Mineral Makeup: The Basics

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 3 minutes

Made of finely ground minerals, as its name implies, mineral makeup is a natural alternative to many of the harsh, chemical- and preservative-laden cosmetics that line department store, drug store and supermarket shelves.

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Because it doesn’t contain harmful ingredients, like parabens, lead, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and a host of other toxins you probably can’t pronounce, mineral makeup is a great choice for those with allergies, sensitive skin and inflammatory conditions, such as acne and rosacea.

In addition to being gentle on skin (so long, clogged pores and embarrassing breakouts!), mineral makeup is easy to apply, long wearing and natural in appearance. Plus, it typically has a long shelf life. It’s no wonder so many women are trading in their old chemical-based cosmetics for this exciting earthy alternative!

What to add to your bag

Wondering what mineral products to add to your cosmetic bag? Following are some of our faves—you won’t want to leave home without them!

Moisturizer with sunscreen: Even if you’re not big on makeup, it’s a good idea to use a daily moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 15. The cream or lotion hydrates thirsty skin and protects it from harmful UV rays. We’re big fans of Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer, which hydrates, protects and helps firm skin while warding off wrinkles.

Concealer: Concealer helps hide imperfections like acne, age spots and even scarring. We recommend Everyday Minerals Multi-Tasking Concealer, which blends seamlessly into any skin type. Follow it up with foundation (see below) for a smooth, weightless—and perhaps most important—natural looking coverage.

BB Cream: Short for beauty balm or blemish balm, BB cream is all the rage, and for good reason. The ingenious, all-in-one formulation takes the place of traditional moisturizer and foundation to nourish and hydrate the skin while providing natural, flawless coverage. Check out Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream, which contains special pigments to brighten the skin and even its tone. This powerful product also battles stubborn signs of aging, like enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Foundation: If BB cream’s not your thing, use foundation to even your skin tone and provide coverage you can count on. Try lightweight Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation for a smooth, flawless finish that won’t appear cakey or feel greasy. This age-defying foundation contains natural botanicals to nourish and sooth the skin and a unique blend of nutrients to help prevent those pesky signs of aging.

Powder: Versatile face powder can be used in place of or in addition to foundation to provide a natural, silky finish. Consider Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder, which offers adjustable coverage for the refined, radiant, shine-free complexion you’re seeking.

Blush: Give your cheeks a natural flush with mineral blush. Mineral Fusion Blush not only provides a long-lasting, luminous rosy glow, it contains soothing botanicals and age-defying antioxidants that actually help improve the condition of your skin.

Put your best face forward

Now that you know the basics, you can incorporate other mineral cosmetics into your routine for a complete, finished look. Enhance your appearance with a variety of mineral makeup products, including eye shadow, mascara, lipstick, nail polish and more! Just be sure to select shades that complement your skin tone and hair color.