I mentioned in my last article that Nikki, our latest addition to the talented mineral makeup blog writers here, has a penchant for MIY ( make-it-yourself ), and her latest project? Pressing her loose minerals! She’s quite outdone herself for the pictures of her pressed minerals are beautiful!
One thing that turns off some people with trying (or sticking with) mineral makeup is its form. Most are in loose powder form which makes application a bit messy especially for beginners. There is also difficulty in traveling with it or bringing it along for touch ups because it is bulky, requiring more tools and pots inside your makeup bag. Because of this, some mineral makeup companies are now coming up with their own lines of pressed minerals.
A week ago I started playing around with pressing my mineral pigments. I bought a binder (with only 3 ingredients, mostly jojoba oil) and a metal press from La Belle Femme Cosmetics, a mineral makeup company found online. All you have to do is spray the binder on the loose minerals until damp, mix it well with a spatula or bobby pin then press into your desired compact or case. Thatâ€™s it! It took me the whole afternoon to press 6 eye shadows and 4 blushes. It was a bit tiring but so worth it.
The pictures show my finished products. The 4 blushes in compacts and 20 gram jars are, clockwise from upper left: Babydoll Strawberry Smoothie, Ocean Mist Vanora, Lure Apple Taffy and Lumiere Spiced Apple Bronzer.
The eye shadows (which I put in a sterilized pillbox) are, clockwise from upper left: Lumiere Silkies Blush, MAD Frolic, Babydoll Raspberry Tart, Monave Gold Salmon, MAD mix of Creamy Butter and Cocoa Shimmer, and MAD Sweet Midori.
They do look a bit darker pressed but once applied have the same color as it was loose. Itâ€™s so much easier to put them on now when I am in a hurry (which is most of the time). Oh, and one more thing. Maybe itâ€™s just me, but they somehow seem to stay put longer on the cheeks and eyes than they were loose. Definitely another plus to having them pressed.