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Make Your Own Sheer Face Powder

Since it's summertime, I like to switch to a sheer powder instead of a more matte foundation.

I've made my own mineral makeup for years.  I love mineral makeup but the store-bought brands are just too darn expensive.

I'll admit, there is quite a bit of a learning curve when making homemade cosmetics.  I was already an experienced DIY skin care creator when I decided to try my hand at mineral makeup.  But the ingredients needed for mineral makeup were so foreign to me (oxides, micas, seracite... what the heck are those?)

But once I got familiar with the ingredients, the process itself isn't too hard.  Face powders, blush, eye shadows, bronzers are all made the same way.  Getting the right shades and colors for your makeup takes some experimenting.  Once you've got that down, the end result is fabulous because you've got the perfect shade and perfect texture.
So, for your first forays into making mineral makeup, this recipe is a great place to start.  It's super easy, you only need three ingredients, and you don't have to worry about colorants.

And, if you like this recipe and want to learn how to make more products, come join me for a Make Your Own Mineral Makeup class.  It's at Gavilan College, Gilroy, on July 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  You can register at Gavilan College Community Education.

Since these ingredients are probably new to you, I've included a link to each one on the Bramble Berry website, where you can get them in smaller amounts.  You can also buy them at From Nature with Love.  These ingredients will last indefinitely on your shelf, so there will be no waste.  

Sheer Face Powder
1 tablespoon sericite
1/2 teaspoon white kaolin clay
1/4 teaspoon arrowroot powder (you can also substitute corn starch)

Mix the powders in a small bowl until completely blended.  (I find it's most practical to use a small fork to really get the powders blended well.)  Store in a small container with a lid, like a repurposed makeup container.

To use, dip a makeup brush into the powder.  Tap of the excess.  Apply to the face with a swirling motion.  

If you want more staying power, up the white kaolin clay to 1 teaspoon (this may make the powder look too white on darker skin tones, though.  Try it, and if you don't like it, add more arrowroot and sericite.  You can also add a bit of oxides in your color shade to temper the whiteness.  TKB Trading has some good colors to choose from.)

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