Looking for a natural way to add some glow to your haven’t-seen-the-sun-in-months skin? Mineral makeup, the latest rage in natural color, is not only the easiest way to add a natural glow, but the healthiest.
Mineral makeup, which is made without such typical irritants as talc, fragrance, preservatives, chemicals, or dyes, is especially good for those with rosacea, acne, or sensitive skin. Instead, mineral makeup is made from finely crushed minerals, including iron dioxide, titanium dioxide, and zinc. Titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide provide a natural sunblock; in some products, sun protection is up to SPF 20. Some lines have added such natural skin nourishers as shea butter, vitamin E, and aloe, creating makeup lines that add more than color they actually enhance your skin.
“Mineral makeup is good for your skin since it is made without the ingredients in color that usually cause bad skin: there are no mineral oils to clog pores, no perfumes to cause allergies, and no talc, which is drying” says Diane Ranger, president and founder of Colorescience. In addition, adds Jane Iredale’s director of business development, Theresa Robison, Jane Iredale is known as ‘The Skincare Makeup.’ It not only helps women (and many men) hide imperfections, or enhance their appearance, but also helps improve the condition of their skin. For example, titanium dioxide, which is a key ingredient in our bases, is actually an anti-inflammatory, so it is perfect for all types of sensitive skin including rosacea.
For Eyes Advises Robison, “the key here is using a light hand, and remembering that less is more. Start with one-tenth of the amount on the brush that you would normally use with conventional makeup.”
Our picks: Iredale’s Daytime Eyeshadow Kit features easy-to-use colors in light to medium browns as well as black (to apply wet as eyeliner). La Bella Donna’s chocolate shadow is the perfect compliment for a night out, providing a sultry sparkle when combined with some of their jewel-tinged hues. If you’re as obsessed with your eyebrows as I am, be sure to try Colorescience’s Brow Fixation. This aptly named formula goes on smoothly with a mascara wand, providing long-lasting clear hold.
For Lips Conventional lip products may contain petroleum derivatives, which can actually dry out your lips. Look for lip color that contains extra moisturizers like jojoba, beeswax, or shea butter.
Our picks: Jane Iredale’s LipKit Lip Gloss Kit featuring six mini tubes of lip glosses including hues like Apricot Fizz and Iced Mocha.
For Face and Cheeks: Who knew a powder could supply as much coverage as a liquid foundation? Mineral powders can supply light to medium coverage but be sure to use a light hand when applying as it is easy to apply too much. To apply, dip your brush into the product; draw circles in the lid; and dust the powder onto your face using downward strokes, advises Joli Baker, president of Pur Minerals.
Our picks: La Bella Donna Loose Mineral foundation provides light to medium coverage, leaving skin looking and feeling silky. Pur Minerals Mineral Marble Powder is the perfect solution for lackluster skin that needs a little color, but not necessarily a full-fledged bronzer. And if you’re looking for that back from the beach glow, try Moonglow Quad Bronzer from Jane Iredale. This compact features four different warm hues that when combined result in a beautiful bronze glow, not too orange, brown, or sparkly.
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