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#1 of 9 Old 08-03-2006, 11:21 PM - Thread Starter
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What kind of base do you wear, if any?

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I used to wear powder everyday and on occasion, foundation, but recently I've started using Physician's Formula talc free mineral makeup powders.

It covers pretty well, but if you want a foundation-like finish, all I do is moisturize my face first with some Oil of Olay facial lotion with sunscreen to prep my face, tap some powder into my hand, squirt some Burt's Bees Lavender Facial Mist (lavender water, basically, with cedarleaf and bergamot essential oils) on top of the powder, and use a finger to mix, and apply it to my face. It makes a very flawless, un-makeup like finish. I then finish off with a little more powder and use my hands to set the makeup a little. The moisturizer prior to the powder is a must. It gives your skin a smooth, supple surface to work off of and keeps the makeup consistent looking.

The reason I use the lavender mist is because mineral makeup does well when it 'sets.' More expensive brands insist on using 'heavy water,' which is some fancy schmancy composition of water so it has a better molecular structure or whatever. It stabilizes the makeup and fixes it to your face better. It combines the heat from your hands too.

I just do my own version with the lavender water (which is good for your complexion anyway) and puts the right amount of moisture and light oils to fix the mineral makeup without my face getting chalky looking or dry. The other trick to mineral makeup is to really buff it in with a brush (one of the tutorials below will show you how to do this, really scrub it in with a brush). This bonds the powder to your skin and buffs the minerals to look more natural on your skin.

Try not to breathe the powder in. It's made of minerals, which is natural and good for skin, but try not to breathe it in so that it gets into your lungs. A little won't hurt, but when puffing the powder, don't suck it up.

I really like it! It beats the powders and foundations I used to use. I would have to reapply the powder all the time or else my face felt gross and with foundation, I just couldn't wait to take it off. I also like it because it's non-comedogenic, non-allergenic, and it isn't prone to so much bacteria as foundation/base is. Bacteria don't do well on minerals alone. There's no moisture or oils or other ingredients for bacteria to feed off of much on the mineral powder, so it stays 'fresh' longer. It costs a little more than a standard powder or foundation ($10-$12 for one powder pack) but it's worth it. I would buy an extra puff brush since the one in the powder case is small and you can't really scrub the powder in like the tutorial says to.

I bought the powder and a $3 blush brush (small) from Target. There are also many different bronzing effects (to give skin a glow and definition) and natural looking blush colors too.

If you set the makeup with warm/damp hands or some sort of mist, the mineral makeup does well throughout the day and doesn't make your face oily at all. It has natural sunscreen protection in it (some minerals block UV rays). If it fades away, it still doesn't make your face look bad. As advertised, you pretty much forget you have it on and it won't hurt to sleep in it if you forget to take it off or just take a nap.

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I don't use any..I hate the way it feels on my face. I try and focus on having good skin to avoid make-up. I do like a little blush on my apples though so I look awake!


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Bare Minerals for 7 years now, and loving it. I'm about to look into BareFaced Minerals to try, as I've tried SEVERAL mineral makeups, and have stuck w/ BE for 7 years. I'd NEVER go back to "powder" or especiallllllllly liquid again. Minerals rock!
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I like Bare Minerals too. I'm not sure I could go back to liquid foundation either. I think it would feel too heavy.

I only wear makeup about 2x/week, but when I do, I love how the Bare Minerals feels on my face.
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I just ordered Aubrey Organics mineral makeup, very similar to BareMinerals. So far I love it, especially because I HATE liquid foundation and have never found a good match in my life.

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Just wondering, what's the coverage like with mineral makeups? I still get acne even though I'm in my twenties : and I've been using Revlon Colorstay for years : because it covers so well and doesn't fade/rub off easily. I'm looking for something more natural because quite frankly all the chemicals and parabens in makeup scare the crap out of me.

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Scroll down and you can read some customer comments on the Aubrey stuff.

This is for the base only.

This is a kit of smaller sizes of all their shades. It's what I bought to first try it out and see if I like it.

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I use Physicians Formula Mineral Powder along with conceler of the same brand, I have really dark under eye circles. And I get pretty good coverage.

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