Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and found yourself intrigued by a Bare Minerals infomercial? If so, you may be curious about what the brand entails. Bare Minerals is an extremely popular mineral makeup product created by Bare Escentuals Incorporated. Now on the market for a whopping 20 years, Bare Minerals has some of the most prevalent mineral makeup items sold in the beauty industry.
Originally the brand had only two foundation products, original and matte, which were geared toward those with skin concerns like fine lines, rosacea, sensitive skin, wrinkles, and acne. The original powder is soft, silky and includes light reflecting particles to hide imperfections. Those looking for a brighter or more youthful appearance opt for the original formula. The matte formula is for those who like a flat finish. These ingredients work well for people with acne because it can help absorb unwanted oil. Both of these formulas only contain fiveingredients including SPF for sun protection. There are no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates which ensure you aren’t putting your skin at risk for irritation.
Both the matte and original powders are still available today, but the brand now has two types: loose and pressed. Loose powders are what the brand was built upon, their infamous “click lock and go” and “swirl, tap, buff” mottos describe just how easy it is to use their product. The pressed powders are a bit newer to the Bare Minerals family. They come in a matte black compact including a built in mirror for travel.
Bare minerals promise their clients complete coverage while avoiding the risk that certain preservatives, oils, talc and waxes can bring to your skin. The key to enjoying this product is aproper application. If you fail to follow the Bare Minerals way you may end up disappointed.
1. Gather your materials
For a more efficient application, you should first gather your materials. You will need:
- Your Bare Minerals Foundation
- A bare minerals foundation brush
- Mineral Veil
2. Cleanse the skin
Before applying any makeup, you want to guarantee that your skin is clean. Cleansing the skin causes any dirt, oil, bacteria or debris to be removed. Painting your skin is just like painting a wall, your makeup will mirror any texture present on your skin. If you are already wearing makeup you must remove it, and then cleanse your skin otherwise you may clog your pores. Cleansing is especially important for anyone who has acne, so bacteria aren’t spread across the face or your brush. If you are someone who likes all of your products to come from the same company, Bare Minerals also makes some amazing cleansers.
3. Follow with your normal skincare products
After cleansing, continue your normal skincare routine. The most important step here is to hydrate the skin. Providing the skin with adequate moisture will cause your product to go on smoothly and last longer throughout the day. If you use a heavy cream or essential oil for hydration, you should wait about 5 minutes before applying your makeup so that the oils don’t cause your makeup to melt. An excellent way to prevent your makeup from sliding off is to blot the face with atissue before applying it to absorb any excess product. If you are oily, a great thing to invest in is an oil control product to that oil doesn’t overproduce.
4. Apply a primer
Have you ever used a primer when applying your makeup? Don’t worry, there are many people who skip this essential step. A primer is used to keep your makeup in place, protect your pores from being clogged, improve thesmoothness of application and enhance the skin. Primers go on right after your sunscreen (you better be wearing sunscreen) and before your makeup. These products are great partners with powder makeup because they help attract pigments to your skin. Those who don’t use a primer may experience powder flying into the air and will need to apply more layers to cover what they need. Bare Minerals makes four types of primer:
- Original- Made for all skin types.
- Oil control- Formulated for those with oily or acneic This product helps keep your oil production under control.
- Neutralizing- If you have skin that is textured or lackluster try the neutralizing primer.
- Brightening- This primer helps to brighten the skin with light reflecting particles. If you want to look brighter or take the attention from wrinkles, use the brightening primer.
5. Apply foundation
You’ll need your Bare Minerals brush and foundation for this step. If you have aloose powder you’ll need to be careful, otherwise you’ll end up with foundation all over your bathroom. Open your powder and place a small amount in the top. Then, gently swirl your foundation brush inside of the top until you have gathered all of the powder onto your brush; tap off the excess. Slowly buff the product into your face by using circular motions, you may repeat this step as many times as you need.
If you are applying the Bare Minerals pressed powder, just swirl your brush into your compact and apply the foundation in circular motions. Many long time Bare Minerals users have switched from loose to pressed powder to cut down application time and eliminate the mess.
6. Apply mineral veil
If you’re in for a long day, you should also use mineral veil. Mineral veil is a finishing powder that helps lock in your makeup. The original mineral veil is translucent, but the brand now sells them in matte, SPF, and bronzing variations.
Mineral veil also comes in either loose or pressed forms. It should be applied the same way as the foundation, but you should only need one layer for complete protection.
Now that you know what to do when using Bare Minerals, I’m going to give you a little advice on what not to do. If you avoid these things you should have a pleasant time using this product:
- Never dip your brush into an enormous amount of loose powder, it will only explode all over your bathroom.
- Always be sure to lock your package if you are traveling with loose powder. You don’t want all of your powder to spill into the top.
- If you have textured skin you will need to exfoliate regularly, powder makeup will pick up texture and can sometimes make it more noticeable.
- Never let anyone else use your powder makeup, their bacteria can harbor in your compact and cause an infection. If you must let a friend or family member use your makeup demand they cleanse first!