Mineral makeup is still unknown to many of you, so I decided to write something about it. Even though you can find a lot of commercial informations on this topic, it’s still quite unknown that its roots come from ancient Egypt. No, we haven’t invented it, we have just refreshed some of ancient knowledges. Ancient Egyptians were aware of their beauty and they had rituals and knowledge about many beauty products that we know today. They wore makeup on the eyes, they used the blush on the cheeks, they painted their nails, used body oils and much more. Do you remember the black line around the eyes that Egyptians used to wear? They made the eye kohl from galena or malachite, minerals excavated from earth. They also had a lot of precious makeup accessories, made from different materials, where they stored cosmetic oils and pigments. Archeologists have discovered eye paint palettes dating from 10.000 B.C., probably the oldest makeup discovery. More than obvious Egyptians took care of their beauty. I am always fascinated when I look at the pictures of their beauty accessories, like palettes, spoons, decorated jars and containers.
Let’s come back in the present moment and take a look on mineral makeup, as we know it today. Mineral makeup is obtained from natural ground minerals from the earth. You should know that not every mineral makeup is really good and safe. As I mentioned so many times, check the label with ingredients. The purest mineral cosmetics have just a few ingredients – usually minimum 4 or 5 : Iron oxides, Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide, Ultramarine blue and Mica. Avoid minerals that contain chemicals like talc, parabens, fragrances, synthetic dyes, or other unsafe ingredients. Check also they are free from nano particles. Nowadays mineral makeup was rediscovered because of many people suffering from allergies, rosacea, sensibility to chemicals, pains because of surgery, after laser treatments. Often, women tell me they like mineral foundation, cause while wearing it, pimples on the face dry and disappear faster and it feels like not wearing makeup.
Benefits of using pure mineral makeup:
– lack of chemicals
– great choice especially for sensitive skin
– minerals take care of your skin while you wear them
– easy and quick application
– versatility; you can use one product for more purposes (cheeks and eyes for example)
– it’s waterproof
– titanium dioxide protects the skin from the sun; it’s a natural sunscreen
– does not clog pores and so allows the skin to breathe
– provides a good coverage
– it looks natural on your skin (learning the application technique is essential)
– suitable for all skin conditions
– they are fragrance free
You can find many brands on the market, but here are some of my favorite & pure mineral makeup brands: Alima Pure, Everyday minerals, Jane Iredale, Inika, Lily lolo and many others. If you have never tried minerals before, purchase first samples and check the color. It has to match exactly your skin tone.
As you can see, mineral makeup is available mostly in powders as foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, bronzer and blush. In my opinion, the best thing is their multi-use, cause you can apply them in different ways. I will explain more about application and use of mineral makeup in one of my next posts. Meanwhile, you can check these sites and their holiday offers and who knows, maybe you will find your best makeup product ever 🙂
If you have any questions and thoughts about minerals, I will be glad to help you.