Monday, March 14, 2011

Make-up: Making a Cream Foundation

The other day I wrote about making a matt powder foundation. You may remember that I saved some of the final color mixture. This is one of the reasons I usually do foundation color only once a year. It's pretty time consuming, but if you make enough, you can quickly and easily make a few different products from the same color mixture. Here's how fast and easy it is to make a cream foundation once the color is mixed.

Tip: Always be sure the equipment you use is clean and sterile. It's a good idea to have dedicated cosmetics equipment and keep it separate from your regular kitchen equipment. For links to where you can get ingredients, please check the earlier posting about mixing matt powder foundation.

1. Put cream base into a mixing bowl. I use my own Herbal Repair Eye Solution. It is light, accomodates a fair amount of color, and moisturizes well. I like having a cream foundation that doubles as skin care. Add a small amount of the color mixture to the cream.

2. Mix until the color is evenly distributed. Less color for less coverage. Always start with less color than you think you'll need, then add a bit at a time until you are happy with it. Remember to test along the way so you can adjust the amount of color or cream for how much coverage your foundation will have. Always test in natural daylight and always test where you will be using the color - on your face and along the jawline.

3. Transfer the final mixture to a container.

Here is the powder foundation, cream foundation and a little sample jar with concealer I made. The concealer is quick and easy to do. Just add titanium dioxide or silk white pigment to a bit of your foundation powder and mix for a lighter shade. When the color is even, mix the new, lighter color into a dollop of cream. Despite how different the colors look in this picture, both the powder and the cream are a perfect match to my skin.

8 comments:

Rebecca said...

That's a great idea Lise. I have many customers asking me about how to make a foundation and I just haven't gotten around to putting together formulas. It is tricky for a beginner and you have found an easy starting point.

It's interesting that your base looks a bit redder than the powder base. How about on the skin?

Lise M Andersen said...

HI Rebecca,
It really is the weirdest thing. The color is an exact match to my skin for both the powder and the cream when applied. However - the camera is not lying - they really do look different in the containers. I'm not quite sure why, but there you have it. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey... Miss Andersen... how are things.. we have a skincare facial studio... we are also making natural skin tonics, & foundations, but i was just trying to find out how to make our product into cream foundation, as our foundation is liquid... our clients are statring to ask more & more about cream version... any help regarding this would be a great help... cream foundation for a natural ingridient product ...

all the best

Regards Bryan

Lise M Andersen said...

Hey there Bryan,

Thanks for your question. This one is difficult to answer without more information from you. Are you asking how to thicken an existing lotion consistency into a cream consistency or how to create a cream consistency from scratch?

If you want to thicken an existing lotion into a cream then I would need to have a look at your formula so I could give you some specific suggestions. My email is on the sidebar of the blog if you want to contact me about this.

If you are not doing your own formulating, but using an existing base product, then you could try and start with a cream that has the desired consistency and add your foundation colors to that.

Hope this was of some help.

Anonymous said...

Could I use something else besides thr herbal eye repair cream?

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Anon - Yes - you can use any light, unscented cream you like.

CC Mirabella said...

I'm curious as to why the colors do that? I've had that same thing happen to me several times where I've made a cream foundation or powder and the color looks way OFF and then I dab it or one of my friends & it matches perfectly..it's so odd I think but I'm glad I'm not alone even if I'm a lil late to the party ;)
You' have a great blog here , very informative it's much appreciated.
Thank you
Tracey

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Tracey - thanks for your kind words! I wish I could tell you exactly why the colours do this, but can only hazard a guess. I wonder if the moisture in the cream is the reason for the difference in the way the colours look. The powder mix is all matt, so there isn't a lot to reflect light with in this mixture, while the liquid in the cream allows the colours to 'shine' a bit more. Again - I am only guessing!