Mineral makeup’s just my saving grace – everything I needed to cover, and hide, I successfully do so, without even being noticeable during my bad skin days. One challenge though, is making it stay put. This is a totally different thing from avoiding mineral makeup brands that have very poor staying power. There are really good mineral makeup brands that work well with normal skin, but somehow slide off with oily, or acidic skin. With my highly complicated skin, it’s been a challenge to make everything stay. I’ve tried really excellent mineral makeup brands, and some of them have really impressive staying power. I’ve also tried nice mineral makeup brands that needed more effort to make them stay, and makes it all worth it because of the impressive finish they give me. Well, if you are just like me, here are some tips to make mineral makeup, especially foundation, stay on your skin!
1. Moisturize : Okay, this first step is crucial to your skin! If your skin is dry, minerals won’t be able to hold on to your skin so it is a must to apply moisturizer and let it sink in for a few minutes. I got this analogy from applying mineral eyeshadow technique – you need cream concealer or some primer to make the minerals hold on to your lids – usually thin skin with dry areas.
If you’re the oily skin type, and absolutely hate moisturizers, you can do away with moisture mists. I use Nu Skin Moisture Mist – with hyaluronic acid which draws moisture to the skin.
2. Prime : Primers create the perfect skin base. An uneven surface of the skin would not make light reflect,and would make it look not too luminous-smooth. That’s where primers do their job primarily, specially silicone-based ones. I know silicone is not totally a mineral, and is a cosmetic derivative, but I really like it because it can make pores extremely nonexistent, make crater scars a little bit less noticed,and help makeup last longer. Applying a thin layer on the face, and let it sink in. Those who are allergic or whose skin do not react well with silicone can make do with primers without it, or even loose mineral based primers that have ingredients that blur out pores and imperfections. Most of all, it makes makeup stay longer!
My forever HG primer is Pure Luxe’s Cream Eraser, followed with Powder Eraser. Cream Eraser makes my skin more even and smooth, while powder eraser blurs out my pores and softens harsh features such as scars. They also have oil-control properties ( esp. the powder one ). It also makes my makeup stay long!
3. Apply Foundation Wet – Yes, apply it wet, and achieve a flawless, liquid foundation finish that you’ve always wanted!
Heres how : Swirl, then lightly tap, not like the usual tap when applying dry, but still tap to ensure that the product is well-distributed and not loaded on one certain area in your kabuki brush, then stop! One detour. Get your moisture mist ( Evian, water, etc. ) , and spray to your kabuki brush from at least 12 inches away ( you can adjust the distance to whatever you think would be fit, since I’m not so good with measuring distances! Haha! ), until brush is semi-damp. Then, start buffing. Expect that you need another layer because minerals when wet, transfer quickly to the skin. A few buffs, check your brush, and the product’s gone! But this is almost a dead-sure way to make minerals stay on your skin – apply it wet!
There are mineral makeup brands that can be applied wet , some of them are Bare Escentuals, Aromaleigh Minerals, BareFaced Minerals, Mineral Boutique, Lauress, Valerie Beauty Cover Deluxe, Lumiere, etc. This is based on my experience, at least!
There are some mineral foundations that are better left applied dry because of their heavy-coverage consistency that is in danger of looking cakey when applied wet. Of course, this is just my opinion, though some of my friends still apply them wet! Monave Concealer Foundation, I think, is better left applied dry, though I wet it to apply my concealer! Another mineral makeup brand that is best applied dry is Alpha Skin Care Minerals. Mostly, full coverage foundations are best applied dry – not to worry because they have good staying power themselves.
4. My last tip – set it! Aside from applying setting powder, that helps makeup stay in place as well as give oil absorbing qualities ( if needed ) and perfect finish, you can set your makeup by spritzing Evian/moisture mist on your face and let it dry. Spray on your face when everything has been applied. It “seals” the makeup, and helps it dew up prettily. Another tip for setting it is getting a damp sponge, and patting your face , instead of spritzing. Either way, is going to work. I’m sometimes crazy that my face gets really damp when I spray to set! Haha!
I hope that these tips were helpful for those who are problemizing about the staying power of their mineral makeup!