There is a lot to love about mineral makeup, but it can often be misunderstood. It also has a lot of beneficial qualities including: being made of safer and natural ingredients, contains a natural sunscreen, gives controllable coverage, and it does not harbor bacteria. 

If you are interested in trying mineral makeup, or have ever used it in the past without success, here are a few notable tips to be able to master mineral makeup like a pro. 

  • Always apply minerals to a freshly cleansed and moisturized face. Mineral makeup is a mixture of natural minerals mined from the Earth in a fine powder form. The key to flawless and even coverage is applying it to a clean canvas that is well moisturized. If you feel you have dryer skin, or during the dryer months don’t be afraid to use a non comedogenic oil. Doing so will provide the minerals the perfectly primed surface it needs.
  • Don’t be afraid to use a setting or hydrating spray. If you are going for a more fresh, dewey look or have dry skin try using a setting or hydrating spray lightly over your completed makeup application. For those who sit behind a computer or under fluorescent lighting all day, a hydrating mist can provide great benefits to your skin as well as bring your makeup back to life. 
  • A little goes a long way. Start with a little bit! You don’t want to overload your brush or the cap and have your morning routine turn into a pigmented dust storm. Adding a little bit to the cap as you go will keep your clothes and bathroom clean.
  • The buffing process really works, trust it! The more you buff the denser your coverage will be. A quick wide buff will provide you with light and transparent coverage while a more concentrated and deliberate buff will provide you with more full and opaque coverage.
  • Yes, you can contour with it. With a little practice you can contour with powder just as you would liquid makeup. The concept is the same, you may just need to adjust your blending technique a tad.
  • Take care of your brushes. This is important no matter what type of makeup you use. Dirty brushes hold and grow bacteria and can provide gunky off tone coverage. If you wear make up regularly, consider washing your brushes ever 2 weeks. Overwashing your brushes can dry out the bristles and cause skin irritation. Always use a quality cleanser (I often use my face wash) and periodically condition the bristles after cleansing. This will keep the bristles soft and keep your skin looking its best. 

Mineral makeup truly is adaptable and can provide you any look you desire. It’s also without unnecessary chemicals that can actually age your skin and has an added bonus of being a natural sunscreen. With that noted, not all minerals are created the same. Be sure to use a mineral makeup that only uses healthy minerals. Minerals like talc and bismuth oxychloride can cause skin irritation and breakouts. 

Just like any type of makeup, take some time to play around with what look and methods suit your skin and lifestyle. Hopefully these tips will improve the way you view or use mineral makeup and allow you to break free from drugstore liquid foundation.