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How to make foundation cream

Updated on June 11, 2011

This hub will enlighten readers about:

  1. What is foundation cream?
  2. Formula for making foundation cream.
  3. Steps to make foundation cream?
  4. Labeling requirements for foundation cream.

What is foundation cream?

Foundation creams are for daytime use to hide lines of demarcation, hide imperfection. They protect and condition the cleansed skin. They must leave the surface non-greasy and preferably matt so that other make up can be easily applied over it.

Pigmented foundation creams can contain 3-25% of pigments. Those between 3-10% can form a suitable substrate for subsequent use of powder whereas those with high pigment concentration can be used as complete make up and are often termed powder creams. They can be oil in water systems in liquid or solid forms.

To make foundation cream pigments can be suspended by use of cellulose derivative or inorganic silicates such as bentonite or hydrated magnesium silicate.

Few difficulties that might come your way while preparing foundation cream are:

  • High specific surface area of the pigment may preferentially absorb the emulsifying agent and in some case may cause inversion of emulsion.
  • It is also difficult to get adequate dispersion of pigments to give reproducible results batch by batch.

Marketed products-

  • Lakme Foundatation Cream
  • Develon Foundation Cream
  • Avon Foundation Cream
  • Oriflame Foundation Cream

2 Formulas for making foundation cream

Formula 1
Formula 2
Glyceryl monostearate
PEG 400
Stearic acid
Cetyl alcohol
Isopropyl myristate
Proplene glycol
Titanium dioxide
Pigment red ferric oxide
Mineral oil
Triethenol amine
Sodium laural sulphate
To make 100%
To make 100%
In sufficient Quantity
In sufficient Quantity
Foundation Cream Formula

Steps To Make Foundation Cream

Step 1: Weight Specified quantity of sodium laural sulphate as per formula and soak it in small quantity of water.

Step 2: Glyceryl monostearate, PEG 400(polyethylene glycol 400), stearic acid, mineral oil are weighed and mixed as per formula in a suitable container. This would make the oily phase of your foundation cream.

Step 3: Heat oily phase if required to 60 degree Celsius to make it homogeneous.

Step 4: Mixing glycerin, triethenol amine and water with Sodium laural sulphate dissolved in it now makes aqueous phase. The aqueous phase is heated to 50 degree Celsius.

Step 5: Both the phases are now mixed at 50 degree Celsius with vigorous stirring in a suitable container like mortar and pestle.

Step 6: Now add Titanium dioxide, talc and pigments to the mortar after sieving and triturate it well to form a uniform cream.

Step 7: Now add Perfume to make the preparation pleasing and pack in a labeled container.

Step 8: The product is now ready for evaluation.

The label should display the following information:-

  • Name of the product
  • Contents: Name and percentage of any active ingredient if added to preparation.
  • Net Weight: As present in the final container.
  • Manufacturing License Number as obtained by regulatory authority of your country.
  • Manufacturing Batch Number: As applicable
  • Manufacturing Date – Month and year of manufacturing.
  • Expiry Date – Month and year of expected expiry.
  • Maximum Retail Price- As applicable.
  • Place Of Manufacturing- Address of the plant where it is manufactured.


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      4 years ago

      as per this both formula my foundation get cracked. what is the solution for this


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