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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DIY: Mixing Medium

In yesterday's post I talked about using mixing mediums with pigments. Mixing mediums are liquids used to change the consistency of makeup so it can be used in a variety of ways -- such as using shadow/pigment as eyeliner or diluting liquid makeup.

Many companies make mixing mediums for different uses, but there's a recipe for making a simple mix that will suit most needs. I've made and used this myself, so I can vouch for how good it is. I use it mostly with pigments and shadows and it's great. Here's what you need:

Rubbing Alcohol
Bottle of any size to keep mixing medium in
Distilled water
Natural vegetable glycerin -- you can get it at the grocery or drugstore

Wipe out/clean the bottle and cap with the rubbing alcohol to disinfect. Then, add the glycerin and water so that the mix is 1/3 glycerin, 2/3 water. That's it! Shake before using, and remember to separate the powder/makeup you want to use onto a palette or lid and add mixing medium to that. That way you'll avoid contamination. If you're using the medium on solid eyeshadow, put your damp brush at the edge of the shadow pan so you're only wetting a small section.

For a video on how to make this recipe, check out EnKore on YouTube

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