Making the Most of Mineral Makeup: Application Tips to Maximize Your Investment

If you’ve decided to make the switch to mineral makeup then congratulations! You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the difference in the way they make you look and the way it makes your skin feel. Here are some tips I’ve pulled together to help you make the most of your investment.

It all starts with having the right tools and equipment. The right brushes and sponges can make all the difference in how effectively the makeup is applied. And this is especially true for mineral makeup because so much of it is in loose, or loosely pressed powder form. Visit a retail outlet that carries the brand you’re interested in, or carries a reputable brand of mineral makeup, and ask a sales representative what brushes they recommend for use with each product as they do vary. When you’re ready to apply your makeup, follow these steps for the best results:

    1. Start with clean, hydrated skin, and good lighting so you can really see what you’re doing. A magnifying mirror can work wonders, especially if your sight is not 20/20!

 

    1. After you’ve put on your makeup, apply a quick spritz of mineral water or hydrosol to help it set. This gives you the topical moisture you need to carry that amazing look all the way through the day. Try our Soothe Aromatic Mister Spray.

 

  1. To properly remove your makeup, apply a thin layer of natural oil like jojoba, coconut, hemp, olive, or sesame directly onto your face and gently remove with a tissue or cotton pad. Repeat until all or most of the makeup has been removed, then lightly cleanse your face to remove any lingering residue.

True mineral makeup lasts so long, you can sometimes forget you’ve got it on. No need to worry if you forget to remove it. Since it doesn’t clog your pores, sleeping with it on will not aggravate your skin.

If you’ve been using mineral make up and have a brand or brands that you like then share here what you’re using and why you like it!

Making the Most of Mineral Makeup: Selecting the Right Choice for Your Particular Needs

Just like you did with your regular make-up, finding a mineral makeup that you like takes some experimentation and a little trial and error. It’s best to stick with a company that specializes in making strictly mineral makeup products rather than a company that offers some mineral makeup options as part of their larger line or as a brand extension. There are no standards for this type of cosmetic nor is the term “mineral makeup” regulated, so to certain extent you need to be wary of unfounded claims.

Also, understanding the particle size involved is important too. Many companies pulverize the minerals down to micro-fine nanoparticle size, which can pose a danger to your health when inhaled. There are many health concerns associated with this relatively new manufacturing technique. Until more is understood about its impacts on the body, it’s best to avoid makeup and other products made with nanoparticles. Companies like Jane Iredale, that specialize in mineral makeup are likely to have the most eco-friendly and skin-friendly products, and can offer the best advice on selecting the right colors for your skin tone. Here are some tips from their web site on determining your skin type to find the best possible color match from their product line:

    • If you turn pink in the sun, and/or have light hair and light eyes, you are probably Cool or Neutral. Porcelain or Fair are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you turn pink in the sun, and/or have dark hair and light eyes, you are probably Cool or Neutral. Fair or Light are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you turn tan in the sun, and/or have dark hair and light eyes, you are probably Warm or Neutral undertone. Light or Medium Light, are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you turn tan in the sun, and/or have dark hair and dark eyes, you are probably a Warm or Neutral undertone. Medium or Olive (Medium Dark) are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you are tan all year long, and/or have dark hair and dark eyes, you are probably Warm. Deep Tan or Light Dark are the categories for you.

 

  • If you have a golden/red and/or dark hair, and brown/black eyes, you are probably Warm. Deep Dark is the best category for you.

For more information about the Jane Iredale product line visit their site at http://www.janeiredale.com. Be sure to check out the Mineral Makeover Room –an interactive guide that let’s you select a model with similar skin tone to your own and try out different shades for different to see how her skin tone changes. Very cool though the differences are often quite subtle!