How to Use Mineral Foundation

OK. So you’ve found just the perfect shade. Hurrah! Here’s how to get exactly the coverage you’re looking for. 
  1. Begin with your favorite moisturizer, and allow time for it to be well-absorbed by your skin. 
  2. Apply your mineral foundation with a good soft brush. (We of course have one made just for this! Try the Alima Pure #25). Sprinkle a tiny bit of mineral foundation into a small bowl or the lid of your foundation jar, and swirl your brush in the powder. Now, time to get tapping. Cradle the lid or bowl in the palm of your hand and tap your brush in the lid until almost all of the powder disappears into the bristles.
  3. Now, brush the foundation lightly onto the skin with a downward motion. Buffing isn’t necessary! The amount on your brush will be enough to cover half your face. Truly. For more coverage, simply repeat the process, putting more foundation only on the parts of your face where you prefer more coverage. Typically, you can apply up to three layers without looking too heavy. But if it does, try spritzing your face with water between layers and allow the water to air-dry before the next layer.

Option: Prefer a cream or liquid foundation? Just mix a little mineral powder into some moisturizer. Those with oily skin sometimes find that minerals mixed with aloe gel or a dab of glycerin blended with a touch of water provide a lovely oil-free finish.

Quick Tip: Start with less than you think you will need - several light applications are better than a single heavy one.

Try these tips for perfect Mineral Foundation application:

•Searching for a great foundation match? We can help you choose your perfect color. Test your selection by applying some Mineral Foundation powder near your jaw line. Notice how it looks initially, then wait while the powder melds with your skin. Check again after 20 minutes or so. When you find the right color, your mineral foundation will look luminous and blend well with your skin tone.

•If you are concerned about dark spots, sallowness or redness you might be interested in using a Color Balancing Powder under your foundation.

•If your skin becomes oily throughout the day, try a mineral makeup primer like our Balancing Primer Powder under your foundation to help absorb the oil. This gentle powder isn't over-drying, and will help your foundation last all day.

•If you find your skin becoming a bit dry during the day, you may need a richer moisturizer. Try applying moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp, to seal in extra moisture. You can create your own tinted moisturizer by mixing a bit of mineral foundation powder with your skin cream. For best results, just mix what you need for one application.

•With mineral cosmetics a damp brush or flocked sponge works really well for creating a luminous finish. After you have picked up the minerals with your brush or sponge, spritz it lightly with a little hydrosol or water, and then sweep the minerals over your face. Just a spritz or two is enough - you want the brush to be damp rather than wet.

•If your foundation looks chalky, you may have applied too much or need a deeper shade. Try spritzing with water to set the powder, or buff lightly with a flocked sponge to remove some of the extra minerals.

•If your mineral foundation looks a bit orange, you may need a more neutral or slightly lighter shade.

•For a natural look, use a minimal amount of foundation powder. Most makeup artists prefer to conceal blemishes and even out skin tone rather than hide every flaw with a heavy application of mineral foundation.

•If you have some areas that require a little more coverage, your foundation also makes an excellent concealer when applied with Alima Pure’s #3 Concealer Brush.

•Mineral Concealer is best applied under mineral foundation rather than on top.

Any questions? Ask a Makeup Artist. Every question is a good one.