DIY Mineral Makeup: Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty feat

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

In the 5 years Poor & Pretty has been around, I’ve shared a lot of DIY hair & beauty tutorials, but I’ve shied away from makeup. Homemade makeup seemed more than a little daunting and I never used to wear much of it anyway. Lately, I’ve been wearing more makeup which naturally meant I had to learn to make my own. Enter Bramble Berry’s Mineral Makeup Foundation Kit.

Bramble Berry Mineral Makeup Kit

It’s got everything you need to make three jars of natural mineral foundation (about 4oz total), plus have leftovers for experimenting with eye shadows, bronzers, and blushes. It also comes with an instruction booklet (much needed for newbies like me!) and a super soft kabuki brush. And it’s only $40! I bet you spend more than that on your favorite store bought foundation, right? I used to!

Sami with and without makeup via @poorandpretty

Here’s a little before & after for you. The photo on the left is of my face freshly cleansed and moisturized. On the right, I’m wearing my tinted moisturizer and mineral foundation, as well as blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss that are not homemade. (But don’t worry, I’ll be tackling those too in the next few months!) As you can see, the mineral foundation doesn’t change the color of my skin, but rather evens out my skintone and offers light coverage. It isn’t caky or flaky.

Making more mineral foundation via @poorandpretty

I will tell you: it takes a lot of patience and trial and error to find the right mix of micas, oxides, and clays that make up your perfect match. I finally found mine on the 10th batch! But it was totally worth the few hours I put into it because now I have a go-to mineral foundation that I can make at home and not have to worry about whether or not it’s got hidden toxins in it.

Making mineral foundation via @poorandpretty

The instruction booklet has basic recipes to give you a starting point, but it really is all about throwing things together, trying it on, and seeing if it works.

A few tips:

  • Have makeup remover wipes handy!
  • Keep your routine consistent for each trial. Because my skin runs on the drier side (especially after this winter), I applied moisturizer before every application, otherwise I knew the mineral makeup would be way too dry and flaky.
  • If you’re working near a porcelain sink (or maybe rinsing tools off in one), keep a bathroom cleaning spray handy. Micas and oxides tend to run wild and will stain if you don’t clean them up properly. I use Method’s Tub + Tile Cleaner.

Bramble Berry Mineral Makeup Guide

The back of the instruction book has a section to record your recipes, so be sure to take good notes while you’re mixing up batches. If a batch is too light, dark, or doesn’t offer enough coverage, write it down!

DIY Mineral Foundation via @poorandpretty

My Perfect Combination Mineral Foundation (that’s fun to say!) was this:

  • 1 tsp Sericite Mica
  • ¼ tsp Titanium Dioxide
  • ¼ tsp Kaolin
  • ¼ tsp Tapioca Flour
  • ½ mini scoop Yellow Mica – not included in the kit, but can also be purchased from Bramble Berry here.
  • ½ mini scoop Brown Oxide
  • 2 ½ mini scoops Honeyed Beige Mica

Making tinted moisturizer via @poorandpretty

I also had some of Bramble Berry’s Aloe Lotion Base on-hand, so I decided to give making a tinted moisturizer a try. The result looks very dark, but actually offers very little coverage. I wouldn’t use it on its own, but it does make a nice foundation for layering on the mineral makeup.

Tinted Moisturizer:

  • 1 4 oz jar
  • 4 oz Aloe Lotion Base
  • ¼ tsp Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil – a beautiful and uplifting sweet, citrusy scent that also treats acne!
  • 5 mini scoops Honeyed Beige Mica
  • 1 mini scoop Brown Oxide
  • 1 mini scoop Yellow Mica

DIY Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty feat

Mixing the micas and oxides into the lotion was a little challenging, but I found it worked best if I mixed them into the Litsea Cubeba essential oil first, then into the lotion. Combine these with an immersion blender if you have one, or by hand if you don’t.

Homemade Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

If you are interested in making your own mineral foundations, eyeshadows, and blushes, I highly recommend picking up Bramble Berry’s Mineral Makeup Foundation Kit. It’s perfect for beginners and has very clear, easy-to-follow instructions. I will definitely be using this kit in the near future to make blushes and eye shadows, so stay tuned!

Disclosure: I was provided many of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This doesn’t change how I feel about the mineral makeup kit, which is awesome. This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.



  1. H   •  

    Just to let you know, your Naked Bee Spf 30 you like isn’t completely natural. According to Enviromental Working Group’s website Skin Deep, the sunscreen scores a 7 out of 10 for toxidicy. It also has bad ingredients such as oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, among a few other pretty toxic things. Here’s the link :

    Instead of that sunscreen I’d reccomend : Kimberly Sayer of London’s
    ULTRA LIGHT FACIAL MOISTURIZER – SPF 30 (For the face, plus doesn’t leave whitenes). According to Ewg’s website it scored excellent in both for UVA protection, and again excellent for UVA protecting in relation to the SPF (4 oz.). Link to ewg:
    It’s completely all natural,and not greasy and white. It has a little bit of lemen oil in it, but I’ve emailed the company about it. They say it’s been distilled so it’s not a problem. Juz wanted to let you know. Link to Kimberly Sayerof London:

    Another good spf 30 is : Devita’s Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+. It’s all natural, not greasy, and not white (2.5 oz.). According to EWG, it has excellent UVA protection, and good protection in relation to the spf.Here’s the link to the product on the website:
    Link to EWG rating for this product:

    Here’s a great BODY (Other 2 were for face) sunscreen: Devita’s Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+. It’s not oily or greasy (7 oz). It’s completely natural. Here’s a link to this product on the website:

    According to EWG it has EXCELLENT UVA protection and a GOOD balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF. Link to the product on EWG:

    • Sami   •     Author

      Hi there!

      Thanks so much for all of this info, and for your sunscreen recommendations!

      It looks like EWG has The Naked Bee’s old formula on their website. Their newer formula — which is what I have — does not contain oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, or octinoxinate – the big no-no’s their previous formula contained! Like you, I’m pretty careful about what I put in my body, but I’m also careful about relying too heavily on EWG’s database. While it’s absolutely a great place to look, they don’t always have the most up-to-date product information. I make sure I also check a company’s website for latest product info, and my Think Dirty app.

      I absolutely appreciate you taking the time to put this list together, but I’m sticking to what I know and love. :)

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