Mineral makeup gives amazing coverage and is also good for the skin. However, it can get tricky to apply. Here are some tips on how to use mineral foundation, eyeshadow, blush and bronzer. While it takes some practice the efforts are well worth the effort.
Like all makeup routines first start by applying moisturizer to your skin. However, unlike cream foundations or liquid foundations, you need to make sure your skin has fully absorbed the moisturizer before you apply mineral powders (or else application will look blotchy).
Apply mineral makeup in thin layers. So you don’t pick up too much powder, tap some into the cover of the container. Use a kabuki brush, which you swirl into the lid. Tap it to remove excess powder and then stroke against the skin (use light, feathery strokes or small circles). Leave for a minute before working on your blush or eyes.
If you are using mineral shadows you also need a brush. Same thing: tap excess before applying. Try combining different colors to get interesting shades. For blushes, use a fan or blush brush to apply product on the apples of the cheeks going towards the hairline. You can also get mineral brow dust, which can be applied wet or dry. This gives a softer and more natural effect than an eyebrow pencil.
For mineral bronzer apply just a bit on the tip of your nose, your forehead and the shoulders. Body bronzers can be applied on the neck or chest. Apply just a little, because too much bronzer can make your face look dirty.
If your mineral makeup is caking into the fine lines of your face it means you are putting too much, or applying too quickly after putting on moisturizer. You may also be using a cheap brush or the wrong brush. Kabuki brushes are really meant for mineral makeup because the thickly packed bristles will pick up just the right amount of product (Body Shop makes a good one). Don’t use the ones that come with the mineral makeup, they’re not usually good—invest in a proper professional brush.