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Homemade Mineral Makeup

My very favorite makeup product back in the day was this Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. In fact, it was one of these things that I had a hard time letting go of when I switched to mostly natural skin care products.

Hormonal Sidebar: I talk about why switching to a natural skin care regiment makes a whole lot of sense here. If you’re looking here because hormonal disturbances or infertility have prompted you to remove chemicals from your environment, please check out the Healthy Hormones Group Program that Megan from GingerNewtrition and I are starting in September.

It took me a while to figure out a recipe that mimicked the consistency and silky-ness that I loved so much about the Naked Skin Beauty Balm. So when I found my newest oil love, burdock root, (that I love so much for cleaning out pores) I instantly wanted to start trying it out for this purpose.  When I finally combined it with the imperfection-filling properties of castor oil, light-reflecting sericite mica, and colored minerals, it all finally came together!

I like using it together with some Positively Rosy Cheek and Lip Stain and I’ll finish it off with a swipe of Midnight Clay Eyeliner and mascara. Three minutes in the morning and bam! I’m done.

DIY Skin Perfecting Beauty Balm Homemade Mineral Makeup


  • 2 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon burdock root oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoon oil soluble titanium dioxide (see coverage note below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sericite mica
  • red oxide
  • yellow oxide
  • blue oxide or cobalt blue mica
  • brown oxide
  • optional: add a few drops of essential oils (whichever you prefer!) for scent

Where to buy oxides: you can find the oxides at  The shipping is not super cheap but the supplies are very inexpensive and have lasted me for nearly 2 years now…and that’s with all the experimentation I do!

Coverage Note: if you want more coverage, you can easily do so by increasing the amount of the oil soluble titanium dioxide.  I recommend increasing the amount by half a teaspoon (and adjusting the mineral content of the recipe accordingly) until you’re happy with it.  This is, however, intended to be a beauty balm so if you’re looking for something with true coverage, I’d suggest checking out my Homemade Mineral Concealer.


1. Combine all 3 oils into a small pyrex bowl and stir them together. (You can add in your essential oils of choice here or at the very end.)

2. Add in the oil soluble titanium dioxide and stir.

3. Add in the sericite mica and stir again.

4. Now comes the tricky part: you’ll need to start matching the beauty balm to your skin tone. I recommend starting with a generous pinch of yellow oxide and a smaller pinch of red and mixing. Then, I start adding different tones from there.  I often need to add a tiny amount of blue oxide to get my undertones and occasionally add a dab of brown when I’m more tan. This part can get a bit frustrating but the key is to GO SLOW so that you don’t overshoot.  I test the color mixture on my jaw line every so often until I’m completely happy with it.

5. Transfer your new DIY skin perfecting beauty balm into a small glass container and top with a lid. I recommend shaking the glass container before applying.

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