Part 3: Formulation Series
Anytime I plan on mixing makeup, I go through a series of sanitation procedures. My hair is up and with a head covering, I am double face masked to make sure I'm not breathing in any of the powders, and I wash, sanitize and glove up my hands.
Next, I clean every piece of equipment and tool that I'm going to use. This includes any packaging for the final product. Everything is washed, air dryed, and sanitized before using.
You are only as good as your tools!
An Electric Grinder (i used to use a Pestle and Mortar, it was absolutely dreadful!) Because I only make small batches, this one works out great. It allows me to formulate in small batches for better quality control and cleaning it is just as easy.
A Stainless Steel Tea Strainer - its to make sure that there are no clumps in my formulations before putting them into the grinder.
Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons - its clean, they're very simple to use, and they look pretty!
I have plastic .15cc Measuring Spoons for when I am creating a new formula. Just like in cooking and baking, you can always add more but you cannot take away.
My handy-dandy Battery Operated Digital Scale. I've made the mistake of getting a kitchen scale that could not weigh in grams and then I found this one...so much better!
And last but not least, Mini Paper Muffin Cups. I've tried plastic weight boats and I did not like them. Because I'm not measuring liquids, these paper cups are perfect.
Binders and Slip
All eyeshadows are compiled of base fillers / binders, colorants, and ingredients for slip. I've talked about Binders and Slip in my previous post (titled Behind The Fine - About the ingredients. You can read about that by clicking on the image below.
The next category for ingredients in eyeshadow is Colorants - such as Pigments, Micas, and Oxides.
I think it's important to note that I stay away from any dyes - it's common for people to be allergic to certain dyes (just like in food). So I've taken that into consideration when figuring out what I'll use to create the colors for this collection.
Each mica or oxide is carefully weighed out and added to my Electric Grinder to mix. I take notes the entire time, whether it's adding a specific mica or binder, or if it's becoming streaky or adjusting the colors. This way, I can recreate it!