Make: Natural Skin Luminizer

We desire glowing skin throughout the year – maybe even more so during the holidays.

I’m a huge fan of RMS Beauty’s incredible natural beauty products, and now perhaps a bigger fan after hearing the most wonderful things about their Living Luminizer. Our recipe below is based off of this cream highlighter of theirs – just made a tad simpler using some ingredients that you may already have.

The key ingredient here is mica powder – it’s what gives mineral eye shadows, blushes and face powders that oh-so-subtle shimmery finish. It’s generally considered a natural ingredient (though some exhibit sensitivity to it), so make sure to test it on a small patch on your skin before using as desired.



I used both the gold and pearl mica powders by Slice of the Moon – I think it was their brand name that got me. ;) This stuff is incredibly highly pigmented… and so much fun to play with.



1 tbsp organic beeswax (try beeswax pellets – they melt the fastest!)

2 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp organic jojoba oil

1-2 tsp mica powder (more mica powder = more shimmer)

To make, melt the beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, combine ingredients in a glass jar, and place the jar in a pot of 1-2 inches of boiling water.

Once melted, add your mica powder and stir well. Then, pour into tiny glass jars – I used these! This recipe will fill just about 3 of these .25oz jars.

Let cool for 10-20 minutes, and you’re ready to use!


Here’s my girl Jess with a touch of the pearl luminizer on her cheekbone – see that subtle shimmer? It gives off the most beautiful dewy glow when the sunlight hits it just right.


I also like to use this on the bridge of the nose, the crease above the lip, just under the eyebrow arc, and on the inner corners of the eye – that one’s my favorite.

+ Make your own and use it at your next holiday party! Let us know how it comes out. :)

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7 years ago

That’s such a wonderful idea! I would love to craft this, but what is mica powder?

7 years ago

They sound so moisturising! I definitely think I’ll be giving this one a try. I just love DIY beauty products! Thanks for sharing,
Kelly xx

7 years ago

Sounds so lovely!! I wish the website shipped to Australia! Is there a local alternative? xx

7 years ago

Really Nice.. Very Well explained this make up beauty secret.. But i want to know more about the mica powder and any alternative for mica powder??

7 years ago

wonderful article. please more information about mica power

7 years ago

I make my own cosmetics at home, have been for years now (foundation, lipstick, gloss, serum, hair care, everything basically. All high-quality and “healing”), and am also heavily involved in the Sciences. I can tell anyone above who’s wondering about mica that it’s 100% safe for you to use, as long as it’s not derived from a harmful source, or combined with something potentially toxic like ferric-ferrocyanide, ultramarines, or some of the “chromium oxides”. There are disputed studies done on the toxicity levels of above ingredients, but if you want to be totally safe, just forgo them in any formulations. That being said, mica, which is actually a crystalline mineral (yes. It is a crystal. Like quartz and the like. In Geology classes at my college we would perform tests on various micas to classify their crystalline structures), is fine for you to use on your face. It’s also fine for you to put on your lips. Some people don’t mind using it in food products, which is why some drinks have it (alcoholic ones in particular). At most, the damage you’ll probably get from that is sparkly, well, poo. The body can’t digest it and it’ll just pass through. In its purest form, as a finely milled powder gotten from safe (not all natural sources are safe and nontoxic) sources, it is absolutely fine to use and it cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream from skin, because it is way too large of a particle for that. For the most part, only something the size of an amino acid or smaller could effectively be absorbed into skin.

I’ve seen some sites say that mica is a toxic “unnatural” thing, and that’s both ridiculous and remarkably depressing. Some oxides can be harmful. Some natural oxides are deadly. Some synthetic oxides are harmless, and some are irritants. Mica, if it is actually as its name says, “mica” (the mineral!), is pretty much inert and a pretty shimmery thing you can have fun with. Science is a gorgeous and powerful thing. Have fun with the sparkly and do not fear! *0*

7 years ago

Exact thing I was searching for. I like preparing my own cosmetics too at home. Lately I have been experimenting by preparing Face Masks for Glowing skin. I found out that when you use organic products that are perishable, can enhance your beauty by 2 times. These natural products are very healthy and do not contain any preservatives so provide long lasting effect. I have been referring to this article for making the face mask

7 years ago

Hi there! I would love to use this recipe but was wondering if you have any alternatives for beeswax as I don’t use it? Thank you x

7 years ago
Reply to  Julia

Julia – you could try Carnauba wax as a substitute, you may have to adjust the amount and add less, though.

7 years ago

Is there something I could substitute the coconut oil for? My skin doesn’t react well to it.

Tiffany Buck
7 years ago

Can’t wait to try this.

5 years ago

What is the name and color of the gold mica you use from slice of the moon?