A lot of women, even celebrities, have made the switch to mineral makeup because of the following reasons:
- Mineral makeup helps skin appear young looking through its light reflective property. Because it reflects light, the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines on the face is reduced.
- Mineral makeup doesn't stick on clothes because of its binding property.
- The titanium dioxide in most mineral makeup works as a protector against UV rays, so applying mineral makeup essentially gives you protection against the harmful rays of the sun.
- Mineral makeup is the healthier choice because of its natural ingredients. It does not use harmful chemicals that can cause breakouts and other skin problems. It works with the natural oils of your skin and doesn't creep into pores.
- It has an anti-inflammatory property courtesy of zinc oxide. It soothes your skin and lessens that appearance of acne.
- It is versatile. Traditional makeup needs to be used according to what it is intended for. Mineral makeup, on the other hand, can be mixed with creams, water, and moisturizers to achieve the texture of a liquid foundation.
How to Apply Mineral Makeup
If all those fluffy brushes and loose powder look daunting to you, here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply mineral makeup properly and achieve a natural look:
- Gather all necessary mineral makeup items that you need. Make sure that you have already cleaned, moisturized, and prepared your face for the task ahead.
- Smear an appropriate amount of concealer in parts where there are flaws you want to cover up. To get an even complexion, your concealer should match with your skin tone, although you can use whatever shade is available.
- Shake a little amount of mineral foundation into its lid or wax paper.
- Using a kabuki brush or foundation brush, swipe it lightly on the powder. If too much powder clings on the brush, give it a slight tap over the lid or wax paper to remove the excess powder.
- Apply the mineral powder onto face using light, circular motion. Makeup mavens call this buffing. Repeat the application until the desired coverage is achieved. To avoid over-application, use the layering technique by putting on a small amount first then add some more until you are satisfied with the tone.
- To make your mineral makeup stick for a long time, you can put a setting powder over it. Apply it as you would a mineral foundation.
- Finally, apply the rest of the items as intended.
Things to Keep in Mind
Because of the popularity it has achieved over the years, the market is littered with a variety of mineral based products from various brands. Aside from colors and variety, the price and quality are among the factors that should be considered when buying mineral makeup. If you have never used these products before, choosing the best product that flatters your skin tome may prove to be a difficult endeavor. Here are some tips that can help you make an informed decision:
- Research before shopping. Consider your options before picking up an item. You can look for information on the Internet and see which brands have received the most number of positive reviews. Know more about their products and their products' ingredients by visiting their websites. The main purpose of mineral makeup is to put something on your face that is free of harmful chemicals so make sure that you pick only "pure" items.
- Read about other people's experiences with mineral makeup. Consumer reviews are very useful in helping you pick the right products. But also consider that each person has different skin type so what works for them may not be suitable for you. Read different reviews before forming a conclusion.
- Invest in brushes. A brush can make or break the result of your mineral makeup application. Don't hesitate to buy pricey but quality brushes. A poor quality brush will never come close to a high quality brush when it comes to the finished look. Your favorite brand may also have its own line of brushes so chances are they are the most appropriate for your makeup.
- Find your color. Color is everything when it comes to makeup, mineral or not. The trick is to pick a color that is a shade lighter than the color of your skin. Mineral makeup tends to acquire a darker shade when it blends with your skin so picking a lighter shade provides you with a natural looking result.
- Learn the proper technique of applying mineral makeup. Like any cosmetics, proper application is necessary to achieve the desired finish. Look for application tips or listen to expert's advice. Before choosing a product, make sure that you have understood the instructions on how to apply it properly.