DIY Laura Mercier Translucent Powder


Hello my beauties!

I wanted to do a super simple and inexpensive DIY for one of the most talked about and loved products on the market right now. Laura Mercier’s translucent powder has been a favorite of many beauty gurus for quite some time now, but with a price tag of around $40, it’s can be a bit of an investment. I’m about to show you how you can make a pretty convincing dupe for under $5.

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty container for powder (I used one of my old powder containers from NYC Cosmetics)
  • 5 Tbs Baby Powder (Make sure it’s 100% talc powder)
  • 1 Tbs Corn starch
  • 1-4 Drops Oil ( Laura Mercier uses soybean oil in their powders, so I opted for a similar choice with soybean/olive oil, but if you have an allergy or don’t have soybean oil on hand – coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, rose hip oil (etc) will work as well)
  • Tablespoon
  • Mixing Tool


Step One:

Measure out 5 tablespoons of baby powder into your container.


Step Two:

Put 1-4 drops of your selected oil into your powder. You want to make sure you add the oil before you add any corn starch. Mix until the oil is blended in VERY well. You won’t notice a big change in the appearance of the powder, but the oil helps the product apply smooth and keeps the skin looking soft rather than cakey or flakey as the day goes on.


Step Three:

Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix powder well.


TA DA!!! YOU’RE DONE!!!dsc_0013

This powder has a feather light consistency much like the Laura Mercier. It also does a FANSTASTIC job of filling in lines and creates a nice “airbrushed” finish that masked my lines and pores very well ( see photo below). Although it doesn’t have EVERY ingredient that the original does, I personally think its a great dupe – or even just a great powder if you’re on a budget.

With my one bottle of baby powder and corn starch together, I could easily make at least ten more of these – EASILY. So it’s definitely a bang for your buck! All together for absolutely everything I purchased – it cost me around $5.

Baby Powder (from dollar store) $1

Corn Starch $3

Oil (also from dollar store) $1

That means that this full size of loose powder only cost me around .50 cents.



Here is an image of a darker foundation with no powder on the left and powder on the right. I applied the powder with a beauty blender while the foundation was still VERY wet and hadn’t set yet (I’m impatient, sorry lol!) – So it looks a tiny bit patchy from my beauty blender soaking some of the foundation up (my fault, not the powders fault, I promise!)

Keeping that in mind however- you can definitely see how well it masked the lines in my hand. The foundation on the left looks like I have wrinkly, shiny leather for skin lol! The foundation with powder on the right looks soft, natural and it photographed quite beautifully in my opinion.

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY and found it helpful and useful!! Will you be giving this DIY a try? Let me know what you think if you do!! <3

Until next time!