Mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s but has become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades. It used to be considered a luxury product, available from only a small handful of cosmetics companies. With the rise in popularity, mineral makeup has become widely available and more affordable as just about all cosmetics companies are making and marketing mineral makeup.
Mineral makeup usually comes in a powder form and is made up of the same minerals, such as mica and zinc oxides, as liquid makeup. What mineral makeup does is eliminate all of the bad ingredients in traditional makeup, such as parabens, oils, artificial fragrance, and chemical dyes that can irritate sensitive skin or even cause a skin rash. Mineral makeup has been recommended by some dermatologists for their patients with skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea, which can be aggravated by traditional makeup.
With such a huge rise in popularity, mineral makeup has expanded to not just include face color, but eye shadows, blush, bronzer, concealer, and finishing powder. And with the technology available today, you can also find lipstick, liners, glosses, eyeliners, mascara, and brow colors and fillers. Mineral makeup has gone from being a powder to cream applications that still provide all the benefits of a powder without all of the gunk found in traditional makeup.
Mineral makeup still provides ample coverage to hide blemishes, imperfections, and other flaws without feeling caked on. It allows the skin to breathe without clogging pores or sinking into fine lines. Mineral makeup is also resistant to the weather conditions that can cause traditional makeup to fade, wipe off, or melt, so there is less touch-up required. It is easy on the delicate eye area, as well. Mineral makeup creates a soft diffusion by reacting with the lighting of your surroundings, creating a soft glow. There is also less chance of the bacterial growth common with some traditional makeup, so it lasts longer and is fresh every time you use it.
The trick to applying mineral makeup is to start with a small amount and build the coverage as you need it. There is no need to start with a heavy layer and you get the desired coverage you need every time. The secret is to make sure your moisturizer has been fully absorbed into your skin before applying makeup. Starting with a small amount is also beneficial when applying color. You won’t end up with too much blush or too heavy eye color. Lipsticks and lip liners go on smoothly without tugging, and have beneficial ingredients for the delicate skin of your lips. Eye liners also go on smoothly without tugging on the delicate skin around your eyes, and mineral mascaras are ideal for people with sensitivities or who wear contact lenses.
Mineral makeup is a great choice for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin and aging skin. It is also a natural sunscreen so there is no need to take the extra step in the morning, paring down your routine.
The Youngblood mineral cosmetics range is now available in clinic.