If you have never used loose mineral powders but you would like to start, or you have recently switched to using loose mineral foundation but unsure of how to work with it, then my professional mineral makeup artist tips will teach you easily, How To Successfully Apply Loose Mineral Makeup.
As a freelance, cruelty-free, professional hair and makeup artist, I have worked exclusively with accredited, cruelty free, mineral makeup for many years and my work here is proof that you can indeed get a flawless, professional finish using loose mineral powders.
How To Successfully Apply Loose Mineral Makeup
- Ensure you face is clean and free from excess oil and moisture. Oily patches on your skin will result in loose mineral powder sticking unevenly and heavily to oily areas.
- Make sure you regularly exfoliate your skin using a cruelty free, natural exfoliating product, or glove – I like the Eco Tan Exfoliating Glove and Alexami’s Exfoliating Facial Cloth. If you have dry flaky skin then any foundation product will never go on smoothly.
- Your skin should be lightly moisturized using a cruelty free, all natural moisturizer that completely penetrates into your skin, leaving it hydrated but not oily. I use in my professional kit this Savi Organic lightweight moisturizer for oily or blemished skin.
- Make sure to always let the moisturizer sink into your skin completely before applying your loose mineral foundation.
- If you can’t find the exact shade, you can mix a lighter and darker shade together to achieved your desired colour. Having two shades of mineral foundation powder allows you to custom mix your own shade variants according to your skin tone, be it winter pale of summer glow. *My personal favourite brands of mineral and natural foundations are by the following ethical and accredited cruelty free companies – ERE PEREZ, ADORN COSMETICS, LIVINIA NATURALS, LIVING NATURE & ZUII ORGANIC.
- If you prefer liquid foundations then all the brands mentioned above have liquid mineral foundations.
- If you prefer a natural, cruelty free, vegan, creme foundation see the range of Livinia Creme Foundations.
- Never dip your sponge or brush directly into your container of loose mineral powders, as this will transfer moisture, oil and bacteria into your product.
- Tip a small amount of mineral powder foundation out into the lid, or for even better hygiene, onto a small dish that can double as a makeup palette. Do not tip the leftovers back into your container. See my article on makeup hygiene tips.
- I recommend using a clean latex sponge rather than a kabuki brush to apply loose mineral foundations. Using a sponge, gives you more control as to how much you apply and where. It is easier to blend and there is waste and less dust flying around.
- Buff your mineral powder into your skin, using small strokes over your entire face. Be sure to blend down the neck onto the decolletage and around the ears. Blend, blend and blend some more.
- You can build up the coverage by adding more layers of mineral foundation, but ideally less is more and your skin should look like skin and not a mask.
- If you have certain areas that need a heavier coverage, blot the powder on and into your skin and build it up this way, rather than using a buffing motion.
- For small blemishes, use a small vegan brush, or clean dry fingertip, or alternatively a sponge tip eye-shadow applicator and gently dab onto the area until the blemish is covered and the foundation has blended well into the surrounding area.
- Using your two foundation shades, you can mix up a slightly lighter shade to double as a concealor. Use this shade on top of your foundation and not underneath, when concealing pigment, blemishes and dark circles under your eyes. Again blend in thoroughly until the powder is undetectable.
- If you can see the foundation powder sitting like a layer on top of your skin, then you need to blot and buff it in even more.
- To obtain a dewy, fresh faced look, lightly mist your face after you have finished applying your foundation to set it, with a natural, cruelty-free, pure face mist and gently pat it down into the foundation with your latex sponge.
So now you know all my professional secrets on How To Successfully Apply Loose Mineral Makeup!
For more tips on our to apply mineral makeup see Applying Mineral Makeup Professionally Is Easy
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