The winter is the perfect time to go for this foundation because, as a Makeup Artist and beauty expert, I know how essential foundation is to protect your skin from the weather and the elements – not just for cover. This is my most recommended foundation for non-makeup wearers or allergy/sensitive skin/acne sufferers, and it has even been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation for the International Seal of Recommendation.
The beauty of using this as a base is its versatility. You can buff a small amount on to create a natural but more confidence-giving look to your skin, but the soft multi-dimensional mix of mineral pigments combined with the light-reflecting mica stops it from appearing flat and a single solid colour. This makes it almost undetectable to others – they just think you have better skin than them!
For days when you require fuller cover, use it with your primers and layer up by continuing to buff. The more you buff the more the minerals will flow, like a fountain pen, out of the brush and up to the level of colour you require. It does and will cover acne scars, pigmentation and broken capillaries, and it finishes with a light-reflecting, luminous glow that gives a healthy look. It feels extremely comfortable to wear and will last all day or night without topping up, and it doesn’t budge through perspiration or rain as long as you don’t rub your face.
Special techniques for getting the best coverage
If you require more coverage, use a smaller or more densely packed brush or for softer, more natural coverage, use a looser and bigger brush. Common mistakes with this product are that if your skin is dehydrated (even if you don’t know it is) it will appear to almost break down on the skin and show up the pores or almost give a square, graph-like texture. If this happens, you need to exfoliate more and change to a better hydrating moisturiser. An instant quick fix would be to smooth a peachy textured primer onto the skin first. This could be the original bareMinerals Primer or the Mally or Judith Williams Magic Make-up and then buff your foundation on top.
Very oily skin, shiny skin, those with a strong bone structure or if you have used injectables – such as botox and fillers, which tend to make your skin look shiny – may find this product’s naturally luminous finish too much. However, you can use a finishing powder over the top or a mattifying primer underneath.
If any of you still have any BB or CC creams left over from the summer, or if you do still like to use them, you can use this foundation over the top to create a bit more coverage in the winter months. Photographically or for long-wear, I love to use this foundation on top of a liquid foundation and finish off with Mineral Veil with a primer underneath to go the whole nine yards, to give yourself the skin that you have never seen before. This looks amazing. It doesn’t look heavy because you have layered up different textures and it will last as long as you do.
This foundation is always applied with a brush and, as previously discussed, different types and textures of brushes give different finishes; but the famous buffing action that you use with the brush is designed to help combine the minerals with your skin’s own natural oils to give a creamy, smooth, non-powdery finish. For this reason your complexion brushes will need washing more often, ideally at least once a week, and remember to wash them with either a face wash or shampoo that you are currently using so that you know you are not allergic to it.
This would be great as a gift idea, and even as a first make-up product for a teenager, because the ingredients are so gentle on the skin. I would be more than happy for someone to wear it (even a problematic skin-type) every day without worrying about it causing further irritation.
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