BASIC APPLICATION TIPS: (Please scroll down for TROUBLESHOOTING and ADVANCED TIPS)
These foundations are
very easy to apply. Take your kabuki brush (or other) and
dip it into the powders. Swirl your brush in the lid and
gently tap off any excess powder on the edge of your lid
with brush bristles pointed upward. This action will settle
the powders into the bristles. Then, starting at the outer
edge of your face near your jaw, begin buffing the
foundation into your skin in a circular motion, applying
some pressure. You don't want to begin at the center of your
face, or the powders will get into your lines and creases.
Continue applying LIGHT layers (heavy layers will look too
cakey) until satisfactory coverage is reached. If you still
have a few spots that need covering, just take your
concealer brush, dip into powders, and apply to necessary
areas. Foundation can be worn alone or with finishing powder
if you desire a different look.
Take your powder
brush, kabuki or brush of choice, lightly dip in powder,
swirl in lid, and tap off excess. Apply to desired areas.
You can also use a shadow, concealer or foundation brush to
apply heavier coats to certain areas. Example: If your nose
gets really oily during the day, simply apply a heavy coat
of the Oil-Absorbing Stones to that area alone. Or...as
another option, if you like Glow, simply apply heavier coats
of that to your eyelids or lip glosses for added
To apply blush, simply
dip your kabuki or other brush into powders, swirl in lid,
and tap off excess so the powders nestle into the bristles.
You only want to use TINY amounts of these blushes! Swirl on
apples of cheeks and over forehead, nose, chin and shoulders
Take your kabuki or
powder brush and dip in powders. (You can also use a cotton
ball). Pick up a TINY amount (unless you're using
SunKiss..you can use more of this color) and swirl in lid.
Tap off excess to settle powder into bristles. Apply to
cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and shoulders as desired,
swirling in a circular motion.
-Multi-Use Colors (Shimmers and Mattes)
Brush the shadow over
your lids or in the crease of your lids for a contouring
effect using either an eyeshadow brush or your finger. You
can apply them wet or dry. For wet, mix the powders with a
touch of water and then apply to your lids for a different
look. Some of the colors change slightly when wet, so create
more colors and get more use out of the same
Dip your eyeliner
brush into water and then into the powder and swirl on the
back of your hand or in a container to create a creamy
consistency, and then apply to the eyes. You can also mix
water with the minerals first and then dip your brush into
the cream. These can also be applied dry.
Mix the powders in
with your favorite lip gloss shade to change the color or
with a clear gloss to add a boost of color and shimmer. You
can apply the powder to your lips first, and then put a
gloss on top of that, or you can apply a gloss or lipstick
first and then rub the minerals over that.
of federal regulations, please do NOT use any powder on your lips that contains ultramarines.
Apply the powders to
the cheek using your application brush or a blush brush (but
be careful with normal blush brushes. A little goes a long
way with these minerals and normal brushes could pick up too
much of the product) or a cotton ball. You can apply one
coat or more if you desire more color and intensity.
Using the brush of
your choice (application brush or kabuki) dip your brush
into the powder, swirl it in the lid, tap to settle the
powders, and apply lightly to forehead, cheeks, nose and
chin. For a sun-kissed look, use a bronze or warm brown
Using the brush of
your choice (foundation brush, concealer brush, etc.) apply
the minerals around your eyes, mouth, jaw, nose, etc. to
create a contoured, defined look. Browns and grays will
darken certain areas, while creams, whites, pastels and
lighter colors will create the illusion of
You can mix these pure
minerals with the cream or lotion of your choice and apply
to the arms, legs, shoulders, etc., to create a soft glow or
touch of shimmer. Simply rub the minerals and lotion
together in your hand before applying.
If you would like an
added sparkle or color to your shower products, simply mix
the two. Remember, these minerals are GOOD for your
You can mix the
minerals into your favorite hair gel to alter the color or
create a glow. Rub the two together in your hands before
applying to the hair. Or, if you wish, apply the powders
directly to your hair by running through certain strands.
(try copper shimmer, bronze shimmer, gold shimmer...these
work great for this purpose!)
Dip your nail polish
brush into the polish and then into the minerals and apply
to your nails. You can use either colored or clear polish.
As an alternative, you can mix the minerals in with your
polish to customize your own special color!!
You can apply these
powders all over, using a buffing and swirling technique, or
you can dip a small brush into the powders and apply to
certain areas for spot coverage as needed. Use light
coats!!! The Complete Covers may be used like
foundation, but will give a slightly heavier appearance.
Some people with oily skin prefer this.
Real Silk Powder:
Dip powder brush into
powder, and apply to bare face before mineral foundation.
Can also be mixed into lotion and applied to skin or mixed
with hair products and used on the hair for a leave-in
Soothing Lip Balm:
You may use this
product as a normal lip balm if desired; simply rub finger
into balm and apply to lips.
You may also create a
customized lipstick with this product. Simply apply lip balm
to lips, then using a brush or your finger, apply mineral
powders on top of the balm, blending well. You may also mix
the powders directly into your balm and then apply. If you
find the exact color you like, you may melt the lip balm,
stir in your powders and let cool. You will have a luscious,
long-lasting lipstick you made yourself!
TROUBLESHOOTING AND ADVANCED APPLICATION TIPS
Large pores that need filled in:
After buffing on the minerals in the normal fashion, use our synthetic concealer brush or our xl cover and smooth brush and after picking up a small amount of foundation or concealer on the brush, apply to your face in a sweeping motion, to smooth out the areas with large pores. Finish with a spritz of Orange Blossom Facial Toner. You can also apply a soft shimmer powder all over to help reflect light out and away from your face, which helps to diminish the look of large, uneven pores. GLOW finishing mineral powder is a great choice.
Gray areas and/or bags under your eyes:
You will want to try our Yellow Corrector or Angel Eyes mineral powder. (Some people prefer the Vanilla Matte Multi-Use Color, which is more of a cream shade, rather than yellow, like the Yellow Corrector). Take the fat end of our Double-Ended Liner/Shadow brush OR one of our concealer brushes and apply the powder under your eyes AND around your eyes and on the lids. Blend well. You may do this before or after you have applied your foundation, but I personally prefer to apply it after the foundation. If you want more of a dewy, fresh look, simply use our Glow finishing powder or Angel Eyes Pearl Illuminator in place of the Yellow Corrector or Vanilla Matte Multi-Use Color.
For bags under the eyes, you will want to make sure to apply the corrector on the UNDERSIDE of the bag. Then, take a natural brown shade like our Rose Brown, and apply a very light layer right on the bulge of bag. This will give the illusion that the bag is flat, rather than puffed out. You may apply your eye shadow and/or eyeliner as normal after you have covered your gray areas and puffy bags.
Acne that needs covering:
Aw, my specialty! I have had severe acne since I was nine years old, so trust me when I say I have come up with MANY tips and tricks for covering this dreaded skin condition!
Make sure you apply a good moisturizer to your skin before buffing on your makeup. Even if you have severely oily skin, you need to apply at least a few drops of our 100% PURE Emu Oil to give a smooth surface for applying your minerals. One of the worst things you can do is to dry your face out, then buff on your minerals only to see it look cakey and flakey. Not good. It is ESSENTIAL to apply a nice moisturizer (and LET IT SOAK IN for about 5 to 10 minutes) before buffing on your minerals. This is true whether you have dry, combo or oily skin.
First, apply several light layers of foundation or concealer to your skin to help cover and smooth out your basic skin tone. (I use a half and half mixture of foundation and concealer for this step and all further steps, but I suggest you experiment to see what works best for you). Make sure you are using a kabuki or our Extreme Coverage Flat Top Buffer; either of these will give good, FULL coverage of the foundation, but other cheaper powder brushes simply will NOT WORK. You cannot achieve good coverage with lesser quality brushes. (Yes, I have tried. I was in shock the first time I used a kabuki. It applied the foundation SO much nicer than any other brush I had ever used!)
To cover small, infrequent spots, simply take a small, stiff brush (I prefer the small, liner end of our Double-Ended Liner/Shadow Brush) and dip into your foundation or concealer. Apply to the spot, using an UPWARD motion. By applying the makeup in an upward motion, you will help to get a good coating of makeup on the underside of the bulging blemish, thus creating the illusion of no blemish. Finish by using your kabuki or flat top brush (pick up just a small amount of powder) to TAP on a final layer of the foundation to your whole face.
Now for more difficult areas: To cover areas with many clustered blemishes, it is easier to do the next cover-up trick, rather than trying to cover each tiny little spot. First apply your foundation as in step one. Take our Synthetic Concealer brush OR the large end of our Double-Ended Liner/Shadow brush and dip into your foundation or concealer. Apply a nice, thick coat to your troubled areas.
For all these steps, I suggest you finish with either the Angel Kisses Finishing Powder or the Glow Finishing Powder. Although most people with acne have oily skin and want to achieve a matte look, I feel that applying a light-reflecting finisher helps to diminish the look of uneven texture and broken out areas. But that will be your personal preference. I simply cannot achieve a smooth-looking finish if I try to go matte. I use Glow myself. If you do want a matte look, just try our Silken Matte finisher or Oil-Absorbing Stones finisher and apply before and after your foundation and throughout the day as your face gets oily.
Rosacea/Redness/Sunburn that needs covering:
You will want to try our GREEN CORRECTOR mineral powder. Using a kabuki brush, coat your entire face (or just the red areas) with the GREEN CORRECTOR. Then buff on your mineral foundation or concealer. For smaller red areas that need covered, simply apply the green corrector with a concealer brush, then follow with your foundation.
You might also want to try our LIGHT COMPLETE COVER concealer, LT-MED COMPLETE COVER concealer or MEDIUM COMPLETE COVER concealer. These cover very well, and last all day. They can be used with or without, before or after the mineral foundation.
Sallow skin that needs brightening:
You will enjoy our PINK CORRECTOR shade. It is a soft, matte pink mineral powder that will liven up any dull, lifeless complexion. Simply buff onto your skin before or after your mineral foundation, focusing on the apples of the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. To finish, try our GLOW finishing mineral powder. It will bring just a hint of dewy freshness so you never look dull and washed-out! You will appear bright and happy!
Dull skin that you want to look dewy:
Simply dust a light coat of our GLOW finishing mineral powder after your mineral foundation for a soft, light-diffused look. You may also mix in our SUNKISS bronzer mineral powder with your foundation to give a creamy, lustrous finish.
Oily Skin that also needs coverage:
Prime your skin with our SILKEN MATTE finishing mineral powder. Buff on your foundation, and then finish with the SILKEN MATTE finishing mineral powder OR the OIL-ABSORBING STONES finishing mineral powder. Reapply during the day if you get excessively oily. For extra coverage AND control of shine, try our LIGHT COMPLETE COVER concealer, LT-MED COMPLETE COVER concealer OR the MEDIUM COMPLETE COVER concealer. These contain clay and help to cut shine while also providing excellent coverage.
Oily Skin that doesn't need a lot of coverage:
Simply prime or finish your face with our SILKEN MATTE or OIL-ABSORBING STONES finishing mineral powders. Use the regular mineral foundation for great, even coverage.
Dry Skin that needs moisture:
Wash your face with a gentle natural soap, such as our HONEY OATMEAL GOATMILK soap or with a creamy cleanser, like our anti-aging CLEANSE. Clean any excess makeup off with our 4-IN-1 EYE MAKEUP REMOVER. Pat dry. Spritz on our ORANGE BLOSSOM FACIAL TONER and gently wipe face clean with a cotton ball or leave the toner to dry. Apply a delicious creamy moisturizer of your choice. An excellent idea is to use our 100% PURE EMU OIL. Let your moisturizer soak in, then buff on your minerals as usual. You may also mix your minerals with your moisturizer for a liquid makeup.
Dry, Cracked lips:
Try our SOOTHING LIP BALM and apply as often as desired.
Try purchasing one of our clear lip balms and mixing in the mineral powders OR applying a light coat of the mineral powders AFTER you apply your clear lip balm. VOILA! Customized natural lipstick!
Skin that itches when wearing the mineral foundation:
Some people are allergic to certain ingredients in the mineral foundation, causing them to itch, especially during the summer months or when sweating. Zinc Oxide is often the culprit. You might want to just use a light finishing powder during the summer to prevent this, OR mix FINISHING SILK finisher into your foundation to lessen the percentage of Zinc Oxide.
Round face that needs defined cheekbones:
Using our ROSE BROWN matte mineral multi-use color, dust a small amount of powder under your cheekbones, under your jaw, on the sides of your nose, in the crease of your eyes, etc. THEN using our VANILLA matte mineral multi-use color, dust small amounts of powder on TOP of your cheekbones, your chin, forehead, center of your nose, brow bone, etc. This will define and shape your face.
Wrinkled skin with fine lines that need covered:
Make sure to apply a good moisturizer to your skin and let it soak in. Try our Firm and Lift cream for fabulous results. Apply a light coating of our mineral foundation to your face, being careful not to apply too much. Finish with a light dusting of our FINISHING SILK finishing mineral powder OR the GLOW finishing mineral powder. GLOW will give a little bit more of a dewy, fresh look.
Skin that looks chalky after applying mineral makeup:
You are most likely using too much mineral foundation. Apply the foundation in LIGHT layers using a kabuki brush and BUFF, BUFF, BUFF. Make sure you have the correct mineral foundation shade. If the shade is too pale and you apply a thick layer, you might end up looking a little too chalky.
Keep your skin smooth and soft by moisturizing and exfoliating often. Dry, patchy skin will not allow the minerals to look their best.
Finish your makeup with our ORANGE BLOSSOM FACIAL TONER/MAKEUP SETTER.
Skin that turns orange during the day:
Your foundation is probably the wrong color. Select a ROSE or OLIVE foundation. The NEUTRALS also work well. The WARM shades tend to be peachy, so DO NOT pick a warm shade if you tend to turn orange in the day.