Mineral makeup has been around since ancient times, but it was only released commercially in the 1970s. The color of kohl in Cleopatra’s eyes is an example that people used minerals way back to color their skin. Historians say that even cave-dwellers utilized minerals not only for vanity but also as war paints, camouflage, and decoration. Diane Ranger created a mineral cosmetic line in 1976 to answer the calls of many women who have sensitive skin. Ranger founded Bare Escentuals, and later on, she started Colorescience. Both companies catered to the growing demand for cosmetics with natural ingredients that feel light on the skin. During the same year, cosmetic companies were required to list out all the ingredients used in making their products. It was found out that most cosmetics sold commercially at that time utilized a lot of ingredients harmful to the skin. Through continued media awareness and marketing, more people got interested in the more natural mineral makeup. It was then that the business found its niche in the industry. Through the years, its popularity never waned, and it continues to grow and become more popular. Many people have also started learning about how to make their own mineral makeup at home.
Mineral makeup offers the following benefits:
1. It is water-resistant, and it gives the skin a room to breathe.
2. It is non-comedogenic and oil-free. It will not block the pores as much as conventional makeup
3. It doesn’t contain filler ingredients. By using this makeup, you will experience fewer acne and pimple breakouts.
4. It is easy to control the amount of makeup that you put on your skin. It gives complete coverage that will hide problem areas. This is suited for those who have skin problems, such as hyperpigmentation and Rosacea.
5. It is hypo-allergenic and contains fewer ingredients that cause allergic reactions.
6. You can use the makeup even if you are prone to pimples and acne breakout. It contains inert minerals that actively fight off bacteria. It must be noted that the makeup doesn’t cause acne, but it doesn’t clear up existing skin blemishes. The makeup contains anti-irritating ingredients, such as zinc that soothes the inflammation but is not enough to clear your pimples.
7. Each mineral has special properties that benefit the skin.
8. It is anti-inflammatory and can be used on skin after undergoing a chemical peel.
9. It gives UVB and UVA protection. The FDA has approved minerals, such as titanium oxide as a sunscreen and zinc oxide as a skin protectant. Despite this, it is still unclear how much makeup you need to apply on your skin to give you full protection. It is estimated that a light application can provide SPF 10 and SPF 20 for heavier applications. It is best to apply sunscreen with the suitable SPF for your skin type along with the makeup.
10. The products do not contain chemical preservatives, but there are certain lines that use them to extend shelf life. While bacteria, fungi, and mold do not thrive in this kind of makeup, it is recommended to use it within six months to one year.
11. The application is easy, and while there are only limited colors available, the hues are very forgiving and will still look great no matter what your skin tone is. You simply have to build it up and blend.
Ingredients Used in Making Mineral Cosmetics :
There are five basic criteria for choosing the ingredients used in whipping up this kind of makeup – bloom, slip, adhesion, absorbency, and coverage. As an experiment with a variety of ingredients, you will become more familiar with what goes well with what. As you go along, you will learn how to mix and match ingredients to produce good-quality mineral cosmetics.
Bloom: It refers to the finish of the final product – if it is glossy, matte, or something in between. Most mature women prefer makeup with a matte finish while younger individuals lean more towards cosmetics that provide extra sheen or glow.
Slip: This characteristic refers to how the makeup feels when applied on the skin. Ideally, it should be lightweight and silky. If it comes out to be the opposite, you have to tweak the ingredients until you get the right mix.
Adhesion: The right mixture will make the cosmetic stick longer on your skin without the need to retouch.
Absorbency: You need to learn which of the ingredients will suit your skin type. You have to avoid using absorbent base materials if you have dry skin or if the cosmetics are intended to be applied around the eyes. You need to add ingredients that absorb oil if your skin is oily.
Coverage: In general, an opaque finish gives more coverage for concealers and foundation. It also makes blush natural looking and more translucent. If you have certain skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation and Rosacea, products with less translucency and more coverage will help in concealing your blemishes.
When applying mineral makeup:
1. Cleanse your skin first. This is important for the makeup to look flawless once applied. Use a suitable facial cleanser for your skin type and pat your skin with a soft cloth until dry.
2. Apply moisturizer on your clean face. It will hydrate the skin and will make it easier for the makeup to get absorbed. Leave it for a couple of minutes until dry. The moisturizer has to be fully absorbed by the skin before you apply a foundation. If not, the makeup will look patchy from the formation of a mineral cluster on the still wet film of moisturizer.
3. Apply a concealer if needed before putting on makeup.
4. Put the brush into the makeup, twirl, and tap to remove excess powder. Apply the makeup in a short sweeping stroke from the middle part of your face towards your jawline. Keep on adding makeup until you are satisfied with the look. Blend the makeup on your skin using your finger or brush until the edges are no longer visible.
If using a kabuki brush, apply the makeup in a circular motion from the ends of the cheekbones to the rest of the face. Buff the makeup until you are satisfied with the outcome.
5. Spray a little amount of hydrating water when you are done applying the makeup. This will make it last longer. This technique is also helpful to people with extra-dry skin by keeping your skin hydrated for the rest of the day.
Before making your own makeup, you may want to familiarize yourself with the available products and how they make your skin look. This way, you will have an idea of the combination of ingredients that will look good on your skin.
There are no fixed rules on what kinds of minerals to use in creating your own mineral makeup. You can use your preferred minerals according to the look that you want to achieve. These minerals are typically used in making foundations, eyeshadows, and blushes. The recipes will only serve as your guide, but as you go about the process, it will be easier for you to decide what and how much minerals to use to make something that is suited to your skin and preference.