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How to: Apply mineral makeup – part 2

How to choose the right mineral makeup brush

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In this second part I will present you how to choose the right mineral makeup brush.On the market there are many different mineral makeup brands that offer a variety of makeup brushes. If you are attached to one brand of minerals that offer also brushes, you can obviously purchase brushes from them. This is not necessarily the best option. I’d suggest you to check and invest in good quality brushes that will last a long time, if you will properly take care of them. Most often mineral makeup brushes are cruelty free. That means they are made with synthetic fibers. Not every brand of minerals offer synthetic brushes, so take a look to the detailed description if you want to purchase cruelty free brushes.

 

The difference between mineral and liquid foundation application

– Minerals come in form of powders

– Mineral makeup is about adding layers of different powders (primer,color corrector, foundation, finishing powder, bronzer)

– The key is to apply minerals with a light hand and to blend well

– Using circular motion while applying mineral powders

Because of  these reasons mineral brushes have a high density of fibers, they are firmer and they should be soft. The main task of mineral brushes is to distribute evenly the powder, so that you won’t look like wearing a mask. The makeup has to be natural, flawless and distributed evenly.

 

Mineral foundation brush

is the only brush that is quite different from liquid foundation brushes. Usually mineral foundation brushes are quite large, so that you have more control when applying powders and achieving an even layer of foundation. However, you also have to choose the right brush for you face. There is no special rule to say that just one type of brush is good for applying mineral makeup. There is a huge choice of brushes, so take a look and choose the brush that suits your hand and face. Some prefer short handles like kabuki brush, other are more comfortable with long handles. The brush should have dense fibers, but if you prefer a tapered brush instead of a flat one, go for it! With tapered shapes you can reach corners and spaces around the nose, under the eye,… With a flat and large brush you can blend and buff quicker and better. This is good when you don’t have much concealing. A flawless complexion is achieved just in a few circular motions.

Among most popular mineral foundation brushes are kabuki brushes. Kabuki brush derives from the Japanese culture/theatre. They have a short handle and a very large form with a lot of bristles. I also like the kabuki for applying bronzer on the body.

Lily Lolo

Other mineral foundation brushes come in a form that is flat or oval shaped on top, with a high density of fibers. This way buffing and blending become very easy.

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Almost every brand of mineral makeup provides an entire collection of brushes for eyes, cheeks and lips that you can use also with other products, not just minerals. Their shape is the same as other cosmetic brushes. There is no difference in choosing special brushes for mineral eyeshadow, blush or concealer. The most important is to choose a good selection of brushes that will suit your needs and last long time.

On the top picture you can see different forms and brands of brushes for mineral powders. From left to right (top): Jane Iredale Kabuki brush, (bottom): Everyday minerals long handled kabuki, Everyday minerals Large Mineral Brush, Everyday minerals Tapered Sculpting Face Brush, Organic glam powder brush, (top): Alima pure blush brush and Kitten brush, (bottom left): Jane Iredale Dome brush, (bottom right): Alima pure foundation brush

There is another type of mineral foundation application; with a sponge, even though I don’t prefer it. Instead, when I finish, I tap the face with a damp brush or sponge to set the makeup and refresh the face. This way the makeup seems also more natural cause it becomes one with the skin.

That’s all about mineral makeup brushes for now. I will surely write more about other makeup brushes in the future; they are really my passion and obsession. If you have any questions about minerals or brushes, please let me know.

How to: Apply mineral makeup – part 1

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After the first, more theoretic part about mineral makeup, it’s time to explain you some of my best advices on applying mineral makeup. If you will follow these simple steps, you can’t go wrong. Don’t be afraid to start using minerals, just because the application is slightly different from conventional makeup application. Using mineral powders is really simple and with time you will realize that is also very quick and handy. Moreover, your skin will breathe and you will feel comfortable wearing mineral makeup, because of its lightweight consistency. Some women complain about a caked, unnatural and heavy look. This might happen just in case the makeup is not properly applied. My experiences with minerals are really excellent!

The proper application of mineral makeup requires:

correct skin care

follow the process of mineral makeup application

appropriate brushes for mineral makeup

choosing the right shade and formulation of mineral makeup

applying the makeup with a “light hand”; you can always add another layer

blending it well into the skin

 

Correct skin care

One of the biggest mistakes I notice before applying makeup is that women don’t know very well their skin condition. Many times for example younger girls tend to think that their skin is grease, when in fact it isn’t. Consequently they use wrong skin care products that dry their skin even more. They proceed with makeup that also don’t match their skin type and the result is obviously a disaster. In every case, you should first analyze your skin well (or ask a professional for help). Most often it needs just a gentle exfoliation and a hydrating boost. Before I start applying the mineral foundation, I first clean the skin and apply a light organic oil for all skin types (in general for normal skin). I leave it a few minutes until absorbed into the skin. If needed, I remove the excess of oil from skin with a blotting paper. But usually, all you need is just 2 drops of these oils and they work great, without leaving the skin with a grease shine. I especially like the Inlight organic daily face oil. After this I start applying the mineral foundation.

 

Mineral makeup application

You’ve heard most of time about and I will repeat it, too: Minerals are NOT like the finishing powder in conventional makeup. You can use just one product (mineral foundation) instead of many others (liquid foundation, concealer, finishing powder,…) if you want. For any other imperfections there is a wide range of mineral correctors and other finishing powders. But that’s another story.

 

Application of all mineral products:

1. Sprinkle a small amount of mineral powder (foundation, blush,…) into the lid of the jar

2. Swirl the appropriate brush into the powder

3. Remove the excess of powder from the brush with taping it into the lid – less is more

4. Apply it on your face with a light hand (use circular motions and a buffing brush for the foundation)

5. Blend well the product

6. Avoid a heavy application, you don’t want to look unnatural

7. I finish with a refreshing spritz of an appropriate herbal toner or water.

 

Here I finish the first part and look forward for your questions about the topic until the second part.

 

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A few thoughts about mineral makeup

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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.

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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.