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Mineral Makeup Basics

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Mineral Makeup Basics

How to Use Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup Basics
Perhaps one of the hottest beauty trends to emerge from the early twenty first century is mineral makeup. From the well-known to the Indy brands, it’s hard not to notice and even want to partake in the mineral makeup trend. But what is mineral makeup, and what are its benefits. Read on to find out.

Most mineral makeup comes in the form of loose powder foundations, eye shadows, and blushes. These are comprised of light, finely ground loose minerals that are oftentimes buffed lightly into the skin to create a soft, smooth, illuminated effect. Mineral makeup contains natural SPF, and anti-inflammatory ingredients, which make this ideal for daily use by those with sensitive skin. Typical ingredient lists for mineral makeup includes minerals such as mica, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide.

What makes mineral makeup different from traditional makeup is the omission of certain ingredients found in the traditional, non-mineral formulations. That list of omissions includes preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance. All of those ingredients have been cited as potential causes of irritation, especially in those who have sensitive skin, allergies, and rosacea. It is these very inclusions that have gained mineral makeup a reputation of purity, and a certain popularity among dermatologists and devoted users, who extol the virtues of mineral makeup often. Popular mineral makeup brands include Bare Escentuals, Sheer Cover, and Youngblood Cosmetics.

One word of caution: some mineral formulations contain Bismuth Oxychloride, a metal byproduct that can cause an allergic reaction in some. When using mineral makeup, always do a spot check first!

If it’s a soft, sheer look that you are after, then mineral makeup is it. While those with normal skin can benefit the most, dry and oily skinned gals can benefit from mineral makeup in small doses.

-Adina Zilberman, Guest Beauty Blogger

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I like the mineral makeup trend too. I bought a couple of eyeshadows from Bare Escentuals over summer and I've been experimenting ever since. Any tips for blending? This comment has been removed.
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Wait how come people who have oilier skin can't use mineral makeup? I thought it was better to use a powder. This comment has been removed.
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i'm a fan of mineral makeup. This comment has been removed.
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Color Science is also a really popular brand, but it's only in select salons and stores. This comment has been removed.
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