Mineral makeup is natural, good-for-the-skin cosmetics that contain minerals from the earth and no fragrances, preservatives or other chemicals. Mineral makeup also has natural sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. More and more women are buying mineral makeup to enhance their looks while avoiding all the chemicals that traditional cosmetics companies use in their formulas. Are you one of them? Well, there are a few things you need to know before choosing a mineral makeup. Check out our tips and suggestions on how to choose a mineral makeup.
Use your own discretion
Before we get started, the first thing you must know before investing in mineral makeup is that not all makeup that has the word “mineral” in its name is actually true mineral makeup. Drugstore brands like Maybelline and L’Oreal have jumped on the mineral bandwagon but they’re only half on it. They continue to use chemicals, preservatives, and other undesirable ingredients along with the minerals.
Be sure when shopping to look at the ingredients label and the claims. No cosmetic company can call their makeup “all natural” without being just that. If it doesn’t say “all natural” on the label, then it isn’t and you should move on if your goal is to find the very best that nature has to offer.
What to consider before buying mineral makeup
Here are a few things to consider and keep an eye out for when buying mineral makeup:
- Is the makeup truly all natural? As I mentioned above, the biggest trap women get into is thinking they are using true mineral makeup when, in fact, they are using chemical-laden cosmetics with some minerals added. True mineral makeup is free of artificial colors, dyes, preservatives, oils, alcohol, and chemicals. The labeling must assert that the product is “all natural” or “100% natural.” Don’t be fooled by labeling such as “From Nature” or “Natural Beauty.” That doesn’t mean the makeup is natural.
- Are you going for the purists’ version of all natural mineral makeup? Mineral purists will not wear mineral makeups that contain Bismuth Oxide, talc, or corn starch despite the fact that these ingredients actually ARE natural minerals. Bismuth Oxide creates a sheen on the face which many of those with dry skin prefer. Those with oily or sensitive skin sometimes report breakouts from Bismuth Oxide. I would suggest using makeup with this mineral in it if you have dry skin and/or like a dewier, glowing look. Talc is a great covering mineral but has been linked with incidences of cancer. Inhaling talc can be dangerous. However, the trace amounts used in mineral makeups seem not to cause issues with users. Corn starch is the least favorable ingredient. It is a natural filler but tends to expire quickly rendering your makeup useless if you don’t use it fast enough.
- How much coverage do you need? In general, mineral makeups are more sheer and much less heavy than typical makeup. However, because they are very finely milled powders, they are often buildable and you can attain good coverage from many mineral makeups despite claims to the contrary by mainstream cosmetics companies. Look for the words “buildable coverage,” “full coverage” or “adjustable coverage” if you feel you need more than just a veil of foundation on your skin. There are also a few cream and liquid mineral foundations that will give you better coverage than the powders.
- How much are you willing to spend? Mineral makeup can be somewhat expensive. It’s certainly more expensive than typical drugstore brand cosmetics. If you’re prepared to invest in your skin, you can experiment a bit to find the perfect mineral makeup for you. If you’re on a tight budget, there are inexpensive mineral makeups that have very similar ingredients to the expensive brands without the hype. You can find good mineral makeup on a budget.
Now you can get started
Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend, you can begin your expansive search. There are literally hundreds of companies cranking out mineral makeup lines and the search can be confusing and frustrating. This can lead you to buy the wrong shades, products, and brands and cost you money. From searching blogs and reviews about women’s experiences with mineral makeup, most have tried a few before settling on one brand that they love. Some are still searching for that perfect mineral makeup while others get lucky and find their dream makeup on the first try.