Mineral Makeup: How to Choose It and Use It!
What's so great about Mineral Makeup anyway? Mineral Makeup is by nature, a long-wear, water-resistant product. This means less touch-ups and lasting coverage-even in the summer! High quality minerals are lightweight, inorganic and non-comedgenic. "Inorganic" means that bacteria and microbes cannot live in the makeup. This means less clogged pores, and no infections leading to nasty breakouts!
But there are so many brands now, how do you know what's best for you? One cardinal rule makeup artists live by: If you have oily skin, you will likely benefit from a powder foundation, for dry skin try liquid foundation. These days Minerals can be found in the form of liquid as created by companies like Jane Iredale, and Senna, and Sorme (to name a few).
Mineral makeup is also a great option for Mature Skin. Mineral makeup has a light-reflective quality that diffuses fine lines and wrinkles, and and gives the skin a healthy appearance.
As the brands evolve, different companies have started infusing their products with different beneficial ingredients to treat and nourish different skin types. Most brands now contain UVA and UVB skin protectants such as zinc and magnesium to block the suns harmful rays. Sorme Treatment Cosmetics infuses their pressed powders with alphahydroxies to help promote exfoliation and treat problem skin.
Because of their gentle nature, doctors often prescribe Mineral Makeup to those who've just had chemical peels, or suffer from rosecea, skin allergies or eczema.
A great misconception about Mineral based cosmetics is that they do not offer enough coverage, or only come in soft, girly pigments. This is not true. Mineral makeup can be found in anything from soft ivory eyeshadows to electric blues, to vivid violet! One can pick from matte finishes, to super shimmery and every velvety texture in between. Coverage for foundations can be amped up by first applying skin moisturizer to help the makeup adhere to the face, then using a small brush, pressing a bit of the liquid or powder over problem areas. Pressed powder foundation does not need to be set with an additional setting powder, but it might be a good idea to use a translucent mineral powder to set liquid foundation. This will help the makeup last longer throughout the day- from morning to night. Although many say that the makeup is pure enough that you can sleep in it, many Cosmetologists say they still wouldn't recommend it.