Mineral makeup offers an alternative to chemical, mass-produced cosmetics. Minerals can be well-suited to sensitive skin. Making your own mineral makeup allows for fun experimentation and customization. While mixing mineral cosmetics is easier, you do have to know where to buy cosmetic-grade mineral ingredients to make safe, pretty and blendable mineral cosmetics.
Choose a reputable retailer specializing in minerals specifically for cosmetic use, particularly for the primary additives and fillers for your mineral makeup. Avoid chemical suppliers or craft stores to make sure your makeup ingredients are prepared appropriately for use on delicate facial skin.
Select the base powders for your mineral cosmetics. Opt for mica powders for a smooth finish and titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for a natural sunscreen. Avoid bismuth oxychloride, as it is frequently irritating to the skin. Try a sampler pack to determine which minerals you prefer or look at purchased mineral cosmetics you own and like.
Purchase pigments for your mineral makeup. Check soap- and candle-making suppliers for a good price on oxides and pigments, but do be sure that all are approved for use directly on the skin.
Look for mica powders produced for cosmetic use. Explore retailers selling mica for makeup, but also craft stores. Check the safety of each individual pigment to determine whether it is appropriate for use on the face, eyes or lips.
Gather jars, brushes and blending supplies from various sources. Purchase a good-quality scale and a set of dedicated measuring spoons for your mineral makeup. Blend pigments and powders in a closed container with a hand blender or by hand using a small blade, like those used for scraping dough.
- Be sure that you know which mica formulations are safe for various parts of the face.
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