Mineral powder is natural and well tolerated
Natural beauties also like to use the make-up palette. But natural care and conventional make-up don't quite go together. Luckily there is mineral makeup! What I particularly like: The loose powders consist of just a handful of ingredients that can do more than "just" make-up. This minimalism has it all. This is how mineral makeup is:
- Low irritation and therefore ideal for sensitive skin.
- Best suited for acne and impure skin.
- Often provided with a light sunscreen.
Many people hesitate before switching to powder foundation and concealer. They fear a mask-like matt finish or clogged pores. However, the worries are unfounded with real mineral make-up. With a few tips you can conjure up a fresh, silky finish with loose powder.
What is mineral makeup?
Mineral make-up sounds like a new trend, but it's actually the oldest form of make-up. Even the mother of all style icons swore by it. Cleopatra not only owed her distinctive look to metallic pigments. Zinc oxide mineral powders ensure an even complexion. Some of the ingredients have changed - luckily, the lead sulfite in your kajal was highly toxic - but the principle is the same.
Minerals are ground ultra-fine and combined with each other to achieve different shades of color. Pure mineral make-up is therefore a loose powder with very few ingredients. This makes this make-up low-irritant and extremely well tolerated.
The beauty of pure mineral powder is what it doesn't contain:
✓ Free from mineral oils, silicones and nylon.
✓ Free from synthetic additives and preservatives.
✓ Free from perfume.
What to look for when buying mineral make-up
"Mineral" is not a protected natural cosmetic term. Conventional products can also have it in their name. They then still contain mineral oils, silicones, synthetic consistency enhancers, emulsifiers, parabens and the like. Do you like it pure? Then pay attention to the following when shopping:
😕 "Mineral-enriched" - here you can assume that this is a conventional product with many synthetic ingredients.
😕 Talc (talc) is suspected of being carcinogenic. If you want to reduce the risk, better not do it. You can find an informative article on this at Ökotest.
😕 Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163) provides beautiful shimmer effects and is contained in many products, including natural cosmetics. Some sources warn that it can cause irritation. So be careful if you have sensitive or irritated skin.
🧐 Look carefully at liquid mineral make-up and mousse! In natural cosmetics, oils and waxes are added to the mineral powder for this purpose. However, conventional products contain silicone, nylon and many other synthetic products.
Use mineral make-up correctly
Loose mineral foundation gives a wonderfully velvety finish. The powdery texture may seem unusual at first. In principle, however, the same applies as with liquid make-up: 1. prepare the skin well and 2. work it in carefully. Dusting it on is not enough. A primer isn't a setting powder.
A flawless complexion succeeds with these 5 tips:
Our FIVE facial serum forms the ideal make-up basis together with the matching facial oil. The squalane it contains makes the skin velvety soft and smooth. Let the care absorb well before applying.
The right shade
The powder should match your natural skin tone as closely as possible in terms of brightness and warmth. Test this in natural daylight.
☝️ Practical: some manufacturers offer starter sets or trial sizes, for example Lily Lolo (unpaid advertising).
A good brush
The brush is crucial for loose mineral makeup. It should be dense and extensive. So-called buffer brushes or kabukis are ideal.
Take a little powder, but plenty of time
A pinch of powder is enough for each application. Pick up with the brush and work into the skin in circular movements for about 60 seconds. Then the powder blends with the skin's own lipids for a silky finish.
☝️ Tip: There are countless video tutorials for applying mineral make-up. They also show how to use it to get the opacity you want without looking mask-like.
A moisture kick is the perfect finish for powdery foundation. I recommend an atomizer with rose water hydrolate, for example from Farfalla.