Although mineral makeup is considered a relatively 'new' type of makeup, it has actually been around since the mid 1970s! Mineral makeup consists of finely-ground minerals from the earth without the chemicals, binders, dyes and preservatives commonly found in traditional makeup. Today, we're going to look at one of the most popular forms of mineral makeup - mineral foundation - and how to use it to give your skin a gorgeous, natural glow!
Unlike many traditional liquid foundations, mineral foundation contains natural minerals such as titanium dioxide, zinc and iron oxide instead of chemicals and preservatives. These minerals carry anti-inflammatory, sun protection and soothing properties, which also makes it suitable for sensitive and problem skin as it won't clog pores. Mineral foundation feels lighter on the face and has a translucent finish for a beautiful, natural glow.
However, it's important to be savvy when it comes to selecting the brand of mineral foundation. Just because a product claims to be 'mineral' doesn't mean it's totally free of irritants. A common nasty to look out for is bismuth oxychloride, a natural ingredient found in many mineral cosmetics. It is considered a pearlising agent and produces a high and unnatural shine and can cause irritation and allergic reactions.
That’s why here at bb, we love the gorgeous Savoir Faire Mineral Foundation. It is made entirely from naturally occurring minerals and vitamins and contains no harmful chemicals such as talc, bismuth oxychloride or parabens - the way a true mineral foundation should be!
Mineral foundations are often very pigmented, despite its powdery form, so a little goes a long way! It's best to apply in thin layers and build coverage if needed.
First of all, make sure your moisturiser and primer are fully absorbed before applying mineral foundation. Damp skin will grab the powder and leave deep streaks of colour across the face - a big no no!
To apply, tip a small amount of the mineral foundation onto the lid. Then swirl the fluffy brush in the powder and then tap off any excess back into the lid. Then starting from the outside of the face, buff the powder in a small circular motion. After doing the outer areas, move onto the cheeks and nose. A final tip - a good mineral foundation should be your concealer as well! To conceal under the eyes, around the mouth, nose or on a blemish, just dip a concealer brush into the powder and pat it over the blemish.
Do you use mineral foundation? What is your favourite brand? Let us know below! – Lucy