Are you interested in mineral makeup but don’t know how to use it? Confused by the conflicting instructions (buff it or don’t buff it?) and wondering why you don’t get the same results as other women? ‘I must be doing something wrong!’ you say.
Here is a simple guide to applying mineral makeup, just one of the many recipes for life you will find here at o5.com.
To buff or not to buff
For all mineral makeup you need to tap a small amount into the container lid, press a brush into the powder, tap the brush… but what’s next? This is where the debate starts. Some mineral makeup brands tell you to buff the brush (basically, to rub it into the face, applying pressure). Others say this is unnecessary. So what’s the deal?
It depends on the makeup brand and its active ingredients. Mineral makeup that contains bismuth oxychloride needs to be buffed in, because it activates the ‘natural glow.’ Note, however, that bismuth oxychloride is not for everyone. Some people are sensitive to it and may develop breakouts. The buffing movement can also irritate the skin.
Types of brushes
If you want heavier coverage use a kabuki brush. Its bristles are much denser so it distributes more of the powder on to your face. This is great if you have a lot of blemishes that you want to hide, or if you prefer a polished, opaque look.
Fluffy brushes on the other hand gives lighter coverage, for a more translucent look. It can also be used with high pigment mineral makeup, since you need less product.
Wet vs. dry
You can use mineral makeup dry, or you can even apply it wet. Basically, tap a small amount of mineral makeup powder into a small bowl (not the lid of your makeup container, unless you want all your mineral makeup to get wet). Then, add water or lotion. You want to achieve a cream like consistency. Apply with a soft brush or puff. Note: the puff will absorb more of the product, and you may not want that—mineral makeup is expensive! Another method is to apply the mineral makeup dry and then wet your face with a brush or spritzer. The mineral makeup will dry on your face as the water evaporates. Experiment to see what works for you!
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