As promised, DIY Mineral Veil/Face Powder...
#1 Arrowroot: This natural product is light and smooth and is really great to use as a finishing powder. While it does absorb oil, it does not dry out skin. This ingredient is safe and gentle and ok to use on sensitive skin--better to use for sensitive skin than cornstarch. BUT if you do have sensitive skin, I ALWAYS recommend doing a patch test first to make sure. Try also to always use ORGANIC products on your skin.
#2 Kaolin: Kaolin is a product that is used in so much face makeup. It has really great covering ability and also absorbs oil. It is really great for acne prone skin because it can help to clear up break outs and also to sooth skin that is irritated. It also refines pores...wow, the more I talk about it, the more I realize this is just a great mineral! I always get my supplies from the cosmetic supply webite www.makingcosmetics.com. The are not over-priced and they seriously have everything you could every think of wanting when it comes to makeup ingredients.You can get a bag of kaolin here. A little goes a very, very long way. Really, all you need to buy is the 4oz bag.
#3 Mica: Mica is seriously in everything--from face makeup to eyeshadow to lipstick. You can get mica powder here. Remember, again, a little goes a long way. Mica powder is a texterizer and helps to aid in making the powder adhere to your face and in making the different ingredients adhere to each other. Simply put, it prolongs the staying power of the powder. There are tons of color options when it comes to buying mica. For face makeup, buy the translucent powder. Be careful--you don't want to accidentally buy green mica powder..that is, of course, unless you want to try also making your own eyeshadow (-: .
SOOO there are the very basic ingredients I use to make finishing powder, but, if you click on the website (www.makingcosmetics.com) and start to browse all of their products you will definitely be VERY VERY OVERWHELMED. Or perhaps you will start to get extremely excited about creating your own makeup--I was both. But these are the basic ingredients. Nothing fancy.
I use a mortar and pestle to combine all of my ingredients, but it is not necessary. If you do want a mortar and pestle, you can get one here.
To be honest, I do not have exact measurements when it comes to making my mineral veil--each batch is slightly different. This is difficult to pin-point because it depends on how much you want to make and various details like that. But I can tell you a rough estimate:
for about every
3 teaspoons of arrowroot powder
I use about
1 teaspoon of kaolin
and 1/2 teaspoon of mica powder.
I hesitate to tell y'all measurements because I think that it is good to experiment and find out what works best for you--but remember that you can always add more, you cannot take away an ingredient once it's added. Measurements will also vary depending on what kind of skin you have. If you have very acneic skin (hi, me) then you are probably going to want to use more kaolin than others.
I usually use left-over, empty jars from buying makeup, but you can buy powder containers for your own makeup here.
Let me know if you have any questions, and, as always, let me know how it goes!!!