Although integrating finely ground minerals in to cosmetics goes back a few decades, the first major cosmetic lines consisting of minerals and little else burst onto the market in the 1990s. Since then, mineral makeup has gained a loyal following. However, switching to mineral makeup demands rethinking your approach to cosmetics. Learn a few key techniques that aid in the application and blending of mineral makeup.
When people order mineral makeup, they often react with surprise upon seeing the cosmetics’ small packaging. When the manufacturers of mineral cosmetics say that they concentrate their formulations, they mean it. Rather than sponging on globs of liquid or filling a puff with powder, you will use a fluffy brush to gather loose minerals and, before applying mineral makeup, tapping away the excess. Most people tap the excess minerals into the cap and then return them to the container.
Swirl and Buff
Swirling and buffing mineral makeup when you apply it results in a smoother and more radiant finish. Once you have a small amount of product on your brush, use tight circular motions to gently buff the product into your skin. This application technique ensures a lightweight but thorough layer of product to which you can add further layers if you wish. When buffing in the product, take extra care to blend around your hairline and jawline to make your face look more natural. If you buff too long or with too much pressure, you may actually remove the product rather than apply it. If you find that troublesome areas of your skin show through the layers, apply concealer before buffing on foundation and other products.
Finish the Look
Applying mineral makeup results in a natural glow for many people but, for others, the makeup makes the skin look and feel dry. Some people resolve this issue by using a finishing effect. Depending upon the mineral cosmetics line you choose, you may have a finishing spray which adds a moist layer and sheen to your look, or you may have a finishing powder, which helps set the makeup and keep it from migrating to creases and wrinkles in your skin. As an added benefit, some finishing sprays and powders contain sunscreen.
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