Wed, May 2, 2012

Mineral Makeup: 4 Easy Products for Flawless Skin!

By Kate Martel

Here’s the deal—you love the look of a flawless face but hate the idea of caking on pounds of makeup to get it. Luckily, women nowadays have another option. Once thought to be a "high-end" luxury beauty product, this natural, lightweight formula is now more readily accessible (we’re talking your local drugstore) and affordable (starting under $10!) than ever. So before you start clogging pores with artificial ingredients and dyes, try going au natural with a makeup trend that consists of the purest products—mineral makeup.

Between the multi-purpose shimmer, loose powder that covers as well as liquid foundation and ingredients like natural crystals that reflect light to make skin appear more radiant—mineral makeup makes the most sense for beauty and skin lovers alike. Below are the basic must-have items you’ll need to build your own mineral collection so you can show off your beauty—naturally!

The Foundation
To understand just how amazing mineral makeup is, you’ve got to start at the bottom. This impressive powder foundation is phenomenally healthy for your skin and covers just as well as a liquid. The beauty of Natural Mineral Foundation by Youngblood is that you can easily cater the coverage to your skin type. Since a little bit of this high-quality powder goes a long way, simply tap out a small amount and apply. For maximum coverage, use a sponge applicator, or for lighter coverage, try a powder brush. Plus, this stuff covers so well, you can even use it as on-the-spot concealer!

The Eye (and so much more) Shadow
Who knew that pure crushed minerals could turn into such a pretty powder? Keep lids luminous with this sensible shadow. Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow by Youngblood looks soft and subtle when applied as is, or gets dark (and a little daring!) when mixed with a few drops of water. Not only is it long lasting, but smear this shadow with some of your favorite clear gloss and it can also be worn on your lips!

The Lip Kit
How would you like to indulge in a creamy coverage of smooth shea butter and moisturizing macadamia oils? And we’re not talking lotion ladies—this is for your lips! Bare Escentuals has come up with the perfect shade for your smackers, and amazingly, it looks good on everyone. The Wearable Lip Kit in Berry comes complete with lipstick, liner and gloss that are packed with vitamins and moisturizing ingredients ideal for puckering up. Wear the gloss during the day, the matte liner with lipstick at night, or all three for an ultimate dramatic pout.

The Blush
When it comes to creating that perfect romantic rouge, swap your stained apples for soft sheers. Cherub your cheeks with a soft, mineral-based formula like Mineral Radiance in Splendor by Youngblood. It’s a lightweight, subtle formula that adds a little color your face with one simple sweep. And as if a perfectly pink glow isn’t enough, you can also use it as a highlight, contour, or eye shadow.