Mineral Makeup: The Best Natural Makeup?

Mineral makeup is everywhere these days. What first could only be ordered online or in catalogs is suddenly sold in every drug store under every brand name. The popularity of this makeup is astounding and it seems everyone wants a piece of the natural makeup pie.

But if you haven’t made the switch, you might feel a little out of the loop. What’s all the fuss about anyway? Which brands are best? How do you use it?

The facts

First, mineral makeup is as the name implies. It’s naturally derived from minerals that are found in the earth. These minerals are mixed with various ingredients (which differ from brand to brand) to make the makeup easy to apply and safe for the skin. None of the added ingredients will include artificial colors or chemicals, however.

Many people who have problem skin find that their problems clear up when they use mineral makeup. Women with all skin types can use mineral or natural makeup, but those with very dry skin sometimes have a problem with it. Because mineral makeup mixes with the natural oils in your skin to create a light finish, the lack of oil can be a problem. But this problem can be easily dealt with by applying a layer of moisturizer before makeup.


Some women are thrown by how differently they apply natural makeup than traditional makeup. You don’t use a finger or a sponge, but rather a brush. It simply gets brushed over the skin and will create a fine and light finish on its own.

Most mineral foundations are sold with a brush, or the brush is sold separately. It’s best to use a brush designed for mineral makeup. You start with a light application and then build. Some women like that they can look as if they aren’t wearing any makeup at all, but yet get a smoother and more even skin tone when they do use the foundation. Most mineral foundations contain a natural dose of SPF.

If you use mineral cosmetics or makeup regularly, you might experience what others have reported. Some have reported that they have healthier skin that’s more balanced and healthy.

Types of mineral makeup

There are many brands of mineral cosmetics available these days, from Maybelline to Mary Kay and everything in between.

Those who use mineral makeup know that the granddaddy of the type is Bare Minerals. This company brought the concept of mineral makeup to the masses many years ago and many of the makeup on the market today are solid interpretations of Bare Minerals. This brand is sold on the internet, online, on television and in stores that also offer lip gloss, eye shadow and skin care products.

Raw Minerals is giving Bare Minerals a run for its money. This company is quickly taking a share of the market, perhaps due to the products it adds to the makeup to keep skin healthy. The added ingredients are beyond what are usually found in mineral makeup and sometimes include things like natural corn and soybean extracts.