want more luminescence

    g. Add more silica for more shine control

    h. Add more grapeseed oil for more moisturization

5. Once satisfied with the color and texture, put the powder in a makeup sifter. I have used old powder foundation sifter jars.

6. If after using it for a day or so, you find something is not quite right, like it is too warm or dark, dump the powder back into the mortar and pestle and adjust by adding ingredients. For example, if it is too warm, you can try adding red oxide or a very small amount of chromium green or ultramarine blue. If it is too dark, add more titanium dioxide or zinc. Have fun with it. If you stick with it, you can create many times over the most beautiful foundation that matches your skin tone and skin type more than anything you can find at the store.

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Comment By LittleThings
Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:48 PM
I have stopped using this mineral powder makeup because I found that for some odd reason zinc oxide makes me break out. But since I still have quite a bit of it left, I now sometimes use it as sunscreen on my kids' scalp. Since the sunscreen is mostly titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, I figured this would be a good sunscreen solution.

I have tried gooping sunscreen lotion onto their scalps, but that ended up being too much work and a gross goopy mess on their heads. I have also tried using spray on sunscreens, but I still couldn't seem to get it to cover very well. I had to lift areas of their hair to spray and it was a pretty arduous task for me. And I was still left with little greasy heads.

So I decided to use my powder brush and dust some of this mineral powder foundation on their heads. It ended up working really well. The brush can get the powder into all the cracks and crevices of their hair and in between every hair follicle. If I brush it in really well, it isn't really very noticeable.

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