When it comes to makeup, most women would agree that they aim to achieve a natural, radiant-looking finish. Now more than ever, beauty brands are introducing mineral makeup ranges in a slew of different forms to help you achieve that flawless base.
This makeup is made up of finely ground mineral particles, and includes the ingredients mica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Although this is the usual ingredient base for most foundations, mineral makeup eliminates factors that can irritate skin, such as fragrances, talc and dyes. Because of this, it’s been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties, and with regular use can help to minimise skin sensitivity and acne breakouts.
Mineral makeup is now available in liquid, pressed powder and loose powder forms, and can even come with added skin benefits such as SPF. Women with oily skin should choose a silica-based formula that reduces shine, whilst those with dry or sensitive skin can opt for a hydrating liquid form. As with all makeup products, ensure to test on skin first in case of a reaction.
For loose powder apply with a kabuki brush using swirling motions for a smooth finish. Pressed powder can be patted and stippled on to the skin, whilst liquid blended with fingers or a foundation brush.
Products to try:
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15
Its super-fine loose powder formula contains added vitamins and skin-softeners.
MAC Mineralize Satin finish Foundation SPF 15
The micro minerals in this foundation illuminate the skin to provide the perfect base.
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15
Made up of crushed pearl powders enriched with amino acids, this water-resistant creamy foundation offers a buildable sheer to full coverage.
A freelance writer, Susannah has contributed to a number of online and print publications in Singapore and London. She loves to discover, shop and write about local design talent alongside her travels around Asia. Her fashion blog, www.afashionableleo.com, was a finalist in the Singapore Blog Awards 2013. You can find her tweeting away at @afashionableleo, and on her official Facebook page.