It's really exciting that for the first time ever we have a product of the month with the iconic original loose bareMinerals Foundation. This, for me, is the cult mineral foundation that started the mineral revolution nearly four decades ago.
What is clever about this product is not just the way that the pure pigments and minerals are blended, but that they leave out so many possible allergens and sensitisers.
This is the only cover-up product that can normally be safely used on irritated, spotty, acne, vulgaris or rosacea skin. It’s my top recommendation if anyone has any skin allergies or sensitivity – this should be your first port of call for skin cover and skin confidence.
It can be used in so many different ways. Classically buffed onto the skin – the more you buff and it warms onto the skin, the more it mixes with your natural oils and gives a creamy, smooth finish. For fuller coverage, buff for longer or apply another layer.
One of my favourite tricks for long wear make-up that doesn’t budge is to layer up different textures so try using with a tinted moisturiser or foundation underneath and buff the bareMineral Foundation over the top. This will give a high performance, long wear, full coverage finish that still looks incredibly natural.
Remember, this foundation like any other, will show up mistakes in your skincare routine so if you find your skin is too oily, use a mattifying primer and/or look at your regime for oil calming products. If you find this foundation makes your skin look dry, look at your skin regime for more moisturising oils and serums and a richer, more luxurious cream used underneath. If you find this foundation shows up the look of your pores, or you look more lined, use a primer underneath. This will give a smoother finish.
This foundation does and will work on every skin type and skin shade, and if you are new to it, it's just a matter of practice makes perfect. Get into the habit of leaving this lovely large pot, which will last you the whole of winter, with its brush, next to the mirror. This way you can sit down and apply anything from a quick, light coat to a full coverage, formal party base that looks believable and feels comfortable, giving you the fashion finish that you want and is importantly, kind to your skin.
It would not surprise me, after using this for a short while, that you will start to notice your skin looking better without even changing your skincare regime and that is because these minerals, when used in skincare have high performance benefits.
Top tip: When you are buffing, If the brush feels spikey and/or you are getting red marks, it means you’ve left it way too long to wash your brush. Try getting into the habit of washing your brush at least once a week in your shampoo and leaving out to dry naturally overnight or in the airing cupboard.
One last piece of advice: – this is healthy make-up to start teenagers off with as it does the job of confidence giving cover without blocking pores and causing sensitivity. It also works well as a male make-up because the buffing action makes it easier to get a more skin-like, realistically smooth finish that doesn’t look obviously made up. Re-invent yourself today, not with new eye shadows or lipsticks but with a better looking skin finish.
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