Mineral make up has been around since the late 70’s and what makes it different from traditional make up is not really what goes in it, but what ingredients are left out.
These typically include preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance, which are all possible causes of irritation, and one of the reasons many skincare experts recommend mineral makeup. Because it does not contain these elements it is much less likely to cause a reaction in women with sensitive skin.
And because mineral make up does not contain oil, it won’t aggravate acne-prone skin. Many women are not able to wear conventional make up because of the reaction they get with one or other ingredient in the product. But as mineral make up is made only from finely ground natural minerals, many are finally able to wear makeup for the first time in their lives.
It is known to give amazing coverage and is therefore proven to be good for the skin. However, it can get tricky to apply. Get it wrong and you’ll end up with pools of powder in your fine lines and wrinkles. So here are some tips on how to use mineral foundation, eyeshadow, blush and bronzer.
Prepare your skin
As if you were wall papering a wall, you have to prepare it first by cleaning it thoroughly, sanding it down and then applying a sealant. See this as your face and you won’t go far wrong! So first start off by deep cleansing and removing all traces of oil and grease or any overnight vestiges of make up.
Then you can either use a scrub to completely smooth the skin or if your skin is sensitive, skip this stage and go onto moisturising. With mineral make up you must make sure that all the moisturiser has been fully absorbed into your skin, before you apply mineral powders, otherwise the application will look blotchy.
Applying mineral make up
Now you are ready to apply the mineral make up. Start with very thin layers and so that you do not have too much powder on your brush, tap it gently into the container to get rid of the excess.
The best brush to use with mineral make up is a kabuki brush, which you swirl into the lid. Tap it to remove excess powder and then stroke against the skin, using light, feathery strokes or small circles. Leave the face for a minute before starting working on your blush or eyes.
Now if you are still using mineral shadows you also need a proper brush. So, same thing as before: tap away the excess before applying. Don’t just stick to one colour, try combining different colors to get interesting shades.
A fan or blush brush should be used when applying blusher to get the best effect and you should be aiming to apply the product on the apples of the cheeks going towards the hairline.
Also available are mineral brow dusts, which can be applied wet or dry. This gives a much softer and more natural effect than an eyebrow pencil. When applying mineral bronzer, just put a little bit on the tip of your nose, your forehead and the shoulders. Do not be tempted to go full on with bronzers as too m uch can make you look dirty.
If you can see your mineral make up caking into your wrinkles, or the fine lines of your face it either means you are applying too much, or putting it on too quickly before your moisturizer has been fully absorbed. It might also be that you are using a cheap brush or the wrong brush.
The brushes that come with the mineral products are not the best and it is better to invest in a proper kabuki brush, as they have thickly packed bristles which pick up just the right amount of product. You can buy kabuki brushes here.