Here is another product I've made with my cheapo minerals - a nice warm shimmery bronzer! It's similar to Bare Minerals' "warmth" but with less intensity for my pale Irish freckled skin :-) and it's super soft and silky thanks to the cornstarch base!
What you will need:
measuring spoons - 1/16th teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon
mortar and pestle
1 small bowl
one clean makeup brush (optional)
coffee grinder (optional)
"ingredients" you will need:
1 tbs cornstarch
1 tsp kaolin/white clay
1/8 tsp titanium dioxide
1/8 tsp zinc oxide
1/8 tsp yellow iron oxide
1/8 tsp red iron oxide
1/16 tsp brown iron oxide
1/8 tsp Jacquard Pearl-Ex Powdered Pigment in Sparkle Gold (optional, for shimmer)
Yields: about 2 tbs of makeup, enough for 1 standard sized mineral makeup container
1. First combine the non-pigment items (kaolin and cornstarch) in one small bowl and stir gently.
2. *modified* Next, put all remaining pigments and about 1/4 of the non-pigment items (but not the Pearl-Ex) into the mortar.
3.With the pestle, grind everything together as thoroughly as possible, *gradually adding the remaining non-pigment base a little at a time*. This will be tedious and time-consuming as the pigments tend to stick to the sides of the mortar and you have to constantly scrape them off and re-mix. This combination will be very "fluffy" and light, even more so than the foundation (in my other post) so be careful while grinding that it doesn't fly all over the place. This step will help condense it into a slightly denser form.
4. You will know that the pigments are well mixed when you no longer see streaks of red as this is the most noticeable color in the mix.
5. Add the Pearl-Ex, and gently mix/grind them again. Not too hard as you don't want to crush the Pearl-Ex
Here is the finished product!
and next to foundation so you can see the difference:
It doesn't look a whole lot different, but the lighting is terrible for one, and those iron oxides are tricky things - they appear much lighter until applied to your skin! Always test before you add more color...
Again sorry about the lighting. I wish I could figure out a way to show off the shimmer effect as it is really nice.