Many women opt for bare mineral makeups instead of liquid or cake makeups because they are lighter and provide just the right coverage without causing skin irritations. Bare minerals give a simplistic approach to wearing makeup with the use of just one type of tool–a brush. It makes a big difference if you know how to apply bare mineral makeups to get the maximum effect.
The Right Shade
Find your undertone or color of skin. Holding up a white piece of paper next to your face will help determine your undertone. If your skin looks yellowish or pinkish compared to the white paper, then your undertone is either yellow or pink. However, if it is in between yellow and pink, then your undertone is neutral.
Another tip when choosing the right color of foundation is by testing the mineral foundation on your jaw line in the daylight. If the color blends with your skin without any distinct difference, then you have the right color.
Make sure your face is clean and dry before applying mineral makeup. Apply light moisturizer before applying the foundation. Wait for the moisturizer to absorb completely before applying makeup. Apply a concealer directly over the problem areas (redness, pimples, freckles and dark circles under your eyes).
Tap only a small amount of bare mineral foundation powder into the lid. Swirling your brush in the lid helps work the powder into your brush. Tapping the brush while the bristles face up helps remove excess powder and helps settle the powder inside the brush.
Apply the mineral foundation in a circular motion starting from your cheekbone area, working inward toward the eyes and nose. Continue swirling the brush toward your forehead, cheeks and chin. Stop when you see all the areas of your face have enough coverage.
Eye Shadow, Eyeliner, Mascara and Lip Color
Use mineral colors for eye shadows, eyeliners, mascara and lip color. Choose a smaller brush when applying eye shadows. Use the same technique you used in collecting mineral foundation. Apply lightly from center, moving out to the side of your eyes. Follow the shape of your eyelids. Add depth by adding layers of different shades. Make sure that both eyelids have even amount of coverage.
For eyeliners, wet an eyeliner brush with water and dip it into your mineral color. Mix using the jar’s lid, adding more water as needed. Darker colors are ideal for eyeliners; however, any color will do. Apply as you would traditional eyeliners.
Dip a mascara brush in water. Then, dip in a lid containing mineral color that complements your eye shadow. Mix until you get the right consistency. Add a little more water if it is a little dry or flaky. Apply as you would traditional mascaras.
Following the same directions used with mineral foundation. Load the blush brush with your choice of color. Create a custom color blend by blending different colors or shades of blush. Use light, feathery strokes from the apple of your cheek (center of each cheek) toward your ears while holding the brush in an angle.
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