Pro Tips For Healthy Mineral Makeup Mastery

MakeupMineral cosmetics are captivating the marketplace, but some are not as natural as you might expect them to be. To help you choose a product that’s good for your skin, here are four important factors for perfecting your mineral glow

1. Look for an SPF of 20 or above. Pure mineral foundation in powder form doubles as a sunscreen. Just like the no-chemical, mineral-based sunscreen lotions, crushed mineral foundations contain zinc oxide which blocks UVA & UVB rays, and titanium dioxide which reflects sun like a mirror (with the beautifying side-effect of minimizing lines and wrinkles!) Concentrations of zinc and titanium vary, so check your label for the SPF rating.

2. Avoid irritating and possibly toxic ingredients. Select mineral foundation that derives its color & shimmer from iron oxides and mica. Synthetic dyes and FD&C colors are not included in good mineral formulas, and worrisome preservatives methylparaben and propylparaben need not enter the mix—inert minerals cannot support bacteria. Other undesirables are pore-clogging talc and dimethicone, both suspected carcinogens.

3. Match your skin tone exactly for best effect, preferably where you can try mineral makeup on in person. Look for a range of real-people colors, preferably divided into warm and cool colorations. To determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool, look at the veins visible on the inside of your wrist. If they’re blue, you’re cool; if they look turquoise or green, you’re warm.

4. Use quality natural brushes for best application. The smaller the brush, the heavier the coverage. Kabuki brushes are often recommended, though medium-to-large soft blusher or foundation brushes also work well. When brushing on loose foundation, two light layers are ideal. Dry or mature skin should be moisturized first— jojoba oil is excellent. Or create tinted moisturizer by mixing your moisture lotion with a dash of mineral foundation. To cover up imperfections before applying foundation, dab on dry mineral color with a tiny brush—minerals are anti-inflammatory and safe camouflage for breakouts and broken capillaries. The end result? Almost-invisible coverage and a radiant natural look!

Barbara Carr is a holistic Licensed Esthetician in Raleigh, NC. E-mail: barbara@naturesface.com or call: 919-845-4385.  Natures Face website: www.NaturesFace.com

From: Nature’s Face Blog: naturesface.wordpress.com

 

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