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How Are Cosmetics Made?


People around the world use cosmetics on a daily basis, from individuals who want to emphasize their natural features, to actors who rely on stage and theatrical makeup as an integral part of their profession. Have you ever wondered how makeup is manufactured? Read on to learn a few things about the process.

The Basic Ingredients

From lipstick to mascara and beyond, the prime ingredients that go into makeup are oils, dyes, pigments, waxes, water, thickeners, and alcohols. These substances are mixed in the right proportions to create easy-to-apply, long-lasting makeup in a vast array of hues and textures to suit personal preferences. Other ingredients that may feature in some of your makeup include the following:

  • Fragrances
  • Moisturizers
  • Fillers
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Preservatives
  • Absorbent ingredients, such as talc and cornstarch

As you can imagine, there’s quite a bit of science that goes into mixing the right ingredients just so. The final product has to be safe to use, it needs to have the right consistency (not too liquidy, not too thick, for example), and it must be the exact same color from one batch to the next.

Coming Up With Different Shades

Perhaps the most interesting and fun part of developing cosmetics is coming up with different colors and sheens that consumers will gravitate towards. Developing new colors and giving them fun, clever names keeps the cosmetics industry fresh and fun in the eyes of the consumer.

Pigments are used to create the shades that are dreamed up; thousands of these pigments are derived from both organic and inorganic compounds to develop new colors and to continue to create classics from previous years that consumers rely on. Around the world, government agencies are involved in regulating and overseeing what pigments can and cannot be used in the making of cosmetics.

Ensuring Quality And Safety

Since makeup is applied directly to your skin, and since it comes into close proximity to your eyes, mouth, and nose, it’s important that quality and safety are central to the manufacturing process. Using safe ingredients is essential, but it’s not enough. It’s important to ensure that these ingredients are not contaminated in any way throughout the fabrication steps.

To prevent contamination, all ingredients need to be transported in a way that they’re completely shielded from outside impurities and kept separate from one another until it’s time to mix them together through the specified processes in the right proportions.

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How It All Comes Together

Blending is extremely important when manufacturing makeup products, since the consistency has to be just right and the quality must carry through from start to finish. Makeup has to feel right from the moment it’s applied to when the individual wearing these cosmetic products removes them. While being worn, makeup must look natural and stay fresh without running or fading. For these reasons, the blending processes are critical to the success of the end product, and advanced techniques are used to achieve the following:

  • Blending liquids that have different inherent thicknesses
  • Dissolving pastes and powders and mixing them with other ingredients
  • Stabilizing the resulting mixture
  • Hydrating thickening agents

These and other processes involve separating, dissolving, mixing, and blending in such a way that the cosmetics you use have a great consistency from the moment you apply them to when you’re ready to remove them.

Silicone Hoses In The Manufacturing Process

Throughout the various steps of blending, mixing, processing, and shielding of ingredients, substances need to be transported safely without risk of being contaminated. Many of our clients find that our silicone hoses and tubing products work well throughout the production stages of cosmetics. Please take a look at our accompanying infographic to learn what makes silicone such a great choice in a manufacturing setting.

Learn More About Our Quality Products

If you are building or redesigning your cosmetics manufacturing facility, get in touch with our technical team. We have specialists who can help you create and implement a design that helps maintain the quality, integrity, and safety of your cosmetic products while being affordable and simple to install.

When it comes to silicone hoses and tubing, we are an industry leader, and we’re ready to help you! Contact us today to get started.