my homemade BB cream
I will cut to the chase for my preferring-to-not-read-long-blog-post friends. Here's what I mixed together to make my own BB cream. I didn't buy anything new— it's made from my favorite items I already had at home.
- liquid foundation (which had previously gone unused because it was way too light)
- a darker mineral foundation powder than I normally wear (to correct the too light liquid foundation, I was so glad I saved it.)
- silicone-free primer
So, what's a BB Cream? (Or, you may be saying, duh, I have been using one for like, a long time, and where have you been?)
Here's a description of what BB creams are. They are pretty much all face products mixed into one tinted cream. I have been using my homemade one for about two weeks and except for some separating (which doesn't really bother me, because it still smooths on fine) I like it a whole lot. I did use a sample of a real BB cream for about a week so I could see what I was trying to copy and mine seems just as good and matches my skin better. I didn't add any serums or any age-defying products to this, mostly because I like to use these products at night on clean bare skin, like the oil I sell (ahem.) I use this as an all-in-one make-up product, not a treatment.
Now the back story and a bunch of words:
It started off pretty innocently. I just asked a fellow make-up loving friend if she had used a BB cream. I had only just heard of them. Or noticed them, I guess. I was thinking about green eyeshadow or something else last year when I know I first heard about them, but then I forgot. But when I noticed an entire page dedicated to them on the Sephora site, I thought I better ask around. Up until recently they were only available overseas—which is of course why my good friend had them already and had been using one for about 2 years. Because she's all about the hard to get items. And her skin always looks amazing.
So, I trekked off to Sephora to try one, one that seemed from the description a little less synthetic/chemical/ nasty than most, and found one I really liked by Boscia. There is only one color and it would be perfect for me in the summer, but I think it might be ever so slightly dark for me in the winter. Awesomely, Delia lost a front tooth while we were there trying on make-up and was treated like a princess and was given her own sample container for her tooth.
My homemade BB cream with the lid off
Using this sample had me very excited. An all-in-one? I was more than excited, actually, because it really did make my skin look more even and smooth, but not too done. But I stressed about all the ingredients. Also I have so many products that I like and trust and have been using for years, it seemed too hard to give them up for one super-product. I then fell asleep (I was in bed) and woke up thinking "I can make my own."
Even before my slippers were on I realized, if I had thought of making my own BB cream, surely it's on youtube already. And I was right.
After watching a few videos of how to make your own BB cream, which were fascinating, kind of gross, but also informative, I tried it. And I really really like mine—better than the Bosica one, but I still like that one, too. I'm still using the generous sample I got. But it makes me look a bit tan, which I am not used to.
I have been a product mixer before. Especially in the summer. I do a quick mix on the back of my hand of all of these different combinations, as needed.
- moisturizer + mineral foundation = liquid foundation (coverage can be customized depending on how much mineral foundation powder I add)
- sunscreen + mineral foundation + moisturizer = tinted suncreen
- moisturizer + sunscreen = sunscreen which is easier to apply with some moisture (the natural ones can be hard to get on)
To make my own BB cream I just added more products. This was thrilling. To avoid making an icky mess (I am a bit of a neat freak about certain things, make-up being one of them), I mixed it all up in a little plastic baggy and then cut off a corner and squeezed it carefully into a sample container. I only mixed a small amount, which still has lasted 2 weeks, so I can fine tune it.
I thought about adding a serum, but I have heard it's difficult to have it mix in right, which makes sense, and serums (and straight oils) are too expensive and tricky to have the batch not work out. The best part of this homemade mix is using up the bits I had of items that were almost empty or not used for whatever reason. I made mine pretty light and wet, but it's easily thickened with mineral foundation powder. Which to me is a must in this, to give it some body and control the color better. The cream is really easy to layer and I have really liked using this under my eyes and even on my eyelids as a concealer and a base for eyeshadow.
A bit about mineral powder—I LOVE to use Alima products, they are so pure, I never stress about them in any way. I use their overshadows and foundations and blushes, and the sample of the foundations are the perfect size (and are only $1.50!) for adding to a BB cream mix. I use the full sizes, because I already have them, but I needed a darker one to correct my too light batch and the sample size was perfect.
Okay, then. I think I have exhausted this topic.
And just so you all know, I didn't get any of these items I link to for free. I'd tell you if I did. It's just me buying what I like and writing about it.