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Natural Mineral Makeup, What's The Fuss?

Aug 14, 2008
As a cosmetologist, I'd love to share my experience with you regarding natural mineral makeup.

Natural mineral makeup has really been popular recently with good reason. It still is a fairly new concept however and there are still people who've never heard about it. It's basically makeup made from finely crushed minerals of various types in powder form.

They have been so popular for several reasons, long lasting and pure, great coverage and look natural, gentle and many are actually good for your skin promoting a clearing of skin conditions. Try different brands to find your favorites.

Personally, I am hypothyroid which means I have super dry skin, alligator skin. Doesn't matter what type of skin care products, etc. I use, I have flaky skin. All my life, no matter what makeup I used, it would be completely absorbed (thus disappearing) after about only 2-3 hours of wearing it. I was also very nervous about mineral makeup because with having super dry skin I avoid powders of all kinds, plus I was worried about it making the flakiness look even worse. I was SO stunned when I first started using mineral makeup on my own skin. The first thing I noticed was after 12 hours of wear, it was still there! No makeup has done that in my entire life. The other thing I noticed was it did not look flaky at all, but very fresh and light. Another benefit of mineral makeup is truly it feels like you are not wearing any cosmetics at all.

As a rosacea sufferer (extreme red flushing among other things), there are brands you can find a green undercover or finishing powder to be used before or after foundation that really hide the redness well. Green cancels red which is why it's effective.

For any brand out there, here are some common tips. Less is more. Mineral makeup tends to be very concentrated and its common that new users will use way too much. You can always add more if needed. Try doing very light layers for coverage.

Invest in some good quality brushes. They make all the difference in the world, be sure to gently wash them regularly.

Apply a light moisturizer about half an hour before applying makeup. If you're using small amounts of makeup and good brushes and still not happy with the result, the culprit may be in the shade itself. I found with some brands I wore a much darker color than I ever thought possible, but each brand varies, so try a different color.

When finished applying, except mascara and lipstick, spritz a very fine mist of water on your face. This helps set the makeup and gives a fresh young looking appearance. Then finish with mascara and lipgloss or stick.

Look outside the box and try different colors and applications. Eyeshadows can be a blush or vice versa. You can also apply them to your lips with a gloss over top. Get creative.

The eye shadows will tend to look shockingly stark when you first apply them. Don't worry too much about that. After you apply the shadow, take a clean eyeshadow applicator and use it to blend and soften the colors. They will soften right down to the perfect hue in most cases.

Try to pick up samples of different brands to try lots of colors to find your favorites. There can be many good deals to be had. Have fun experimenting with this awesome makeup!
About the Author
By Rachel Rae As a cosmetologist she writes to encourage others and well as share beauty tips, and makeup advice to help others develop and enhance their natural beauty.
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