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If you want to prepare your own makeup, a makeup base makes things easier and handy. Want to know how to prepare it?

We’ve already seen a DIY Makeup Recipe for light skin. This one is for darker skin. Ready for the recipe?


Titanium Dioxide – 1 Tsp.
Sericite – 3 Tsp.
Yellow Iron Oxide – 1 Tsp.


Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and blend them using a spatula for a few minutes.

When fully blended and there are no streaks of color, transfer to a sterilized jar.

Your base is ready for use!

Who Can Use This?

Those with medium – dark skin tones can use this makeup base for their foundation, or other mineral makeup recipes.

Shelf Life

Since there are no wet ingredients, you can go with the expiry date of the ingredients you use. For example: If all are same duration, take that as your shelf life. If one has lesser shelf life, go with that duration as your shelf life instead.

How to Use This Recipe?

You can use this as your base for the mineral makeup recipes we will adding on our blog, or as your dusting powder, or as your base for foundation powder.

Why Use This Base?

Isn’t it really easy to prepare? It takes a few minutes at most and the best part – you can this on standby for use in different recipes. This means, you don’t have to start from scratch when something catches your fancy! Needless to say, it works out cheaper than store-bought makeup.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

You can also use Zinc Oxide instead of Titanium Di Oxide in this recipe. As a rule of the thumb many use Zinc Oxide for base and Titanium Di Oxide for that extra sheen and finish. However, I use both interchangeable for most part and their properties are almost similar. The finish however, seems more professional or polished for Titanium Dioxide, in some cases.

As always, go with whatever quantity works for you. Just get the ratio right and you’re all set. Play with the ingredients, ratio and whatever changes you want and come up with a recipe that is tailor-made for you! That’s the fun of DIY right?

Buying Mineral Makeup Raw Materials

As always, buy high quality, FDA approved ingredients for all your makeup or cosmetic DIY-ing requirements. Remember, some raw materials are just for your face and not for your eyes or lips, etc. So whenever you buy ingredients that are specifically prohibited for use somewhere, make sure you mark it in the makeup base jar and use accordingly.

Non-nano mineral makeup raw materials are the best. This means, the particles are large enough for your skin and don’t enter your lungs or penetrate your skin, whenever you use them on your skin.

Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide should be non-nano and uncoated.

Go with verified and highly rated sources for your raw materials and once you identify what works for you, you can stick with that brand or source for your raw materials. The key lies in the raw materials, so get it right. It’s a good idea to make sure they’re cosmetic grade, but some raw materials are often classified as pharmaceutical grade, particularly Zinc Oxide.

Now, you have your base that you can use for preparing your foundation or other makeup recipes, or you could dust them on as your foundation powder if you are looking at a minimalistic make-up day! Don’t worry, we remember we haven’t covered sensitive skin, oily skin, etc. and will be adding more variations for different skin types and skin tone. This way, you can pick and choose what works best for your skin. Don’t have time for DIY Beauty Recipes? Try Gaya Cosmetics for your mineral makeup requirements.