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So, do you want to prepare your own Bronzer using Mineral Makeup ingredients?

Having taken to DIY, I try different recipes, ways and also tweak recipes from time to time. Not always are they a hit, but this one was a real hit. I have always wanted to prepare a Mineral Bronzer and with most raw materials in stock, I decided to give this a shot.

Basically, I wanted to use the same raw materials I use for mineral makeup and prepare something real quick. So, here’s what I came up with.


Titanium Dioxide – 1 Tbsp.
Silk Powder – ½ Tsp.
Sericite Mica – ¾ Tsp.
Red Iron Oxide – ¼ Tsp.
Brown Iron Oxide – a pinch or two
Yellow Iron Oxide – ½ Tsp. Bronze Mica – a pinch or two
Vitamin E Oil – a few drops


In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients except the oil.

Mix using a spatula to blend well.

Make sure there are no streaks of color.

Sieve the mixture once you get the desired shade.

Add the oil and mix well.

Transfer to a sterilized jar and use as needed.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

You can add a bit of Red Clay to this recipe. It adds a nice touch to the recipe.

You can alter the proportions of the color pigments according to your skin tone and preference.

You can also add a few drops of Olive Oil, Argan Oil or Jojoba Oil to this and make it a compact instead of dusting powder.

If you have a spice grinder, add all the ingredients to it and run through a few seconds. This will make the mixture fine and easy to apply.

You can swap Titanium Dioxide for Zinc Oxide if you prefer it, or wanted a more opaque or matte finish. Zinc Oxide has a more opaque or denser coloring than Titanium Dioxide, though they both look same for most.

You can use Mica powders for coloring, though unlike Oxides, they aren’t really richly pigmented. So you might need more if you’re using Mica powders in most cases.

Why These Ingredients?

Titanium Dioxides give a nice base to work with and unlike Zinc Oxide, it isn’t dense and sort of translucent in appearance. When using as a bronzer, it adds a nice sheen to the recipe. It also offers sun protection.

We have used Iron Oxides here for richer pigmentation, though if you want shimmer, toss in some mica powder.

We’re adding a few drops of oil to prevent drying of skin – oil keeps your skin moisturized and also, weighs down the powder so it won’t go pouf!

How to Use This Bronzer?

Just apply it like you would – use your bronzer brush. You can also use this as your highlighter.

Don’t have time for DIY Recipes? Try Gaya Mineral Cosmetics for your beauty requirements. Made using organic mineral ingredients that are hypoallergenic and of high quality, Gaya has raised the bar for quality standards with mineral makeup. Like every other DIY Recipe, feel free to play around with the ingredients and let us know your results.