In Part One of these articles about what you may or may not find in your mineral makeup, we talked about what you should not be finding in the list of ingredients. Now we will talk about the kinds of things you should find.
Let’s first start off with why you should choose mineral foundations, eye shadows, concealers, blushes, loose and pressed powders, and lipsticks. Mineral makeup is not just to cover your skin, it can be good for your skin, as well. Naturally high-pigment minerals provide you with the best coverage out there as well as helping to correct and protect your skin.
Mineral makeup is noncomedogenic and oil free (unless it is cream based, then a natural oil, such as jojoba oil, will be found in the list of ingredients). So, it’s not going to close your pores. It has a minimum risk for you to have an allergic reaction because it doesn’t have the ingredients (listed in part one) like perfumes, chemical dyes or preservatives. Pure mineral makeup does not have preservatives because of the very nature of what it is and where it came from. Pure mineral makeup is made from pure inorganic minerals, meaning it can’t keep bacteria alive, so there is no need for preservatives.
What is mineral makeup made of? It is made from microscopic flat crystals that overlap one another on the skin to crate a filtering layer that allows the skin to breathe. It also protects your skin from environmental pollutants. It even protects your skin from getting sunburn with a broad spectrum of sun protection. Which is why its can be the best type of mineral powder founation for your skin. But becareful and check for ingredients such as talc. That can not be good for your skin.
In addition to the minerals and inorganic pigments, your mineral makeup can also include natural preservatives antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, and, of course, sunscreens. Mineral makeup is often recommended by dermatologists for anyone who has sensitive skin and wants to cover up acne, scars, and rosacea. All that protection from a pure item from the earth, but just what is in mineral makeup?
Listed below are some of the more commom ingredients found in basic pure mineral makeup.
1. Titanium dioxide. This is your natural sunscreen as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. It’s great for people with acne, rosacea, inflammatory skin conditions, as well as post-surgical or post-chemical peel skin. It’s ideal for sensitive skin and perfect for all skin types. Note that it may not give you enough sun screen protection, so wear your sun screen before going outside.
2. Zinc oxide is also a natural sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Even though it is also a natural sunscreen, it still will not give you all the protection you will need, so again, be prepared to still use your moisturizer with added SPH 25 or higher sunscreen.
3. Mica. This is the mineral that gives your mineral makeup sparkles. It comes in a variety of hues starting from pale green, brown, black, silver, and gold, to even being colorless. It is what reflects light off your face, creating an illusion of smoother, softer, more radiant skin. It’s known as your natural glitter. It also adds shimmer and lots of color!
4. Kaolin clay. This is the mildest china clay used in creating cosmetics. It also offers great oil absorbing properties, without irritating your skin. It also helps your makeup stay where you put it. Kaolin clay is a better choice for your skin overall than talc.
5. Iron oxides. This is a natural mineral, and it also adds colors to your mineral makeup. There is more than one type of iron oxide.
6. Serecite. This is a fluffy, translucent mineral that provides a silky texture. It is colorless and often used in setting powder (when creating your personal recipes either as a business like Overall Beauty Minerals or as your own, you add it last to give your makeup staying power). It’s white, but goes on clear. It has been used as a primer and adds water resistance and fade/crease-proof qualities to the makeup.
7. Silica. This is a mineral from flint and quartz used to absorb oil and improve the feel of the product you are wearing.
8. Ultramarine pigments. These are derived from limestone containing the blue mineral lazurite. These pigments are your blues, violets, and others, and are very strong pigments, so very little needs to be used when creating colors.
There are a few other ingredients that are used to create your pure mineral makeup. As you can see, everything is natural, and everything is well known, and used to create the purest mineral makeup ever.
Also, don’t forget to read part one for the ingredients that you should not find in your good and pure mineral makeup.
The next time you see a mineral eye shadow and before you choke on the price, remember this that a beauty site, or that beauty store has your best interests at heart and is willing to go the extra mile to give you pure mineral colors without adding cheap fillers making sure you have the best mineral eye shadow money can buy!
Copyright Kim Snyder, owner/creator of Overall Beauty Minerals. Great lover of all natural beauty care and products. Offering beauty products at quality prices. Check out Magic Lash & Overall Beauty Minerals today! Visit to see the latest in cosmetics and so much more.