First of all let me say I'm blown away by how many of you that personally commented to me on my blog post about my morning routine! (If you happened to miss that one you can read it here.)
I mentioned in that post about how I consider my mineral makeup part of my skincare routine since it protects the skin from UV rays and keeps it cool. I also mentioned that those of any age can wear powder makeup. I got alot of questions about this from some who have not had desireable results with powder makeup. Alot of you have experienced it settling into fine lines or having it look too powdery or "chalky".
Here are my best tips to make mineral makeup work for you:
1. Make sure your minerals are high quality. Some mineral makeups contain cornstarch or other fillers that can not only be irritating or undesirable for some skin conditions, but the finished product just won't look as good. Believe me, I've tried SO MANY! I recommend Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation. I chose this award winning makeup for Skin Essentials boutique because it contains only pure mineral pigments and no bulking agents or fillers. It comes in a crazy amount of colors too so there's a shade for everyone (Also it's not tested on animals. Vegan. Formulated without: nuts, gluten, fragrance, silicone, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles)
2. If your skin is in need of exfoliation you may have a flaky texture to your skin and that flaky look gets amplified when you apply powder to it. I recommend getting a professional exfoliation every 4-6 weeks. You can exfoliate at home in between your appointments by mixing up a DIY mask containing 302 Enzyme Gel (a quarter-sized amount) and Mineral Cleansing Aid (2 or 3 shakes of powder). Rinse off the mask after 10 minutes. Do this once a week and be sure to moisturize afterward with Moisturizing Drops or your favorite moisturizer.
3. If your powder makeup isn't looking good after you apply it, you may need to prep the skin in a different way. Maybe you need a different moisturizer? If you are currently using a lotion, try using an oil and vice versa. If you look too powdery you may need to "set" your minerals by misting toner on the skin after you put on your powder. (I like 302 Calming mist or our local-made Aura Tonic) If you don't have the appropriate brush you may be applying too much powder and this can also lead to less than great results. If your skin is chronically dry all the time then you can actually mix your mineral powder with your moisturizer before applying it to your face. Sounds too easy I know, but just sprinkle a little mineral powder into your hand with your moisturizer and mix it up then apply like a cream. You can adjust the ratio of powder to lotion too, the more powder you use the more coverage you get. (Also if your skin is chronically dry all the time, book an appointment with me for a facial because this is definitely something we can improve.)
4. Still not sure? Call and book a consultation with me and we'll sit you down and try some different colors and moisturizers. I do not charge for this service, you just have to set up an appointment in advance!
Again, thank you for taking the time to read my little blog. If there is something you want to know more about in the world of healthy beauty please drop me a line and let me know!
See you soon!