How to Use Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup kits make it easy to get started.

If you look in the beauty aisle of your favorite store, throughout the pages of your favorite women’s magazine, and in some of the recent posts of your favorite beauty blogs, you are likely to come up with the same item on everyone’s hotlist – mineral makeup. Women, makeup artists, and dermatologists rave about mineral makeup and its healthy properties. Mineral makeup offers many benefits for those with sensitive skin, mature skin, and problematic skin, as well as those who just want a healthy, beautiful glow.

What Is Mineral Makeup

One of the hottest lines of makeup to grace magazine pages and store shelves and Web site shops in the past five years, mineral makeup is an often-powdery, mineral-based product line that is lightweight and great for long-lasting wear. Natural, true mineral makeup does not contain fillers, and can offer many benefits for all skin types and all ages. Some imitation mineral makeup products contain talc and other fillers, which often clog pores.

Mineral makeup contains natural SPF for sun protection. Mineral makeup products contain real vitamin and mineral ingredients, and they are safe for those with sensitive skin, skin allergies, eczema, rosacea and other skin conditions.

“Mineral makeup has increased in popularity as we become more and more conscious of the effect products have on our skin and bodies,” said makeup artist Terry Akins. “Mineral makeup is free of irritants like perfumes, preservatives such as parabens, alcohols and dyes that many traditional makeup brands use.

“However, many mineral makeup lines contain Bismuth Oxychloride. Bismuth Oxychloride is a chemical that produces shine. Although the FDA has approved this for use in cosmetics, 75 percent of the users (mostly women) are allergic to this chemical. When you use a product containing Bismuth Oxychloride, you are pushing small metallic particles into your skin that will clog your pores. Acne and rosacea sufferers who use these products find that they also irritate and aggravate their conditions.”

Akins explained that itchy skin after makeup application is the typical indicator of being allergic to products containing Bismuth Oxychloride. The chemical also causes a shimmery look that lends itself to a mask-like appearance, which enhances wrinkles and makes skin look older (and drier) than it really is.

Terry Akins recommends Afterglow Cosmetics, a 100 percent vegan product line that contains all pure mineral ingredients. Afterglow Cosmetics do not contain parabens, gluten, Bismuth Oxychloride or other potentially harmful chemicals.

“Afterglow mineral bronzer gives you a natural looking glow without the fake looking shine associated with many bronzers and mineral makeup brands,” Akins said. “I have always avoided using bronzers when I work on model / actor photo and film shoots, and on myself because the shine looks fake and screamed, ‘I’m trying to fake a tan!’

“That is why the bronzer from Afterglow cosmetics is so great. I can have the color that I would want to achieve on my very fair skin (or the skin that I am working with) and it looks natural. I cannot go in the sun because my skin burns so easily.”

Tips for Using Mineral Makeup
Here are some mineral makeup tips on how to use mineral makeup, from Terry Akins:

For dry, flaky skin

1. Add a small amount of powder into the palm of the hand.

2. Add a drop of moisturizer.

3. Blend the two products together until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved.

4. Use your fingers or make-up wedge to apply.

For young or blemished skin

Apply makeup in very sheer layers, bronzer or foundation, with a vegan kabuki brush or flat top brush all over the face.

NOTE: Loose powder mineral makeup is NOT designed to work with a sponge.

To apply bronzers and blush

1. Apply with a fan brush, blush brush, kabuki brush, or flat top foundation brush.

2. Apply to areas where you want a fresh sun-kissed glow.

To apply eye shadow

1. Dip an eye shadow brush into the desired color.

2. Apply to your eyelids.

For liquid eyeliner

1. Wet your brush with water.

2. Dip into the desired color of mineral powder.

3. Mix water and powder together on the back of your hand or in separate container until well blended.

4. Apply to the lid as desired.

To create your own lip shades

1. Dip your lip brush into your favorite lip balm, lipstick, or gloss and then into the mineral powder of your choice.

2. Blend well and then apply to lips.

“Afterglow Cosmetics has ten shades of organic lipstick and five shades of organic lip gloss with botanicals,” Akins said. “These are premixed for ease of use.”

About the Expert and the Cosmetics:
Terry Akins is a professional makeup artist. Afterglow Cosmetics are 100 percent vegan and contain pure mineral ingredients. Afterglow products are free of gluten, parabens, and bismuth oxychloride. For more information on Afterglow cosmetics, see:

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