Loose Powder Mineral Eye Shadow: A simple introductory recipe for making mineral-based cosmetics
Have you ever tried making handmade mineral makeup? While the topic may seem a little intimidating at first, the results of a little research and experimentation can be simply fabulous. This recipe for loose powder mineral eye shadow is a great way to jump in and get your feet wet before investing a lot of time or energy. It uses just a handful of ingredients and can easily be customized to suit your own color preferences.
When you are ready to dabble in creating mineral makeup a little deeper, be sure to check out our Guide to Creating Your Own Mineral Based Cosmetics. The guide includes eleven quick chapters to get you started on making handmade mineral eye shadow, foundation, bronzer, blush, and more.
The fun part of making eye shadow is picking the colors of mica to use. While you are selecting colors to work with, make sure and double-check it’s safety indication for use around the eyes. Some mica have particle sizes or ingredients that are not suitable for use in eye makeup. You can refer to our Mica Safety Chart to see which colors are the best to use in mineral eye shadow.
To achieve the colors shared above, I used the following combinations of mica. (From top to bottom)
Loose Powder Mineral Eye Shadow
Makes about 5/8 teaspoon eye shadow – enough to fill 1 4ml Crystal Jar
- 1/8 teaspoon Magnesium Stearate NF
- 1/4 teaspoon Arrowroot Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon eye-safe Mica
- 4 drops Clear Jojoba
- In a tiny mixing vessel, combine magnesium stearate and arrowroot powder with mica. You may use one type of mica, or a blend of several colors for each batch.
- Add up to 4 drops of jojoba, then mix well to thoroughly blend ingredients. Be sure to break up any clumps that form.
- Carefully transfer mixture to clean jars.
Usage and Packaging
- We used our Crystal Jars to package our eye shadows. These jars hold about 4 ml and are the perfect size for this recipe. For larger batches, check out our 15 ml jar and sifters.
- To use, simply brush color onto lids with cosmetic brush.
Shelf Life & Stability: Please note that the formulations featured here on The Natural Beauty Workshop have not been challenge tested for stability or shelf life, and may not be suitable for commercial use as-is. For more information on shelf life, stability, and working with preservatives, check out the following article from our Information Library.
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