DIY Airbrushing Mineral Liquid Foundation

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!

I like to wear mine with a sweep of DIY Midnight Clay Eyeliner and a bit of Positively Rosy Lipstick and Cheek Stain…crunchiness never looked so good!

DIY Airbrushing Mineral Liquid Foundation



Where to buy oxides: you can find the oxides at  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.


16 replies

  1. Hi there! Okay, so I would like to ask a few questions here… I don’t see a preservative at all here and there is water an oil involved. Do you have a natural, safer preservative recommendation? Next is the coconut oil replaceable with another oil?The powder additions. Is this basically adding your mineral foundation to a lotion recipe? I would like to use my titanium dioxide, zinc, serecite, magnesium stearate, and oxide mineral makeup to this instead but understand minerals are different from clays. Have you experimented with this at all? thank you!

    • Hi! I didn’t add a preservative since I just keep it in the fridge but I generally like grapefruit seed extract an that would definitely work here too. Yes, the coconut oil is replaceable though it might alter the texture just a tiny bit. It’s a really light lotion with more of a water base songs not heavy on facial skin but yeah, you can definitely add those things you have, I’ve tried it and they work! Have fun making it! Keep me posted on how it turns out 🙂

      • Alex,

        Thank you! Yes coconut oil breaks me out so I need to switch that out. I will try out the grape fruit extract! Do you know how long it can keep with this in there?

        Thank you!

      • Ah yeah, I’ve definitely heard of people having that and it does not sound fun! I’m not sure with this recipe since I I didn’t try t but I’d get a few weeks, maybe longer if it’s cold in your house…

  2. I’m making this tonight!! 🙂 BTW where did you get that little pot you melt your oils and waxes in? I need it! I do so much DIY stuff and my nonstick pot is pretty much ruined… Oops. 🙂

  3. Hello! I really want to make this, but I would like for it to be white. Would something like zinc oxide work or is there another white mineral I could use in place of the oxides? Also, would shea butter be a good substitute for cocoa butter?

  4. Is there something I can add to this so that way I won’t have to store it in the fridge and I can leave it in my makeup bag?

    • I left mine out as is for about 2 months before I used it all and nothing happened but of course, you definitely want to be super careful! Grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil are good antibacterial things to use so you could try that…I jut haven’t personally tried it. Add either one to the oil portion of the recipe 🙂

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