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DIY non-comedogenic liquid foundation recipe by Lori G Ashley

Creating a liquid foundation using zinc oxide, iron oxides, distilled water, and emulsifying wax requires careful handling and precise measurements. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your own liquid foundation:


  • Phase A (Oil Phase):

  • 1 tablespoon emulsifying wax

  • 2 teaspoons carrier oil (such as jojoba oil or almond oil)

  • Phase B (Water Phase):

  • 1/2 cup distilled water

  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (optional, for added hydration)

  • Phase C (Color and Zinc Oxide):

  • 1/2 teaspoon zinc oxide (for coverage and SPF)

  • Iron oxides (red, yellow, and brown) for matching your skin tone

  • 5 drops of vitamin E oil (preservative and skin benefits)


  • Heat-resistant glass bowls

  • Small whisk or spoon

  • Double boiler or microwave-safe container

  • Digital scale or measuring spoons

  • Clean, airtight container for storage


  1. Prepare the Oil Phase (Phase A):

  • In a heat-resistant glass bowl, combine the emulsifying wax and carrier oil.

  • Heat the mixture in a double boiler or microwave until the wax is fully melted and combined with the oil. Stir well.

  1. Prepare the Water Phase (Phase B):

  • In another heat-resistant glass bowl, heat the distilled water until it is warm but not boiling.

  • Add the vegetable glycerin to the warm water and stir to combine.

  1. Combine Phases A and B:

  • Slowly pour the warm water phase (Phase B) into the melted oil phase (Phase A) while whisking continuously. This helps the emulsifying wax blend the oil and water into a smooth mixture. Continue whisking until the mixture cools and thickens slightly.

  1. Add the Zinc Oxide and Iron Oxides (Phase C):

  • Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add the zinc oxide. Stir well to ensure it is fully incorporated.

  • Gradually add the iron oxides, starting with small amounts and adjusting to match your skin tone. It’s helpful to mix small batches in a separate bowl to get the color right before adding to the main batch.

  • Mix thoroughly to ensure even color distribution.

  1. Add Vitamin E Oil:

  • Add the vitamin E oil and mix well. This acts as a preservative and adds skin benefits.

  1. Final Mixing and Storage:

  • Continue stirring the mixture until it is smooth and fully combined. If needed, you can use an immersion blender for a more uniform consistency.

  • Pour the foundation into a clean, airtight container. Allow it to cool completely before sealing.

Tips for Customizing

  • Adjusting Coverage: For a thicker foundation with more coverage, increase the amount of zinc oxide. For lighter coverage, reduce it.

  • Shade Matching: Mix the iron oxides in small amounts until you find the perfect match for your skin tone. Red, yellow, and brown iron oxides can be adjusted to match warm, cool, or neutral undertones.

  • Consistency: If the foundation is too thick, add a few drops of distilled water to thin it out. If too thin, add a bit more emulsifying wax and reheat.

Storage and Shelf Life

  • Store your homemade foundation in a cool, dry place. Use a clean spatula or pump to avoid contamination.

  • Since this is a natural product without synthetic preservatives, it’s best used within 3-6 months. If you notice any changes in texture, color, or smell, discard it.

This DIY liquid foundation recipe allows you to customize the product to your skin type and preferences while ensuring you know exactly what’s going into your makeup. Enjoy experimenting and creating your perfect foundation! #diy #liquidfoundationrecipe #lorigashley #diymakeup

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