At first glance, this recipe looks pretty intense. In reality, it’s simply a combination of my DIY Airbrushing Mineral Powder and a very, super light version of my Soft Hands Lotion. The result is a silky, nourishing, and subtle foundation that you can perfectly customize to your skin tone and that won’t irritate your skin. Worth a bit of effort? I think so!
- 1/2 tablespoon Cocoa butter
- 1/2 tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil (can substitute with any other lightweight oil that’s liquid at room temperature)
- 1/2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 1/2 tablespoon Emulsifying Wax
- 1/4 cup warm water (I boil water and then let it cool some)
- 1/2 tablespoon Aloe Vera Juice
(optional, can use water instead)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 2 teaspoons white bentonite or fullers earth clay
- 2 teaspoons sericite mica
- red oxide
- yellow oxide
- blue oxide or cobalt blue mica
- brown oxide
Where to buy oxides: you can find the oxides at saffireblue.ca. The shipping is not super cheap but the supplies are very inexpensive and have lasted me for nearly 2 years now…and that’s with all the experimentation I do!
1. Place your cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and emulsifying wax into a small pan. Place over low heat until everything is melted and incorporated.
2. While the oils melt, combine your warm water, aloe vera juice (if using), and vegetable glycerin. Stir well.
3. Once your oils have melted, take the pan off the heat and let cool, stirring occasionally, until the oils start to become slightly viscous.
4. Slowly start adding your water/aloe vera juice/vegetable glycerin mixture into your oils. You’ll want to add a bit and stir, add a bit and stir again. It’ll get a bit weird in texture at first but keep adding/stirring and you’ll notice that the mixture will turn creamy.
5. Once you’ve combined your oils and water, you’ll basically have a light lotion. Next, add in your bentonite/kaolin clay and serecite mica and mix very well. (If your lotion is super runny, you might have to wait for it to cool some, otherwise the clay and serecite mica will just sink to the bottom. If you let it cool to much, you can always slowly reheat the mixture over low heat, stirring frequently.)
6. Now is the tricky part: you’ll need to start matching the foundation to your skin tone. I recommend starting with a generous pinch of yellow oxide and a smaller pinch of red and then mixing…then start adding different tones from there. I needed to add a tiny amount of blue oxide to get my undertones but it’s not always necessary. This part can get a bit frustrating but the key is to GO SLOW. It’s very difficult to lighten the mixture again but you can have a bit of wiggle room by adding in more clay/serecite mica if you mess up.
Keep in mind that this recipe makes a decently sized batch so it’s worth the slight bit of frustration to get the color perfectly tailored to you.
Also, because this makes a fairly large batch, I recommend either storing it in the fridge and using it from there or pouring it into multiple smaller containers and keeping the extras in the fridge.