Myth: Mineral makeup is all-natural.
In an interview with Women’s Health magazine, New York City dermatologist Bruce Katz explained that 100 percent mineral makeup only comes in liquid or powder form. Many manufacturers mix non-mineral additives into their cosmetics to bind ingredients and achieve the textures we’re accustomed to, like lipstick in tube and pressed powders. Be sure to double-check your brand’s list of ingredients to confirm you’re not getting more than you’re bargaining for.
Myth: Mineral makeup works well for everyone.
The colorant bismuth oxychloride is a synthetic combination of mineral ingredients that gives makeup its pearly, iridescent sheen. This blend of chloride, copper, lead and water may cause acne, irritation and itching. Sensitive and problem skin types should steer clear of this ingredient, as well as mica. Mica may give you an airbrushed finish, but if you’re super-sensitive it can be abrasive and should be avoided.
Myth: You can skip your sunblock with mineral makeup.
Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City says SPF 30 is a must-have for everyone, especially women age 30 and up. Although it’s true titanium dioxide and zinc do provide sun-blocking benefits, you won’t be likely to pile on the amount of product necessary. Using a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher between your cleanser and cosmetics applications is your best bet.
Finding the Right Mineral Makeup
There are plenty of options out there, but a little trial and error may be necessary. I consider myself fairly sensitive-skinned, a combination that gets oily in the T-zone and ruddy and reactive in the cheek areas with an occasional pimple here and there. Needless to say, not all foundation products are a hit with me. I have had success with most mineral foundations I’ve tried. Some of the mineral makeup products I’ve had success with recently include:
This lightweight coverage mineral foundation comes in eight shades from ivory to walnut bronze. With an aqua blue lacquer packaging that makes this compact an accessory in its own right, it will be something you’ll be proud to pull from your handbag for touch ups. I recommend it for people who want a sheer foundation, or for using it as a setting powder for a matte finish over a liquid foundation.
The 20 shades of makeup available in the Valana Minerals Stardust Luxury Foundation line are separated by undertone (yellow, olive, red and neutral) to help you get the absolute perfect color for your skin’s hue. This organic brand is a favorite among women of color because the bases won’t leave you looking ashy, red or with a less-than-ideal color match. Three gram samples are just two bucks each so you can try out a few shades before you make a full-size purchase if you’re in doubt.
Smoak Cosmetics, created by former Miss USA winner and reality show starlet Shanna Moakler, offers seven color options for lighter-skinned ladies from vanilla to fawn in the Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation line. If you’re looking for a heavier coverage that holds up to sweat or a splash of water, this one’s for you. It’s easily applied with your fingertips and dries quickly to a matte finish. If you’re not particularly oily-skinned, definitely apply an emollient primer first to avoid dryness in your cheeks that will amplify large pores and fine lines.
A buki brush is a worthy investment in your beauty kit if you opt for powder mineral makeup.