DIY Beauty: Homemade Mixing Medium

homemade mixing medium

Before Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (one of the best makeup inventions ever), if you wanted to foil loose eyeshadows, you had to use MAC Mixing Medium. It instantly makes your eyeshadows look really vibrant and intense, and allows it to adhere better to the lid.

What’s the secret ingredient that makes this magic trick possible? Glycerin and water. Although newer version of the Mixing Medium contain more ingredients such as soothing chamomile extract and preservatives, it’s the glycerin and water base that does all the work.

And that means that, if you don’t fancy buying a bottle (which is quite pricey), you can easily make your own. Here’s what you’ll need:


– 1 part liquid glycerin (you can get it at your local pharmacy)
– 3 parts water
– a bowl
– a spoon
– a small funnel
– an empty bottle

Pour the glycerin and the water in a bowl and stir. You’d need to use 1 part glycerin and 3 parts water. That means that if you use 50ml of glycerin, you’ll have to add 150ml of water. However, I don’t recommend you make that much.

Bacteria can grown in water-based products if not properly preserved, and, as we’re not adding any preservatives, it’s better to make only a little amount at a time. That way, you can finish it all before it goes bad.

Once well-stirred, use the funnel to pour the mixture in an empty (and well-cleaned) bottle. That’s it. Now, let your creativity run wild and create lots of bright, vivid looks!

Do you ever foil your eyeshadows? If so, how?

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  1. Janessa says

    Ooo. I like this post a lot! I’d definitely try this out when I have time but sadly (and happily that I have lots of art to make) I don’t have time in the near future. I would pay for a product already formulated for me as opposed to making my own for the sake of sanitary purposes because I doubt I’d use it up fast enough but I still want to try it anyways. Someday!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I prefer to buy products too, but it’s nice to know how to make your own. That way, if you need a product for just one or two looks, you can make it yourself rather than rush to the shop to buy something you won’t use often. :)

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