DIY BB Cushion15:46
I've already talked a bit about my current obsession with Asian cosmetics. I think they are the masters of skin care as well as makeup and for some reason I am very intrigued by their brands. BB cushions were first to appear on Asian market and they're in general known for very advanced technologies and innovations. I think BB cushions are one of the easiest to use products. If you're a rookie at makeup, you'll love it. But because very little European brands do these, I'll show you how to make your own version.
- Liquid highlighter (optional)
- Sunscreen (optional)
- Empty BB cushion case
- Printable sticker paper (optional)
- Decorative transparent foil (optional)
If you don't have any empty BB cushion case, you can buy it from sites like Ebay. They sell some empty cases of other BB cushion brands and I think there are even some DIY empty cases for the purposes that we're doing today. It's also a nice way to recycle your old, but used up cases. No need to throw it away. Plus you'll be making your own BB for a fraction of the price.
I cleaned out the whole case and at the end I sprayed and cleaned it with some alcohol. I have this Brush Cleaner spray bottle filled with alcohol. You can read how I made it here. This will kill all leftover bacteria. I obviously also cleaned my puff and the actual sponge cushion with soap and let them air dry.
You'll need some sort of bowl to mix your BB in. I used glass bowl, because it's the easiest to clean. Spatula is to help you mix it all together without touching it and putting in additional bacteria from your fingers.
After that you take your favorite moisturizer or multiple moisturizers and you add them in. Then you'll add foundation. I also added white foundation to make it lighter, because most of my foundations are a bit too dark for my current skin tone. I also added a bit of liquid highlighter for some luminosity (you don't need to do this, if you don't want it to be dewy). You can also add sunscreen, but since my moisturizers have SPF in them, I didn't add any additional sunscreen. I might add this in in the summer, when I'll need some more protection.
The ratio of these depends on what kind of BB you'd like to have. If you want it to be high coverage and more on the matte side use small amount of matte or lightweight moisturizer and add more foundation. You'll get higher coverage. If you're looking for something moisturizing and lighter coverage add more of the moisturizer. You can also add liquid highlighter to add additional dewiness. It's all up to you.
I personally mixed it so that I got lighter medium coverage with some dewiness from my very moisturizing and glowy face cream and a touch of liquid highlighter.
When you mix it all up, try it. If you don't like it, add more of what you think it needs.
When you're satisfied with your mixture pour it in the case. Make sure to fill it about two thirds. If you fill it up too much you'll get spillage from sides of the sponge.
Whatever is left in the bowl scrape it out with the cushion that's in the case. No need to waste product. Then you slowly press the sponge into the case and it's ready to be used.
You'll need to press puff onto the cushion to saturate it and transfer the BB to it. Then you just apply it on your face. It's all so easy and fool proof. You just dab it in the cushion and onto the face. So easy. It blends on itself and no need for brushes or mixing up the right shade or using moisturizer before.
This is optional step, but if you'd like to make it more personal, you can print out sticker to put on top of the case. I made this hearts leopard print design and wrote my blog's name in the middle. I printed it on a sticker paper (you can get these in most stationary stores) and then I applied transparent foil over it (the one that we used to use in school to wrap text books in). This will protect your sticker from water and other dirt. Your print will stay intact and you'll have your very own BB cushion.
Isn't this the cutest thing ever? Ever since I tried BB cushion, I thought of doing my own version with my favorite foundations. It's so practical to carry around and use for touch ups. It's also the easiest way of applying your base and the puff that comes with it does all the work for you. It blends beautifully. It also means that you have one product to put on in the morning instead of three - moisturizer, foundation and SPF.
Obviously this is by no means my idea. I've seen it in multiple videos and blogs, but I just wanted to share this idea with you and my version of it to inspire you and shorten your morning makeup routine.
I've also added a bit of demonstration. On the left side is my skin without BB and on the right side is my skin with the BB. On the bottom photo is how it looks like with my complete makeup look.