Mineral makeup took the beauty world by storm a few years ago and, even though the hype seems to have died down recently, there are still a lot of women who swear by it. So, I thought I’d share some tips and tricks on how to apply mineral makeup to achieve a flawless look and I hope you’ll find them helpful. Let’s get started:
1. Choose the right brush
Choosing the right makeup brush is essential for a flawless application. To apply mineral foundation, a kabuki brush is the most common choice, and is usually included in a lot of mineral makeup kits. This type of brush has a short handle and densely packed bristles that pick up a lot of product, thus providing a medium to full coverage. But if you need a lighter coverage, then your best option is a skunk (or stippling) brush. Its bristles have varying lengths and pick up less product thus ensuring a natural but flawless look, which is also the reason why I prefer to apply mineral foundation this way.
2. Don’t apply mineral makeup to dry skin
Mineral makeup is usually said to be suitable for all skin types, but that’s not true. A great option for those with oily skin, those with dry skin should instead avoid it. That’s because dry skin needs emollient foundations that also moisturize and, unlike what marketing claims would have us believe, powders don’t have any moisturizing properties at all. On the contrary, some powders have absorbent properties that, although useful to absorb excess oil, can exacerbate dry skin, accentuating dry and patchy areas. If you have dry skin and still want to use mineral foundation, make sure you apply moisturizer, or even a face primer, beforehand, and wait until it has absorbed. This will moisturize skin and prepare it for mineral makeup, ensuring a flawless application.
3. Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer
Another alternative for people with dry skin who want to use mineral foundation, or just anyone else who wants to create their own custom shade that’s also moisturizing, is to make your own tinted moisturizer. This is really easy. All you need is your moisturizer and your mineral foundation. Place a few pumps of your moisturizer in an empty jar and, slowly, keep adding the mineral foundation until you have created a color that matches your skintone perfectly.
Use a swirl bowl
To use mineral makeup, you’re supposed to pour a small amount of product on the lid, swirl your brush in it and tap off any excess before applying it on your face. But I don’t really like to do this as I don’t think it’s very hygienic. If any bacteria or dirt should be on your brush and/or face, it’ll get onto the lid and risk contaminating the whole jar. And it gets even riskier if you use mineral makeup wet as bacteria need a moist environment to harbour and thrive. In addition, sometimes the lid is not big enough to swirl a big brush in it and that could damage your tool. The
solution? Use a swirl bowl instead. It’ll make application easier and avoid contamination.
Do you have any tips on how to use and apply mineral makeup? Share them in the comments!