Gathering Your Materials
Gather everything you need in order to apply the mineral makeup, such as the foundation, mineral veil, blush and/or warming color or bronzer, concealer brush, all-purpose brush, and a kabuki or flat top brush. At this point, you should have already washed your face and prepped it in order to get started with the mineral makeup.
Shake Foundation(s) Into Lids
Begin by gently shaking a little bit of foundation into the lid. If you have more than one foundation, in order to get the correct tone for your skin, simply shake all foundations into one lid. This will make both mixing and cleanup easier.
Begin With the Concealer Brush
Use the concealer brush on the areas where you need a little extra coverage. Apply the mineral foundation under and around your eye area, on blemishes and dark spots, and around the base of your nose area (where your nostrils are). Use smooth and even strokes when using the concealer brush, so you get a more even finish.
Applying the Foundation
Just as with the concealer brush, use the all-purpose brush to swirl the foundation, and then tap away the excess before applying it to your face. If you need more foundation in the lid, feel free to add more as needed. Once you have the minerals on the brush, start at the outside jaw area of your face and apply the mineral makeup, using a swirling motion. Work your way from the sides of your face inward and then cover your forehead, nose, eyes, chin, and mouth area. You should reapply the mineral powder to your brush 1-2 times while using the all-purpose brush.
If you would like more coverage, try using a kabuki brush. Swirl it in the foundation just like the other brushes, tap off the excess, and gently apply to your skin by using a buffing motion. Begin at the nose and inner cheek area and work your way outwards.
Shake Blush, Warming Color, And/or Bronzer Into Lids
Next, you will be adding color to your face by using a blush, a warming color or bronzer, or both a blush and a warming color or bronzer. When starting out with mineral makeup, some tend to pick one and only use it until they get the hang of applying the mineral makeup more quickly. Begin by shaking the mineral powder into the appropriate lids.
If you are applying a blush, then begin by grabbing the all-purpose brush. Lightly dip the brush into the mineral powder on the lid, swirl slightly, and tap off any excess. Next place the brush on your cheek area where the middle of your eye sits. On most people, this is approximately where the apples of your cheeks are. To verify, smile slightly to see which area of your cheek raises up and outwards.
Applying a Warming Color or Bronzer
Whether you choose to use a warming color or bronzer alone or with a blush color, you will be applying it in the same fashion. Just as in Step 7, you will be using the all-purpose brush. First, begin by wiping the brush clean with a dry towel or paper towel.
Next, lightly dip the brush into the mineral powder, swirl slightly, and tap off the excess. Now lightly apply the color across your cheeks and up your temples, very lightly down the center of your nose, on your chin, over your forehead (if you don’t have bangs), and very lightly on your ears. Most of the time when a bronzer or warming color is applied the ears get missed and it tends to give you an incomplete look. Finally, gently sweep the brush downward from your jaw down your neck, in order to give you a more natural look.
The final step of mineral makeup is the finishing veil powder. Some companies make this in a powder such as Bare Minerals, while others offer a pressed form. Both work equally well so the choice is yours. If you are using a loose finishing veil, then shake a small amount into the lid, take the all-purpose brush, swirl it in the powder, and then tap off the excess. Finishing veil powder can be used where ever you would like, in order to finish your mineral makeup application. Begin by lightly sweeping over your nose and cheek area, chin, and forehead. Finish by closing your eyes and lightly sweeping it over your lids.
The Finished Look
Once your makeup is complete, all you will need to do is apply your mascara and lip gloss, and go. Feel free to apply eyeshadow as well, but if you are going for a minimal and more natural look, use a neutral eyeshadow. Using mascara and lip gloss adds just the perfect amount of extra color to your completed mineral makeup look. I finished my look with L’Oreal Infallible Lipgloss, one coat of Maybelline Colossal Mascara, and Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow.