Monday, December 21, 2009

DIY Mixing Medium!

Hello Beauties!

Hope everyone is doing well these final, busy days before Christmas ;)

Perhaps the best way to use loose pigments is with a mixing medium; it helps eye- and/or body powders adhere to the skin - and stay there. Mixing medium also makes pigments more intense and vibrant Many makeup companies have their own product: MAC Mixing Medium instantly comes to mind, but that one is quite pricey, and can also be hard to find.

Solution: Do-It-Yourself Mixing Medium! For this purpose we use Glycerin. Glycerin (or Glycerol to use the correct term) is an organic compound, a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations.  It serves as a humectant that absorbs water from the air and seals in the moisture (hygroscopic), making your makeup last longer (good for your skin as well).
Make small batches if you don’t plan on adding preservatives. Without a preservative you can expect the shelf life to be about 2 weeks, anything left by then you throw away and make a new, fresh batch.

1.) Eye Shadow Mixing Medium:
The proper ratio for water-based mixing medium is 3 parts purified, distilled or regular water , and 1 part glycerin. I use a standard, kitchen  measuring teaspoon, and measure out 3 teaspoons of water and 1 teaspoon of glycerin into my container.
Shake it up, get your brush slightly damp and apply shadow (or ”foil”) like you normally would. Store it in a small, airtight container.

2.) Hydrating Facial Setting Spray:
Go out and get a spray bottle. Use 1 part glycerin to 10 parts water. Spray on your face after you’ve finished applying makeup, and gently pat into skin, or simply let air dry. Great substitute for MAC Fix+!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, see you soon!


Krista said...

I really want to try this...I have to find out where to get the Glycerin around here in the sticks...

Vanessa said...

Hi Krista!
Glycerin can be found in almost every drugstore, I get mine from Garden of though. (Along with preservative ;))
Best of luck!!