Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mineral make-up ingredients: A primer (excusing the pun)

As part of the "what do you want to see on this blog" series, Mich suggested posts on mineral make-up! Thanks for the idea!

I love making mineral make-up! I can get the colours I want in the intensity I want, and I don't have to spend a fortune.

When formulating any product, knowing your ingredients helps you create a product that works well for your skin type, your skin colour, and your colour preferences. So let's take a look at ingredients you can use for making your own eye shadows, bronzers, blushes, foundations, and so on.

Mineral make-up ingredients that are not the colour are called "fillers". This sounds like a bad thing - aren't fillers usually the terrible songs on an album? - but these are the base for creating a really awesome product. You can be an amazing colour blender, but without a good base, you've got nothing!

When creating a mineral make-up product, you want to consider the following concepts...
  • Whiteness or opacity: To make a colour lighter, to cover up imperfections.
  • Translucency: The base itself is almost invisible once applied.
  • Skin protection
  • Slip: The product feels nice going on and staying on.
  • Adhesion: The product remains on your skin.
  • Absorbency: Your colour will remain true throughout the day and not morph into something due to environmental stresses or skin oils.
  • Light scattering properties: To give your skin a dewy glow.
  • Colour.
So how do we get what we want? Most fillers do double or triple duty in a mineral make-up product, so sometimes it can be really hard to choose the right one. (Remember, experimentation is your friend!)

Let's start off this series of posts by taking a look at something that might be familiar to you - eye shadow base.

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