Why I Love Mineral Makeup

Mirabella Trovar March 1, 2013 1
Perfect Skin

Before the breakfast makeup

Ever since I was old enough to peek through my mom’s beauty supplies, I have been obsessed with the world of makeup. Could makeup really accomplish what all of the ads proclaimed–long, flirty eyelashes, a perfectly glowing complexion, full, kissable lips? Suffice it to say, my mom did not really appreciate me experimenting with her minimal makeup supplies. So, as soon as I could make my own money through many hours of babysitting, mowing the lawn and pet sitting, I was off to the drug-store to explore the big, wide world of makeup. Apparently, I was not alone. As of 2012, Americans spent an estimated $10.8 billion on beauty supplies each year.

I am no longer the little girl longingly combing the drugstores aisles. Instead, I now consider myself an educated and savvy consumer with a budget that allows for a little more discretionary funds than babysitting did. I believe the most important aspect of looking beautiful is to have a flawless, glowing complexion. Let’s face it, at forty-three years of age, with a family, an enthusiastic puppy, a career and many household duties; I don’t always wake up with the complexion I desire.

In the past, I always used liquid foundation to achieve this flawless complexion. I believe it offered the best coverage, and I liked the way it felt on my face…that was until I discovered mineral makeup. When I first heard about mineral makeup, I did not believe there was any way it would offer me the benefits I found in my bottle of liquid foundation painstakingly applied with a foundation brush. I also associated mineral makeup with being “cakey” looking–giving you the appearance of a dry complexion. Well, I am here to tell you I was wrong.

Before and After Mineral Makeup

Before and After with Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup not only provides great coverage without a “cakey” look or feel, mineral makeup also offers a host of other benefits to your complexion. Mineral makeup is made from pure minerals. Pure mineral makeup has no preservatives which can aggravate, or even cause, skin conditions.

Although mineral makeup provides excellent coverage, your skin will still look natural, and the makeup will feel weightless on your skin. I have found my mineral foundation to last all day—even when I hit the gym or walk the dog around the neighborhood. Finally, at forty-three, I do not want to wear anything on my skin that will make me look older. Mineral makeup does not settle into my fine lines. Instead, it disperses light, which gives skin a photogenic, flawless appearance. And, gosh, who would not want that?

There are many mineral makeup offerings today—in drug stores, on infomercials, in high-end department stores and stand-alone boutiques. If you have never tried mineral makeup before, you may feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of finding mineral makeup that is right for your complexion. My suggestion is to start by ruling out mineral foundations that contain certain skin aggravating ingredients. These ingredients include bismuth oxychloride, oil, talc, parabens or synthetic fragrances. Many women will experience adverse reactions to these ingredients.

Mineral makeup offered by Jane Iredale is one of my favorites. You can find it at www.janeiredale.com. Jane Iredale’s makeup does not include any of the aforementioned ingredients and also contains skin-loving ingredients like plankton extract, pine bark extract and pomegranate extract. Another mineral makeup brand I love is Afterglow Cosmetics found at www.afterglowcosmetics.com. The mineral makeup they offer is organic with 100% natural ingredients like grapefruit extract, grape seed extract and rosemary extract. Afterglow mineral makeup comes in nineteen different shades, so it should not be difficult to find one that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Applying mineral makeup is a lot different that applying liquid foundation. My favorite aspect of mineral makeup is that you can layer it for completely customizable coverage. In other words, if you are having a “bad skin day,” you can layer on more foundation. If you are having an “I just got back from my honeymoon” kind of skin day, then you can simply apply a light layer. No matter how much you apply, you should not experience a “cakey” look or feel. The trick is to apply your mineral makeup in light layers until you achieve the coverage you desire.

Before and After with Professional Makeup

A Simple Trick That Can Bring Out The Best Looks

I like to start my makeup regime by applying a primer. Primer is used to diminish the look of pores and fine lines and give the skin a silky smooth “canvas” for makeup application. Primer also seems to make your makeup last a lot longer. One of my favorites primers is Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer. This primer contains ingredients which control shine while also hydrating the skin. You can find this product at www.pixibeauty.com. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is another excellent primer that can be found in the kits of many makeup artists. This product can be found at www.sephora.com. As a side note, makeup primer should be used after your moisturizer and before foundation. I usually give the primer five minutes or so to dry and settled into my skin.

You have purchased your first jar of mineral foundation, and you are ready to give it a try. Where do you start? You will need to make sure you have a kabuki brush. A kabuki brush is one with short and dense bristles and is designed to blend makeup evenly and allow for natural looking coverage.  Kabuki brushes are offered in animal hair like goat  or horse hair or in synthetic versions.

Sprinkle a small amount of makeup into the lid of your jar. Swirl your kabuki brush in the lid of your jar and tap off the excess. Now apply the foundation in a circular downward motion starting at your forehead and working your way down and around your face. If you would like more coverage, simply repeat this process until you are satisfied with the appearance of your skin.

A good rule of thumb is to start with less makeup than you think you will need. You will be surprised at how far a little mineral makeup will go. To give your skin a luminous glow after applying your foundation, take a dampened flocked brush and lightly sweep it over your face. For an area that requires a little extra coverage, a blemish for example, you can use a small brush dipped into the foundation and gently dab it on the area until you achieve your desired coverage.

Using mineral makeup is really that easy. With all mineral makeup has to offer, I will never go back to liquid foundation. You can even find mineral makeup with ingredients that will benefit your skin. Look for ingredients like Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E or Calendula Extract which offer anti-oxidant properties, oil absorption, wrinkle reduction and the lightening of scar tissue. If you have not tried mineral makeup, I urge you to give it a try today!


One Comment »

  1. Kim Rawks November 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm -

    I’ve always been fascinated with makeup as well, The history of it – especially early Egyptian – is very interesting. I’ve been using mineral makeup as well for all the reasons you say. Very good post. Thanks!

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