Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mineral make-up - Part 16: Earth tones - matte

Happy Canada Day! I realized I should be offering some tutorials on how to make red and white today, but who wants to wear red eye shadow? Instead, make the basic white and the Red Earth recipe below and you got yourself a Canada Day happy face!

Earth tones are always a lovely way to create a base colour. (For basic bases, please check out this post...) Like the other bases, these are matte colours made primarily with iron oxides. (The iron oxides are intense colourants, whereas the micas offer good colouring and lots of shine!)

Normally I like a ratio of 3:2 for colours to base for my eye shadows, but these are a little different because they are meant as light bases. For any of these, feel free to add 1 or 2 scoops of mica to shiny them up a bit.

Olive green - this is a matte colour
1/4 tsp base
1/8 tsp yellow iron oxide
1/32 tsp black-blue iron oxide
(A good mica here would be a gold colour...)

Or a shiny olive green...
1 part yellow pop mica
1 part black satin mica
2 parts base

Earth - again, a matte colour with a titch of shine in it
1/4 tsp base
2 scoops brown umber iron oxide
1 scoop aborigine amber mica

Red Earth - matte with a titch of shine
1/4 tsp base
2 scoops brown umber iron oxide
1 scoop aborigine amber mica
1 scoop red (light) iron oxide

Purple-brown - matte with a titch of shine
1/4 tsp base
1 scoop brown-umber iron oxide
1/2 scoop russet iron oxide
1 scoop aborigine amber mica

Join me next week to make some browns!

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