I've been playing around with making mineral makeup for a little while, and recently bought some more ingredients off TKB Trading, so I could make some pressed powders.
So far I have made a pressed bronzer from scratch, as well as attempted a "marbled" pressed eyeshadow.
Here is the bronzer:
I pressed it into an old foundation container I had, using a new 57mm pan from TKB.
I used Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Silica Microspheres, Zinc Oxide and Magnesium Myristate in the base powder, adding colour with oxides and bronze mica.
Instead of using a premade liquid binder, I used organic jojoba oil. Along with the zinc stearate, this is supposed to create a good pressed powder.
I patterned the surface by using a piece of old fabric under gladwrap to press the surface.
Heres a photo of it in use:
I found with using jojoba as a medium for pressing, the powder does come "off" very easily, if that makes sense!
With the premade binder from TKB (http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=1168) which I used in the eyeshadow, the pigment seems more stuck together!
Today I made an eyeshadow. I wanted to make one like those marbleized baked powders you see, like the mac ones, with swirls of different colours that blend on your brush to create a certain colour.
I came up with a colour using pop micas that I like (its a deep gold with a green hue).
Its a mix of blueberry, tangerine and black micas. for the pressing, I mixed each mica seperately with a matching oxide (to make the eyeshadow more pigmented) and the premade E/S base, added the pressing medium to each SEPERATELY. I then put each colour into the pot seperately and mixed together slightly with a toothpick. Then pressed. This is the result (surface doesn't look as nice as right after pressing because I tried it out!):
the bottom of the container gives a better idea of how it looked before I stuck my finger onto the top:
and heres the colour when you swipe ur finger over the top:
It didn't quite work as I would have liked! I ended up with more of a bitsy effect rather than swirled colours. However I do love the end colour, and the tkb pressing medium creates a really nice pressed powder!
Does anyone know how you would make the marbleized effect I'm after? perhaps its not possible with pressing? Maybe the eyeshadow has to be a cream eyeshadow? I don't know
Comments and criticism very welcome!