Powder foundation

Formula: 84793/2016

Phase Ingredients % Quantity for a 20 ml powder jar
A zinc oxide 25 1,25 gr
A sericite 46,05 2,3 gr
A yellow 09 oxide, cosmetic pigment  0,8 0,04 gr (1 +  x DROP spoon)
A brown 23 oxide, cosmetic pigment 0,6 0,03 gr (1 x DROP spoon)
A black 26 oxide, cosmetic pigment 0,25 0,013 gr ( x DROP spoon)
B magnesium stearate 25 1,25 gr
C coco-silicone 2,3 5 drops

Sanitize the dedicated containers and utensils you will work with, details in the general safety guidelines.

Preparation method:

Transfer the ingredients of phase A to a mortar and mix thoroughly by pressing with a pestle, for a few minutes, until a homogeneous powder with a uniform color is obtained.

Now you can test the color and shade on the skin. Using the pigments indicated in the recipe, a light beige with a neutral undertone is obtained. In order to obtain darker shades, the amount of pigments is supplemented proportionally by one third. For a warm/yellowish undertone, a little more yellow pigment and a little less brown pigment will be used, and for a cold/pink undertone, vice versa. There is no need to adjust the amount of the other ingredients. If pigments have been added at the end, thorough homogenization is required again for 2-3 minutes.

Add the magnesium stearate and mix well. At the end, add the coco-silicone and mix slowly, thoroughly, without exerting too much pressure with the pestle.
The powder thus obtained is transferred to the dedicated container.

The result is an easy-to-prepare powder foundation with a delicate texture and medium to high coverage. It can be used as a loose powder, but in a compacted form it is more optimal for application. Apply on hydrated skin with a makeup sponge or a brush. Powder foundations are generally used for mixed skin (with an oily T-zone and the rest of the face with normal skin) and oily skin.

Options and explanations:

  • in order to obtain a darker shade, the amount of pigments will be supplemented proportionally; to obtain a cooler shade, less yellow pigment will be used compared to the brown pigment
  • we do not recommend replacing the coco-silicone with a vegetable oil, although it is practically possible, but the texture and compactness of the powder depends a lot on this ingredient
  • in order to obtain a higher coverage, add approximately 15% titanium dioxide, decreasing 10% of zinc oxide and 5% of sericite; a little more pigment of each color will be needed, as titanium dioxide whitens the composition more than zinc oxide


  • Difficulty: beginner/advanced/experienced
  • Utensils: precision scale, mortar with pestle, stainless steel spatula, stainless steel measuring spoon set
  • Recommended container: powder jar, 20 ml
  • Shelf-life: 6 months, prepared in optimal conditions of hygiene, kept in a dry and cool place

This formula was developed by Elemental's qualified staff. The recipes are intended to exemplify the use of products marketed by Elemental and are believed to be accurate, however, Elemental assumes no liability or risk associated with the use of its products for the preparation and evaluation of the recipe as the conditions of preparation and use are beyond its control. The Elemental customer must ensure that the reproduction of the formulation does not infringe any intellectual property rights and that it complies with the specific rules and regulations in force. The person who prepares the recipe must refer to the safety data sheets to ensure the safe handling of all raw materials and bears full responsibility for ensuring the safe and correct use and storage of all materials procured and used. Assessments of the safety, stability, regulatory compliance and suitability of this recipe, methods and the finished product are the sole responsibility of the user and/or the legal entity placing the product on the market. Elemental is not liable for any damages resulting from the use of this information, and assumes no responsibility for misuse of selected materials, formula or method, in whole or in part.

Posted on 04/09/2016 Makeup recipes, Foundations, Powders 0

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