Want a fresh, clean face that doesn't look as if you put on a makeup force field? Mineral makeup is a kinder, gentler alternative to traditional cosmetics as it promises flawless coverage with a light-as-air finish. Best of all, it never feels heavy or cakey on your skin since it's free of ingredients like talc, fragrances, lanolin and other chemicals, which can clog pores, contribute to breakouts and irritate the skin.
"It's definitely beneficial to every skin type," says makeup artist Jessica Lauren, owner of Studio Tres Jolie in Manhasset, N.Y. Lauren, who uses mineral-based products in her salon, loves the lasting effects of mineral makeup, which can withstand water better than nonmineral cosmetics, making it perfect for a special event or all-day coverage.
To achieve a natural look, Lauren says to apply mineral foundation with a foundation brush for an even complexion (using a sponge or your hands causes the product to absorb, which means you end up wasting much of it), and complete it with a dab of powder. "If you put powder on, it will absorb into the skin naturally and give you a pretty finish," she says.
Going the mineral route? Try one of these for starters:
Try Tarte Cosmetics Provocateur Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 8.
Infused with soothing vitamins A and E, this pressed powder makes for a breathable, whisper-light look and feel. Packaged in a travel-friendly compact, it's the perfect product to take with you on the go. Wear it solo for a lighter finish, or wear it over foundation for slightly heavier coverage.
For All-Day Coverage:
Try bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation. The "mineral" term means that many of these products are made with actual pure, crushed minerals from the earth, like bareMinerals, which looks like a powder but buffs on like creamy silk to give a barely there luminosity that lasts for hours. What could be more natural than that?
For Shine Control: Neutrogena Mineral Sheers keeps shiny spots under control with a soft, powdery texture that doesn't make your skin look too matte. Anyone prone to oily skin will love the healthy glow this mineral product produces.
For Multitasking: Pür Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Powder is derived from natural minerals. This powerhouse is actually a foundation, concealer, finishing powder and SPF all in one. Depending on whether you want to quickly smooth out your complexion or get full-day protection, this one's got you covered.