bareMinerals SPF 15 Original Foundation Review

This is a guest review of bareMinerals Foundation.

I’ve worn foundation since my parents said I was old enough to wear makeup. Unfortunately, I never found a foundation I liked enough to stick with until five years ago. The first time I used bareMinerals SPF 15 Original Foundation I fell in love. It’s easy to love this foundation because it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a foundation, whether I knew it at the time or not.

Bare Minerals Foundation Review

My skin is clear but it tends to go oily after a while. What I disliked about other foundations I used is that the thick consistency of the liquid foundations made my skin look cracked and thick after a few hours. I looked like a beauty pageant contestant with 15 pounds of makeup on my face. Powder foundations tended to make my skin look uncovered, which was fine most of the time. However, I tend to break out a little once a month and my powder foundations did nothing to cover that up.

The first time I wore bareMinerals I fell in love. My face looked flawless yet it also looked like I had no makeup on. The best part was that my face looked the same way eight hours later as I was headed home from a long day out and about. Despite the summer heat in Florida, the humidity, and the fact that I spent the day outside shopping and sweating my face still looked immaculate. The foundation also made my shininess and oily t-zone look less oily. I felt that my previous makeup brands enhanced the oiliness of my skin by the end of the day.

To make me love this foundation even more is the fact that it’s all natural and has no harsh chemicals. I already have good skin so I didn’t notice a change in my skin from using bareMinerals, but I do know others who use the same makeup who have noticed fewer breakouts and improved skin since they began using it. It’s easy to put on and it lasts all day long. It even keeps my skin looking good when I go swimming and get my face wet. I love the fact that I don’t have to worry that my face will look rough at the end of a beach day or a pool day with my kids because I literally have to use my gentle face cleanser at night to remove the makeup from my face. It’s just that good.

When you apply this light powder foundation you don’t expect it’s going to do much for your skin, but the immediate coverage is astounding. Add to that the fact that it is light and leaves you looking flawless but fresh and it’s the perfect foundation. I’ve been using bareMinerals for five years and I cannot find anything to complain about. Some people say I’m silly to pay so much for makeup, but I don’t consider the price high at all considering I get four months out of one little container and I wear it on a daily basis.

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Mineral Makeup: Truths, Myths and Misconceptions

The modern woman is becoming more and more sensitive to the need for being gentle to the environment. This goes true even with her cosmetic arsenal. Keeping this mind many cosmetic companies have reintroduced mineral makeup into the market. “Reintroduced” because mineral makeup has throughout the centuries, been used by many beautiful women to enhance their natural charms. Didn’t the last Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, use it to further her infamous sexual appeal?

Mineral makeup

Since the trend first gained foothold in the ‘70’s, mineral makeup has enjoyed a growing popularity over the last forty years. The appeal of mineral makeup is its organic and natural origins. Isn’t the mineral naturally found in the environment a good deal safer than the potentially toxic synthetic ingredient? Using mineral makeup certainly has advantages but with all the marketing hype surrounding it, a good number of misconceptions have also come to light. What is true and what is fiction? What comes in between? Here are a few of the all too common but often misleading concepts about mineral makeup.

1. Mineral makeup is made only of 100% natural ingredients – Misconception

To comply with the Food and Drug Administration, all makeup products must list all ingredients used, in descending order of importance. However, the terms “natural” and “organic” are not regulated by the FDA. Many companies label their makeup products as natural or organic even if it only contains such ingredients partially. Simply look at any makeup label, mineral or otherwise, and it is easy to see that apart from natural minerals, other synthetic ingredients comprise it too.

2. Mineral makeup is mild and gentle enough to sleep in – Myth

Mineral makeup, no matter if it is 99% made of natural ingredients, is still makeup. Sleeping in any kind of makeup can clog the pores. The skin is made of living cells that need to be able to breathe. It is essential to clean your face of makeup before going to sleep to maintain the skin’s health.

3. Mineral makeup heals the skin – Misconception

Mineral makeup makes no such therapeutical claims. Although it is a healthier choice for people with skin problems like acne, or sensitive skin prone to breakouts, mineral makeup has never been proven scientifically to heal such problems. It usually does not contain irritants such as fragrance and artificial coloring and can be gentler on skin than other makeup. It also does not contain the preservative paraben, which scientists have associated with breast cancer.

4. Mineral makeup is messy – Truth

Mineral makeup is great for finishing your look, giving your complexion a clean and polished finish. However, it is indeed the messiest type of makeup to apply. Mineral makeup is in loose powder form and it is easy to pepper your clothes with it. Before applying the finishing touch with mineral powder, cover your dresser table and clothes with towels or paper napkins to prevent it from falling all over.

Foundation and Makeup for Flawless Skin

The right foundation and makeup is essential for a clear, glowing complexion. Mineral or not, your makeup should enhance your features, make your skin look flawless, and add to your confidence. These are some of the mineral cosmetics if you’re looking for a place to start.

  • Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me Dry Sunscreen is a great foundation for use in summer. It has natural dried clay with anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin.
  • Almay’s Wake Up Hydrating Makeup gives medium coverage without drying the skin. It contains cucumber, aloe vera and green tea extracts that refresh the skin. It is free of paraben and talc.
  • La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15, with algae extract and seaweed proteins, boasts of skin-firming and anti-aging properties.

This article has been contributed by Aishwarya Vohra for Escentual.com. She believes in healthy and balanced living. Although she blogs on various topics, her favorites are health, fitness and beauty related issues.

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How To Apply Mineral Makeup

These days, mineral makeup is becoming very popular and people are switching to this rather than settling for the traditional makeup which is much heavier.  But if you have decided to give mineral makeup a try then you may be wondering about how this makeup should be applied.  After all it is mainly made up of powder which may be completely different from your usual type of makeup especially foundation which is normally a liquid or mousse for example.  Thankfully, some mineral makeup packs come with an instructional DVD and if you do get one of these, it makes sense to use it.  If you do not automatically get one of these DVDs, then you should ask the sales person where you are buying the mineral makeup if they have one to give you or if they have instructions.  Some of these counter staff will offer you a free makeup tutorial.  You can also check online for instructional videos on websites such as YouTube.

How To Apply Mineral Makeup

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What You Need

Most mineral makeup sets will come with the full kit that you need to get the perfect natural look.  There are a few basic brushes that will come with your set and the foundation brush is usually the fullest brush that has firm bristles.  It normally has a short handle and is easy to recognise.  This brush is used to buff the mineral makeup into the skin in even strokes.  The brush has been designed to be easy to hold while you are carrying out this buffing technique.

You will also get a concealer brush which is great for covering up little flaws such as dark circles under the eyes or the odd pimple or spot.  This brush is typically flat with a rounded end.  The handle is normally longer which makes it easier for you to get to places that need extra coverage such as under the eyes.  You may also want to get a crease brush as this will help when applying shadow.  The more you experiment with mineral makeup, the more brushes you may want to invest in but in the beginning it is better to keep things simple.

How To Begin

The first thing you need to do is to prepare your skin before you begin to apply the mineral makeup.  You can do this by applying moisturiser or primer which will ensure that you get a much more even coverage when you apply the mineral powder.  It is best to wait a couple of minutes after prepping the skin before you start to apply the mineral makeup.

Once you are ready for your foundation, you should tap a very small amount of the powder foundation into the lid of the container and then swirl the foundation brush to collect the powder.  After you have collected the powder on the brush, you should tap it against the side of the pot to ensure you only have the required amount of powder.  Application of this powder requires a circular motion all over the face.  You should do this for about two minutes or as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday in your head.  You can then repeat this process if you want to have more coverage.

The next step is to apply the concealer and you should pat the concealer powder onto the areas you want to cover and then buff it into the skin.  The buffing process is very important because it ensures a much more natural appearance.  Shadows can be applied in the same way until you have the look you want.  This will give you a really natural look.

Musa enjoys writing about many subjects. His current project involves writing about mineral makeup.

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