There are many reasons to include mineral eyeshadow and other types of mineral makeup in your makeup kit. Mineral-based cosmetics are much less likely to cause an allergic reaction or other problems for sensitive skin.
The one big downside of mineral eyeshadow is that it is expensive. Not everyone’s budget allows for such expenditures. Why not then consider making your own mineral eyeshadow? It may not only be more beneficial for your skin, but also fun to make. You may likely enjoy creating different shades of colorful eyeshadow to call your own.
How to Make Your Own Mineral Eyeshadow
The first step to making either your own shadow or eye shadow base at home is to find the right ingredients. It’s unlikely that you have any titanium dioxide lying around. Don’t despair!
Using the web, you can quickly and easily find all the individual products that you need to take on your home cosmetics endeavor. Often times you can also find great kits containing all of the ingredients that you will need to get started, for a lower price than if you were to purchase them separately.
Most of these contain products you can use for everything from creating foundation to coloring eyebrows. SweetScents is one such place. The website offers a large variety of cosmetic grade items for DIY purposes. But, in general, what you are looking for are products like zinc oxide and brown oxide, along with mica, titanium dioxide, and magnesium stearate.
In the video below Anne-Marie Faiola, aka the Soap Queen, owner of Bramble Berry Soapmaking Supplies, demonstrates how to make mineral eyeshadow and eyeliner using Bramble Berry‘s Neutrals and Metallics Mineral Makeup kit.
Basic Mineral Eyeshadow Recipe
A simple and basic mineral eyeshadow recipe involves:
Four teaspoons of sericite mica
One teaspoon of titanium dioxide
One teaspoon of magnesium stearate
- Using a coffee grinder, a Silver Bullet or a similar kitchen appliance, grind these ingredients for 3-5 minutes. You should get about five teaspoons worth of base out of it.
- Once you’ve created the base, let the powder settle down for a minute, then mix in pigmented oxides of your choice, in whatever combination suits your color palette.
- Although the recipe is simple, bear in mind that proper mixing and grinding are essential to a quality end result. The goal is not to allow for streaking and running of the color.
- Be careful not to over grind the mica – if it is too fine, it loses its brilliance and becomes dull.
- Wear a face mask in order not to inhale the fine powder.
How to Make Smoky Brown Mineral Eyeshadow
- Start with a deep brown oxide base (.05 ounce) and add to it 1.4 grams of black mica.
- Add an equal amount of purple mica and really get heavy handed with a fine bronze mica, by adding 2/10 of an ounce of that item.
- Top off with a half of a teaspoon of jojoba oil and a preservative if desired
- Coffee grinder or a similar kitchen appliance (you can go for mortar and pestle instead, but obviously it will take more time to grind and combine that way.)
- Gram measuring scale, scoop spoons and other scooping type mechanisms (any small ones you may have at home are fine, but make sure that you only use them for mineral makeup making purposes only – don’t go and use them on your cereal the next day.)
- Small bowls, gloves, a face mask, and clean up products like alcohol and paper towels should also be on hand.
- Waxed paper and liquid droppers.
Additional Benefits of Making Your Own Mineral Eyeshadow
1. Product Safety: The Question of Parabens
Mineral eyeshadow that is also paraben-free is an even better choice. In the last decades, paraben free cosmetics have come to be considered a safer choice for women’s health.
Parabens are preservatives often included in personal care products to keep them from going moldy. At the same time, frequent use of the preservative may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.
2. Mineral Eyeshadow: Good Option for Acne Sufferers
Mineral eyeshadow and similar products can prove quite a blessing for people who suffer from acne. As it is not based on oil or other pore-clogging components, mineral eyeshadow may help minimize acne breakouts.
Making your own mineral eyeshadow at home may seem like a bigger undertaking than figuring out how to apply individual eyelashes. However, it’s not a very difficult task. In fact, many people enjoy it and some even throw DIY makeup creating parties at home. Making mineral eyeshadow together can be quite a bonding experience! It won’t teach you anything about how to wear eyeshadow, but it can be a fun and exciting way to experiment with new looks and techniques and maybe even save a little bit of money too!