Mineral Makeup: How to Use Mineral Foundation and Powder for a Flawless Look

If you are new to mineral makeup, it may seem daunting at first. Take heart though, as while applying liquid makeup is a messy balance of coverage and colour, mineral makeup is far easier to use. Mineral powder makeup is also extremely versatile and can give you that natural and flawless look you are after.

Mineral makeup has also come a long way. Years ago, it used to be chalky, heavy, and hard to blend. But with the latest innovations and better formulations today, mineral makeup has shown an unforeseen growth and acceptance in the world of beauty. Not only is it better for your skin, but the category is also now at a level that is worth the switch. We’ve put together a few key tips on applying mineral makeup – all it takes is a few steps and a little bit of practice!

But first, what is Mineral Makeup?

This may seem like the latest fad, but mineral makeup dates back to ancient times, with Cleopatra herself advocating its use. Back then, people would grind natural minerals to spice up their looks during religious ceremonies and special occasions. However, the magic of mineral makeup is not in its extensive history or that Cleopatra used to swear by it. It lies in its ingredients. 

Unlike traditional brands, mineral-based products use only naturally-derived mineral substances that are healthier for your skin. In fact, it improves your skin the more you use it(But more on that later.)

There are no waxes, chemicals, or oils that may clog your pores or irritate your skin. Another distinguishing factor is that mineral makeup contains fewer ingredients and more pigment. The most common minerals you will find are iron oxides, zinc oxides, titanium oxide, and mica powder.

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Benefits of Using Mineral Makeup

Non-comedogenic makeup, finally

We all love a good full coverage foundation until it clogs our pores and leads to breakouts. On the contrary, mineral makeup does not contain talc or any comedogenic ingredients, finally putting you in the safe zone of cosmetics.

Has built-in sun protection

While SPF in makeup is debatable, the zinc oxide in mineral makeup provides sufficient sun protection. Zinc oxide works as a natural sunscreen and antioxidant that effectively wards off harmful UV rays. Worth noting, however, that you still have to apply sunscreen!

Has a longer shelf life

Another great thing about mineral makeup is that it lasts longer than traditional ones. It also does not develop any bacteria, so you can enjoy buying makeup without worrying about expiration dates.

Safe for all skin types

Thanks to mineral makeup, you no longer have to worry about allergies or irritation! The natural ingredients are guaranteed safe for your skin type, whether you are oily, dry, or sensitive. Although, the last one benefits the most because certain minerals can soothe rosacea, eczema, and acne.

Improves your skin

Unlike many standard products like foundations and powders, mineral makeup can actually help decrease fine lines and wrinkles. It also prevents acne, dark spots, and blemishes for a healthier and younger appearance.

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The Different Types of Mineral Makeup

Basically, mineral makeup is just like traditional or commercial makeup – only better. However, it is a common misconception that it only comes in powder form. There are also liquid, cream, and gel formulations to meet your needs. And it works for every skin type!

You can find mineral foundations, tinted moisturisers, loose powders, eyeshadows, blushes, lip oils, and even primers. Really, you can swap out your entire vanity with everything mineral! The best part? It lasts long and does not slide off your face, so you can slay the day without touching up. 

How To Apply Mineral Makeup

Cleanse and well

We always advocate cleaning your face before using any products, but in the case of mineral makeup, it becomes even more important to cleanse your face and do it well. Oily areas leftover from not cleaning well can make loose mineral powder stick unevenly. This will result in loose mineral powder sticking in patches – taking away from that flawless look you want!

For a squeaky clean and smooth skin try using an exfoliator 1-2 times a week that can remove dead skin and leave it super-smooth.


Always ensure you have moisturised your skin before using mineral makeup. Minerals attach to the surface, so if your skin is dry, your makeup will have a hard time sinking into your skin for that long-lasting coverage. Try and use a product that gives deep hydration without irritating your skin.

Always make sure that your moisturiser is well sunk into your skin before applying mineral foundation.

Apply Mineral Powder or Foundation

With mineral foundation it’s important to remember that a tiny bit can go a long way. Start by sprinkling a very small amount of powder onto your makeup jar lid. Let a brush pick up the powder and tap it on the side to release any excess. Now, apply the foundation powder to your face using gentle, circular strokes and ensure you get full coverage. Want more? Simply repeat and layer your mineral foundation until you get the coverage you desire.

Make sure to blend down the neck on your décolletage and around the often missed out ears.  Can’t find the right shade? Try mixing a shade lighter and darker than your complexion to get that sweet spot. You’ll also be able to use these shades to create lighter concealer-like colours or darker tones for a tanned glow.

Liquid foundation

If you find it easier to work with liquid foundation, most leading mineral makeup brands now make them in a liquid form too. What’s more, a mineral liquid foundation can give you optimum coverage without that greasy look and last for several hours. Don’t own any liquid mineral makeup? Just add a bit of mineral powder to your favourite moisturiser and you’ll get similar benefits.

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Other tricks and tips when using mineral foundation

Now that you know how to use mineral foundation, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve the perfect look.

  1. When it starts looking cakey, start buffing. Mineral makeup is supposed to give you a natural, flawless complexion. When you feel the powder is lifting off your skin, simply buff and settle the makeup into your skin.
  2. Try using a sponge instead of a brush. Sometimes you need more coverage, especially with skin that is prone to blemishes and acne. In such cases, using a sponge will give far more coverage over your kabuki brush.
  3. For a dewy finish try a mist. If you want to get a softer, dewy-skinned finish, try spritzing a face mist once done.
  4. Still on the fence about mineral foundation? Aside from its natural properties, mineral powder and foundation can make you look younger. Due to the light-reflective minerals and particles in the makeup, fine lines look less obvious leaving you with a healthy, youthful-looking glow!

Cosmetics Now carry a full range of mineral makeup including foundation, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow and even lipsticks from best-selling brands across the world. Shop our range of mineral powder and foundation here.