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DIY: Mineral Veil

A while back I ordered a bunch of ingredients to start making my own makeup.
Most all of the ingredients I needed I had never heard of before and couldn’t even pronounce.

Which is why I was a little shocked when I read through the formula for translucent face powder.

Not only were they ingredients I recognized, they’re cheap and in almost every household already.
I was skeptical.  So I went to the best selling translucent face powder (bareEscentuals Mineral Veil) and I looked for myself.


So before you go out to replace your powder next time…


I suggest you go to your pantry instead and follow this recipe:



1 1/2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/8 Teaspoon Powder Foundation *Optional (this just adds a touch of color for a little extra coverage otherwise it will just go on translucent)

Stir all ingredients together and store in a used (and washed) powder container or a mint tin.

And since this recipe will cost you all of about 5 cents you’ll have $19.95 left over to:

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    June 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I lovvvvvvvveeeeee your website. Thanks so much for all the great posts. I really love this one and the one on how to make eye primer. They’re all awesome. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    August 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    You’ve gotta be kidding me!!! Awesome, thanks!

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    September 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    wow! Thanks so much for sharing this! I was just about to go and buy more mineral veil! Saved me a heap of money! (especially as it’s more expensive here in the UK!)


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    November 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    When do you put this on? Before you apply makeup or after everything is on?

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      November 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      This is for the final step of your makeup, to keep it in place and keep it from getting oily:)

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    November 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for this! I found it on Pinterest and tried it today. Wonderful!

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    December 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Just bought a mineral veil. However, will be trying this next time! Great alternative!

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    December 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    So, is this supposed to be used after foundation or powder or can it replace powder?

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    December 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    So basically you can just dip your brush in cornstarch and put it on your face? Is there anything you can add to it for color??

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      May 29, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon (be careful with this one it might cause irritation).

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    December 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Would you use this in addition to the setting spray from urban decay or one or the other? Thanks so much!!

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      December 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I second the question above. Thanks. 🙂

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    Misty B
    May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Do you dust it over your eyes too? Basically, will it keep eye makeup in place also?

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    May 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t make my own make up (yet), but I do make my own soap, creams, shampoos, and conditioners. I think though that you would be really great at making your own make up since you have a great eye for colors. Here is a website for purchasing raw materials for making your own cosmetics, with some sample formulas for a few products:

    Here also, is a sample for a DIY bronzer, which I think is a good thing since you sometimes can’t find the right color for a certain complexion, without spending crazy $$ (very tweakable for the individual):

    Love your blog!

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    May 29, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I make this as well, but kick it up a notch by adding fresh ground lavender, chamomile, frankensense, and some kaolin clay. I have very oily acne prone skin, and this seriously cuts down on the shine, and heals blemishes quickly before they grow into something unmanageable.

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    June 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I use a recipe like this, but I add cocoa powder for a bit of color.

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    July 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    What a great idea!! Good thinking checking the ingredients, what a smartie pants! I am totally going to try this, thanks!

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    July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Just be careful because corn starch can irritate your eyes. I’ve been using it over my entire face, including my eyeshadow, and noticed my eyes were bothering me and watering, even after I washed my face at night. I’ll probably start using it on my face but not my eyes from now on. Thanks for the tip though, it has definitely been keeping my face less oily.

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    August 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Cara! I know this is an old post, so I don’t know if you’ll see it. I have a couple questions about setting powders. First, can you use a setting powder and still get a dewey look? I have pretty dry skin and I don’t want a cakey/matte look? What do you think about setting powders vs. sprays? I’ve seen some opinions that powders should ALWAYS be used and sprays are an addition. Thanks!

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    August 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Seriously I’ve been using this for about a month & notice a HUGE difference when I don’t! All I use is BB cream & this homemade mineral veil and I’m set for the entire day! I love Cara!

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    September 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    What is mineral veil used for? 🙂

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    October 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Cara, this post has changed my life! Seems silly to say over homemade mineral veil but I started using this and I can never go back! I tried going back to regular powder and noticed a HUGE difference. AND this is dirt cheap! You are the best, I’m a loyal fan now! Thanks again!

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    February 23, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Hello from Hong Kong! I stumbled on your site through pinteresting some jewellery and clothes. I have to say I really like your site! I love what your product can do and am even contemplating buying a hack pack. I have one question though – I am Indian and have olive skin tone – what do you suggest would be the right hack pack shade for me? I would also love to see a lot of before /after of Indian skin shades as like fair skin – we have tons of shades and would love to see a make up artist like yourself, help all shades of women.

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