How to Make a Loose Powder Foundation

Have you always wanted a loose powder foundation that not only matches your skin to perfection, but offers just the sheerest hint of color? Or one that can cover without looking like it's caked on? Or one that offers light-reflecting magic and diminishes fine lines? Or one that is free of perfume?

You can have this.

Here's the best part – you can make it yourself.

Easy peasy.

With just a few ingredients and a little patience, you can create your very own 100% perfectly matched, perfect-for-your-skin, light-reflecting, skin-loving loose powder foundation.

Today, I'm going to show you just how easy it is.

Ingredients and Tools

  • Bowls
  • Serecite Mica
  • Light-reflecting Mica (this is an optional 'special-effect' powder that boasts adding an 'air-brushed' look to your skin)
  • Foundation Color Pigment Mix (see 'step 2' here)
  • Container
  • Sieve
  • Measuring spoons (these were bought from Aroma Zone - link below)

The Process

This process is so easy it can be described in 4 words: measure, mix, test, transfer.

The Trick To Getting it Perfect

The only time consuming or even semi-difficult part of doing your own loose powder foundation is testing the product as you go. If you don't let yourself cut any corners on this part, you will have the perfect powder foundation for you.


The ratio of color to base powder depends entirely on how sheer you want your foundation. The sheerer the color, the more base powder.

My own foundation is quite sheer, but still able to cover small imperfections. The proportions I used for a single (30 ml) powder container:

  • 11 level 'tad' spoons of serecite mica
  • 4 level 'tad' spoons of light-reflecting powder
  • 4 level 'tad' spoons of foundation pigment mix - mat (oxides)
  • 1 level 'tad' spoon of foundation pigment mix - glitter (mica)

Note: the glitter foundation mix was added as an afterthought and actually unnecessary. If you want to drop the glitter foundation colors, replace it with half a 'tad' spoon of the mat foundation pigment mix.

About Powder Make-up and Mature Skin 

Powder-based make-up is generally not the best match for mature skin (like mine) where it can have a tendency to highlight fine lines instead of diminishing them.

Serecite mica performs like a champ on me.

At the time of writing this, I have been using this powder foundation daily for over a month. It's an absolute smash-hit winner. On my to-do list: find out why it works so well and do a post on it.


Pass the ingredients through the sieve several times until they are thoroughly mixed.

Test as you go. Check for coverage in both daylight and inside light. Mix and test until you are happy with the product. Then transfer to your final container.

Enjoy your fabulous foundation.

Suppliers of DIY make-up ingredients and containers

DIY Cosmetics in USA
Aroma Zone in France
Urtegaarden in Denmark

I know there are many suppliers of make-up ingredients out there. If you know of a company you can recommend, please leave a comment (and link) and I'll add them to this list.


Mickey said…
Hey Lise! My first time seeing this post, and I'm wondering if you ever found out why this blend works so well on you? And what exactly is the "special effect mica" you refer to? (Or what's it made of.)I have countless powders, but I've never heard of this. I am also of an age where I'm needing some special effects!
Thanks Lise
LisaLise said…
HI Mickey - I think this blend works well on me because of the light reflecting action from the light reflecting mica. I tried this particular mica because of the product description, but I believe (speaking from memory here) the INCI is mica-- so it might merely be a matter of particle size. I got this one from French Aroma Zone-- they have quite a few make-up ingredients. :)
Unknown said…
Hi Lisa, thank you for so much information about everything. It's quite hard to digest all on your blog, will have to go thru one by one... :)
Just two questions on this post. If I cannot find this particular "light reflecting mica" where I live, this recipe will not work?? Also, is serecite same as sericite? Thank you!!
LisaLise said…
Hello Grace Lee - The light reflecting mica is just another type of mica, so you can use any neutrally colored cosmetics-grade mica. I'm pretty sure sericite and sericite are identical. I'm guessing this could be due to European vs USA or Australian spelling (or I might have just misspelled it!) :)
Unknown said…
Thank you for your prompt response. So, there are two types of mica (or possibly three, if silk white pigment in step 2 of matt powder foundation is also mica??), the first is light reflecting and the second is glitter mica? I'm not sure how I could make sure I've got the right ones.... Could you please shed some light to clarify? Thank you!
LisaLise said…
Hi Grace Lee, You don't have to use as many micas as I am doing here. I was merely trying out a mica type that promised an 'airbrushed look'. Your best bet is to mix a little at a time and test test test constantly until you have a look and color and the coverage you need/want.
Unknown said…
Yessssss, I can't agree more on test test test.... but you know, when you are not good at it, you tend to blame the tools... :)
Anonymous said…
hi there Lisa..wrt the powders..can one use cocoa powder..cinnamon,turmeric,and arrowroot instead??
LisaLise said…
Hey there Anon - Why not give it a try and see what you think? No harm in experimenting and it sounds like you have an idea of what you want. Tip: make small batches and keep track of the weight of every ingredient as you add it and mix so you can recreate your product. Best of luck with it!