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.
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
- 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)
- Measuring spoons (these were bought from Aroma Zone - link below)
This process is so easy it can be described in 4 words: measure, mix, test, transfer.
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 Trick To Getting it Perfect
MeasureThe 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.
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.
About Powder Make-up and Mature Skin
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.
MixPass 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 containersDIY 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.