What is mineral makeup?


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What Is Mineral Makeup is a brief guide for mineral or natural makeup users. It consists of a few top articles about mineral makeup benefits and application tips. I recommend it to all mineral makeup users.

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  1. 1. Mineral Makeup-A Mini GuideI have tried to collect some of the best articles about mineral make up here. They have beenwritten by specialists or professional users. I read them and learned a lot. I hope you can takesome minutes and read them too. Enjoy! Lena George, Mineral Makeup FanMineral Makeup-Natural BeautyBy Lynn StarnerAs we become more aware of our application. However, it still allows naturalenvironment and more aware of the products skin radiance to show through, so you dontthat we are putting into and onto our bodies, get the dreaded "mask" look. It is typicallynatural and homeopathic products are taking free of fragrance and preservatives. Mineralsthe cosmetic industry by storm. cannot feed bacteria, so there is no danger of spoilage, thus it needs no preservatives. ItIts likely youve noticed new skincare and does not go bad. It is very good for oily skincosmetic companies popping up with "all because it has several oil- absorbingnatural" and "organic" products. Of course, components.just because they say they are, doesntnecessarily make it true. That is where It is usually applied with a brush, and isconsumer education comes in, and why it is typically shown to be "buffed" into the skin.so important. This technique forces the makeup into your pores, which is never a good thing. AThe title of this article is "Mineral Makeup". technique that works with better qualityAfter learning what mineral makeup is, what mineral makeup (which well discuss later)products go into it, and what its benefits are, is to "dust" the makeup on, instead ofyou can decide if this is the right choice for "buffing" it. If a brush irritates your skin,you. you can also use a non-latex or flocked sponge. Application can be done either wetWhat Is Mineral Makeup? or dry.Mineral makeup is designed from all What Are The Ingredients?naturally occurring products. It is oftenrecommended by dermatologists to women This is the most important part. Learningwith sensitive skin, rosacea, post operative, what is in your makeup will give you thelaser and other procedures because of its ability to choose what will meet your needsintrinsic skin soothing and anti- best. These are the ingredients you will mostinflammatory properties. It is a powder likely come across.makeup of finely milled minerals. It canprovide very sheer or very opaque coverage, · Titanium Dioxide- A white naturaldepending on the formulation and sunscreen and anti-inflammatory agent. It is
  2. 2. highly reflect, with only a diamond being · Carmine- Crushed beetles.higher, and thus minimizes fine lines andsome skin discolorations. What Brand Should I Buy?· Zinc Oxide- A natural sunscreen providing Well, if youre familiar with mineralbroad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. makeup, its likely youve seen the infomercials. After further research youll· Sericite- A colorless mica that can be used find these companies use controversialto cut the opacity of Titanium Dioxide and ingredients, and charge quite a bit for theiralso works as an oil absorber. products.· Cornstarch/ Rice Powder- Cosmetic grade- There are several good mineral makeupAn oil humectant (draws oil out of the companies out there that provide a muchpores). Can make acne worse as it is a better product at a more affordable price, assource of food for bacteria. well as a superior customer experience. They also offer samples, which the larger· Kaolin Clay- Natural oil-absorption. companies do not. Youll get to try the makeup (unlike in the drugstore!) for a· Mica- Natural "glitter". Provides shimmer fraction of the cost before you buy it. Theyand sparkle. dont have expensive advertising and packaging to pay for, so the savings are· Iron Oxides- Natural pigment- very often passed on to you.opaque. Used for tinting cosmetics.Ingredients To AvoidThese ingredients are also common, but cancause problems so are best to avoid.· Talc/ Various Powders- Common fillers-can cause respiratory problems.· FD&C Dyes- Derived from coal tar.· Bismuth Oxychloride- Known skin irritant-causes itching, rashes and breakouts.Especially prevalent when the wearersweats. Lynn is the proprietor of Beauty Bliss Mineral Cosmetics at· Ferric Ferrocyanide- Controversial because http://www.beautyblisscosmetics.comof its suspected toxicity.
  3. 3. Mineral Makeup - A Cosmetic EvolutionBy Ananda MahonyAs a skin care specialist and someone that cause problems. The main disadvantages ofhas suffered from skin problems in the past I talc as a cosmetic ingredient is itsam always looking for quality cosmetics and comedogenic effect which means it will clogmake up that minimize the impact of skin and block pores. Those particularlysynthetic chemicals while at the same time affected by this will be people with acne,support skin health. With commercial pimples, rosacea and anyone who hasfoundations this has always been difficult. undergone cosmetic treatments. Talc canDespite their ability to "cover up" many also have an occlusive effect on the skin,foundations contain a raft of chemical trapping heat and toxins and eventuallyingredients that actually worsen skin interrupting the normal function of the skin.conditions such as acne and rosacea, irritatesensitive skin and significantly contribute to Rather than sinking into or filling pores, thepore congestion. particles sit on the surface of the skin allowing the skin to breathe properly. TheOne solution to these cosmetic issues is pigment used is generally iron oxides orprofessional mineral make up. Relatively mica combined with titanium dioxide or zincnew to the skin care market, this cosmetic oxide which very effectively covers redness,emerged from the US about 5 years ago. sun damage and blemishes withoutSince then, a number of Australian brands contributing to congestion or stopping thehave brought out quality ranges which have skin from breathing. The other advantage isproven to be highly effective replacements that the dense pigment of the minerals givesto conventional liquid, powder and crème full coverage to skin conditions withoutfoundations. looking unnatural or heavy on the skin. These features mean it provides idealA key feature of professional mineral make coverage for those with the above mentionedup is its purity. The genuine product skin conditions.contains none of the potentially toxic orocclusive ingredients of conventional Another benefit of the mineral sitting on topfoundations such as mineral oils, fragrances, of the skin means that it doesnt fill up linescolors, preservatives and petrochemicals. and wrinkles thereby making them moreFor this reason it is of enormous benefit to noticeable. The minerals overlap like fishthose with skin sensitivities as well as scales and dont fall into fine giving a "soft-reducing the overall toxic load for all users. focus" look to the skin.Based primarily on titanium or zinc oxide Professional mineral make up is generally amineral make up contains less ingredients in dry powder, either pressed or loose. This cangeneral thereby avoiding fillers such as talc, take some getting used to after liquidused to "bulk" out the formulations. As an foundations however, when appliedingredient, talc it is very cheap so offers correctly, that is within 5 minutes of using agreat profit margin for producers, however it moisturizer, it goes onto the skin smoothlyoffers no benefit for the skin and can in fact and settles down so that any powdery look
  4. 4. quickly disappears. Within 5 minutes of Mineral Make Up Benefitsapplication, a professional version feelsweightless and looks soft on the skin. « Does not clog poresThe key ingredients are Zinc oxide and « Gives full coverage for skin conditionstitanium dioxide which are also commonlyfound in chemical-free sunscreens and offer « Allows skin to breatheprotection from UVA/UVB rays. Use ofthese ingredients provides a broad spectrum « Pure minerals are ideal for sensitive skinsunscreen protection. While the sunscreenprotection can be quite high (up to the « Minimizes soft lines & wrinklesequivalent of 30 SPF) it is important to notethat most mineral foundations arent « Easy to applytherapeutic products which means that theyhavent been specifically tested for sun « May offer sun protection from UVA/UVBprotection (unless otherwise stated). Useful raysas day to day protection, alternativesunscreens should be used for extended sun « Feels weightlessexposure. Ananda Mahony ND is a naturopath andOne note of caution is that not all mineral holistic skin specialist. Her practice focusesmake ups are the same. While professional on the treatment of skin conditions and Foodversions are generally very pure, some As Medicine. Ananda also owns Vitalecommercial versions may contain talc and Natural Skin & Body Care, a natural &other potentially irritating chemical organic skin care store in Paddington.ingredients. The best way to choose a good http://www.vitalenatural.com.auone is to read the ingredient listing on thelabel of the product. It is an Australianlabeling requirement that all cosmeticscontain a full list of ingredients so avoidingtalc should be easy. If you want to ensureyour version is as natural as possible avoidthose with talc (known comedogenic),bismuth oxychloride (known allergen andirritant) and parabens (potential toxicityissues).Easy to apply, mineral make up is longlasting and ideal for anyone with sensitiveskin, allergies, skin conditions such asrosacea, acne, pigmentation or uneven skintone as well as those that want a natural, As a naturopath Ananda has been involvedhigh performance foundation. in the natural skin care industry for many years. She specializes in the treatment of skin disorders such as acne, eczema, rosacea and dermatitis as well as anti-aging.
  5. 5. Natural Mineral Cosmetics: Simplified ApplicationBy Sherry FrewerdYouve seen them, china doll perfect with container and swish brush lightly, tap, applyflawless skin, adorably kissed with dewy in small circular motions all over face. (Usefresh makeup applied with the lightest of a feather light touch! Youll need to rediptouch to impart a glow only an airbrush your brush five times for completecould possibly contrive. And you know they coverage.) Apply eye shadow with a foamprobably spent three hours on the eye applicator to contour of eyes. Apply blushershadow on their left eye, alone. in the hollows of your cheeks, lightly; you dont need much! Dip large brush inShhhhhhh - I have a secret. She probably translucent powder and lightly blend overdidnt spend more than fifteen minutes, but face. Use fluffing motion to keep applicationshe had the right tools and the right very light and blending. Apply eyeliner justcosmetics. With Natural Cosmetics, mineral behind lashes, very carefully over top of eyemake up made with finely micronized shadow. Apply mascara to lashes andtitanium dioxide; you too can have that separate. Apply lipstick with a lip brush andflawless complexion, dewy and fresh as a gloss lightly.sun-kissed daisy on a summer morning. Youre so gorgeous! Yes, that stunningNatural cosmetics are becoming more and reflection in the mirror is definitely youmore popular as many cosmetic companies delicately touched with color, and china dollare replacing their regular heavy oil packed perfect.liquid make-up with mineral make-up.Mineral makeup lasts longer, is readily Mineral makeup is good for your skin. Itavailable, doesnt leak, and offers a much allows your skin to breath, absorbingsimpler application process than liquid necessary oxygen for youth and refreshment.makeup. Natural cosmetics last all day long, Natural cosmetics fill up the tiny lines inwithout feeling heavy, weighing you down, your skin, cover blemishes, and protect youor streaking, like liquids. And the very best from damaging sunrays with a high SPF andpart, it doesnt take a rocket scientist to natural coverage to keep UVA and UVBapply them in the morning. rays from your skin. Mineral makeup offers many benefits, and you dont get brownIts easy to achieve perfection; just follow liquid foundation on your favorite whitethese simplified directions: blouse.Start with a clean moisturized face. Dampen You can leave your makeup case at home;your face with a few spritzes of mineral you wont need a touch up all day. A bit ofwater from an atomizer. Blot with a very gloss in your purse and youre ready to go.soft cloth (do not rub completely dry).Sprinkle a small amount of mineral For an evening out on the town, a bit offoundation in the lid of your powder mineral makeup glitter sprinkled liberally
  6. 6. across your shoulders and just a hint acrossyour cheeks should dress you upappropriately! Sherry Frewerd publishes websites on various subjects from recipes to mineral makeup to toddler learning. A nature girl at heart, Sherry believes in the benefits of natural mineral makeup and skincare. Stop over to http://naturalyoumineralmakeup.com for some helpful and fun natural remedies, tips and product suggestions. Forget the Botox, talk to Mother Nature today!
  7. 7. Applying Mineral MakeupBy Lynn StarnerIt seems that for every type of mineral Buffing techniques, usually with a kabuki,makeup there is also a different technique to are known to irritate sensitive skin. Evenapply it. Now, each company may have women without sensitive skin haveslight differences in their makeup that when problems with irritation. Remember, itsit is applied a certain way will make it look "swirl, tap, buff."or adhere better. However, there are somevery basic guidelines to applying mineral Fluffy Brushesmakeup that will work with almost anybrand you buy. Of course, its always Using a fluffy face brush is the other popularpreferable that you develop your own way to apply mineral makeup. Better qualitypersonal style- your own touch. You know makeup is more pigmented, so using ahow you like your makeup to look, so kabuki is out of the question for mostpractice, practice, practice until you get your women. But a nice fluffy brush is just theapplication method how you like it. After ticket since a little makeup goes a long way.all, it is your face. Whether you choose synthetic or animal hair brushes is up to you. Both can be equallyApplying Foundation/ Finishing Powder good, depending on the quality. The same basic rules apply as with the kabuki- swirlFoundation is admittedly the hardest to your brush in the makeup, tap off the excessapply. You see some brands that say "swirl, and the brush in a downward motion overtap, buff" and other brands that say "dont!" your face. No need to buff. If youd likeWhat are you supposed to do? more coverage, just repeat the steps again.The general rule of thumb is that if a mineral "Swirl, tap, brush." Almost the same words,makeup contains bismuth oxychloride, youll but incredibly different effects.likely have to buff it in, and buff it in well,for the makeup to look its best. Generally a Applying Foundation Wetkabuki brush is used with this technique. Wet? Yup. There are some gals who preferWhats A Kabuki? the finish when mineral makeup is applied wet. There are a couple of ways to do it.Good question! Its a very densely packedbrush. It gives very heavy coverage because With A Brush- Mix your foundation andso much more makeup is left on the bristles some water/moisturizer/lotion, etc. until aafter you tap. Its a good option for people creamy consistency. Then dip your brush inwho want a more opaque look or need it and apply in a downward motion. It willheavier coverage. Usually with a kabuki you dry to a soft powder.must buff the minerals into your skin, or elseyoull look streaky, emphasize your pores, With A Puff/Sponge- You can eitheretc. dampen your puff or sponge and dip it into your foundation and apply in a downward
  8. 8. motion or mix the foundation with is called "foiling" and makes the colorswater/moisturizer/lotion and apply with a more bold and can even change themsponge. It will dry to a soft powder. slightly in some cases.Finally, you can apply your foundation dry, For regular application, simply dip yourthen mist with a hydrosol or something brush into the color, tap off the excess andsimilar and either use a brush or a sponge to apply like you normally would.smooth the moisture into the powder. Besure to use a downward motion. Some gals For foiling, mix some minerals with water,even like to layer their makeup this way. hydrosol, eye primer, etc. until a creamyPowder, mist, smooth. Powder, mist, consistency. Then apply as you normallysmooth. would. When dry you can buff with a dry brush to blend (but this may cause some ofWhy The Downward Motion? the mica to come away).Good question. Your pores and facial fuzz The foiling method works very well for eyelay that way naturally. When you smooth lining. Colors that might be too bold to wearyour makeup that direction it makes a more on your eye make great liner colors. Foiling"natural" look. them will help them last longer and show up better.Other Facial Applications And thats it! These basic tips should helpFor your other color cosmetics applied to you apply mineral make up like a pro. Playface, here are the general outlines. around with it, develop your own style and technique, and most of all...Have Fun!Concealor- Using a taklon concealor brushor an all-over eyeshadow brush, dip it intothe concealor or foundation youre using, tapoff most of the excess and apply directly tothe area you want to conceal. Blend very,very well. If youre using an all overconcealor, complexion enhancer, finishingpowder, etc. use a fluffy face brush andswirl, tap and brush lightly in a downwardmotion.Blush- Swirl, tap, brush in a slight curvefrom the apple of your cheek to yourhairline. A nice fluffy blush brush worksbest. Lynn Starner is the proprietor of BeautyEyeshadow/ Eyeliner Application Bliss Mineral Cosmetics at http://www.beautyblisscosmetics.comThis is the really fun stuff. You can applymineral makeup wet or dry. Applying it wet
  9. 9. How to Avoid the 4 Most Common Problems with ApplyingMineral MakeupBy Naweko San-JoyzIs mineral make-up causing your more 2. Drynesscosmetic problems that it seems to besolving? Well, relax. In just four easy steps, Mineral make-up can be great for acne andyou can overcome the most common large pores because of the drying effect ofcomplaints associated with applying mineral its common ingredients like titanium dioxidemake-up including itchiness, dryness, color and zinc oxide. However, this trait my notimperfections and messiness. prove ideal for dry skin. To help minimize moisture loss, apply a rich moisturizer, or1. Ending the itchiness nighttime face cream before dusting on the mineral make-up.Itchiness and dryness connected withmineral make-up must be tackled as a Moreover, mineral make-up exhibits anrelational problem because the dryness exfoliating effect on the skin which iscould provoke the itchiness. So, lets rule out superb for acne, but potentially excessive forpossible causes of itchiness first by ensuing dry skin. To compensate for the extrayou have no allergies to the mineral make- exfoliation that mineral make-up delivers,up. This requires a simple forearm patch you can reduce your usage of othertest. exfoliating products like astringents or at- home microdermabrasion treatments.To perform the test, cleanse a roughly one-square inch area on your forearm. Let area 3. Colordry. Then apply a light layer of mineralmake-up to the skin. Leave the cosmetic on The titanium oxide inside mineral make-upfor 24 hours, then rinse it off. If no rash, reflects and diffuses light, which helpsredness or itching occurs, you should not camouflage skin blemishes like age spotsneed to worry about having allergies to and acne scars. Because the look of mineralmineral make-up. If you do have allergy make-up is so readily influenced by light,symptoms, stop using the mineral make-up. you need to apply this product in full spectrum light to view how your selectedAnother indirect source of allergies arising make-up shade truly looks on your skin.from mineral make-up could be the brushapplicator. People develop allergies to cat For instance, once you apply your mineralhair. Similarly, you could develop an allergy make-up in the bathroom, go outside into thehorse hair, which is sometimes used in sunlight and view how your make-up lookscosmetics brushes. Make sure you are not in full spectrum daylight.allergic to your brushes. The results may scare you. You may look two shades lighter or darker than you did in the bathroom. Now that you know how the
  10. 10. mineral make-up appears in full spectrum dip the foundation brush into thelight, you can adjust your cosmetic shade as sifted foundation. You dont want aneeded. thick layer on the brush because this creates dust. Furthermore, when4. The mess trying to correctly apply a foundation, it is always easier toHow can getting pretty create such a mess? apply more foundation than it is toMineral make-up by nature is dusty and so remove excess foundation.to keep your cosmetic application as tidy aspossible, you have to practice dust control. Now, perhaps you will have four lessHeres how: problems when applying mineral make-up. Enjoy. a. Set the foundation jar on a paper towel. b. The foundation jar should Naweko Nicole Dial San-Joyz founded contain a middle, porous lid that sifts Noixia, a San Diego based research firm the foundation for a more sheer dedicated to helping people intelligently, application. As you shake the safely and affordably enhance their image foundation jar to sift the mineral by offering custom skin solutions to people make-up, your create dust. To avoid with acne scars http://www.Noixia.com on a sifting dust cloud upon opening the the face and body. San-Joyz She has jar, after your shake the closed appeared on radio stations, in newspapers foundation jar, let the jar set for 10 and on TV shows across the United States seconds so that the mineral make-up promoting beauty through health dust can settle and not fly all over consciousness. Anyone seeking to enhance your countertop. c. Next, to avoid their image and remove acne scarring can creating a mess on your face, lightly find custom, clinically proven solutions at http://www.Noixia.comSheerCover Foundation Makeup-Limited Promo KitAffordable, top performance mineral foundation makeup kit. Have a look to thisexclusive promo offer here: SheerCover Mineral Foundation Promo Kit