Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mineral make-up - Not a part, but an aside

If you're thinking about making mineral make-up (MMU), you're probably wondering what are the essentials I need to make this stuff and how much is it going to cost me? Great questions...so here's a list of what I consider the essentials for eye shadow (and a brief explanation of why...)

Mineral make-up essentials...

1. Treated sericite - this is a type of mica treated with a silicone, usually dimethicone. this is the base of my MMU eye shadow. You could use micronospheres in its place, but I prefer treated sericite mica. (30 grams will be about $6.00 and will make tons and tons of eye shadows!) Learn more here...

2. Titanium dioxide, water soluble - this is the whitening and opaquing (is that a word?) agent for the eye shadow base. You will use a lot of this, and it's not expensive, so I suggest starting with at least a 30 gram bag (60 if you can stretch your budget to it.) You will want this for your blushes, foundations, and pretty much everything else you will want to make once you get started. (About $3.50 for 30 grams.)

3. Iron oxides, and the like...These are going to be the base of your eye shadow colours, so you'll want a variety of these to be able to darken and change colours. Iron oxides run about $2.50 to $3.50 per colour, and a sample pack is always a good thing.
  • black (blue) and black (brown) or just black
  • brown (umber)
  • yellow (optional)
  • ultramarine pink
  • ultramarine purple
  • maganese violet
  • if you are a green girl, then get chromium green (there are two versions at Voyageur - choose your favourite!)
  • I love burgundy iron oxide (it turns purple with the base), but again, optional.
4. Micas - This is where you can go completely crazy! Start with samples sizes and choose one colour you really love (purple, pink, green, brown) and get at least one of those. Then choose at least those three below so you can blend your colours. (Micas can run $2.00 to $5.00, depending upon colour, for 10 grams, but ask about sample packs!)
  • black satin mica - to make the colour deeper
  • white satin mica and/or white matte mica - satin for sparkle, matte for less - for whitening.
  • silver mica (if you love silvers) or gold mica (if you're a gold girl!) - to add shine
  • 5. Plastic bags - I know these are inexpensive at the dollar store, and that's a good place to start, but if you can afford it, get some from the bead store or Michael's as they will last longer. The price difference isn't huge -- 175 for $3.50 vs. 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store -- but they won't break on you when you use them!

    6. Little scoops - These are about 20 cents each from the suppliers', but worth it. Get quite a few so you don't have to clean them in between use. I like to have at least 1 for every colour I'm using, then a few more. (Or get yourself measuring spoons for 1/32 -- little scoop size -- 1/16 and 1/8 tsp from a cookie supply store. Metal spoons are easier to clean.)

    7. Q-tips - So you can check the colour in the bag.

    8. Containers for your finished product. You can use all kinds of containers -- the actual MMU eye shadow containers will run you 80 cents to $1.50 depending on the store you choose.


    So what have we spent so far?
    • treated sericite $6.00
    • titantium dioxide $4.00
    • iron oxides (5) $14.00 (on the high side...)
    • micas (4) $14.00 (again, on the higher side)
    • baggies $4.00
    • scoops (20) $4.00
    • containers (optional)
    • GRAND TOTAL $46.00 - not bad, go in with a friend or three and reduce the costs!
    As you can see, mineral make-up isn't cheap to start and it can quickly become an addiction to be reckoned with, but you can make a ton of eye shadows from these supplies. One eye shadow holds about 1.2 grams of product -- about 0.5 grams of sericite mica (higher for the base colours), 0.2 grams of titanium dioxide, and the rest mica -- so you can make yourself something like 60 eye shadows (minimum) from these supplies!

    You can use all these supplies for all the other mineral make-up options - foundations, blushes, lip sticks, glitter powders, etc. - so if you want to get into this, then when you're finished making eye shadows (which I don't think is possible!) you'll be on your way to making other products!

    5 comments:

    Jelena said...

    Hi! You have very nice containers for your eye shadow... Do you mind sharing where you got them?

    Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

    I buy them at Suds & Scents in Abbotsford (scroll down a bit, then 10 gram containers). Voyageur's are very nice as well.

    Jelena said...

    Thank you! :)

    Anita said...

    What issues could I look forward to if I were to use oil soluble TD over water soluble?
    I use the oil soluble for soap, so it would be nice if it did double duty.

    Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

    Hi Anita. I can't think of any issues. Go for it!