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Makeup? Make it! Homemade Eyeshadow and Blush

October 25, 2011

Now you know which ingredients you need to make your own make-up, and here comes the fun part – the actual making of the makeup! And we’re going to start with the most fun part, that is eyeshadows and blush! When making eyeshadow the possibilities are endless, and you can get any shade you desire – and often a bunch of colors that you didn’t even think you desired.

In addition to many long evenings of fun-fun experimenting, you get makeup that’s a) cheaper, b) longer lasting and c) more natural than most conventional makeup products. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get down to business!

If you still think this seems all too complicated (and believe me, the most difficult part is buying the ingredients), don’t worry – in a couple of weeks time there will be a giveaway with the chance of winning customized eye shadow or blush made by yours truly! So don’t forget to check back in the beginning of November. But until then, start experimenting and I promise you you’ll be hooked in no time!

First, make an white powder base. Make one of the following ones, you can make a big batch and store for further use. For the super easy version, you can even use 100% rice starch or mica pearl white, but for a longer lasting and better covering makeup, I suggest combining a few ingredients.

In eye makeup, I have no problem using talcum. The main concern with talcum powder is that it clogs up your pores, and well, I have never had a zit on my eyelid so I think that area is pretty safe. I know there are also some concerns about talcum powder is  canceroginous, but all studies don’t agree on that. If you are worried, there are alternatives. But the fact is that talcum powder is one of the best filling agents when combining with micas, as it will enhance the glittering effect very nicely.

Eye make up base 1
8 g talcum powder
6 g magnesium stearate
4 g potato starch
(Recipe from Smink och deo by Finn Andersen)

Eye or cheek makeup base 2
1 part rice starch
1 part mica satin white

Eye or cheek makeup base 3
3 tbs titanium dioxide
2 tsp magnesium stearate
1-2 tsp mica satin white

Combine all ingredients using a wooden grill skewer or chop stick. Using a fine sieve such as a tea strainer, sift the mixture once or twice. This is especially important when using a starch as the food grade starches usually are a bit grainier than the minerals used.

And now it’s time to add some color!

If you want a sparkle, shimmer and glitter, mica is the way to go. And the best part is, mica doesn’t need to be ground up like the iron oxides do – in fact, the glittering effect will disappear if they are ground. So to make mica makeup, all you need to do is mix up the ingredients, and you’re done!

When it comes to choosing which colors you should use, you can be creative. No, I urge you to be creative. Go preschool and start thinking about which color combinations you like. Yellow plus red equals orange, add a bit of blue and you have brown! Mica colors shimmer, oxides give a matte color. The best is usually to use a mixture of the two.  Many mica colors can be used as such with an equal amount of base, or you can combine any colors until you find something you like.

Here’s a couple of suggestions to get you started:

Deep purple, golden apple and brilliant

Deep purple (eyeshadow matte, strong color)
1 ml red iron oxide
1,5 ml blue ultramarine
4 ml base

Golden apple (eyeshadow, very sparkly green-gold)
2 ml golden mica
1 ml green mica
3 ml base

Brilliant (eyeshadow or blush, sparkly pink)
1,5 ml gold
1 ml mica pearl white
0,5 ml red iron oxide
1 ml base


  • Put on an apron or an old t-shirt. Also as the powders will be flying around a bit I suggest you wear a protecting mask over your nose as they might irritate.
  • If you’re making a mica eye shadow, congratulations! Just mix the mica together with the eye powder base, and you’re done!
  • The iron oxides need to be ground up. Take a small ziplock bag, mortar or coffee grinder (you should use this grinder only for the makeup however), add all ingredients except any micas (that is, your base + iton oxides + ultramarines) and start grinding away until the colors are completely mixed. If using a ziplock back, just rub the closed bag between your fingers or palms, crushing the powder and making sure it’s all mixed and ground up. I personally like the ziplock bag even though some people don’t think it grinds the color well enough.
  • Try the powder on the back of your hand or on your eyelids to see what the color actually looks like, and adjust according to what you like: more base if the color is too strong, or more color if it’s too light. Add a liiiittle bit of black iron oxide if you think it’s too light.
  • Store your makeup in a small jar, it’s going to last for many years (though only a couple of years if you use a starch).
  • And that’s it! You just made your very own makeup! Go you!


Get some good brushes and start brushing away. Pour a small amount of the powder into the lid, and swirl around in it a bit with the brush. Tap the brush to remove excess powder, and then apply the eyeshadow or blush.

Tip! For a more intense color, dip the brush in some water before application. Just a few drops does the trick!
Tip2! You can even use your blush as a lip gloss. Take some vegetable oil on a lip makeup brush, and mix it with some makeup (like I explained under “application”) and paint your lips with it.

Fun, huh? And, as a bonus, I’ll be adding a few recipes over at the recipe site with more makeup to be made, including eyeliner, lipstick and solid eyeshadow! Next makeup post will be about making your own foundation. It’s a bit trickier as the color needs to be more precise, but easier than it sounds. ‘Til then!

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