Directions in Detail

The concept is simple: Color your makeup. The Elements are the translucent makeups, and the Colors color them. Elements and Colors are formulated to be mixed together in parts. Use the scoop for volume measurements of parts. When mixing, be sure to lay down a protective layer (like a paper towel or parchment paper) as Colors can stain.

Mixing Ratios

ColorElementsResults
11Slight smudging of color, pigment heavy, less adhesion
11.5True to color appearance, good adhesion
12Slight ashy appearance, somewhat lighter pigmentation, stronger adhesion

The above chart is especially true when mixing parts in weight. Mixing in weight will require a scale with a readability of .01g or less.

How to Mix

Always start with Colors. Determine the level with the Neutral Line. Use the Spectrum Colors to adjust undertones and/or overtones, or if you need brilliant color without level adjustment. Keep track of the amounts used. Once you’ve achieved the color you think works, add Elements according to directions. Adjustments can be made to mixed formulas, so if you think it is right but an application shows it is off a level or tone, you can start over and reserve this formula for something else, or add more Colors and Elements for adjustments.

Spectrum Colors are potent, meaning a little goes a long way. When adjusting an undertone or making minor adjustments, use as little as a 1/32 loose filled scoop (LS), which is merely a few grains of Color or about .0001oz.

Mix in a Mixing Bag. Be sure to allow a little air in the bag before mixing so the powders can move. Too much air may inhibit mixing. Pinch the seal of the bag before mixing to prevent products from escaping. Remember, avoid inhalation of dust.

Add your Element (or a combination) to your Colors in the mixing bag, and mix thoroughly.

Apply to your face dry or with a mixing medium. When using a mixing medium, start with small amounts of it and your colored makeup, blending in a pot, palette or your hand.