If you read my other post you will have an idea of where to find mineral makeup supplies for cheap. And now I finally have some pictures of the completed product with a tutorial!
First the pics:
I apologize that it doesn't really do them justice, you can't see the true shade or the slight shimmer or any of that.
So without further ado, here is the tutorial!!
Items you will need:
measuring spoons - 1/16th teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon
mortar and pestle (preferably something smooth with little to no texture so the powders don't stick to it)
3-4 small bowls
one clean makeup brush (optional)
coffee grinder (optional)
containers to put the makeup in when you're done!
"ingredients" you will need:
*please note these are the ingredients I use and there are many other wonderful things you can put in your mineral makeup if you do some research.
1 tbs kaolin/white clay
1 tsp silica
1 tsp Gold Bond medicated powder - I know it sounds strange, but all the ingredients are totally safe. This is only if you are acne prone however, if not you can skip it. (see my other post for more details on the acne-fighting ingredients) That said, I would suggest patch-testing this one alone on your skin first to make sure it's not irritating to you.
1 tbs cornstarch *this is a new addition and I like it a lot!
1 tbs titanium dioxide
1 tbs zinc oxide
iron oxides - yellow, red, and brown (quantities will vary)
1/16 tsp Jacquard Pearl-Ex Powdered Pigment in Sparkle Gold (optional, for shimmer) - this is a mica just like what you would get from TBK Trading or Brambleberry etc. It is not recommended by the company for use on people, but theatre people use it and from all the research I can find it is identical in form and structure. It's available in most art stores.
Yields: about 6 tbs of makeup, enough for 3 standard sized mineral makeup containers.
1. First start by combining the non-pigment items (kaolin, silica, cornstarch and Gold Bond) in one small bowl.
2. Next, put the pigments (all remaining items except Pearl-Ex) into a separate bowl. "But I don't know how much iron oxides to use!?!" you are probably thinking at this moment... and to be honest I can't tell you exactly, it's a sort of trial and error thing. I can tell you that for my medium-skin-toned-latina friend, I use 1/4 tsp of yellow and 1/8 tsp each of red and brown, and for myself II'm a redheaded irish girl with fair/freckled skin) I use maybe 1/2 to 2/3 of that amount and add more as needed. I'm hoping to get some cc spoons so I can more precisely determine this!
3. Next, mix the pigments gently with a small spoon or knife until they look somewhat combined, and then put them into the mortar with about 1/4 of the non-pigment items. With the pestle, grind the colors together as thoroughly as possible. This is the tedious time-consuming part, as in my experience the pigments tend to stick to the sides of the mortar and you have to constantly scrape them off and re-mix. Some people put the pigments in baggies and "crush" them all together that way, I can't say how well that works as I haven't personally tried it.
4. Once you are sure that the pigments are well mixed, set them aside.
5. Into the coffee grinder put the the contents of first bowl, add the Pearl-Ex, and then the pigments. (Be sure that if you do use this you find one that will keep the powder inside the canister and not let it migrate down to the motor as I've heard that can cause an otherwise perfectly functioning machine to fail after only a few uses). Pulse all the ingredients together a few times until they appear fully mixed. It doesn't take much, and you're going to do a little more mixing after this as well.
6. Empty the contents of the coffee grinder back into the mortar, and gently mix/grind them again. You don't want to be too forceful at this phase, as the mica/pearl-ex is fragile and easily crushed which detracts from it's shimmery properties.
*Note: this particular combination starts out very "fluffy" and light, so be careful while using the mortar and pestle that it doesn't fly out and all over the room. Waste not want not! This last step of grinding also seems to help condense it into a more manageable, less airy powder.
7. I've found that using a clean makeup brush helps when pigments and/or the completed powder stick to the insides of the mortar, it's totally optional.
VOILA you're finished! Test a small bit with your kabuki brush or whatever you use, and if it's not the right shade, add pigments a teeny tiny bit at a time. If too dark, add more TiO2 and/or ZnO. Adding only TiO2 will bring out a more pink tone, while adding only ZnO will simply lighten it. If it's not dark enough, add the other colors as needed. I recommend testing it in natural sunlight to make sure that you don't get overzealous with the color modifications.
One last note - I've found that mixing a little of the powder with some grapeseed oil (or olive oil, or argan oil, or coconut oil if that's more your thing; olive felt too heavy for me except in the winter when I'm super dry, coconut was nice and light-feeling but made me break out - grapeseed is just right!) makes a great "liquid" foundation, or blemish cover. Just be very very sparing when you do this, a little goes a long way... and that is a serious understatement.
I hope I covered everything, I look forward to any question or comments!