I love a natural makeup look, and when I know it’s not doing my skin any harm, it’s even better! Mineral makeup is made from gentler ingredients than normal cosmetics, making it much kinder to your skin.
They’re free of a lot of nasties that can irritate your face like synthetics, fragrances, preservatives, glutens, oils, waxes and parabens. Because of this they’re generally less irritating on sensitive or acne prone skin.
So how does it look? Well, the finish of mineral makeup is often a little sheerer than regular makeup which allows your natural complexion shine through which is very flattering, especially on older skin. The result is makeup that not only looks lovely and natural, but also feels great on your face.
Although mineral makeup is designed to be kinder on skin, always do a patch test on the inside of the upper arm first. If you have hypersensitive skin, you may react adversely, so it’s important to not just believe the hype, but take the time to find the brand that is right for your skin type. If you’re unsure and you are getting an adverse reaction to mineral makeup, visit your chemist or GP for further assistance.
Here are my top tips for mastering mineral makeup
1. Preparation is everything (as with all makeup) so make sure your skin is clean, exfoliated and well moisturised before you apply your foundation. After using your usual moisturiser, a mineral primer can help hydrate and keep your base in place for longer. Try Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $79.
2. Always choose a mineral makeup with a highlighting finish as it allows light to bounce off the complexion, boosting radiance. Try Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder, $36.
3. The secret to creating a great base with a mineral powder foundation is using the right brush – in this case, a Kabuki brush. They’re thick and have a large surface area that means you won’t just deposit blobs of product on your face. They also make it easier to blend, which is always the key to a great base.
Try Nude By Nature Kabuki Brush, $24.95.
4. Skip the contouring technique and apply the powder foundation to the skin in large, looping circular motions using your big, full-bristled brush for an all over glow. Always make sure you move in upward motions towards the temples.
5. If your skin is particularly dry, a mineral powder foundation may not be your best option as it can grab around dehydrated areas and actually make you look more flaky. Skip the traditional powder and choose a liquid mineral foundation for maximum hydration. Try Inika Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation, $65.
6. This is my #1 favourite beauty trick; take a mineral lip gloss in a sheer texture or sweet apricot shade, dip your finger into the pot – or scoop from lip gloss wand – and press onto your eyelids. Press and press again to remove any surface residue. Alternatively, you can apply it with a cotton bud for more precise application. Try Jane Iredale Puregloss Lipgloss in White Tea, $47.
7. Mineral lip colours can be a little on the sheer side. If you like a brighter lip, take a light pink mineral cheek tint and press into lips. Top it off with gloss for a dewy finish. Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush, $44.