Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mineral make up - Part 10: Using blue iron oxide to make blue

This is the blue iron oxide on paper. Behold its mighty power to colour everything it sees, including your hands! So be sparing with it in your eye shadows!

As you saw in the last post on MMU, you can use base and micas to get a nice, translucent, shiny blue. But perhaps you're not a shiny girl and you want something with a little more depth. This is where our blue iron oxide comes to visit! Blue iron oxide reminds me of the black iron oxides (see more in this post on the topic) - it adds a lot of depth to a colour and makes it darker, taking something to the "more blue" aspect of the colour.

Blue iron oxide is incredibly powerful and a small titch is enough to colour quite a lot of base. Try this recipe to see the awesome power of blue iron oxide!

What's a titch? I consider it to be about 1/4 of our tiny white scoops, which would be about 0.035 cc. Since we have nothing that small, I usually measure it with the handle end of the spoon. I know it's not accurate - this from the "let's measure everything with a scale, including butter in the icing for our cupcakes!" girl - but it's the only way to add tiny amounts!

3/4 tsp eye shadow base (if you don't know what this means, please visit the intro to MMU)
1 scoop (0.15 cc) blue iron oxide
Put into a small bag and squish until it is well blended. Use a Q-tip to see if you like it.

This is a great starting point for making other eye shadows, or you can use it alone as a base.

If you'd like it a little darker try...
3/4 tsp eye shadow base
2 scoops blue iron oxide

You can use either of these as the base for your eye shadows. (The recipes below use the word "base" to mean the untinted base...)

ARCTIC BLUE EYE SHADOW (made with blue iron oxide)
3/4 tsp base
2 scoops sunpearl silver or arctic silver or white mica (satin)
1 scoop blue iron oxide
or the base you made above with 2 scoops silver mica

You'll remember this one from the last post. This time we're making it with blue iron oxide and adding the micas later to give it the shine. The difference between these two recipes is the blue iron oxide - instead of getting our colour from periwinkle blue mica, we're getting it from the blue iron oxide, then adding the mica for the shine.

PERIWINKLE BLUE EYE SHADOW (made with blue iron oxide)
1/4 tsp parts periwinkle blue mica
1/2 scoop blue iron oxide
1/4 tsp eye shadow base
or the base you made above with 1/4 tsp periwinkle blue mica

Again, you'll remember this eye shadow from the last post. It is a variation that will be a deeper blue than the periwinkle blue sheen, with an opaque base instead of a transparent base.

Behold the awesome power of blue iron oxide! A small titch can transform any sheen into an eye shadow. Join me next week to learn more about using blue iron oxides to create purples!

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