Why is it needed, how is it different from the usual one and what does it contain? The answers are in our beauty cheat sheet

Mineral makeup is the category of beauty products with which the most myths are associated. It is believed that it benefits the skin, suits absolutely everyone and has undoubted advantages over “ordinary” cosmetics. Is it really? Understanding our material.

What is mineral powder for?

The main property of mineral powder is already hidden in the name: it consists of crushed natural minerals. They do not clog pores and do not irritate the skin, but at the same time they absorb excess sebum, add radiance to the skin and even out its surface. Mineral powder, like regular powder, is compact and loose, transparent and colored (the latter also corrects tone).

As a rule, mineral makeup also means one that does not contain chemical dyes, fragrances, mineral oils, alcohol, waxes, preservatives. These components most often cause a negative skin reaction, provoke irritation and inflammation. And if you have a difficult relationship with these ingredients, mineral powder can really be a great alternative to regular powder. But in general, a less aggressive formulation does not mean that mineral powder is by definition the best choice. To find out exactly if it is right for you, a “test drive” will help.

Composition of mineral powder

Actually, the classic mineral powder does not contain other components, except for highly crushed natural minerals. Modern cosmetic brands add additional ingredients to mineral cosmetics, such as natural oils and plant extracts. But most often there are several main elements in the composition.

  • Iron oxides have an antibacterial effect.

  • Titanium and zinc dioxide reflect ultraviolet rays.

  • Silicon dioxide (silica) regulates the sebaceous glands.

  • Mica (mica) provides the effect of radiant skin.

  • Perlite and talc absorb excess sebum.

When buying mineral powder, be sure to read the label carefully. A "mineral-based" label may mean that minerals have simply been added to a regular cosmetic. It is not necessary that such a powder will not suit you or turn out to be of poor quality. However, keep in mind that it still will not belong to the category of mineral cosmetics.

Pros of mineral powder

  1. Due to its composition, mineral powder is less likely to cause negative skin reactions than regular powder.

  2. Titanium dioxide (white pigment) and zinc oxide create a physical layer that protects against UVA and UVB rays. But, of course, mineral powder cannot replace a full-fledged sunscreen for summer!

  3. Because mineral powders do not contain fragrances, they usually do not have any scent.

  4. Mineral powder is ideal for normal to combination skin types.

Cons of mineral powder

  1. Classic mineral powder is free of binders, waterproof polymers and other long-wear ingredients. Therefore, the makeup is not so durable.

  2. Like any dry powder makeup, mineral powder can dry out the skin.

  3. Mineral powder is very delicate and weightless - paradoxically, this is both its plus and its minus. On the one hand, it really covers the skin with a barely noticeable layer, but on the other hand, if you need to hide serious problems (for example, acne and redness), you will have to layer the product: the result may not look too natural.

  4. Powder with shining particles emphasizes even the slightest wrinkles, so it is not suitable for age makeup.

  5. Since the mineral powder is based on a white pigment, it perfectly reflects camera flashes: in the pictures, the face may look like it is sprinkled with flour. To prevent this from happening, follow the same precautions as you would with regular translucent powder.

Who is mineral powder suitable for?

Mineral powder is said to be the perfect solution for all skin types. But it is not always the case. In this section, we will consider this issue in detail.

Mineral powder for problem skin

One of the common beliefs is that mineral powder has healing properties and helps get rid of acne. However, there is no scientific evidence for this, and such an effect is, in principle, unlikely.Acne appears due to various reasons (including due to hormonal disruptions), and mineral powder definitely cannot be a panacea. But since the composition of the mineral powder does not contain many irritating components and contains antibacterial ones, it really often turns out to be more suitable for problem skin.

Mineral face powder for oily skin

Girls with oily skin should take a closer look at this category of foundation. As we have already found out, mineral powder perfectly absorbs sebum and mattifies the skin. True, it will not cope with enlarged pores, but in this case we have a special primer that narrows the pores.

Mineral powder for dry and sensitive skin

If you follow a simple logic, any dry textures are contraindicated for dry or sensitive skin. The kaolin, silica, and magnesium found in mineral powders are absorbent and can further dry out the skin.However, you should not impose a strict veto either: if you use a good moisturizer, mineral powder will not harm dry and sensitive skin.

Transparent or colored mineral powder: which is better?

There is no universal answer to this question, it all depends on your needs. If you are looking for a reliable matte powder, white powder is also suitable, which is not noticeable on the skin at all. If light color correction is required, give preference to colored mineral powder.

Compact or loose mineral powder: which one to choose?

As with the choice of shade, it's all up to you.

  • Compact is more convenient to use, does not take up much space in your bag and allows you to touch up makeup anytime, anywhere. It can be applied directly with the sponge that comes with the kit.

  • Loose is more convenient to use at home, it is best to apply it with a fluffy brush.

  • Loose powder tends to have a lighter texture and spread more evenly. The compact one provides more dense coverage.

  • Mineral powder in a compact package often contains additional moisturizing ingredients, so it does not dry the skin so much. But, again, it all depends on the specific composition and the reaction of your skin to it.

Shades of mineral powder

In the “correct” mineral powder, iron oxide treated in a special way plays the role of pigment, so the color palette of such products is as natural as possible and not too wide. As a rule, there are only two or three shades to choose from, so finding your own can be difficult.But there is a great solution: if none of the colors suits you, choose a transparent transparent powder - it is good for absolutely everyone.

How to choose the right mineral powder?

Now that you know what mineral powder is, it's time to choose the most suitable one. How to do it?

  1. If you're expecting any extra bonuses from mineral powder, keep that in mind when purchasing. Maybe you need a heavy moisturizer or SPF?

  2. If you choose loose mineral powder, it is better to apply it with a kabuki brush, which has a shorter and thicker bristle than a regular brush. It will provide a denser coverage.

  3. Reminder again: before buying, make sure that you have a mineral powder in front of you, and not a regular one, supplemented with minerals.

  4. The last tip applies to all products from the tonal category: be sure to test them on the skin before buying. Apply powder to the center of the face and jaw line to make sure that the shade not only matches the complexion, but also does not conflict with the color of the neck. Here we talked in detail how to choose the color of foundation: use the same tips when buying powder.

How to apply mineral powder on face?

Apply mineral powder in the same way as usual.

  1. First, be sure to use a scrub to remove the dead skin layer and smooth its surface.

  2. Apply your usual moisturizer. Wait until it is completely absorbed.

  3. Spread the powder with a brush in light circular motions. The layer of powder should not be too dense and noticeable. If you think that one is not enough, follow the layering method. Or apply directly with a sponge instead of a brush.

Our instructional video will help you understand the issue in more detail.

Mineral Powder Rating: Editors' Choice

Which powders with minerals should you pay attention to, according to the editors of FashionVIPdergisi.com? Below is our top 5.

  • Mineral Finishing Powder, NYX Professional Makeup

    Fixing mineral powder Mineral Finishing Powder from NYX Professional Makeup has a very fine grinding, so it spreads easily and quickly over the skin, plus it is consumed economically. The tool relieves the skin of oily sheen, makes makeup more resistant, and the tone is even. Due to the content of minerals in the composition, the powder has a light texture.The tool is suitable for all skin types, but for owners of oily it can become completely indispensable. There are two universal shades in the palette: light Light Medium and darker Medium Dark.

  • HD Studio Photogénique Finishing Powder, NYX Professional Makeup

    Like the first NYX Professional Makeup Loose Powder from our list, this one is positioned as a finishing powder and serves mainly to fix makeup. But she has two significant differences. First, it is available only in white and provides an invisible transparent coating. Secondly, it contains only one ingredient - silica, so HD Studio Photogénique can rightfully be classified as a classic mineral.

  • Master Fix, Maybelline New York

    Master Fix translucent powder is one of the bestsellers in its category. Colorless powders are a tool that is already quite rare, and this one also has the “correct” composition: only talc and silica are on the list of ingredients. Provides a matte and velvety finish, absorbs sebum well and sets make-up.

  • Alliance Perfect, L'Oréal Paris

    Alliance Perfect Compact Mineral Powder has all the features you need. It conceals pimples and redness, evens out skin tone, sets makeup and provides a satin finish. The composition contains components that help improve skin condition. The tool is available in three shades.

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