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If you're tired of cakey foundation that feels more like a mask than makeup, loose mineral powder foundation is a healthy alternative for a flawless look that lets your skin breathe. Mineral makeup is a clean, non-pore-clogging foundation suitable for all skin types. Natural ingredients such as titanium dioxide, mica powder and iron oxides add radiance to the skin and offer protection from harmful UV rays. Although it's available in both pressed and liquid varieties, loose mineral powder foundation is the most universal. Achieving a flawless look using mineral powder foundation is all about proper application.
Apply the appropriate moisturizer to a clean face to prepare the skin. Allow the moisturizer to fully absorb to avoid difficulties blending the mineral makeup.
Swirl a short-handled, firmly bristled kabuki brush in the loose powder of mineral makeup. The swirling motion ensures you work the powder into the bristles, not simply on the tips of the brush. Gently tap excess powder into the lid or on a piece of tissue.
Apply the loose powder in a circular motion, starting at the center and working away from the face. Slowly work the application away from the nose and forehead to the cheeks and jawline. This circular, buffing motion will ensure a flawless, even application.
Reapply the loose powder foundation in layers to achieve the desired coverage. One layer of mineral foundation can provide a natural look, and two to three thin layers can offer moderate to full coverage. Mineral makeup is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way; too much mineral makeup can appear cakey.
Apply a translucent loose mineral powder in the same manner to set the foundation and finish the look.
You can use mineral makeup as a foundation and a concealer. Use a small concealer brush or a finger to cover spots and blemishes.
If you're applying blush, be sure to remain consistent and use a powder formula. Gel and cream-based blushes can change the look of the mineral foundation.