Sometimes it's hard to find an ideal iron oxide for the base colour of that lipstick colour to die for, so we turn to our fillers for help. (This is even harder when you consider ultramarine pink is right out!)
Titanium dioxide is always my first choice for making something opaque, but often it can morph your colours, sometimes dramatically. Burgundy iron oxide can become purple, and that may not be the colour you want! I like to start off with 1 scoop titanium dioxide and work my way up as high as 8 scoops for 2 cc of colour to 1 tbsp lip balm or lip stick base.
And it can add drag to your lipstick. If you think you'll be using a lot of titanium dioxide, modify your base with even more slippery oils, for instance, or adding fillers that will increase slip and glide (more about this in the next few days!)
Before adding your fillers, always check your micas or other colours - some of them already contain bismuth oxychloride or titanium dioxide, which means you're going to get a more coverage kind of colour than you would with straight mica blends.
I love this Tutti Fruiti colour from the TKB Pop mica roundup recipes. Although it didn't suit me as an eye shadow, I could see the lip colour potential. (Pop micas contain titanium dioxide, so they are going to offer more coverage than those that don't.)
TUTTI FRUITI (original recipe)
1 cc raspberry pop mica
2 cc strawberry pop mica
1 cc grape pop
1 tbsp lip balm base
2 cc colour
1 sc titanium dioxide
I was right - it is a fabulous lip colour. It looked lovely in as a gloss and had some good staying power, but I wanted something with a little more coverage, something with more depth...so I added titanium dioxide. As you can see from the picture, it did offer more coverage and a deeper pink colour...success!
An aside on using titanium dioxide...mix it well. It tends to clump, which means you can get white bits in there that are not at all attractive. If you're using a coffee grinder or Magic Bullet for your colours, sift the titanium dioxide well as you add it to the mix, grind it very very well, and ensuring it is all blended before adding it to the lip balm base. If you're blending in a bag, make sure you sift the titanium dioxide well before adding it to your other colours. Squish it longer than you would normally squish your colours, and ensure there are no lumps before adding it to the lip balm base (And no, this isn't the Tutti Fruiti colour...but I wanted an illustration of poorly mixed in titanium dioxide!)
Although I liked the colour and will wear it, the drag was kind of annoying. What can I do? Fillers to the rescue!
Join me tomorrow for fun with fillers - adding Ronaspheres!