Bionic Tip: Mix your own tinted moisturizer

by Bionic Beauty on 01.Dec.2009 · 11 comments

Beauty, makeup and skincare tips from the Bionic Beauty blog

I recently took a trip to a pretty dry climate. I’m one of those rare gals who adores humidity. My skin dries very easily and the humidity helps keep me from getting flaky. Between the humidity decrease and the dry airplane air, I knew I’d need to slather extra moisture on my face.

My solution? I mixed up a custom Tinted Moisturizer.

  1. I started with an empty mineral makeup sample jar– but any small tub would work (such as a pill container, lotion sample bottle, lip balm tin, etc).
  2. Then I added a few pumps of my Lexli Day Lotion (with SPF 15) and…
  3. Next I added my Purely Cosmetics’ loose mineral makeup (I used California Blonde). Add your minerals slowly- add a bit, then stir to check the color, repeat until you get your desired coverage and color level. Since the lotion goes on transparent, you really just want the minerals to give you a bit of coverage.

So instead of carrying my minerals in powder form, I keep a small tin of this mix in my purse at all times. It’s perfect for touchups (much less messy than dusting minerals while you’re on-the-go) and traveling! Plus your skin will stay moisturized and healthy. Can’t beat that!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics December 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm

If you’re in a hurry, you can do it in the palm of your hand. I take a drop or two of moisturizer, dump the loose powder on top, smoosh and apply! BTW, if you want heavier coverage, that’s a good first layer. Once it soaks in, then buff additional layers dry.


2 Bionic Beauty December 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Robyn, Thank you for the great tip!! I’ve done that before too when I’m in a hurry, or my skin tone has changed a bit. I can add a bit of your darker minerals to darken my current mixture, or a bit more lotion to lighten things up.

I’m definitely going to try your layering tip though!! Especially around my eyes and uneven sections of my face. That way I can stay with a lighter/less makeup effect on my even skin; and have a bit more coverage exactly where I need it.

You ROCK! :-)


3 Kathleen February 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Hey, Jami and Robyn, THANKS for the suggestions on making your own tinted moisturizer. :-) I used to buy a tinted moisturizer, but stopped, as it kept irritating my eyes. I don’t think the tube even said not to use it around your eyes, but regardless, I don’t buy that thing anymore. I have a bit of formerly compact mineral makeup, which broke up in my purse (in the compact, not all over, thank goodness). I scraped it all out and pulverized the Dickens out of it, saving it in a one-cup plastic storage container. I now use it like any other loose mineral powder. I’ll have to try your tinted moisturizer idea with my leftover powder.


4 Kathleen February 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Update: Tried the tinted moisturizer idea tonight. I used the fragrance-free lotion that I already had on hand, mixing it in until the consistency looked right. Sampled it on my skin, and it looks great. Thanks again, Jami and Robyn, for the tips. :-)


5 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hi Kathleen, I’m SO glad it worked for you. :) Fun, isn’t it? Woo HOO!!


6 babysaffron February 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I’ve tried doing this but ends up with lumps…. lots of big chunk of lumps…and the powder does not dissolves…
and never tries again…
BUT will try to put the powder little by little…


7 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

Hi Baby Saffron, First off, welcome to Bionic Beauty! And as for your mixing technique, you really do need to put the powdered makeup in, in small batches. Otherwise it will does mix and dissolve properly. There’s also something from chemistry class- called the rate of saturation. Basically a certain fluid can only hold a certain amount of dissolved solids. Like if you put too much sugar into your tea, no matter how hot it is, or how long you stir- if it’s past the point of saturation, the sugar that’s “over” won’t dissolve. Hence, adding things slowly. :)

I hope this helps! And I really hope to see you around BB in the future!


8 Jennifer May 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

Can jojoba oil also be used instead of lotion to make the tinted moisturizer or would it be too oily or runny?


9 Bionic Beauty May 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Hi Jennifer, I haven’t tried mixing minerals with jojoba so I can’t say for sure how it would or would not work. However, I do think it might be a bit runny. Thanks for commenting on here, by the way. :) And please let me know if you try mixing some mineral makeup with your Jojoba. I’ll try it in the next few weeks sometime and then maybe we can compare notes on here!
Have a great afternoon,


10 Brittany July 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hello I’m also curious what results you’ve had with the jojoba oil/mineral make-up mix? I’m not really into heavy coverage (my skin’s pretty oily, not too too oily but still) and I don’t have as much blemishes as I did when I was younger and I’d really like something very sheer and I guess breathable is the right word? Anyway, please please PLEASE tell me your results, Thanks!!



11 Brooke February 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Just found your blog and this article. I’m definitely adding it to my list of websites I check religiously. I thought about mixing before but never got around to checking into whether it has been or could be done, so when I found your article, I was thrilled. Going to try this tonight with some mineral makeup I have that’s too dark, and going to mix some Argan oil in to thin it out. Thanks for a cool website!


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