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Everything you wanted to know about mineral makeup

We asked you, our brilliant readers, about your FABQs - frequently asked beauty questions.

Everything you need to know about mineral makeup

We asked you, our brilliant readers, about your FABQs - frequently asked beauty questions. We weren't totally surprised when you admitted that, when it came to mineral makeup, you were still a little clueless. No problem - we called in the expert, Revlon makeup artist Susan Vargas, and quizzed her on the most common mineral makeup questions.

Why should I use mineral make-up? How is it better than traditional make-up?

Minerals are not new and began as alternative to existing foundations. In recent years the demand for such cosmetics has been driven by the increase in consumer knowledge and demand toward natural products that use as little artificial ingredients as possible.

There are numerous benefits to using mineral makeup as apposed to traditional makeup. This is not to say that traditional makeup doesn't have its benefits too. The major difference is the absence of filters such as talc, chemical dyes, binders and chemical preservatives, in addition to its health benefits for the skin.

The appeal toward traditional makeup in the beginning is perhaps the noticeable difference achieved when covering up imperfections on the skin. While these products provide coverage, it can prevent the skin from breathing and prolong or worsen any redness, dryness and blemishes, which in turn create the need to wear more. However natural mineral makeup can give similar or even better coverage. In fact depending on the look you want using mineral makeup is buildable. Many consumers claim that mineral makeup results in a more natural flawless looking skin, just like a second skin.

Additional advantages include that it doesn't encourage bacterial growth due to its make hence there isn't the same risk of contamination, with a bonus of an increased shelf life compared to non-mineral based make-up.

If we take the impact of climate such as heat and rain and perhaps the possibility of a few tears we all know traditional makeup tends to either melt or rub off or leave a lovely imprint of the memory we want shed away. Mineral makeup is highly resistant to these unforseen conditions that we may experience throughout our life time.

Unlike traditional make-up the issue of it sinking into fine lines and wrinkles and disappearing as time goes by, mineral makeup results in the opposite. The way mineral makeup interacts with light and bounces of the skin creates a soft focus effect and can reduce the appearance of ageing.

Do I have to apply mineral make-up differently to traditional make-up?

Absolutely! Mineral makeup is very different than traditional makeup and so needs to be applied using a different technique. The first point to make is when applying mineral makeup, is that a very small amount goes a long way. The tip here is to start using a small amount of mineral and applying in very sheer layers until you reach the desired coverage. Also an important note is to wait for your moisturiser to be absorbed into the skin before applying the mineral makeup. Below are some simple instructions on the application of mineral makeup. Put simply the concept of twirl, tap and brush is consistent with many products in the market today.

To get started things you will need:

• Moisturiser suited to your skin type- allows for prepped and a hydrated canvas.
• Mineral foundation- Revlon's Aqua mineral make-up is the preferred choice
• Kabuki Brush- Because Revlon's aqua mineral makeup comes with a small traditional style foundation brush there are two ways in which this product can be applied.
• Hydrating spritz- optional.

Note: Some mineral makeup do come with a finishing veil, however Revlon's Aqua mineral does not require one and is not included in the instructions below.

Prepping the Skin:

  1. As they say your makeup will look as good as the skin underneath. So it is important to prep the skin. This includes washing with a gentle cleanser and apply a moisturizer suited to your skin and let it completely be absorbed. Unlike a liquid foundation where moisturizers can be mixed with the foundation, it is vitally important that there isn't a film of moisturizer left on the skin as the mineral will cluster and results will be patchy.

  1. If needing a concealer to hide imperfections apply concealer first.

  1. When using Revlon's Mineral makeup, slide out the small brush provided and click into position before step 4.

  1. Shake a little of the Aqua mineral makeup foundation into the lid. Take the brush and swirl into powder and tap off any excess.
    1. Blend evenly all over the face starting from the middle and blend outward toward jaw line using short, sweeping strokes similar to using a foundation brush. Revlon's aqua mineral product brush is great when travelling, to touch up during the day or go from the office to evening in a matter of minutes.

Alternatively, if using a kabuki brush with this product simply brush onto the skin in a circular motion. Begin on the outside of your face near the cheekbones, then buff around the remainder of the face, working your way to the cheeks, forehead and nose. Keep buffing until you achieved your desired coverage.

Tip: Remember to begin with little then increase the coverage by adding additional layers.

Tips: If your skin is extra dry you may also want to spritz a mist of hydrating water. This will allow the skin to be hydrated throughout the day.

Is mineral make-up better for my skin?

Research has suggested that mineral makeup is better for your skin. It is what mineral makeup lacks that make them fantastic for the skin. No artificial colour, oils, perfumes (number one cause of irritation or allergies) preservatives to clog pores and irritate the skin.

The unique combination of mica, zinc oxide, iron oxides and titanium dioxide has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for those with problematic skin such as acne, eczema, rosacea, or those sensitive to sunlight following invasive procedures like chemical peels. This kind if makeup has a calming effect on the skin.

As the mineral makeup has the combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide both ingredients are found in sunscreen, these ingredients can offer you protection from the sun and from the effects of aging.

One of the best reasons to wear mineral makeup is that it is non-comedongenic , meaning it doesn't clog pores allowing the skin to breath, however the best cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin.

Which products are best for starting my mineral make-up collection?

Go for the base first. Choosing the right mineral makeup for your skin and complexion is best for starting your mineral make-up collection. Then once confident you can extend your mineral collection for eyes and cheeks.

Revlon has this amazing new mineral makeup called Colour stay Aqua mineral makeup. It is a longwearing mineral makeup made with a unique formulation based on minerals, coconut water (purest liquid second to water itself ) and good for you skin vitamins, proteins and minerals leaving the skin cool and fresh.

Revlon has harnessed this coconut water in encapsulated bubbles that are released onto the skin during application. It uses water not oil as a key ingredient resulting in clog free pores with a shine free flawless finish.

An important tip to note is to ensure the cap always is replaced securely to avoid evaporation of the coconut water.

There is also a non powder form of mineral makeup called Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup. This is a refreshingly lightweight mineral mousse which uses a talc free mineral complex that is both long wearing and with all the benefits of mineral makeup.