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6 Daily Tips for Finding Your Inner Glow

Our new Clean Glow collection lets you customize levels of color and illumination in three simple steps: bronzing and highlighting with glitter-free liquid and powder formulas, and awakening the skin with a Kombucha-infused setting spray. But when it comes to achieving an inner glow, feeling strong, at peace and in the moment are what will get you there. Here are our favorite tips for achieving a daily inner glow from wellness experts who radiate from the moment they wake up.

Embrace Positive Affirmations

“One of the hardest parts about being on the journey to living your best life is figuring out what it is that you want to achieve throughout your lifetime,” says Koya Webb, an internationally recognized yoga teacher, holistic health coach and author of the upcoming title Let Your Fears Make You Fierce: How to Turn Common Obstacles into Seeds for Growth.

We hear a lot about how a positive attitude can go a long way, but how does one begin to practice this? Write yourself a sticky note at the end of each day that says something like “You’ve got this!” and tape it to your computer. Prefer to talk things out? Schedule time on your calendar — whether it be early morning or midday — to go somewhere quiet and remind yourself that yes, you can work through even the most difficult of tasks. Record your words for those days when you need an extra push.

“It can be difficult to visualize your goals, but once you do, positive affirmations can bring you closer to achieving them. We’re all too familiar with the feelings of fear and doubt. Through positive affirmations, fear is driven away because you are replacing that fear with the power of self-love and acknowledging your worth,” says Koya. “This is why it is important to practice daily.”

Give Your Body a Reset Day

Just as you need to take a day off of exercise, you need to give your body the fuel and recovery time that it needs to push forward emotionally. “You can do this by cutting out the processed foods you eat … logging off of social media for a day to focus on self-reflection and what your soul really wants, spending time in nature to just observe the beauty and magic all around you, increasing your intake of water and submerging yourself in water via a warm bubble bath,” says Koya. “Even a cool shower will help you recover from a stressful day. These are all ways that you can reset your body … [and] take on life in a more balanced way.”

Practice Gratitude

A gratitude practice is the act of acknowledging the things in life that you are grateful for, either just by noting them silently, saying them out loud, or journaling about them. “My practice consists of thinking about three things I’m grateful for today such as the blue sky, my morning coffee [and] the friend that I spent time with last night,” says Chuck Rockey, a life coach and yoga instructor. “I try to choose things that have not been included in my practice before. This trains my brain to be on the lookout for new things to be thankful for. Then I think of three things I hope to be grateful for in the future. The wrinkle here is that I say them to myself in the present tense — as if they had already come true. This allows me to set those intentions without my mind automatically thinking about how I’m going to get there.”

“Experiencing more gratitude is easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time,” says Chuck. If you do it on a regular basis; it will improve your outlook and make your days more enjoyable as you start to think positive thoughts. It’s natural to focus on what’s going wrong in life. But where attention goes, energy flows. The more you express gratitude for what’s positive in your life, the more positivity you’ll feel and radiate, lifting others around you as well.

Be Aware of Your Breathing

The quickest way to muffle your inner glow and sense of peace is to succumb to stress. One natural, easy way to reduce anxiety and remind yourself to be present is to simply become aware of your breathing. One quick exercise to help get you there is called the Four-Part Breath, also known as Square Breath. “[This] is a great tool to re-center yourself, and helps combat physical and emotional stress,” says Lauren Zoeller, a life-balance expert and Motivational Speaker. This technique can be practiced both at work and at home:

1. Close your eyes and visualize the four sides of a box.

2. Breathe in for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, exhale for a count of four and then hold your breath at the bottom for a count of four.

3. While you practice this breathing exercise, visualize tracing a box with your mind’s eye as you breathe. This will help keep you focused.

Zoeller recommends setting a timer for two minutes, or completing three rounds total to minimize your stress and calm your nervous system.

Try Yoga-on-the-Go

If you have a moment at home, in a hotel or even a vacant meeting room, make like a butterfly. “Supta Baddha Konasana, also known as ‘reclined butterfly,’ is a great yoga posture to revive your mind and body, ease stress, and decrease anxiety,” Lauren says. She recommends starting or ending your day with this posture to help ease into your day or to get yourself ready for bed.

1. Lay on your back and place the soles of your feet together.

2. Let your knees fall out wide in a butterfly position. If this pose puts strain on the outside of your hips, you can place blocks or pillows underneath your knees to ease the pressure.

3. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest and practice a breathing exercise. Four-Part Breath, as mentioned above, is a great place to start.

Fill the Energy Cup

Self-love is the most important thing you can do to maintain your inner glow. “Think of your available energy as a cup full of water,” says Lauren. “You are always in an act of giving or receiving energy. Each day, we are involved in activities that require us to give our energy away [and] drain the cup of water. The act of self-love … gives us the time to refill our energy bank: pour water back into the cup,” Lauren says. “Involve yourself in actions that will bring about these emotions on a daily basis.”

Although there are many ways to show yourself self-love like meditating, taking the scenic—albeit longer—route home or calling up grandma for a one-hour positivity sesh, it’s important to remember that loving yourself simply means refreshing your energy, which is needed to accomplish all that you do in a given day. Lauren recommends taking the time to treat yourself to a solo date, whether it’s at a local restaurant or ordering in your favorite meal. If you’re feeling particularly self-loving, put on your favorite music, grab your latest favorite read and/or tune in to that podcast you haven’t had time to finish and lay on the couch in a pool of your softest blankets or soak in a fragrant bath. The important thing is that you relax your mind and indulge in thoughts that make you genuinely happy. Need help finding your positivity center? Close your eyes and think of the last time you gut-laughed or felt completely at ease. Summon that feeling and go from there.

Good as Gold: 24 Karat Gift Ideas for Her (and You!)

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Makeup gift ideas for her by bareMinerals

Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder and our world is getting a whole lot golder. Are the holidays here yet? Not quite, but we simply can’t wait to share this year’s glittering, gilded gift guide. It’s filled with collector’s editions of our best sellers; exclusive new highlighter, eyeshadow and lip shades; and makeup gift sets in all shapes and sizes so you can get more beauty for less.

Our super sparkly (and very organized) gift guide invites you to shop the way you think: by gift category (Makeup! Skincare! Complexion!) or by price, since we know that’s important, too. Prefer to shop by personality? Here are a few of our favorites for friends, girlfriends, moms, you… take a look!

Playful Gift Sets

Makeup gift ideas from bareMinerals

What’s more fun than makeup? Holiday makeup, obviously. Statement lipcolors and shimmering highlighters are just a few seasonal must-haves to give and get. It follows that some of our favorite makeup gift ideas are a 6-shade highlighting palette for all skin tones and a sweet set of Moxie Plumping Lipglosses.

Practical Gifts

Practical makeup gifts for her

How do you spoil someone who has worn the same foundation for 20 years, who doesn’t wear lipstick, who won’t make time for a treat but totally deserves one? How about an extra large (extra dazzling) ORIGINAL Foundation? A kit of fresh makeup brushes (in limited edition gold) is another delight she’ll use every day.

Customizable Makeup Gifts

Customizable makeup kits from bareMinerals

How it works: Choose complexion or eye and lip, then fill the cosmetics bag with your full-size makeup favorites. We’ll throw in deluxe samples of our essential Prime Time primer and Skinlongevity serum, since they work with everything, and voilà! You get the savings of a beauty bundle and exactly what you need.
Perfect for: Any woman who knows what she wants (aka you?).

Guilty Pleasures

Our Guilty Pleasures are the most luxurious gifts in our lineup, overflowing with colors and finishes that invite you to play endlessly. Curious? Check out our unboxing video of Dipped in Gold, which features full size lip, eye and face colors that were curated with the holiday season in mind.

You can shop our full holiday makeup gift guide on bareMinerals.com and in our boutiques. Happy sparkling!

Let’s Work It Out: Answers to Your Workout Beauty Questions

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Workout makeup by bareMinerals

Whether you’re always bare faced or HD camera ready, working out presents a special beauty challenge for us all. Add buzz about “athleisure beauty” and a lot of people are rethinking what qualifies as a gym bag essential.

The phrase athleisure beauty may sound like an oxymoron, but we get it: now that your yoga pants look better (and cost more) than your jeans, it’s time for your skincare and makeup to step up their games accordingly. Because while you’re working out you need products that are good for skin… and high performance… with a no-makeup look. And you know what? We don’t think it’s too much to ask.

How can I remove all my makeup pre-workout?
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Makeup Removing Cleanser

It’s shocking every time: you grab a towel mid-workout and yikes. Whether you forgot about that full face of makeup or thought you’d done a good job of cleansing pre-treadmill, a skin toned smear on your fresh gym towel is never a good look. Enter Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil. This will take off anything from your face, no matter what you did all day (or the night before). It removes waterproof makeup, pro-grade foundation—this is the only cleanser you need to have at the gym. The nurturing essential oils break down oil of all kinds so it’s also great post-workout for clearing away the grime and sweat on top of your skin.

Will working out in makeup cause breakouts?

bareMinerals ORIGINAL Loose Powder Mineral Foundation

Sure, doing anything in makeup can cause breakouts IF (and it’s a big if) your makeup isn’t labeled “non-comedogenic.” Non-comedogenic products like our ORIGINAL Foundation (which is in the Allure Best of Beauty Hall of Fame) are specifically formulated so they won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts, so keep an eye out for this designation when you’re shopping.

What makeup can I wear working out on the beach?
bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Sunscreen and Primer

Outdoor workouts are the best—but cloudy or clear, SPF is a must. Chemical sunscreens can irritate sensitive skin, so opt for a “physical” mineral sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Our most potent is Prep Step which isn’t just broad spectrum SPF 50—it doubles as a makeup primer. With tiny microbeads that burst and blend with your skin tone, this can be worn alone, or buff ORIGINAL Foundation over it for that company softball game, or any other time you want to look flawless on the move. ORIGINAL is a loose powder foundation but when buffed into and warmed by the skin, it becomes a cream that totally stays put. You can do anything you want in this makeup (including sleep in it!) plus, it has SPF 15 for an added layer of sun protection.

What makeup can I wear working out before brunch?

bareMinerals 5-in-1 primer eyeshadow

If you’ll be rushing from your morning workout to brunch (or a day at work) and need to apply your makeup first, ORIGINAL Foundation will still be your starting point. On your eyes, try 5-in-1 Eyeshadows, which have built in primer so they won’t move when you sweat. Round the Clock Eyeliner glides on as a cream but sets when dry for another gym-friendly option. Add some Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara and our water-resistant Brow Gel for a ready-for-anything (including lots of sweat) look.

How do I eliminate post-workout redness?

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Mineral Foundation

If you leave kickboxing more fuchsia than delicately flushed, meet Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer. Complexion Rescue is a big name, but this product lives up to it. Containing mineral electrolytes, we think of this as Gatorade for your skin. It comes in a gym bag friendly tube, and is water-based for the instantly calm, cooling feeling your face craves post-workout. Choose a golden shade to cut red immediately, though all shades will give you light, moisturizing coverage so you look fresh, dewy and more even. This is easy to apply evenly with your fingers (just please, wash them first), so it’s a perfect gym/beach/diaper bag addition. It even has SPF and is, of course, non-comedogenic as well.

Speaking of color, lips will often get dry and pale after a workout. The right shade of Gen Nude® lipstick can bring back a healthy look without looking overdone, and all formulas are moisturizing—yes, even the Matte Liquid Lipcolor!

How do I control post-workout oil?

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Translucent Finishing Powder

If your post-workout “glow” is more like just very greasy, then it’s time for Mineral Veil®. The translucent finishing powder does more than just set makeup—it’s a multitasking wonder. This loose mineral powder is great at absorbing oil when buffed over makeup or on bare skin, and you can even use it as dry shampoo in a pinch.

How do I fake a post-workout glow?

bareMinerals Invisible Glow Baked Mineral Powder Highlighter

So you put in the work, you feel amazing and now you know how to control your crazy redness. But how do you achieve that radiant I-just-worked-out glow that convinced you to buy those fancy yoga pants in the first place? No, models generally don’t do yoga before a shoot—they wear highlighter. Invisible Glow is our baked powder highlighter that’s so finely milled it can be brushed over any foundation for a super subtle sheen. Kind of like you just worked out—minus all that effort.

Share the Bare: Top Picks (+Tricks) for Mothers + Daughters to Try Together

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Make it a beautiful Mother's Day with bareMinerals makeovers (and breakfast in bed)!

The best thing about a mother-daughter relationship is sharing: experiences, wisdom and, obviously, beauty products. But we know it isn’t easy to buy makeup for someone else. Even us pros won’t judge you for wondering if she’s Neutral Dark or Warm Deep, no matter how close you are. That’s why we’re inviting you to visit a bareMinerals boutique on Mother’s Day weekend to get free make-unders together (and, with your $75 purchase, three free eyeshadows—enough to go around!).

So what should you look out for? We’ve selected a few products that we think you’ll both love, with tips on how you should each use them to best target your individual beauty needs and styles.

BLEMISH REMEDY SERUM
Why You’ll Both Love It
Salicylic acid has earned a stellar reputation for combatting acne. Why? Because it’s like a gentle, super effective declogger for pores, which is a service we can all benefit from, at any age. Buy one bottle to share (for now)—we’re pretty sure you’ll both fall in love.
Tips for Mom
Skip the harsh scrubs—just apply this fabulous exfoliator every morning on your T-zone, or wherever your pores look enlarged, to smooth your skin and keep those pores in check.
Tips for Daughter
Consider this serum your partner in crisis management. Rescue your skin from the stresses of life – and the stress of a monster breakout on the worst possible day – by spot treating as needed, including overnight.

COMPLEXION RESCUE TINTED HYDRATING GEL CREAM
Why You’ll Both Love It
Here’s a secret: we actually developed this as a moisturizer, but so many people loved the sheer coverage that we now recommend it as a one-stop-two-second-SPF-30 complexion wizard (that’s obviously super hydrating too).
Tips for Mom
We get it: you’re busy, you’re working, you’ve got kids to love (and worry about). This is your instant glow for any time you don’t have a second to spare. It’s a primer, foundation and hydrator all in one so you can get on with life. Oh, and it has SPF 30 because preventing more sun damage is key—even when you’re in a hurry.
Plays Well With… Original Foundation
For a big day in the office, date night, her graduation: add the buildable medium-to-full coverage of our Original loose mineral powder foundation, using Complexion Rescue as your primer for super smooth application over fine lines. Original Foundation has only 5 mineral ingredients so you’ll have a little more polish, without looking cakey or overdone.
Tips for Daughter
We know your natural, no-makeup look has to leave you poreless and flawless, and Complexion Rescue can help with that in a flash. Wake up, throw this on and look fresh heading out the door. Plus, it’s got SPF because prevention is key to a gorgeous face later in life.
Plays Well With… barePro® Performance Wear Powder Foundation
Go from class to a night out by using Complexion Rescue to prime before applying this hardworking pressed foundation that won’t clog pores or cause acne, but will leave you flawless and photo-ready.

INVISIBLE BRONZE + GLOW BAKED POWDERS
Why You’ll Both Love Them
Raise your hand if you want a gorgeous, luminous glow.
Tips for Mom
You understand the value of SPF—and a little color. That’s where bronzer comes in. This ultra-fine baked powder means a super natural looking tan is super easy to achieve. As for the highlighter, ask your daughter how to use this one because she’s definitely on to something.
Tips for Daughter
Highlighting is one of our favorite trends and it’s definitely sticking around, so invest in a baked formula that is more break-proof than a traditional compact. We love these two together because they can do everything: double as eyeshadow, gently contour and, of course, give you an instant tan and a gorgeous, eye-catching glow.

Happy shopping – and sharing – we can’t wait to see you! Find a Boutique.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag – Part II

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This is Part II in our Spring Cleaning series. If you’re just catching up, be sure to check out Part I where we teach you to Marie Kondo your makeup bag.

So you’ve gone through and ditched your expired, passé and impossible makeup, leaving just the most beautiful goodness. Feeling better? We sure are. But your spring cleaning work isn’t quite finished. Today we’re here to tackle maintenance: how to take care of the beauties that were worth holding on to, ensuring the best results, and a clean, happy face. You do know to clean your makeup brushes regularly, right…?

BRUSH CARE BASICS
One of the reasons we love love love (and strongly advocate) using brushes is that it’s more hygienic than dipping your fingers directly into a product over and over again. But that’s only if you’re cleaning those brushes on a regular basis. We’d recommend a shampooing every 1-4 weeks, depending how often you use the brush.
How to Shampoo a Makeup Brush
You should wash a brush like you wash your hair: soak the fibers first, then lather it in a mild shampoo and rinse, pointing the brush downward and keeping all the bristles in one direction so the pigment runs out and the fibers don’t tangle.
To dry your makeup brush, press the water out, reshape it and lay it off the edge of your sink or on a towel so it regains its natural shape. Visual learner? Check out the video of this technique on our Brushes page.
Can you use dish soap to wash a makeup brush?
Nope—you wouldn’t get that stuff near your own hair, so please keep it off your brushes too.
Can you use facial cleanser to wash a makeup brush?
Sure, if it’s good at removing the makeup from your face. If you use a very mild cleanser post-face wipe (or three), it’s not a good choice. A good brush shampoo lathers well and is only lightly conditioning, so if you love our PURE PLUSH or BLEMISH REMEDY cleansers, go for it. On the other hand, OIL OBSESSED (which is amazing at removing makeup) shouldn’t be used on your tools—it contains moisturizing essential oils that are so great for your face, not so great for your brushes.
Daily Cleaning Tips
If you’re a fan of the smoky eye or have been working on your contouring skills, you probably learned this one the hard way: you should clean a brush every time you use it for a new color. Those gorgeous shades become grey if you mix them together, so be sure to use a quick change brush cleaner between every shade: spray a tissue until it is slightly damp and rub it lightly into the bristles—you should never spray a brush directly. If you find yourself smashing the brush into your damp tissue, it’s time for a good old brush shampooing (see above).
What Not to Do
Please don’t soak your brushes (if you want them to last). We recommend pointing the brush downward when you rinse it to keep water from penetrating and disintegrating the glue that’s holding that baby together.

MAKEUP CARE BASICS 
Your favorite makeup gets you through dream-job interviews, terrible dates, unexpected breakouts… time to give it a little TLC in return.
Caring for Loose Mineral Makeup
Our minerals need to stay dry to last, but we know that swirling in the cap can cause discoloration over time. Get that pristine, fresh-from-the-box look by wiping the inside of the cap (NEVER the top of pot) with a tissue spritzed with alcohol. Rubbing alcohol works well—make sure it’s over 70% alcohol to disinfect as you clean, and wait until it dries fully before closing the product.
Caring for Compact Powders
Keep. Them. Dry. This is absolutely key, but if you notice your compact has changed color, you spill a different product on it, or otherwise feel compelled to clean, spritz a tissue with alcohol and remove the upper film to uncover new product.
Caring for Eye + Lip Liners
Keeping pencils sharp prevents them from falling apart. But when you fish out your sharpener, only sharpen the pencil tip to about 90%. Otherwise, yup, you’re back to increasing the chance the tip will break off. If this sounds weirdly high-maintenance, don’t worry—if you apply your liner by gliding it at an angle, you’ll naturally maintain a gentle point. Just sharpen a little bit when you need to expose more product—which sounds/is way more manageable.
Caring for Creams
Wet products tend to expire faster, and the best way to slow this progress is to screw the cap on fully after every single use (no matter how late you are).
What Not to Do
Cleansing wipes can take makeup off your face, but you don’t want to use them on your beauty products. Not only are they very wet (without the fast evaporating quality of alcohol), but they contain humectants for retaining moisture, and you certainly don’t need to moisturize your makeup.

Happy cleaning!