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.


The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer: The Results!

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms feat

Now that I’ve spent a few weeks trying out some of the best-rated, most-recommended natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms, it’s about time I share my findings with you, right?

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms via @poorandpretty

First, a quick note about ratings. Mine are based on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the best and 0 the worst. I evaluated them on toxicity, color, coverage, texture, absorption, scent, and price. And it of course should not be tested on animals. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and the Think Dirty app rate toxicity from 0-10, with 0 being the least toxic and 10 the most toxic.

1. derma e BB Crème, Light Tint. My Rating: 0/5
I had to remove this because it did not absorb well at all! It was very streaky and made my skin look dry. It has a medicinal sunscreen scent, which I attribute to the high presence of zinc oxide.

  • EWG Rating: 2/10
  • Think Dirty Rating: N/A
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $39.50 (2 oz) = $19.75/oz

2. Andalou Naturals All-In-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint SPF 30My Rating: 5/5
My initial reaction when I squeezed this from the tube is that it was a little thick, but it spreads well and absorbs very nicely. It smells citrusy, and I could see some people being turned off by that, but I like the smell, similar to my favorite sunscreen. I can see others being bothered by the scent though. It gives my skin a nice summery glow, which I love! Plus, it’s very reasonably priced. Definitely my favorite. It’s also gluten-free for those with gluten intolerance.

  • EWG Rating: 1/10
  • Think Dirty Rating: 3/10
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $20 (2 oz) = $10/oz

3. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory. My Rating: 3/5
This didn’t offer much coverage; it acts more like a sunscreen than a tinted moisturizer. It was a little more difficult to spread and absorb, probably because of the zinc oxide. Maybe a darker tint would have different results, but it probably would have been too dark for me.

  • EWG Rating: 1/10
  • Think Dirty Rating: 0/10
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $29 (2 oz) = $14.50/oz

4. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, Creme. My Rating: 4/5
I want to love this one so much — it absorbs well, offers great coverage — but it’s too orangey! I love that it’s tinted with fruits rather than micas.

  • EWG Rating: N/A
  • Think Dirty Rating: 4/10
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $35 (1.7 oz) = $20.59/oz

5. Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB CreamMy Rating: 2/5
This was a little too dark for my skin, but spread evenly and offered decent coverage. But wowza! — rated 7 in Think Dirty! Pacifica does not disclose their fragrance ingredients, they just say “fragrance (all natural)” which makes me a little skeptical. If it was natural, I’d think they would disclose the essential oils used.

  • EWG Rating: N/A
  • Think Dirty Rating: 7
  • Vegan? Yes
  • Price: $16 (1 oz) = $16/0z

So there you have it! I hope this will help out anyone else looking for the right all-natural tinted moisturizer, but please keep in mind that your skin is different from mine and therefore you may experience different results.

What else would you like to see me test?

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The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms feat

I’ve been an ingredient-investigator for years now, but ever since I downloaded the Think Dirty app, I have been super vigilant about keeping my “bathroom shelf” rating low. This can only be achieved by using products that are “clean” or non-toxic, and therefore have low ratings. The hardest not-so-clean beauty product for me to let go of was my tinted moisturizer.

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms via @poorandpretty

I don’t typically wear heavy makeup or foundations, but I love tinted moisturizers and beauty balms because they give just the right amount of coverage and natural color. I’d been using Aveda’s inner light™ mineral tinted moisture in Aspen because it perfectly matched my skin tone, buuut it’s rated a 9 in Think Dirty (the second highest/worst possible rating!) I finally threw it out a few weeks ago and am now on the hunt to find its clean, low-rated successor. Here’s what I’m testing out:

1. derma e BB Crème, Light Tint.

2. Andalou Naturals All-In-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint SPF 30.

3. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory.

4. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, Creme.

5. Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream.

I’m evaluating them on toxicity (must be rated 4 or less in Think Dirty or EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database), color, coverage, texture, absorption, scent, and price. And it of course should not be tested on animals.

Did I miss anything awesome? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear your suggestions/feedback in the comments!


100% Pure Review + Mascara Giveaway!

100 Percent Pure natural cosmetics via @poorandpretty

I’m always on the lookout for natural cosmetics so when I stumbled across 100% Pure, I knew I had to give them a try. Unlike many “green-washing” companies out there, 100% Pure really means it when they say their products are entirely natural. They contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances, harsh detergents, or other toxins. Nor do they test on animals or use any animal by-products, so they’re vegan as well. Their makeup is colored with fruit and vegetable pigments in lieu of minerals or synthetic dyes. Pretty awesome.

100 Percent Pure mascara giveaway via @poorandpretty

So let me introduce you to a few of my favorite 100% Pure products, then you can enter to win their black mascara!

100 Percent Pure scrub + mask via @poorandpretty

We’ll start with their Brightening Scrub + Mask. You know I’m a big fan of making my own facial scrubs and masks, but it’s good to have one on hand for those lazy days, or for traveling. 100% Pure’s Brightening Scrub + Mask is full of antioxidants and vitamins like pomegranate seed oil, strawberry, pineapple, papaya, and cranberry extracts, pink grapefruit essential oil… the list goes on and on. It gently exfoliates with tiny jojoba beads (those little colorful wax spheres I used to put on my cupcake soaps as sprinkles). It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and moisturized.

100 Percent Pure primer + moisturizer via @poorandpretty

After I wash my face and dab on my homemade astringent, I follow up with 100% Pure’s Jasmine Green Tea Moisturizer. It absorbs quickly so I sometimes feel like I need to use a little more than is probably necessary, but I like that it doesn’t leave my skin oily. If I plan to wear anything more than tinted moisturizer, I’ll also dab on a tiny bit of their Luminous Primer. I don’t have much experience with primers, but this one seems to work pretty well. I’ll probably start wearing it more often because I really love how the light-reflective pigments in it give my skin a healthy glow.

100 Percent Pure foundation + tinted moisturizer via @poorandpretty

My first 100% Pure purchase was their sheer Fruit Pigmented Water Foundation in White Peach. While I love both their water foundation and tinted moisturizer, I wish they offered trial samples to help find the right color. It’s so hard buying foundation from the Internet unless you already know your shade. The foundation and tinted moisturizers are so smooth and hydrating, but the White Peach color is just a tad too orange for me. They do have a 30 day return policy though, so I’m sure if you run into the same issue, they’ll swap out the product for you. I think White Peach would look fine on me if I had a bit of a tan, but it’s definitely not my Fall/Winter color!

100 Percent Pure eyeliner + luminescent powder via @poorandpretty

At first, I thought the Luminescent Powder was just a fancy kind of blush, but it actually gives very sheer color and a whole lot of, well, luminescence! It really brightens up your skin, so I use it in conjunction with blush. The Creamy Long Last Eyeliner is true to its name and really does last all day! It’s normally such a pain to put on eyeliner — especially if you’re like me and don’t have a steady hand — so I appreciate the ease of putting this on.

100 Percent Pure lip stain and creme comparison via @poorandpretty

You might remember 100% Pure’s Lip & Cheek Stain and Lip Creme Stick from my roundup of natural lip sticks, balms, and glosses last month. I have the Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink, which — also true to its name — gives my lips just a little color. The Lip Stain gives me much more color and I only have to use a tiny bit. It really does stain your lips, so it lasts throughout the day. It doesn’t have any shine to it, so I add my Coco Balm on top for a glossy finish. The above image gives you an idea of how my lips look when using my Coco Balm (top), the lip stain (left), and the creme stick (right).

makeup for Jordan's wedding

I used almost exclusively 100% Pure products at Jordan’s wedding, and it turned out beautiful and lasted all day, even in the sticky heat and rain.

100 Percent Pure mascara giveaway via @poorandpretty

Wanna win 100% Pure’s Mascara in Black Tea? Just leave a comment below about your favorite place to go for makeup inspiration or tell me some other natural cosmetics you love. The contest will be open until Friday, September 26th, and I will announce the winner on Monday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Joy-Marie!

Disclosure: I was given some of these 100% Pure products for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. 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.


Pucker Up (Naturally)!: 10 All-Natural Lipsticks, Balms & Glosses

10 Natural Lipsticks balms and glosses via @poorandpretty

I don’t wear very much makeup but I always have at least 3 lip products on hand at all times. I’ve usually got two different lip balms and a lipstick or gloss for a little extra color. And you know, it’s not easy finding natural lipsticks and non-petroleum lip glosses. Luckily, I’ve done the research and found a few I really love.

1. Handmade Coco Balm by Poor & Pretty: My 100% natural, vegan-approved lip balm is made with certified organic Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Candelilla Wax, sweetened with all-natural Stevia extract. (Yes, my Etsy shop is back open! Just Coco Balms & Coco Body Balms for now, but I’ve got some ideas for the holidays, so stay tuned!)

2. Handmade Wild Pollen Lip Balm: You might remember this from my latest Maker Takes post. I’m all about DIY beauty, so I was very happy to find lip balm ingredients in June’s For the Makers box. Want to make your own? Get the tutorial and supplies here.

3. Ora’s Amazing Herbal Lip Balms: I bought this sampler gift box from Ora’s Amazing Herbal on Abe’s Market and I love my Vanilla and Earl Grey lip balms! The box also came with a Minty Cocoa flavor, but I’m not a big fan of the mint + chocolate combination, so I gave it to Stan. Check out all of their flavors and other all-natural products here.

4. Yes to Carrots Lip Butter: This is a great store-bought alternative to Burt’s Bees (which I find dries out my lips even more). They seem to have discontinued the original Carrot lip butter, but you can buy it in Berry, Mint, or Pomegranate from most drugstores or online here.

5. Fairness Gloss by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: I love the name of this company, and their commitment to fostering global peace. For example: the proceeds from this lip gloss support equal wage advocacy. The gloss is a lovely neutral color and made with organic castor oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, and vitamin E — 75% organic ingredients! It doesn’t get goopy and sticky like petroleum glosses do.

6. Paint Me Loving Natural Lipstick by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: This looked much more pink online, but in person it is a very pale pink/neutral. It gives just a hint of color, which is nice because I like a more natural look.

7. Aveda Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color in Sheer Melochia Bloom: This is my go-to lipstick when I want something with a bit more color. It’s a true pink, but it goes in sheer and tastes like mint and cinnamon! This color is no longer available, but the closest thing to it would probably be Fossil or Wild Plum.

8. Magnolia Lip Gloss by Au Naturale: A very pretty and shimmery pink lip gloss, made with olive, castor, broccoli seed, apricot and more lovely natural oils. This is great on its own or over lipstick.

9. 100% Pure Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink: This is slightly darker and peachier than the Aveda lipstick and has more of an opaque matte finish. I love that it’s colored using fruit and vegetable pigments rather than minerals or synthetic dyes.

10. 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry: I’ve never used a lip stain before, so this was interesting! You have to apply it very quickly or it will be darker on some parts of your lips more than others. It’s a very deep red, so I usually only apply one layer and the color lasts much longer than your average lipstick or gloss.

Before After 100 Percent Pure Lip Stain via @poorandpretty

It really is like staining your lips! On the left, I’m wearing only lip balm, and on the right, I’m using just one layer of 100% Pure’s Lip & Cheek Stain. I finish with lip balm or gloss to give it a little shine. I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet — I’m afraid I’ll look like a clown! Oh, and it does not taste like cherry, so don’t lick your lips!

What are some of your favorite natural lipsticks, glosses, and balms? Did I miss any that I should absolutely try? Let me know in the comments!

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