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Make Your Own Mineral Makeup

Make Your Own Mineral Makeup

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Mineral makeup is a popular cosmetics choice.

To save money and limit exposure to unwanted chemicals like fragrances, preservatives, parabens and other synthetics which are often found in products marketed as natural mineral makeups, try making your own.

Homemade mineral makeup can be personalized with ingredients to suit to any skin tone and type.

Keeping It Clean has a good summary of mineral makeup fundamentals, including explanations of common compounds as well as a basic recipe.

Many recipes call for cornstarch, arrowroot or rice powder as a base. Cornstarch is good for oily skin, but may not offer the best staying power. Arrowroot, which is comprised of a fairly high starch content, may appear lighter in color but some say it adheres better. Also, silk or rice powders can provide a smooth finish, hold in moisture and calm the skin. These can also be combined to meet specific needs, for instance cornstarch and silk powder can be mixed to control shine but still offer moisture.

Other constituents that have benefits can be blended in like zinc oxide, which is used for calming coverage and sun protection.

For natural color, cocoa can be added for a bronzing agent to darken the powder. Also, pigmented micas and iron oxide pigments come in several shade choices and are effective, natural colorants. Mineral powder can also be mixed with organic beet root powder for a natural blush.

Make Your Own Mineral Makeup

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Some homemade versions may call for using nutmeg or cinnamon to add a hue, however this is not ideal for prolonged topical applications. These both contain properties that can cause skin to flush or become irritated.

BB (beauty balm) creams are increasing in popularity due to their effectiveness as a tinted makeup, moisturizing agent, skin primer and polisher. To make your own, mix mineral makeup with quality facial moisturizer or skin safe oils right before applying for a dewy finish that is good for the skin. Essential oils like coconut, carrot seed, argan, lavender or jojoba can be added for soothing, refreshing and relieving irritated skin.

For best results the powder will need to be mixed well, either with a pestle and mortar or through a fine sifter. The finished product can be stored in old mineral makeup containers or placed in reusable bottles. Ones with built in sieves are handy to distribute the powder as needed, like baby powder containers, spice jars or even salt or pepper shakers can be used for dispensing.

Always use precaution when mixing and applying any cosmetic powder, as the particles can become airborne and should not be inhaled.

It may take a little experimenting to find a perfect combination, but once a match is obtained it can become harder to shell out high dollars for something you can make a more natural version of right at home.

Check the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to do a search for what is in some retail mineral makeup brands.

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