Mastering Mineral Make-Up

Happy Saturday everyone! I am a happy girl because it is June, it is warm, and it is officially Summer! Yayah!

So today my Saturday beauty post is dedicated to mineral makeup ..  foundation specifically. Was inspired by my fellow blogger “makeup_by_makena“. As previously mentioned on last weeks beauty post, I frequently go to mineral makeup this time of year because it is a lightweight consistency with a buildable coverage, yet it doesn’t block pores, or feel like you are wearing anything at all. I really love the matte finish because I have combination to oily skin during the summer, so it helps my skin to look flawless without all the shiney residue you can get during the day wearing the original range, or tinted moisturisers or BB/CC creams. A dryer, mineral finish is better for me through-out the dewy months of summer, and I would genuinely encourage anyone who suffers with oily skin in the summer to try it.

The reason I believe people don’t use mineral makeup is because it is hard to believe that a powder can conceal and cover everything you need it to. Furthermore, finding your colour in a mineral foundation is very tricky, as if you go too light, it is easy to look grey, and if you go too dark, it is easy to look like overly orange or yellow. So here are a three tips for those interested in trying Mineral Foundation for the first time, or if you are struggling with getting the best out of it.


Firstly, finding your colour.


* Chart taken from


As someone who has worked with mineral makeup for years, I can tell you that not even some of the girls working on the counters have mastered choosing the correct colour for every customer. I think it is useful for you yourself to know your skin, and know what you should be aiming for when being colour matched on counter. This chart may differ depending on your chosen mineral brand.



With Bare Minerals specifically there are 20 colours divided into 5 colour categories.

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Tan
  • Dark
  • Deep

Then within those 5 shade categories, are 4 different tones.

  1. pink tones
  2. yellow tone
  3. yellow and pink (neutral)
  4. warm gold tone

This is rough but it is a good way of remembering or thinking about your own skin. What I would say about mineral makeup, is unlike liquid alternatives, it is actually the tones that are the most important in finding your correct colour as opposed to the shade which is quite hard to get your head around. Someone who feels they have pale skin could easily be within the medium range, and someone with deep skin as myself, could fall into the dark category although I never would with a liquid based foundation. On paper, I am in the deep range and go for a yellow undertone as I like to have a bit more of a golden finish, so my colour would be golden deep. However, I mix it with golden dark, or most of the time wear golden dark on its own to get a better match for my skin.


Secondly, Coverage.

I am someone who normally errs towards the most natural option most of the time. Apart from my annoying pigmentation, I don’t have many scars or visible blemishes, so when I did get customers who suffered from acne, or rosacea, or any other kind of skin “issues” they would look at me and find it hard to believe that mineral foundation could actually do anything. But honestly, it really does. Coverage is dependant on the brush and following the correct technique in applying it.

bareminerals brushes* taken from

These are the three main face brushes I would recommend for using mineral foundation. All natural hair fibers, so pick up the minerals well and distribute it evenly on the skin. The flawless face brush (on the left) is the brush I use, will give a clean, light- medium coverage. Gives an even and effective coverage, but wouldn’t make it flawless unless there isn’t a lot to cover initially. Middle brush is flawless definition/kabuki which gives a medium-full coverage. This will give face a flawless even, and completely covered look. On the right is the precision face brush. I actually like to use this brush for my liquid foundations also, as it gives the smoothest and fullest finish available.

Other brushes to consider are concealer brushes. Bare Minerals foundation can double up as a concealer, so if you have a lot to cover and conceal, I would recommend using a concealer brush first to pinpoint problem areas, before going over with face brushes.

There is a full proof method of putting on mineral foundation, called swirl, tap, buff. Everything works from the lid of your foundation pot, and that is where you control the amount you are putting on, and get your technique perfect for a good coverage.

  1. Swirl – Get your mineral foundation in to the pot lid, then get your chosen brush, and swirl your brush around in the minerals in a circular motion until there is nothing left in the lid. This is warming up the minerals to give a creamier finish on the face
  2. Tap – Although this foundation has a creamy finish, it is still a powder so you need to make sure there is no excess powder on your brush so it doesn’t look too dry or cakey once on the skin. Tap brush on the edge of lid so excess falls back into lid, or back into the brush so you don’t waste too much.
  3. Buff – In a circular clockwise motion, start from either the forehead or cheek, and work your way inwards. Similar to the swirl technique, the circular motion helps the foundation to go on warm with a more creamier finish. This is how you will achieve your desired coverage.

If you do have specific skin problems/issues that you want help concealing, have a look at fritzfashionista tutorial on youtube here. He is a very good teacher, and will show you step by step how to achieve a full coverage.


Thirdly and lastly – Maintenance.

Mineral Makeup as mentioned before is a very light consistency, so in order to get the best out of it, you need to use a good primer first, and you will still need to use a setting powder afterwards. A primer will firstly, help any foundation to stay on the skin longer, help it to glide on smoother, as it decreases the look of open pores and bumps on the skin. With mineral foundation however, this step is especially important, as unlike a liquid, it doesn’t necessarily grip on your skin, nor does it sit on top, it is blended in. Be careful with which primer you are using with a mineral foundation however. If you want to reap the skincare benefits of using mineral makeup, I would recommend using a mineral primer.

2 favourites:

bareminerals primerlm primer2

* Pictures taken from and


Bare Minerals Prime Time (available in original (shown), oil control, brightening, neutralizing, and BB alternatives for added coverage, shades fair-tan.)

Laura Mercier Mineral Primer

I would also consider a good setting powder/spray. Mineral foundations as said in a previous post isn’t the most long lasting alternative to foundation unfortunately, so I would recommend using a good setting powder to help it stay on the face for longer. Again, if you want to reap the full skincare benefits of using a mineral foundation, you can use a mineral setting powder, however if you are more concerned about it staying and having a good longevity (like myself)then it is still alright to use your favourite alternative over the top, and still get good skincare results. Here are my favourites.


*pictures taken from and cosmopolitanmac powder








Clarins fix’ makeup spray

Mac blot pressed powder (mineralize setting powder alternative)


And that is it. Hope this helps :). Please free to leave a comment, or ask me anything you like if you have any questions. Thanks for reading and will hopefully see you for my Tuesday Hair post day.




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