How to Make Homemade Mineral Veil Face Powder

I was first introduced to the Bare Minerals line of makeup about four years ago. While I cringe at the price of these products, I have found no better solution. They blend so much better than the liquid foundation and I feel better about the ingredients I’m using on my face.

I don’t use makeup all the time but mostly for work, business meetings and special events, so it’s important for me to have a go-to product. I use Bare Minerals Foundation, Bronzer and Mineral Veil (a finishing powder). I recently learned the primary ingredient in Mineral Veil is corn starch. Take a look:

“Illuminating Mineral Veil: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Stearate. (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).” source

I understand there are other ingredients in the product, but this was enough to convince me I didn’t need to pay $20 for each new jar. My secondary dilemma was containers. I love the containers the Bare Minerals line comes in. They lock for transport and have small holes for tapping just enough of the product out for use. That dilemma was solved when I learned I could use a spoon to open the bottom.

How to Make Homemade Mineral Veil

How to Make Homemade Mineral Veil Face Powder

  • Use up whatever product you have already. Turn over the container and pop the bottom off with a spoon. You can clean out your entire container with soap and water, or simply refill.
  • Add some corn starch and a pinch of whatever color foundation you already use. (I have not found a way to replace buying foundation itself.) Stir the product together and/or close the container and shake it up.

How to Make Homemade Mineral Veil

  • Experiment to find a combination that allows just enough color but sheer finishing coverage. I shook mine up until it had the same appearance as the mineral veil powder I was buying. Snap the container closed and you are ready to go!
  • This homemade mineral veil is incredibly easy to make and less expensive. Mineral Veil runs about $20 per jar. Corn starch is only about $2 and you will have more than enough for that price!

*Read more about my DIY and homesteading projects here.


  1. says

    Love your ideas for making these products on your own! I use Mary Kay mineral powder and I’m wondering if I can do the same with my container from them.

  2. says

    Thanks for the idea to make this yourself. I love DIY ways as I know what is in them, how much they really cost (for me to make), I can adjust how much I make (most of the time), and when they are made.

    I will be sure to pass this on to friends who are looking for a more economical way to wear makeup.

    Thanks and enjoy your weekend.

    Just stopping by from BYB in 100 Days :)

  3. says

    I don’t use Bare Minerals but this is genius. When you say add foundation for color, do you mean powder foundation? I use liquid, but I’m assuming you mean powder. Thanks for stopping by Psychowith6!

  4. says

    How cool! Thanks for sharing this. I love Bare Minerals too, it’s the only brand I’ve ever stuck with. I can’t believe you can make the mineral veil at home. Does it look the same once it’s on your face? I must try it! :)

  5. says

    Hey Holly! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my blog! I love meeting new bloggers, especially Cleveland ones. I really like this DYI veil! I love when people take the time and energy to figure out beauty product DYIs. This is a great one and I will have to try it. I hate how expensive beauty products can be and they seem to run out so fast.

  6. Minda says

    I just stumbled upon this page because I recently too decided to just use cornstarch instead of mineral veil. I don’t even feel a need to color it with foundation. I’m putting on such a little bit that the color doesn’t seem necessary–it blends right over my other makeup.

    I have been using Physicians Forumla mineral makeup. I like it just as well (perhaps even better) as the pricier BE brand. HOWEVER, I use the expensive brush I got from BareMinerals rather than the cheapo thing that comes with the PF compact. The brush alone seems to make the difference and I save a lot of money on the foundation.

    • says

      Minda, Thanks for stopping by! I too use the BareMinerals brushes and have their name-brand cleaner which I found works really well to keep the brushes soft like when I first purchased them. Glad you are saving money too!

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