DIY Mineral Makeup




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Mineral makeup is more than just a new beauty trend - it offers health benefits for skin as well. And now you can make it at home!

It's made of all natural, finely ground minerals from the earth, without many of the chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional makeup.

I have VERY sensitive skin, and have had trouble in the past with commercial makeup (even store-bought mineral makeup!) being too heavily fragrances, or containing irritants like bismuth oxychloride.

This formula eliminates classic irritants so that it's kinder to the skin.

Since it contains titanium dioxide which has anti-inflammatory properties, it also has a calming effect on the skin, particularly important if you suffer from inflammatory problems such as rosacea or acne.

AND I've added micronized zinc oxide to give it an SPF rating, helping to further protect skin from damage and wrinkles.

By making your own at home, you can control not only the purity of the ingredients you use, you can also create a custom color, matched exactly to your own skin tone!

Step 1: Materials

Some of these materials may seem hard to come by, but fret not! I was able to find most on Amazon.  They even offer a starter kit with everything you need! 
Whether you're having a Mineral Makeup Party and making a bunch with friends, or you're ready to make bigger batches, it's cheaper to buy in bulk.  Here's what you'll want:

Makes approximately (3)-30 gram jars (3 oz)

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Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In the mortar or grinder, combine:

  • 8 tsp Micronized Titanium Dioxide
  • 3 tsp Sericite Mica
  • 4 tsp Zinc Oxide
  • 1 tsp Magnesium Stearate
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp Yellow Iron Oxide
  • 1/16 tsp Brown Iron Oxide
  • Pinch of Red Iron Oxide

Take time smashing it up with your pestle/grinder. It won't seem like it's doing much at first, but slowly you'll start to see your color emerge. Continue smashing until it looks uniform.

Step 3: Mix in Wet Ingredients

Add the following to the mixture:

  • 1/4 tsp Jojoba Oil
  • 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • 4-8 drops any essential oil

Smash again, making sure to distribute the liquids evenly. They'll appear to just get swallowed up by the minerals, but remember that they need to be worked around until you have a uniform mixture.

  • Now add 1 tsp. Sericite Mica for a nice matte finish.


Change the tint by adding more of any of the iron oxides.
Add more titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or sericite mica if you desire a lighter overall shade.
Make note of your additions/changes so that you can duplicate when necessary.

Step 4: Transfer

Time to transfer your miracle mixture into a usable container!

Using a funnel, transfer foundation powder into a 30 gr sifter jar for easy application.
Take it everywhere and brag to your friends about how you made your own proprietary blend.



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    97 Discussions


    10 months ago on Step 1

    somehow it doesn't get the right color, I tried brown oxide and it gets too purplish


    3 years ago

    I love this site. Very helpful to those who want to DIY :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Just as a precaution to all: "Titanium dioxide in inhalable forms is designated as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). As a result, there is concern about TiO2 in loose powders, but not in creams such as sunscreens."

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    To avoid this, one could mix a bit of the powder into their moisturizer and create a creamy mineral foundation. :)


    3 years ago

    Really interesting. Don't know to be honest if I would have the drive to spend the time doing all of this though haha. I use Mineralissima ( mineral makeup right now & love that.


    5 years ago

    Question: Has anyone tried using some alternatives, such as arrow root, cocoa....... or for the oil-perhaps Grapeseed or Apricot Kernal oil? ❤

    2 replies

    I made a batch using arrow root, cocoa, and turmeric. Worked it up in a blade type coffee grinder. Added some powder blusher to adjust color and some powdered highlighter to reflect light, and it works great. Cost me nothing. Now I want to experiment further using a kit. I paid $30 for mineral makeup from Lancome a few years ago, and it is such a small amount. I apply moisturizer to my face first, then the mineral powder.


    4 years ago

    How do you keep it from caking/creasing?


    This is a very interesting article, will home made mineral makeup in the long run be cheaper than store bought?
    It's not easy to have rosacea and try and find mineral makeup from animal friendly companies when you got a limited budget :(


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Okay.... I am super happy about this ible right now, you have no idea!

    I tried the mineral makeup in the store (because I love the results), but my skin hated it. So awesome to have a recipe that my skin might actually agree with! Yay! Thank you! :D

    3 replies

    You inspired me to update the links. Now you can order a mini-kit to try out too! (hoping you can get it in CAN. . . .)


    Cool! I re-downloaded the pdf. Can't wait to get started and will definitely look into the mini-kit. Thanks again. :-)


    5 years ago

    thank you!! I love this makeup! I skipped the mica and magnesium stearate, I replaced them with kaolin clay and arrow root powder. I tripled the pigments and still had to add some cacao powder to get the right shade. It covers better than any foundation and you don't need any concealer! also wears extremely well to the point of being waterproof.


    6 years ago

    Wow! This is amazing my prayers have been answered!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable. I don't wear make up because of allergies to the things they put in. My biggest problem is with mascara. My lashes are very fine and thin and if I use even the stuff that is supposed to be hypoallergenic My lashes end up looking like porcupine quills because my eyelids swell up. Could this be used as mascara? Being close to the eyes, I really want to be sure of it. I remember seeing old movies with lash darkeners in blocks. Water was applied to the brush and then the brush was wiped on the block. Again, great instructable.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Not sure if you found a solution for this yet..but I have switched over almost 100% to organic products and bought mascara from Whole Foods - the brand is: Mineral Fusion. I like it - haven't had any problems. The other safe makeup I've bought is Gabriel cosmetics. Either way- I love this instructable and having the freedom to make your own is awesome!! I wish I would have seen this sooner..but it helps a lot anyway. When I have time in the future ..I'll be doing this!