It’s summer, and bronzers are a beautiful way to add warmth to skin that still has a pale tinge from long winters. I often field questions from crafters asking how to make bronzers.
The easiest way to make a bronzer is to start with a loose mineral foundation. Choose one that has a tan or warm terra cotta, or brown tone, ideally two-three shades darker than your skin tone. An inexpensive foundation to use as the starting base is the Monave Economy Foundation.
This foundation line has a light, silky texture, due to a higher content of serecite than the heavier forms of foundation. This is an ideal texture with which to start, as a bronzer should be light, silky and easy to apply.
The next step is to choose mica powders to add to the foundation base.
An interference pigment is a beautiful addition. Two great ones for bronzers are Interference Gold, for wamer bronzers, or Interference Red for pinker bronzers. These add a beautiful soft glow to the cheeks.
The second set of mica pigments add the sun-kissed color a bronzer should have.
- For a light-medium skin tone, Bronze mica powder is an excellent choice
- For a medium-dark skin tone, Copper mica powder is an excellent choice
- Place 4 scoops of the mineral foundation of your choice in a small plastic or metal dish
- Add one scoop of interference mica pigment
- Add one scoop of bronze or copper mica pigment
Blend well with a spatula until the three shades are well mixed. They can be placed in a Ziploc baggie as well and shaken vigorously. A battery-operated mini herbal grinder is another way to blend the pigments together for a uniform texture.
Test the finished powder on your hand. If it is too shiny for your taste, add, a scoop at a time, more of the foundation powder. If you desire more pearlescence, add one scoop at a time the bronze or copper pigment.
If you would like a thinner texture, some serecite mica can be added once scoop at a time and blended well.
This finished product can be applied either with a round headed powder brush for a more pearlescent application, or with a flat-headed bronzer brush for a contoured, or less shiney application.