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How to Make Mineral Powder Foundation with Cocoa Powder

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I got the serecite mica in that I ordered and bought some cocoa powder (Hershey's brand) and some Tumeric powder (from the seasonings section in the grocery store). I decided to try to make mineral powder foundation using the cocoa and tumeric as the colorants instead of iron oxides, that I had used previously. Just because I heard cocoa and tumeric are good for your skin and they are also a bit easier to come by than iron oxides.

Here is the recipe I used:

2 Tbsp Titanium dioxide (for the foundation base)

1/2 Tbsp Zinc oxide (for sunscreen)

1/2 Tbsp Serecite mica (for luminescence)

7 tsp Cocoa Powder (to add browness -- may need to adjust for your skin tone - mine is medium)

4-1/2 tsp Tumeric (to add yellowness -- may need to adjust for your skin tone - mine is warm)


1. Grind it all together with a mortar and pestle until uniform. This takes a while, lots of patience and hand muscle.

2. Test it on your arm/face/neck, and add more cocoa or tumeric as needed. (for pinker/redder skin, I've heard of people adding beet powder). If your skin is not warm in tone, just don't add the tumeric.


1. The outcome was similar to the powder foundation that I've made in the past with iron oxides for the colorants. The final color was a good match for my skin.

2. The feel of the powder foundation was a bit dry. I know some people add a bit of oil to their recipe. This may have needed 1/4 tsp or so of grapeseed oil.

3. The powder foundation was also a bit pasty. May need some silica powder to soften it up a bit. (I just don't like using so much because it is a little drying, and it is a bit pricey).

4. The foundation seemed to break me out (in zits). Not sure if it was the tumeric or cocoa. I think I will go back to using iron oxides until I figure this out.

If you are interested in using cocoa powder in your makeup routine, I would suggest you try this recipe. You may need to play around with the amounts of ingredients to use and maybe add some silica powder to it, especially if you tend to be oily. I've heard cocoa powder is great on the skin. I might try it again sometime, once I get my acne situation under control. But for now, I'm going back to brown and yellow oxides for the colorants.

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