I mixed 1 scoop of the ivory colour grind to 10 cc of the finishing powder - yes, it took that much! - and finally came up with a colour I liked. I think this might suit me. It's very light coverage - and I'm not looking for much - and it doesn't get in my pores. I think I might just have a winner!
But I'm never content to just let something be...so I thought I'd try yet another recipe, so it's on to formulation #3.
3 cc Micronaspheres
1 cc boron nitride
2 cc treated sericite
1/16 tsp zinc oxide
1/16 tsp magnesium stearate
1 scoop calcium carbonate
1/16 tsp Dry-flo
Which, I'm going to be honest, I put aside because it was time for lunch and I forgot to blend any colours with it. So I'll do that later this week when I have some time in the morning. I think this one is going to be a winner because it doesn't contain a ton of shiny ingredients and it does include ingredients that will make my skin happy like the calcium carbonate.
6 cc untreated sericite
4 scoops boron nitride
6 cc Micronaspheres
1 cc Dry-flo
2 scoops calcium carbonate
1/16 tsp titanium dioxide
You'll notice I'm using untreated sericite this time. It's low lustre, and I'm trying for less shiny, so it seemed like a good choice. I like the shine of the boron nitride, so I think I want to keep that. (And it's new, so I have to include it!)
I started with 3 cc untreated sericite, 2 scoops boron nitride, and 3 cc Micronaspheres, then added 1 scoop of colour. Bad idea! This was way too dark for my skin! So I doubled the base ingredients, but found it was a little too shiny. I added the titanium dioxide, then realized I hadn't added any calcium carbonate. Because the sericite is untreated, it's not going to offer the oil absorption of the treated sericite, so I need to add something to help with that (although the Micronaspheres will help, not with my oily skin)! So calcium carbonate it is. But that - combined with the titanium dioxide - is going to make this less glidy than I like, so I added some Dry-flo. It's a good choice to increase the glide but it won't interfere with the colour.
To 10 cc (2 tsp) of base I added 1 scoop of colour and that was more than enough! I don't think this one's going to be my first choice - it's a little pink. I think I'm going to replicate this recipe without the titanium dioxide - possibly with zinc oxide - because the titanium dioxide definitely changes the colour to a pinky as opposed to a skin colour. And the last think I need for my red toned skin is more pink!
What have I learned from this little experimentation?
- Bismuth oxychloride is not my friend. I don't have tons of wrinkles, but it really doesn't like my giant pores!
- Titanium dioxide is going to make my colours pinker, which is not something I want in a foundation.
- Zinc oxide doesn't really change the colours and it offers skin protection, so I'm going to use that more often.
- Boron nitride is a nice addition to my foundations, as is boron glow. It might be a little too shiny, so I'll have to test it a while longer, but I think it's a keeper.
- Dry-flo is a must for me in my foundations. I really like the glidiness it offers, and it doesn't change the colour of the grind.
- Micronaspheres are a must for me as well. I really like the glide and oil absorption.
- Treated sericite is an ingredient I like for a bit of shine and for the oil absorption.
- Untreated sericite is definitely an ingredient I'm going to use again. I like the lack of shine and I can make up for that in other areas.
- Calcium carbonate at low levels are a must as well. Oil absorption is key for me.
- The ivory colour blend might be a little too pink for my skin. I'm going to play around with adding a little brown or white to it and see what happens. And I know titanium dioxide is not a good way to add some white. Perhaps some matte white mica?
A lot of people will look at my experiments and think I've wasted my time. But I've learned what doesn't work for me, what my skin likes, and what ingredients I should buy next time I visit my supply shop.
What's next? I think I'm going to experiment with talc just so I can see what these other ingredients offer over it. I know some people avoid it, but I really like to know why I should avoid it rather than avoiding an ingredient because on someone else's say so.
Join me tomorrow to learn how to make a liquid foundation.