Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What IS Mineral Makeup?

What IS mineral makeup? I know I’ve asked that question before. I’m more of a eyeliner-eyeshadow-lipgloss only girl, so facial makeup has never been really high on my knowledge priority list. I’ve just recently started wearing concealer on a few spots and using some powder so set it. My powder is MAC Mineralized skin finish, a low pigmented/semi sheer powder that is also mineral makeup. So I decided to learn a little more about it. Whether you’ve been an avid foundation wearer for years or a newbie who is deciding what should be the first makeup she uses, this should be helpful to help you determine if mineral makeup is something you should be looking into.

Mineral Makeup is makeup made from natural pigments from the earth. It’s non-comedogenic (it won’t clog your pores) so doesn’t irritate or even penetrate your skin, something past foundation and makeup does. The fact that it is non-irritating means it is perfect for sensitive skin and mature skin; it contains no perfumes or dyes. One of the biggest reasons I’ve been anti face makeup is that I’ve heard from people who use it regularly that it makes your skin worse and to not even start. That you’ll feel like you have to rely on the facial makeup. It seems a bit of a catch 22. You are using it to cover imperfections, yet it helps contribute to the imperfections.

There are many different brand names of mineral makeup, but essentially they all have similar ingredients. Some commonly used minerals include micronized titanium dioxide, micronized zinc oxide, iron oxide, silk mica, and hydrated silica.

Unlike traditional face makeup, mineral foundations can provide sheer to full coverage without switching back and forth between different products. A light, sheer finish can be accomplished by moving the applicator brush in small circles on the face. Mineral makeup can also provide a more opaque texture if applied in layers with a damp sponge, much like you would apply liquid foundation. Also, just by mixing a few key simple ingredients, you can create other uses for your mineral makeup One pot of loose pigment can be used as your eye shadow, lipstick, nail polish, blush, and even eyeliner.

Seems like a no brainer to me. If you are looking for healthy coverage for your face, whether you want light or heavy, mineral makeup seems like a great choice.

1 comment:

  1. my sister uses MACs hypermineralize which is lovely, unfortunately it doesn't come in darker shades (she's a c7 in studio fix, so nothing for NW 50's NW 43's etc)