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The Skin-Finishing Product You Need for a Perfect Complexion


If you know bareMinerals, you know that we’re all about infusing skincare benefits into our makeup, for a healthy-looking complexion. That’s why we love the Clean Bare Glow, a term we use to describe the fresh, glowing base that can be a standalone makeup look or the start of any other. You’ve probably seen the Clean Bare Glow on our Clean Beauty Ambassador, Hailey Bieber — natural-looking skin that you can build off of with a swipe of lip color or a coat of mascara. “It’s where your look begins,” says our Global Makeup Artist, Carly Giglio. “It combines skincare, complexion and a few finishing elements, leaving your skin the star of the show.”

Our clean, vegan foundations are packed with natural ingredients, minerals and botanicals to instantly perfect while improving your skin over time. MINERAL VEIL Finishing Powder is the perfect finishing touch, no matter which foundation you choose. It’s been a cult favorite for decades because of its ability to smooth skin and set makeup without ever feeling or looking heavy. Now, we’re welcoming a brand-new member to the skin-improving complexion family: MINERAL VEIL Pressed Setting Powder.

This pressed format features everything we love about the original MINERAL VEIL, but in a handy, on-the-go compact that’s ideal for traveling and touch-ups (it even comes with its very own application sponge). Formulated with vitamin E plus cocoa and shea butters, MINERAL VEIL Pressed Powder has a creamy, dreamy consistency that melts right into skin — making it ideal even for dry skin. Here, we spoke with Carly all about the Clean Bare Glow, and how both of our MINERAL VEIL formats can complete a healthy, glowing complexion.

Why is it so important to always start with glowing skin (for any makeup look)?

It’s always best to start with fresh skin because it is literally the “foundation” of the look (no pun intended!). For example, if you have any discoloration to your skin and you decide you want to do a colorful eye look, it’s important to even out your complexion first. Otherwise, you’ll be basing your color choices on the skin discoloration. I always recommend you start with complexion and then build from there.

Can you stop at the Clean Bare Glow, or can you add more?

Both! You can finish off the Clean Bare Glow with a swipe of mascara, a sweep of soft blush and lip color and a natural brow. If you want something more intense, you can create our signature Monochromatic Wash of Color on your eyes and add a bit more color on your cheeks and lips for balance. You can even choose to do a Feature Focus, where you choose one area to be the star, whether it be defining eyeliner or a brighter lip. From bare to bold, the choice is always yours.

What makes MINERAL VEIL a cult-favorite product?

MINERAL VEIL is so special. It has always given a beautiful soft-focus finish to the skin while absorbing any excess oils. It smooths your complexion with only a small amount of product, so it’s really a weightless feel all day.

Why is it so perfect for the Clean Bare Glow look?

It’s perfect because it’s so versatile. It allows you to finish and set your complexion, whether you need to absorb excess oils or you like to powder down your t-zone but leave the natural highlights on the cheeks — it can even set your concealer under your eyes.

Can you describe the different MINERAL VEIL formats and what they do for your skin?

The original MINERAL VEIL Finishing Powder is an ultra-fine, weightless powder that creates a smooth finish. It’s also available in tinted, illuminating and hydrating formulas. The new Pressed format is great for easy, on-the-go application. It’s talc-free (they both are!) and has a butter binder complex which gives it a super smooth texture and conditions skin — both instantly and over time. I love having both loose and pressed formats with me when I’m on set at a photoshoot – I keep the loose at my makeup station then I toss the pressed in my set bag so it’s easy to access for on-camera touch ups.

How do you find which MINERAL VEIL format and shade is right for your skin?

First decide if you want something translucent (without color) or if you prefer a sheer tint. Next, it’s about intensity – where does your normal foundation range fall? Light, medium or deep? From there, it’s easy to choose from the MINERAL VEIL tinted options. They’re sheer, so they’re forgiving, meaning they suit a really wide shade range.

Which bareMinerals foundations does MINERAL VEIL Pressed Setting Powder work with best?

Any! Again, it’s about how you want to use it. The translucent is great for anyone to set makeup and reduce shine. The sheer tinted MINERAL VEIL also does that, but has a bit of color, so you can also create an easy, effortless complexion look with just a bit of concealer and tinted MINERAL VEIL. Or you could wear BAREPRO Liquid Foundation if you want full coverage, with a lighter powder over top.

What’s one unexpected tip for using MINERAL VEIL Pressed Setting Powder?

Change up your lip finish to a soft matte by pressing a little MINERAL VEIL over a creamy lipstick with a flat brush like the Max Coverage Concealer brush. Bonus: this can also help to extend the wear of your lip color!

Meet Carly

Carly Giglio (@carlygiglio) is a dynamic celebrity makeup artist with a passion for color, glowing skin and showcasing her clients’ unique beauty. With a decade of industry experience, including red carpet and editorial photoshoots, brand creative campaigns and New York Fashion Week, Carly is all about the details when it comes to creating beauty looks.

“My makeup and artistry philosophy is about enhancing each individual’s natural features, not covering them up,” says Carly. “I love helping people feel their best and most confident, while exploring the possibilities with makeup.”

Carly joined the bareMinerals team in February 2019. Tasked with helping to develop the brand’s artistry point of view as well as supporting the product development process, Carly also helps create educational content globally.

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“I love bringing the bareMinerals world to life through application and education,” says Carly. “To me, clean beauty offers a world of possibility, as nature is endlessly inspiring with its unlimited rich colors, various textures and finishes.”

A self-taught makeup artist, Carly first discovered a passion for color and artistry at a young age through her love of painting and fine arts. One of her favorite aspects of working in the beauty space is connecting with people and making them feel good about themselves through the power of makeup – transforming a blank canvas into a work of art.

“I love creating beautiful, glowing skin with elements of color and luminosity throughout, and I’m all about seamless builds of color and structure,” Carly says. “But the best payoff is seeing how confident my clients become once they learn some simple makeup tips.”

Throughout her career, Carly has worked with celebrities like Giuliana Rancic, Priyanka Chopra and Naomi Osaka, and has created fashion week looks for brands including Alice + Olivia, Badgley Mischka and Banana Republic. Her work has been featured in publications such as Shape Magazine, Elle Spain and Glamour.com.