If you have ever watched late night TV you have no doubt seen the infomercials that made the mineral veil famous. If you haven’t heard about it yet, mineral veil is just a fancy name for a finishing powder. It can be used with any brand of foundation, and can be used as a dusting powder for liquid foundations.
If you create a tinted veil to match your foundation, it is also a great touch up powder and makeup free day dusting powder.
A mineral veil should create a glow that resembles that of a two year old. A mineral veil sets the makeup and adds a finishing glow to the skin. A mineral veil can be as simple as using a single ingredient approved for use at 100%. Sericite can be used in this way, it imparts a glow, but has very little adhesion properties, so, adding an ingredient to increase wear time, and adhesion is recommended.
A mineral veil to control oil and impart a nice glow can be made by using 28.5 grams of sericite, and 1.5 grams of french white clay. A tinted veil can be made by replacing 2 grams of the plain sericite with 2 grams of your finished powder and you can create a tinted veil. Weather you have created you own formulation using my tips and recipe from my article on creating you own mineral foundations, grind the ingredients above together, and you have a tinted veil that will be great for touch ups throughout the day as well. If you have very oily skin it is advisable that you absorb the excess oil with a tissue first and then apply powder to avoid a cakey look.
The same rules apply here as with your foundations, all the powders used in the mineral veil have their own purpose. You can use a single powder that is approved for use at 100% or a combination of powders.
Sericite will give your mineral veil a nice sheen and sheerness and can be used up to 100% in your formulations.
Kaolin clay used in small amounts will increase oil absorption, and increase adhesion, use in your formulas at up to 10%, more than this will make the formula difficult to spread.
Rice powder balances the skins pH and is healing, it provides a pearl sheen, and allows the skin to breath. Can be used in your formula at up to 100%, but rice powder can be gritty no matter how much you grind it down.
Cornstarch has a finer texture than rice powder and can be used at 100%. It give a peach like finish to the skin, and absorbs oil.
Micas like, Mica Pearl white can be used in small amounts to add more shine to your veil. Gold Fine is also a nice addition to you veil for that golden girl look.
Silk powder can be used in formulations at up to 100%, and contains beneficial amino acids that are easily absorbed by the skin. Silk powder also allows the skin to breath and keeps the skin cool.
Magnesium Mystirate, increases wear time, and gives the makeup a pleasant creamy feel can be used up to 20%.
Magnesium stearate can be used to help keep the colors you apply to your skin true all day, use at no more than 10% less may be needed for ethnic skin shades.
Making your own mineral veils at home is easy, and you can save money. Even if you are not the kind of person who is interested in making your own cosmetics. You can purchase you foundation from your favorite seller. Add to your bullet blender up a tsp of the finished store bought posed and add 20 grams of the above powders in your desired formulation, taking into account for maximum usage rates. Grind together, and put it into a clean empty sifter contain, and you just saved $30 dollars!