Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever attempted to create or “franken” cosmetics? If so, what? Will you give it a shot?

Temptalia's AnswerClosest I’ve ever come would be to add gloss over eyeshadow for a glossy eyeshadow or mixing two colors to get something else.  I’ve never taken raw materials and tried to come up with something on my own, though!  Working with MAC doesn’t count!

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40 thoughts on “Have you ever attempted to create or “franken” cosmetics?

  1. From scratch as in take all the raw ingredients and make something no but I have mixed colors to get my own shades of nail polish, lipstick/lip gloss and even foundation.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Esther Esther

    I have a handful of bottles of nail polish that I’ve mixed together to make my own shades, and I sometimes crush up eyeshadows, mix them together, and press them to make my own shades

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    No, never. I’m just not that creative. The best I get is layering lip products :P

  4. Joni

    One time I had a moisturizer that wasn’t moisturizing enough, so I added coconut oil to it. Best decision ever, because I put the coconut oil in when it was melted and mixed it all up and when the oil became solid again, the whole thing ended up with a really nice fluffy texture.

  5. I’ve only gone as far as mixing one nail polish in with another one to create a bottle of something usable out of a polish that I hated.

  6. Rachelcarlene

    When did you work with Mac? :)

  7. Thanks for featuring my question!

    I franken occasionally, although so far I’ve only made really small batches for personal use. I do dream of buying a bunch of ingredients and making my own cosmetics from scratch, sounds like a lot of fun! (And a good excuse to don a mad scientist gear, hehe :P )

    On another note, Christine, I’ve noticed that I never got e-mail notifications when people reply to my comment, despite me selecting the option. They didn’t go to the junk folder, either.

  8. I created a bb cream mixing foundation, makeup base and a skincare product. It works fine for me. My skin is softer, smoother.

  9. Marty from Milan

    Oh yes but always mixing cosmetics! I’ ve tried to mix a blush powder (fucsia) or an eyeshadow with a transparent gloss to obtain a colourfull gloss. The result was super! and you can add more pigment to enhance the colur! I have discovered that it works also with a pigment loose shadow and a transparent nail-laquer!

  10. I just did it today. I bought 24K gold leaves and frankened my own 24K topcoat. Cost of my raw materials: € 2,70 :D

  11. theglitterydragon

    I dont know if this would be considered franken makeup – but I keep a bottle of clear eyebrow gel (uncorked) that I use to make my own eyeliner colors with. I will put a small blob on the back of my hand and mix in a pigment or cosmetic glitter and use an eyeliner brush to mix and apply it. Makes the color strong and last.
    I do the same with a clear gloss I keep on hand.

  12. I make nail polish! I started off mixing commercial polishes, but now I have real supplies – suspension base, glitter, and pigments. It’s really fun :)

  13. Depends on that you mean by “franken” something.

    I’ve made my own gloss, colored balm, mixed loosed eyeshadow, mix my own long wear blush from a Lip Tar, and pressed my own blushes & eyeshadows.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of JuliGrace JGR

    Not unless you count mixing lipstick and Aquaphor to make lip gloss for my super dry lips? :P That’s as makeup-artist-ish as I get.

  15. Monica!

    Legend has it that Wende Zomnir started UD on her bathroom sink making a nail polish, so I thought why not? the other day I got my glitters from an art crafts store, mixed them with clear polish and got a goopy useless mess that went straight to the trash bin …Oh well

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jeanne Jeanne

    I’ve mixed eye-safe loose mineral eyeshadows with clear lip balm and gloss to create tinted lip balms and glosses. So far my favourite combos are Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ Sunfire or Flare mixed with Lush’s Ultrabalm.

  17. Syrie

    I do it all the time with nail polish :) I’m very frugal so I like to use everything to the last drop. When I have bottles of nail polish that are almost empty (you know, where it’s next to impossible to scoop out the bottom with the brush no matter which way you tilt it) I mix them together to make a new, and might I say, UNIQUE color ;)

  18. slick

    For a while I was really into mixing loose pigments and pressing them….I will also take nearly finished e/s pans and break them up and mix those together too. My favorite so far has been a mix of MAC Bronze and Twinks!

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nirvana Nirvana

    The only thing I mix are lipsticks-always get unique colours out of them that way.

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura Laura

    Nope, not really. I layer cosmetics a lot – nail polishes, eyeshadows/ pigments, lip products – to get colours that are just what I’m after, but I’ve never really tried to create something new in a pan or bottle. I also mix foundation with moisturiser or brightening primer to create tinted moisturiser, but I don’t think any of these really count!

  21. I just like to layer cosmetics: I mix foundations constantly, I layer blush all the time, I sometimes layer lipsticks, and nail polish is a blast to play with and I also press eyeshadows. But, no I do not actually create my own.

  22. Jeanne

    Yes. I really loved DL’s Mermaid’s Dream nail polish but didn’t want to spend that much on a polish, so I mixed 3 polishes I had at home plus some glitter to make my own version of it. My franken polish turned out lovely, if not quite the same, but I did get tons of compliments on it.

  23. Adele

    Oh yes! I mix together nail polishes for colors I want but can’t cheaply find or to make colors I have but dislike more interesting all the time — the only thing that stops me is running out of bottles! In particular, I’ve gotten good results from mixing eyeshadow (I often buy indie so I have a lot that’s already loose, but you can scrape off some pressed eyeshadow as well) into a bottle of nail polish that’s too sheer.

    I’ve also tried to mix together loose powders that didn’t suit my skin tone as well as I wanted, but they were kind of beyond help.

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dominique Dominique

    No, I never did it ! ( and I won’t ) mixing makeup products seems difficult. Creating my own nail polish, why not it’s trendy here in France but I don’t know if I’ll do it though. I know a NPA ( owns over 500 nail polishes ) who wants to create her own polishes, well risky business but very promising too !

  25. Hannah

    I have mixed together some of the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows. I love Armani Eyes to Kill, how they are a mingling of different colors, so I attempted the same thing with the L’Oreal Infallibles and the result was great. Some of my favorite combinations are iced latte and bronzed taupe, as well as amber rush and eternal black. Just break up the colors a bit, mix in preferred amount of the other shade, and re-press using the stopper they are sold with. Very easy and pretty!

  26. Kathy

    I used to make my own tinted moisture with MAC’s face & Body foundation and a mineral-based sunscreen. It actually doesn’t work too differently than mixing the white F&B with N1, which is way too dark for me anyway.

    (I think this might affect the sunscreen, but I only used ones with a titanium or zinc oxide base and an SPF of more than 30.)

  27. Lark

    Love to do this! My best recipe is a clear gloss from the dollar store, mix with some NYX black gloss, add some cosmetic glitter from Coastal Scents for a copy of MAC Glimmerglass. I mix a new tube every Fall; The best thing from Style Black.

    NYX quit making black so I have a Wet n Wild black lippie to melt into the gloss, hope it works! I mix other glosses and stuff too. Keeps costs down.

    • Lipstick has wax in it and will probably change the consistency of the gloss, probably not by much, though, it depends on how much you melt into the gloss.

      If you have lip-safe black eyeshadow, it might work for the gloss. I find that diluting it in a few drops of oil helps eliminate the clumps that may form.

    • Slava

      I agree that was the best thing from Style Black and it was the first lip glass/ gloss product I have ever used up from MAC. Thanks for sharing!

  28. I’m an indie junkie so I have oodles of eyeshadow sample bags. I mixed 3 or 4 to get the pretty purple in my link but that’s about as far as my creativity went!

  29. I’ve mixed some loose powders together to make my own shades before. I’ve done the same with glosses.

  30. Michelle Teixeira

    I have deinitely mixed my own loose shadows into nail polish to make a new color. Also, I have mixed loose pigments with gloss. I have taken different shades of foundation and mixed them to change the color and texture. When I am in a pinch, I take a risk and mix.

  31. Francine

    I mixed a loose pigment into my moisturizer to make my own glowing type of moisturizer. I used a Neutrogena face moisturizer that I didn’t love and mixed in a bit of the Golden Bronze Iridescent Loose powder by MAC which is in this giant jar anyway so I’m never going to use all of it! Now I use that in the summer on my decollate area and sometimes even on my legs if I’m feeling really sassy.