Mineral Makeup Madness: Fulfilling Your Recommended Daily Allowance

January 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm , by

trublend_microminerals_blush_1Mineral makeup may have started as a trend, but has proven its staying power. Why? It won’t aggravate sensitive or problem skin and has a built-in sun protection factor. I was recently on a shoot with Ricky Wilson, a Dior makeup artist, who loves the stuff because, “it offers a good amount of coverage while letting the skin glow.” Sounds amazing, right? And you won’t have to look too hard to find it either; you can easily pick up mineral-laced products not only at natural grocers and beauty boutiques, but in the drugstore aisle, too.

Here are my favorite skin-loving minerals:

Foundation: This is the grandaddy of all mineral categories. Options abound, so feel free to experiment with different textures and application methods to find your perfect match.

Mascara: Minerals are a good choice for sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers. (Myself included.)

Blush: A soft dusting of mineral blush (or bronzer) is a quick way to pull your look together.

Lipgloss: This can be a tricky category to find, but considering how often we lick our lips, you might think it wise to try a more natural choice.

Setting Powder: If you don’t “wear powder” but want a shine-free face, look for this ultra-lightweight finisher to top off your look.

Sunscreen: It may sound silly, but if you have sensitive skin, look for the active ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are less irritatating.

Facial mask: Clay is great for sucking up oil on the face and unclogging pores. It’s also rich in minerals.

Shampoo and conditioner: Yes, even your hair gets the mineral treatment.

Need advice on how to apply your new mineral foundation? Check out February’s issue for tips and tricks.

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