i have been dabbling (literally) in mineral makeup for a couple of years now. i don’t wear a lot of makeup, but i do wear it almost everyday. and nothing else i have ever tried has come close to mineral makeup.
mineral makeup is just what it sounds like – crushed up minerals (pure, found in nature) that come in a powder form. most brands contain natural-occurring spf, and have no chemicals, preservatives, or fragrances. which means it is less irritating on your skin, and helps minimize breakouts. here is an article with more info…not all brands are alike, and currently i’m using a mix of bare escentuals and everyday minerals (this is a great site to get free samples from). i highly recommend the bare escentuals/bare minerals line!
another great thing about mineral makeup is that you can mix and match it – you can use the same pot for blush, eye shadow, lip color, etc. it’s really fun to play around with!
i don’t really know a lot about makeup application, but with mineral makeup, it’s easy enough even for us noobs. so here is a glimpse into my personal routine…
start with a clean face (I also try to exfoliate once a week, including my lips) and light moisturizer. also, since mineral makeup is applied with brushes, invest in some quality ones. a good brush will be more gentle on your skin, and your makeup will go on so much smoother. i saw a big difference when i started getting my brushes from bare escentuals. well worth the price, and they will last a long time. just clean them once a week with a little soap and water.
step one – foundation
pour just a little bit of foundation into the lid. start with a light layer – it is always easier to add another layer (for more coverage) than to have to remove excess. and a little goes a long way with mineral makeup!the secret to applying mineral makeup is this little mantra: swirl, tap, buff.
i’m apparently very proud of that blush application.
i can’t say enough about this eyeliner brush from bare escentuals. even though when i first got it, i hated it. but now i understand it’s brilliant design. finally, after 15 years, i can properly put on eyeliner! and here’s a fun fact for you: mineral makeup does not smudge or smear like other eye makeup sometimes does. it will last all day, staying exactly where you put it! alright, commercial over.
i also add an ivory color under my brows and to the inner corners of my eyes for a highlight, and sometimes color on my lids. then i curl my eyelashes and use a (drugstore brand) mascara. and voila! done!