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Mineral Makeup Advice To Leave Your Skin Glowing

Sep 12, 2008
I'm a cosmetologist and wanted to share my experience and gleanings in experience with natural mineral makeup with you.

Natural mineral makeup has been around a few years, but it seems the average person either hasn't tried them, and many have never heard about them. Basically, they are various minerals crushed to a very fine powder and used as cosmetics. They are in a powdered type 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.

I have low thyroid which means I have super dry, flaky skin no matter what I use on it. Also with that every type of makeup I've ever tried in my life, is absorbed quickly into my skin and disappears within about 2-3 hours. I also avoid powders because of this too and they tend to make flakiness look worse, so I was nervous about how mineral makeup would work on my skin. The first thing I noticed was it was the first thing in my whole life where it was still on 12 hours later! It was also light and fresh and looked completely natural. It didn't dry my skin out more or make it look flaky. I was impressed!

Another challenge for my skin in rosacea which is extreme redness and inflammation due to abnormal blood vessel flushing). Green cancels out red, so for those with this try to find a green base or top coat under or over foundation to cancel the red. Works great.

There are many brands out there, but here's a few tips no matter which brand. Usually less is more. They are very concentrated so a little goes far. Most people use too much at first, you can always add more later if needed.

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

If after using small amounts, with good quality brushes, things still don't look right, or you're not thrilled, next look at the possibility that you're simply using the wrong shade. Sometimes it takes experimenting to find what shade is best for your skin. I found with Bare Esentuals, I wore a significantly darker foundation than I ever thought possible, yet it was the perfect shade for me. Be sure to moisturize your skin preferably about a half an hour before applying mineral makeup.

Apply all your makeup except mascara & lipstick. Spritz a fine mist of water on your face, then finish your mascara and lipstick. I find this sets the makeup and gives a very fresh, young looking appearance.

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!
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By Rachel Rae - The Comfortable Life is a website exploring several suggestions for making life more comfortable on a wide range of topics including money, creativity, beauty advice, work life balance and more.
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