Saturday, 11 April 2015

Homemade Mineral Make Up

by AlisonS

The corporate world and our social lives generally dictate that to fit in, women must cover their purported imperfections and mask their natural looks with make up.

The liquid foundations used in the past went on like paste and blocked pores. They contained a long list of chemicals and no one really knew much about them. The skin is the largest organ in the body and what we put on our skin can be absorbed directly into our body. We have realised in recent years, we have to be more careful.

Fast forward to the last ten years or so, and the new and improved mineral make up hit the scene. 

Mineral make up is so much better for our skin than the "old" foundations of past, they are generally made from good, natural ingredients and allows our skin to breathe. But even so, many of the marketed mineral foundations contain unnecessary ingredients that no one can pronounce, and a lot of them use talcum powder to bulk it out and make it more cost effective for the manufacturer.

Here is an example of one mineral make up product's ingredients:

Ingredient list: Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Water (Aqua), MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Carmine (CI 75470) (chestnut light),Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140:1)

Not only is it important to know what we're putting on our skins and in our bodies, cost is a major factor. The mineral make up I used to buy cost around $60, and if you were to wear make up daily, no doubt you would need to buy two or possibly three of these a year.

Let me share my secret to having good mineral make up with no unnecessary ingredients and one that is very cost effective ... I make it myself. It has only six ingredients, and all with words I can pronounce easily. And the best part? It takes five minutes to make and I can tweak the colouring to exactly match my skin colour.

It is a little costly in the beginning to buy the ingredients, but they will last forever and have no expiry date. Plus, if you are a soap maker like myself, and like to play around with colours, you may already have most of the ingredients on hand. One of the ingredients I didn't have, and had to purchase, was zinc oxide. This is a great thing to have on hand as you can use it to make your own talc powder, and it is also the active ingredient in sunscreen. Just mix a little into your favourite moisturiser and it automatically becomes a sunscreen moisturiser!

Most (if not all) of the ingredients can be bought from soap making supply stores.

You may need some mini measuring spoons (like you would use for cheese making) to measure the colours. Otherwise, just do it by eye and gradually add the colouring.

Basic mineral make up recipe 

  • 4 tsp Titanium Dioxide **
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sericite Mica (this is what gives your face it's "glow")
  • 2 tsp Zinc Oxide
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/32 tsp (smidgen) Yellow Iron Oxide
  • 1/16 tsp (pinch) Brown Iron Oxide
  • 3/32 tsp (3 X smidgens) Red Iron Oxide
Simply mix ingredients together in a jar, then put through a tea strainer to get out any lumps. Store in a clean, airtight jar. Test on your face during daylight to best match your skin colour.

How to tweak your colouring:

  • Too dark? Add more titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or sericite mica.
  • Too light? Add more brown iron oxide. 
  • Too yellow? Add more red iron oxide. 
  • Too pink? Add more yellow iron oxide.
** There has been some discussion and research into the safety of titanium dioxide, in particular the inhalation of nanoparticles potentially being carcinogenic. We do not want to recommend any product that could potentially harm you, so we researched a bit further. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe for cosmetic use "in amounts consistent with good manufacturing practice", but we urge you to conduct your own research and make up your own mind.