Is mineral makeup a healthy beauty option?

Do you prefer natural beauty products? It’s time to consider the world of mineral makeup. This year, the Earth-sourced makeup is making a splash across women’s magazines and fashion runways everywhere. But, if you’re still not sure what the fuss is all about, read on!

What is it?
The makeup is made from minerals extracted from the Earth. This all-natural source is a great alternative for women who prefer to not wear makeup chemically created in a lab setting. The natural colors of the landscape are converted into beautiful makeup. However, read the packaging labels carefully. Just because the makeup is made from minerals, doesn’t mean it’s organic. Harsh chemicals may be used to extract, process, or enhance mineral makeup. For a truly natural makeup, choose organic formulas that clearly list all ingredients and explain the refining process.

Why is it good?
This natural type of makeup is perfect for women with sensitive skin or allergies to common cosmetic ingredients, such as animal-based lanolin or gluten-based thickeners. This type of makeup is also safer for the environment than lab-created cosmetics. At the end of a long day, washing minerals down the sink when you remove your makeup won’t contaminate the water supply like products created with artificial colors, fragrances, and fillers.

What colors can I get?
If the colors are naturally occurring, you might think there’s a limited number of color palettes waiting to be explored. Not true! Nature is pretty amazing and offers much more than subtle brown and gray tones. If you love the shimmery glitter of silver-tone eye shadow, reach for mineral makeup made from mica. If you want to enhance a caramel-colored skin tone, try the rusty-red shade of iron oxide.

How do I use it?
Makeup made from minerals usually has a slightly thicker, gritty texture than other makeup. Look for finely-ground and packed formulas when choosing powders and foundations. Eye shadow can be slightly more textured and still appear natural when applied carefully. When choosing a mineral-based lip color, choose a formula made with an ultra moisturizing base ingredient such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter, or beeswax to keep your lips from drying out.

Where do I get it?

Mineral makeup has gone mainstream. You can find it at high-end cosmetics counters and drugstores. If you prefer to shop online, simply search for the word “mineral” followed by the style of makeup you’re seeking. Minerals are used to create everything from blush and eye shadow to lipstick and eyeliner.

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