Instead of spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on cosmetics, you can make your own essential makeup items, like foundation face makeup, for just a few bucks. With just a few simple ingredients and an electric blender, you can literally whip up customized foundation for yourself and even your friends and relatives.

Things You'll Need

Purchase unscented cream base and unblended mica from makeup wholesalers. About an ounce of each will be enough to create a large jar of foundation makeup. Micas are natural minerals that come in a variety of colors. Splendid gold mica is a good base for almost any skin color. Check for links to suppliers in the resources section.

Grind the unblended mica to remove any lumps or hardened pieces. You can use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. You can also use the back of a spoon to break up the clumps.

Take 2 tablespoons of the cream base, 2 teaspoons of splendid gold mica and 1 teaspoon of oriental beige mica. This is a good foundation makeup recipe for beige or tan skintones. You can adjust the amount of mica you use to customize your own skin color. Sienna is a great color for darker skin tones.

Place ingredients for the foundation makeup in a medium plastic mixing bowl. Stir the contents with a spatula to combine the cream base and the mica.

Set the electric mixer on low or medium, and begin beating the mixture until the mica has completely blended with the cream base, and the overall color is uniform. About 5-10 minutes of whipping should be enough.

Transfer your finished foundation makeup into a glass jar for future use. Label it with the shade and ingredients for your reference.


  • Experiment with different shades of unblended mica to make customized foundation makeup for others. Once you get the hang of the process, you can even sell your products.

References and Resources

Mica and Cream Bases for Sale