Easy + Flawless Mineral Makeup

Easy + Flawless Mineral Make-up via Besotted Blog

I have loved the idea of mineral makeup for a long time, even more so now with baby, I want to make sure what I put on my face doesn’t come off on hers and is safe for both of us. I have tried so many brands and been very Goldilocks about them-too this, too that, not enough of  ‘x’. I keep coming back to Laura Mercier’s mineral foundation. It’s finely milled and is very, very natural looking, it’s lighter than most so you can layer to achieve the perfect amount of coverage. I have found that the best mineral makeup in the world just won’t look great if you don’t have the right brush to apply it with. The Kabuki brush is the preferred mineral make-up brush, but I find them unwieldy to use and I like more control with my products. I am happy to have discovered that Sephora has the best mineral foundation brush I have used so far, it’s very good quality (no loose brush strands ever), very soft and leaves a flawless finish. Another brush that I have used that has rave reviews is this one, it’s super soft but honestly it didn’t work as well for me, but it’s worth mentioning because a lot of people love it and it’s good quality for the price.

I have dry skin so mineral makeup has been tricky at best for me. I found it near impossible to create the perfect combo to not end up with makeup that looked dry and cracked (not a pretty look). You can’t really apply mineral makeup right after moisturizing with traditional lotion type moisturizers because it just doesn’t work, a streaky mess! A saw once that people were mixing mineral foundation with balms and then applying, again a fail for me. The two things that have worked were surprising. The first is coconut oil (when it’s solid) I did this in the winter, a little goes a long way, I just applied to my face let it sit for a little bit (while I brushed my hair or teeth) and then applied the mineral make-up, it looked so smooth and natural and no streaking! I found I would have to set with a mineral veil because if I didn’t my mascara would raccoon on me, but it’s a small extra step, well worth it.

This summer I discovered the coconut oil does not work as well in the heat. I found a great alternative and it would also make a great substitute to a silicone based primer (sidenote: Laura Mercier also makes my favorite commercial primer), the product is called Butter by indie company Ellovi. I think the name is misleading, it is definitely less a butter (which I think of as fluffy) and more of a balm. An amazing balm that is smooth and fresh and not waxy at all (like balms can be). It’s an all around great product to have in your cosmetic arsenal because it has multiple uses (I use it as the best lip balm/conditioner around). I apply the Ellovi the same way I did the coconut oil, a very little goes a long way, let it ‘set’ and then apply my mineral foundation. It’s not as perfect as the coconut oil on me, but it works very well and is super easy. I am all about the easy right now.

Do you have any tricks for using mineral make-up? Have you tried the Laura Mercier brand?  I am admittedly a huge fan of the line in general. Let me know if you have any questions!

P.S. With this method I can even use my favorite sheer Tarte cheek stains without it looking like it’s sitting on top of my makeup!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

7 thoughts on “Easy + Flawless Mineral Makeup

  1. Currently using local girl Kari Gran’s mineral makeup and mineral concealer…so far loving it.
    Soooooo need new brushes! Thanks for the tip!
    Left a note on your recent Instagram image of E. It made me immediately think of last years prayers.
    She standing! Soon to be on the move! So much joy ahead!
    How about this fabulous Summer! I swear that you brought the LA via Carolina weather with you when you moved here!

    1. Oh, I will look up Kari, I think I read something about her skincare line, pretty sure that was Kari. I know, I can not believe I went last year so dreary to a standing baby (very fast crawler) and soon to be walking little! I hope the weather stays warm for a little longer, I love the gray days, what I don’t like is how dark it will get so soon in the day-boo!

  2. I have used a few Laura Mercier products for years and love them all. I use the primer, tinted moisturizer, concealer and lately I’ve used the cream eye liner. They are a bit pricey but I don’t use much and they tend to last a very long time for me – making it well worth the extra $$$. Haven’t used the mineral powder. Will have to check it out when it’s time for that.

    1. Lori, I feel like you can’t go wrong with their make-up for creating a natural look, they specialize in creating that perfect skin look. I agree, pricey, the primer is great, the tinted foundation and the concealers are all I have tried but I have been happy with them all!

  3. The very best mineral makeup I’ve ever used (and I’ve tried a gazillion, including Laura Mercier) is Raw Minerals. (http://www.totalbeauty.com/reviews/product/6240931/raw-natural-beauty-active-mineral-foundation) There appears to be a wait list for it at the moment, but it is AMAZING and you know I have dry skin, too. A little bit goes a very long way. The only drawback – They didn’t have my exact shade, so I had to mix two shades, but it was a small price to pay. I’ve been getting by using only IT Cosmetics CC cream, but if I ever need to go back to foundation, I’ll go back to Raw Minerals.

    1. I was actually thinking of your makeup when I wrote this! Your skin did look stunning, but the CC creams are lovely. I can’t get a color match on the Smashbox but I do use the Stila when I am being super lazy, lol.

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