Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mineral make-up - Part 8: Purple with manganese violet

This week, we're going to learn the joys of using manganese violet to make purples. If you compare it to the ultramarine purple, you'll notice it is a much deeper colour than the purple. Which means you're going to use much less than you would for the lighter colours.
You can make an awesome base just using 3 parts eye shadow base (from the first post) and 1 part manganese violet. (If you don't know how to make eye shadow or what I'm talking about, please see the second part of this tutorial on how to start out!)

DEEP PURPLE (no micas, matte)
3/8 tsp base
1/8 tsp manganese violet
1/32 tsp (small white scoop) black-blue iron oxide
You might recognize this recipe from the previous post on purples. We're doing a variation here with the manganese violet. You are going to see a deeper colour here than with the ultramarine violet, and I think it's a good exercise in learning what the different colours do with the base...and it's an awesome colour. The black takes the colour deeper - you could leave it out, but then you just have the base colour listed above.

PURPLE (shiny)
3/8 tsp base
1/8 tsp manganese violet
up to 1/4 tsp patagonian purple or metallic pixie (from Suds & Scents)
This is going to be a shiny purple and quite awesome indeed. The picture to your right is of patagonian purple mica. I would suggest getting something like this into your mica collection as we use it all the time. This is a great colour for contouring and eye lining.

3 tbsp base
1/2 tsp and 2 small white scoops ultramarine purple
1 scoop blue-black iron oxide
3 scoops magnesium violet
1 1/2 tsp patagonian purple
2 scoops sunpearl silver
This has some nice sparkle to it.
And finally...

PURPLE SHEEN (really shiny)
1 part base
1 part patagonian purple or metallic pixie
This is a very light, sheeny purple (Yeah, I know it doesn't contain any manganese violet, but I thought it was pretty!)

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