Making Mineral Cosmetics
Making mineral cosmetics is quick, easy and fun!
All you need is a few basic ingredients and a few recipes to try out to see which works for you. These days they are all over the internet, or you can purchase one of my books.
Some people like to start with lip balms and lipsticks, others like to play with foundations or eyeshadows.
A lip balm, lipstick and lipgloss are made with a blend of waxes (beeswax, carnauba wax) and oils (apricot, jojoba, meadowfoam seed) with the ratio depending on the stiffness of the product required. Mica and oxides are blended to colour the blend, and essential oils can be added for flavour
A foundation is made with a fine white powder (rice is the most common followed by arrowroot or corn flour), blended with clay and/or mica (sericite for a wee bit of glow, semi-matt or translucent for a sheer finish), a bit of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (natural sunscreens) and some coloured oxides - yellow, brown, red, blue and green - sounds odd, I know. next you need some tools - a blender, scales or measuring spoons and a mini scoop.
Eyeshadows are a similar method to foundations... they can be made with oxides, micas or a combination of both.