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Tips for Better Mineral Makeup Application

May 26, 2008
If a friend were to ask me what was the best makeup on the market today, without a doubt I would answer that mineral makeup is it. There is no comparison between mineral makeup and traditional makeup. Mineral makeup is the hands down winner.

Just a few short years ago mineral makeup started to spread like wildfire on a hot California day. It offers many things and a level of coverage not available until now. In this article we will pass on some of the best tips and techniques that although they will need practice they will increase your skill in the application of this makeup that may seem difficult at first but gets easier. If the look of an unblemished complexion is your goal, read on.

Often the retail counters, stores and even online mineral makeup stores will provide some training in the form of a video, written instruction or one-on-one training. This basic instruction is important and needs to be studied as it is the foundation for your mineral makeup education. Be sure you pay special attention and don't be afraid to ask questions of the instructor.

Brushes are your Essential Tools

No matter whether you are applying foundation or concealer you will need a brush and for each product there is a different type.

There are several kinds of brushes necessary to achieve maximal results with mineral makeup and the foundation brush is central to that success. The foundation brush is sometimes called the Kabuki brush. Although other brushes are similar to the Kabuki it has a shorter handle and stiffer bristles. The importance of the shorter stiffer brush comes into play when practicing the buffing motions necessary for full coverage.

The level of conceler needed for coverage is what determines if a brush is used or finger tips. Your fingers can be used if more coverage is needed and a consealer brush is used if less coverage is needed and for under the eyes if dark circles do not need to be hidden. For blemishes a lip brush can be used to concentrate the consealer as it has short bristles and has a slight taper.

It is important to understand that the brush is at least as responsible for how your mineral makeup looks as is the mineral makeup itself. Sometimes you can skimp a little on makeup quality but it is advisable to never go for the lower quality brush. Learn to tell the difference and find the brushes that work best for you by testing them against the same makeup on different sides of your face.

Practice Makes the Technique Perfect

As emphasized earlier mineral makeup is different than traditional makeup and the mineral makeup is far less translucent than what you may be accustomed to with loose power. Caution should be exercised when using it and you should build in lighter stages for the perfect look for you.

As with any education one lesson builds upon another and this lesson is no different. It is slightly more advanced than the lesson you probably got when you purchased your mineral makeup to begin with. Soon you will be applying flawlessly and your friends will be asking you for tips too.

* Start with a small bit of the power in a tissue. Remember a little goes a long way when applying mineral makeup.
* As you brush the power with your Kabuki brush you will pick up the power and it will not be visible but is saturated.
* Start near the center of your head and work outward in a whisking motion to cover all the way to the edge of your face.
* You will keep going using this method until your entire face is covered being careful not to use too much power as stated earlier.

If you follow carefully the result will, with practice, be a near perfect complexion you wanted and as promised by mineral makeup.

Here are my suggestions for practicing with mineral makeup. You will find if you practice them you will get really good.
About the Author
Copyright Detro Canaro (2008) Detro Canaro is a husband, a father, a writer, a proud dog lover and a co-owner of several websites that support he and his family. One of those websites is Sheer Cover Mineral Makeup.
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