Pigments - by
Beachcombers offers a great selection of handmade
colored powders (mineral pigments and
cosmetic grade mica powders) created by a local
Orlando belly dancer, Bellyrina (Susan) of Eyegasms
Susan was having
trouble finding good eye shadow in bright fun colors
that worked well with her sensitive skin. She
liked the Bare Essential mineral pigments, but they didn't
have the bright colors she was looking for, so she
started making her own a few years ago. Aren't we all lucky
She has developed a line of funky fun colors of mica
powders that rival any artists' pallet! There
are even some earthy more subtle shade, but even
they have a richness and "kick" to them that you
just don't find in the traditional brands.
Eyegasms' mineral pigments are in fun colors
Gator Tail: A glittering dark green with a
mysterious metallic look
Ruby Slippers: A gorgeous warm red with
plenty of sparkle, of course!
Amethyst: Brilliant purple that looks
great on any skin tone
Cabaret: Bright pink powder with a
Milk Chocolate: Sparkling warm
chocolate brown that is easy to wear
...and so many more!
Each pot is only $9.95 and contains more than double
the amount of powder than comparable brands!
They can be used for eye shadows, of course, but
they are the best powders I've ever seen for making
gliding paste for henna (*make your own gilding
paste instructions below).
Use Eyegasms colored mineral pigments for...
Gilding Paste for henna tattoos (*instructions
Stamp Art (embossing powder)
Coloring Candles and Soaps
Mixing with acrylic to make paints
Polymer Clay (Fimo)
How to Make Gilding Paste for Henna Tattoos
Making Gilding Paste to accent your henna tattoos is
easy! Simply mix extra hard hold hair gel with
loose powders (mineral pigments or mica powders).
Loose Colored Powders
I've used all kinds of expensive loose powders, but
I've found the best to be Eyegasms colored
They have intense color and they already have plenty
of sparkle. At only 9.95 a pot, they are a
bargain! If you'd like extra sparkle, you
can mix in additional glitter with your gliding
paste. Only use ultra fine cosmetic grade glitter.
Hard Hold Gel Base
For the gel base of the gilding paste, choose a
super hard hold hair gel. The harder hold
the better. You want to select a gel that can
hold up a crazy spiked Mohawk hairstyle and is hard
to wash out. Water resistant gels will be the
best. To test if the gel will be hard hold
enough, hold the bottle upside down. Ideally,
you want to see little or no movement of the bubbles
inside the gel. I've heard of people using
medical glue, and mixtures of hair gel and Elmer's
glue as well, so feel free to experiment with
different gel bases.
Depending on the gel you use, your gilding paste can
last anywhere from 1-4 days, though soap and water
will remove it at any time you wish. The brand
of hair gel will also determine drying time. I
have found that the longer it takes to dry, the
longer the gilding paste will stay on the skin.
Applying Gliding Gel
You can apply gliding paste with a brush, fill a
mylar cone henna-style, or use
henna applicator bottles to apply your gilding
gel. The thicker the gel goes on the longer it
will take to dry, and you can speed up drying time
with a hair dryer.
Gliding paste can be used with henna while the paste
is still on the skin or after the henna paste is
removed and the henna tattoo stain remains. Of
course, it can also be used alone without any henna
Gliding paste can also be used as a resist for
henna, helping you created striking reverse henna
Gliding paste is fun and easy...give it a try!