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What is Mineral Makeup?

When people talk about minerals, makeup is definitely not the first thing that pops into your mind.

However, mineral makeup has burst onto the makeup scene in the past few years, starting a completely new trend in cosmetics. This make-up consists of loosely ground minerals, used primarily as foundation and blush, that are usually applied as a powder using a wide, fluffy brush. While the main ingredients are many of the same minerals that have been traditionally used in foundations, the lack of preservatives, dyes and fragrances makes the makeup gentler and less irritating to sensitive skin.

Mineral makeup has many advantages over traditional makeup. It is non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog your pores, helping to keep your skin healthy and blemish free. It also has minerals that are known to reduce inflammation, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which could help people with rosacea and acne. However, it is important to remember that not all mineral make-up is the same, so be sure to avoid products containing bismuth-oxychloride if you have rosacea or acne prone skin (it might irritate these conditions). Some of the other minerals in the makeup protect your skin from the sun, as it contains some of the same ingredients found in sunscreen. Overall, mineral makeup is known to be better for sensitive and problem-prone skin.

From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, many of the users of mineral makeup love the natural look and long lasting glow it gives your skin.

Nevertheless, it does not work for everyone. Its detractors complain that the make-up dries their skin and accentuates wrinkles. Other criticisms have been that it tends to have an ashy undertone (which can be problematic for some skin colors), and that is it is messy to apply. Not to mention that mineral makeup tends to more expensive than its counterparts. The fans refute these claims by saying that if you apply mineral makeup carefully it is no messier than other makeup, and that it is worth the extra expense because it lasts for a long time without needing to be reapplied.

On the whole, mineral makeup has just become another tool that will be loved by some and discarded by others. While not the Holy Grail of makeup, some will find its unique properties an appealing solution for their makeup needs. Thankfully, its growth in popularity means that it is readily available as part of many major brand’s lines, and no longer needs to be purchased from one of the special ‘boutique’ lines (such as BareMinerals and Sheer Cover). It is also now available in liquid and pressed powder forms in addition to the loose powder, so there are many options to try to see if this type of makeup could work for you.

Have you tried mineral makeup? What did you think? Please reply below!

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