Mineral foundation is touted as one of the healthiest types of makeup for your skin because it doesn’t clog up the pores. It can also create a flawless look without the weight of liquid or cream foundation. However, the loose powder doesn’t always stay for the long haul. Mineral foundation can disappear within a few hours after application and can cake up when you sweat in the heat or humidity. Here are some simple ways to make your mineral foundation last longer:
1. Use a makeup primer under your mineral foundation application. Makeup primer acts as a protective barrier between your skin and your makeup, and can create a very smooth, sticky canvas for your mineral foundation. Use a very thin layer of primer on your skin and let it dry before you apply your powder foundation, and you’ll find that it sticks easily and lasts longer.
2. Layer up! Just because you’re applying a powder makeup, it doesn’t mean that you can’t layer it. If you want your mineral foundation to last longer, apply a lighter color underneath your regular color to create a flawless look. This strategy works especially well if you want to cover up scars or dark circles, and don’t want to use a heavy concealer under your makeup.
3. Use an oversized makeup brush to apply the powder. Some mineral foundation lines come with a flat brush that you sweep onto your skin in an upward direction. While this does help to cover up blemishes and pigmentation, it can also create an artificial look. The best way to apply mineral foundation and make sure it lasts longer is with an oversized, “puff” brush. Move the brush in circles for full coverage and let it set for a few minutes before applying another layer.
4. Blend and buff until you create a smooth finish. One of the tricks to creating a flawless look with mineral foundation is to keep blending after the powder has set on your face. Blending and buffing with your brush will create a very smooth, natural look and also ensure that the loose powder has fully set on your skin. Skipping this step can leave you with a “cakey”, artificial look.
5. Use a setting powder to create a flawless look. Many women who use liquid or cream foundation use a setting powder to create a “mattified” look, but this powder is also effective for keeping mineral foundation in place. Use a setting powder on top of your final layer of mineral foundation to minimize flaws and enhance the contours of your face. Choose a powder infused with SPF for extra skin benefits.
Whether you’re using an organic skincare line or trying mineral foundation from your favorite drugstore brand, there are several ways to maintain that natural, flawless look for several hours. Use some of these tips to make your mineral foundation last longer day or night.