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What is Mineral Makeup? 5 Myths Explained

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bareMinerals ORIGINAL loose mineral powder foundation

As natural makeup rises in popularity, so do the assumptions about what mineral makeup is and what it can (and can’t) do. Some of the popular opinions are totally true. Others, well…

If you’re new to mineral makeup, read on as we set the record straight and explain why our mineral makeup revolution has lasted for over 20 years—and continues to grow.

Mineral Makeup Is Good for Sensitive Skin

True. Due to the lack of parabens, binders, fillers and artificial ingredients, mineral makeup is hypoallergenic, making it the best choice for sensitive skin and those with acne concerns, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. But mineral makeup works for all skin types, not just sensitive ones, with natural-looking foundation coverage available in many forms, from sheer moisturizers to full-coverage performance wear.

Our good for skin ingredients are “non-comedogenic,” meaning they don’t block pores or cause breakouts. And if you’re trying to cover acne with foundation, the last thing you need is makeup that causes more breakouts. Made specifically for acne-prone skin, the BLEMISH RESCUE line has a specialized mineral foundation and primer that are proven to diminish the appearance of imperfections, skin redness and shine.

Mineral Makeup Is Good for Oily Skin

True. Mineral makeup is good for all skin types, and that includes oily skin, as the natural minerals actually absorb oils. Generally mineral foundations have a luminous finish due to the light catching pigments used in the formulas, but if you prefer a matte finish you still have good-for-skin mineral options. Our long-lasting MATTE Foundation with SPF 15 is made specifically to combat oily skin concerns. It’s lightweight and non-drying while providing buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with no shine.

Mineral Makeup Has Natural Sunscreen in It

True. Another good-for-you advantage to using mineral foundations is the fact that most have a natural sunscreen as a main ingredient: titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. Suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin or rosacea, these natural sunscreen ingredients (which also have anti-inflammatory properties and a calming effect on the skin) make up two of the five total ingredients found in our bestselling ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15.

Mineral Foundation Makes Wrinkles More Visible

False. To prevent any foundation from accentuating wrinkles, you do need to use the right type for your skin. We all have different needs when it comes to natural-looking makeup and they differ based on everything from genetics and skin conditions to environmental factors and age. If you feel that your mineral powder foundation seems to highlight your wrinkles, use a face primer to help fill in fine lines and help with smooth foundation application.

Engineered with a brightening serum, BARESKIN Foundation is a luminous liquid formula that is an ideal choice for mature or wrinkle-prone skin. It evens out your skin tone without looking (or feeling) like you’re wearing makeup and it won’t leave you looking shiny or feeling greasy. It will give you hydrating, healthy coverage that blurs the appearance of the fine lines that develop over time.

Mineral Makeup Doesn’t Last

False. The natural elements in mineral makeup blend seamlessly with your skin and natural oils. Our BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation is tested to last a full 12 hours—and the formula is made up of 90% vitamins and minerals.

You can also extend the wear of mineral foundation or eyeshadow by using a primer first. PREP STEP Mineral Shield Daily Prep Face Lotion is an effective face primer that has broad spectrum SPF 50 mineral sunscreen. It’s non-greasy and dries cleanly, so it can be worn underneath your makeup as a primer, or on its own. Already have a sunscreen you love? Start with PRIME TIME Foundation Primer instead, which helps to smooth fine lines and improve foundation application.

Popular as an eye primer as well as a cream eyeshadow, GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primers are long-lasting shades that don’t crease or fade.

Already a fan of mineral makeup? Learn how to clean out and care for your beauty bag in our Spring Cleaning series.

You can find your perfect mineral foundation match online with the bareMinerals Foundation Finder.

Everything You Need To Know About Storing Your Skincare

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When it comes to our bathrooms, cleanliness is key. But when our skincare routines take up the majority of the space on our countertops, it’s hard to keep everything tidy long-term, and we often find ourselves keeping products as close to the sink as possible for easy access. Unfortunately, that might not be the best solution for all our products — especially the ones that can get damaged (or moldy!) from steamy showers.

Read on for a few of our top skincare storage tips, from storing face masks in the fridge to finding the perfect place for those somewhat dangerous aerosol containers. After this, you might even have space on your countertops for non-beauty products. Maybe.

Should you store your skincare in the fridge?

If you spend quite a lot of time on your Insta feed, you’ve probably noticed the sudden popularity of beauty fridges. While it’s not necessary to store your skincare products in the fridge — let alone buy a brand-new mini fridge for your beauty products — the cooling effect is a great pick-me-up. “I love to keep DEW MIST Setting Spray in the fridge, as the whole point of a quick spray is to refresh the skin,” says Lee Ethridge, Executive Director of Global Education and Consumer Experience at bareMinerals. The same goes for eye creams, like our SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Eye Cream. Keep them in the fridge to help combat puffiness in the mornings.

“During the summer months, [a cool moisturizer] on my tired, freshly woken face is just heavenly,” Lee adds. And it’s not just moisturizer that works well in the fridge on those hot, hot days. Try putting your favorite mask, like a CLAYMATES Mask Duo, in the fridge 30-60 minutes prior to use for a cooling sensation. Just add cucumber slices and spa water and you’ve got yourself a sweet summer treat.

products in a skincare fridge

Where should you store the rest of your skincare?

But don’t start chilling your entire skincare routine. “Some things don’t belong in the fridge,” Lee says. “Facial oils and body oils will solidify [in the cold].” Also consider keeping night products, like overnight masks and thick moisturizers, at room temperature — unless you really like going to sleep with a chilled face (to each their own!).

For the rest of your routine, the medicine cabinet isn’t always the best storage solution. Keep most products away from the steam of the shower, in a dry, cool area of your bathroom or bedroom. And if your skincare comes in powder form, like a powder cleanser or powder sunscreen, be even more cautious. “High humidity could modify the texture of powders,” Lee says. Even worse, in a bathroom with no windows or fans, the humidity could cause powder to get moldy. Yikes.

What about storing aerosol containers?

You probably have a few of these lying around, between face mists, spray-on sunscreens and self-tanners. The trick is to store these away from heat. “Never store aerosol containers in high temperatures as they are pressurized containers,” Lee says. They could crack or explode if exposed to high enough temperatures — so definitely keep them away from your bathroom radiator, hot tools or windows. Your best bet is somewhere dark, dry and cool, like a vanity drawer or bathroom closet.

How do you store a travel skincare routine?

Packing for a vacation can be difficult (especially if you have to fit everything inside a tiny carry-on). When it comes to your toiletries bag, “Try to pack your products tightly together to avoid a lot of movement when being transported,” Lee says. To avoid any leakage, make sure all of your lids are on as tight as possible. You might even want to store sticky or oily products, like face oils and serums, in a separate bag.

Taking off (literally)? Air pressure in the cabin changes throughout your flight. If your bottles aren’t sealed tightly enough and if all the air isn’t squeezed out from your bottles or plastic bags, the pressure could force liquids to leak. Invest in travel-ready containers with quality screw-on lids, and, as a rule of thumb, always open your containers slowly after landing — just in case.

Part Makeup, Part Skincare: These 5 Products are our Secret Weapons

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If we had things our way, we would spend ages in front of the mirror each morning. First, we’d meticulously apply skin care (including that fancy jade roller we have yet to break in). Next, we’d play with every color in our makeup bag before settling on the perfect look. But most days, to be frank, there just isn’t time.

Instead, we rely on multi-tasking products that double as makeup and skincare in just a few swipes. Below, we’re sharing our five favorite products that simplify our mornings. They’re so good and so versatile, we’d be turning to them regularly — even if we had all the time in the world.

complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel cream with water droplets

COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

On Sundays, when we attempt to balance errands with brunch and meal prep, there’s nothing we love more than an easy, effortless tinted moisturizer — and the COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is certainly our go-to.

The unique formula was actually developed as a skincare product. “Tinted moisturizers usually start as foundations that are watered down,” explains Lee Etheridge, our Executive Director of Global Education and Consumer Experience. “But here, it’s a moisturizer first. Then we added pigment. It’s a real breakthrough in technology that’s all about the hydrating power.” In other words, it hydrates and smooths like your favorite moisturizer (courtesy of Squalane and Coconut Alkanes) while providing a sheer wash of naturally radiant coverage. We like to rub it in with our fingertips for a little coverage that lasts from one activity to the next.

dew mist setting spray spritzing

DEW MIST Setting Spray

A good setting spray locks in makeup for all day wear, so your foundation looks just as fresh at 8 PM as it did at 8 AM. But a really good setting spray, like our DEW MIST Setting Spray from the Clean Glow collection, sets makeup while providing lasting hydration — and a subtle shine. According to Lee, the skincare benefits are all thanks to the Watermelon and Apple Extracts. “When [the mist] hits the skin, the extracts give you immediate hydration, but it also continues to do that over time.”

And that subtle shine we spoke about earlier? It provides just the right amount of dewy glow to illuminate the whole face. And this glitter-free shine is great on its own too. “You can spray some on a beauty sponge and pat it on the high points [of the face] to add extra dew,” says Blass Laner, Learning Design Manager, Global Education at bareMinerals.

blemish rescue skin-clearing loose powder foundation spilled out

bareMinerals BLEMISH RESCUE Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation

When we get breakouts, the last thing we want to do is go makeup-free (even if it’s easiest way to prevent clogging more pores). We want coverage and lots of it. This Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation gives just that: buildable full coverage (with a naturally matte finish) that flawlessly covers blemishes.

Instead of irritating or causing more breakouts (non-comedogenic is the fancy name for it), this foundation acts like skincare, calming and clearing as it goes. The formula contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that exfoliates to prevent clogged pores. But that’s not all. “You have a mineral blend of three ingredients that you generally associate with skincare products — Zinc, Sulfur and Kaolin Clay — to help prevent future breakouts,” Lee says.

complexion rescue defense radiant protective veil with flowers, sugar, and cacao beans

COMPLEXION RESCUE DEFENSE Radiant Protective Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30

We expose our skin to a lot throughout the day: pollution, sun, even the blue light from our phones and laptops. Unfortunately, it’s not really something we can avoid — at least not long-term — so we have to maximize our skin care to provide daily defense.

The all-in-one COMPLEXION RESCUE Radiant Protective Veil masks our skin with a lightweight layer of mineral-based sun protection (to defend against the sun’s rays), Cacao Extract (to defend against blue light), Camellia Flower Extract (to protect against pollution) and Sugar Molecules (to protect against carbon particles). “Rather than the minuscule pollutants being absorbed into the skin, [these ingredients] prevent it from being absorbed. It’s like a veil on your skin,” Lee explains. (Hence the name!)

Beyond the protection, the veil also gives off a natural-looking glow. “It adds this beautiful luminosity that shows up underneath any complexion product you have on,” Blass says. Just apply it underneath a moisturizer for an added sheen on a no-makeup day or underneath full-coverage foundation for a lit-from-within radiance.

barepro longwear lipsticks shades in a row

BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick

Rarely do we find a lip product that provides lasting color and environmental protection. But BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick does it with ease. The mineral-rich formula adds high-impact, full-coverage color that lasts up to 8 hours. “It’s infused with MINERAL LOCK Longwear Technology,” Lee says. “Think of it as a magnet. It’s attracted to the lipids in your skin,” so your color stays put for hours on end.

And while the color is impressive on its own, this lipstick goes even further by adding a layer of protection. It acts almost like a lip balm would by protecting the delicate skin on your lips from environmental aggressors. It’s infused with Raspberry Seed and Blackcurrant Seed Oils, two antioxidants that shield from pollutants without leaving lips feeling patchy and dry.

MINERAL VEIL: Meet a Hero

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Mineral Veil Finishing Powder on illuminating background

We don’t really know how to break it to you, but if you’re not using MINERAL VEIL Powder, you’re making a terrible mistake. OK, OK that’s a little harsh. We just can’t overstate what a game-changer this is. Here, we’ll let our community explain:

“This sets my makeup better than any other translucent powder I’ve tried.” – SMcCee

“I have used loose finishing powder for more than 30 years. This is the best.” – sarahmb

“You just can’t improve on something that is perfect. It really gives my face that air-brushed look. For someone who is 70, that’s saying a lot.” – Louie

“You see a lot of ‘veils’ out there, hoping to copy MINERAL VEIL but no one comes close.” – Mouse

“It is magic!!” – Floridagirl007

What Is MINERAL VEIL Powder?

Alright, what exactly is this magic, you may be wondering. In short, it’s a translucent loose mineral powder that can be used as a setting powder and/or a finishing powder, as part of any makeup (or no-makeup) routine.

The Difference Between Setting Powder & Finishing Powder

Most people use the names setting powder and finishing powder interchangeably, but they are distinct products that can even work well together — it just depends on what you’re looking for. A setting powder is applied after your foundation and before your makeup and its purpose is to absorb excess oil. Finishing powder is meant to be applied after your makeup and its purpose is to lock your foundation in place while providing a subtle blur of pores, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin texture. The good news about MINERAL VEIL Powder? You can use it both ways.

Meet the 5 Types of MINERAL VEIL Powder

Mineral Veil Finishing Powder on loose powder

Original MINERAL VEIL

What it is: Our cult-favorite, forever best-selling translucent loose powder that’s made with just 5 ingredients.

Who it’s for: Anyone who is looking to lock makeup in place, absorb excess oil, minimize the appearance of pores, and generally create an airbrushed, IRL-filter look.

Our community says: “It helps to give your face the ‘natural makeup’ look. I don’t know how else to describe it except that it just makes everything look soft and blended.” – Mystic13

Mineral Veil Finishing Powder with SPF on the beach

MINERAL VEIL SPF 25

What it is: The same magic as original MINERAL VEIL Powder, plus mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 25.

Who it’s for: Looking for non-chemical sun protection that can be layered over makeup? This is your pick. It also gives the perfecting and makeup-setting benefits of the original.

Our community says: “The SPF really works, as I was out in the sun and expected to be burned … but my face escaped unscathed! It also truly sets the base powder and helps it last all day.” – rayofsunshine

Mineral Veil Hydrating Finishing Powder with water droplets

Hydrating MINERAL VEIL

What it is: A cooling, gently moisturizing reformulation of the original, with all the setting and blurring benefits.

Who it’s for: Those with normal to dry skin. If you’ve ever found other powders to be drying, this one’s for you (and it won’t disappoint!).

Our community says: “I absolutely love the Hydrating MINERAL VEIL. I was a little skeptical at first, since I have dry patches of skin and thought the powder would make it even more noticeable. Boy was I wrong!” – Anonymous

Mineral Veil Illuminating Finishing Powder

Illuminating MINERAL VEIL

What it is: We added a tiny bit of glitter-free shimmer (it’s actually light-reflecting pearls!) to our original formula for a radiant glow. A little goes a long way, or layer it on to use as a highlighter.

Who it’s for: Most translucent powders give a natural-matte or full matte finish. If you want a luminous, almost dewy looking finish, this is your new holy grail.

Our community says: “I have both original and Illuminating MINERAL VEILS. I LOVE them both, but I think the illuminating version is something special. It makes my face look dewy, fresh and flawless. I also use it as a highlighter and WOW is it beautiful!” – Whim

Mineral Veil Tinted Finishing Powder in shadow

Tinted MINERAL VEIL

What it is: Setting and blurring plus the perfect gentle hint of color.

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for bit of warmth. Blends to perfection on deeper skin tones, and adds a touch of color on lighter ones during the summer months.

Our community says: “I am a Warm Deep Matte and this disappears into my skin, just wonderful!” – Lovelywarmdeep

When to Use a Finishing Powder

Ideal for occasions where you’ll be photographed a lot (but also pretty perfect for everyday wear), finishing powder is a weightless miracle that will give your complexion a lasting soft-focus finish. Think of it as your top coat — you could skip it, but would the manicure even be worth it?

Can You Use Mineral Powder Over Liquid Foundation?

Yes! You can absolutely layer mineral finishing powder over liquid foundation or powder foundation. Just wait until your foundation has fully dried for the best results.

Why Kombucha in Your Skincare is a Good Thing

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Dew Mist Setting Spray

If you’ve noticed a correlation between trending foods and skincare products, you’re an astute observer. Coconut Oil is a prime example of this, as are Avocado, Matcha and Turmeric. Kombucha, and fermented ingredients in general, are making their way into beauty, and bareMinerals is proud to embrace this trend with our new and much-buzzed-about DEW MIST Setting Spray. Today we’re outlining the ways in which fermented ingredients — and Kombucha, specifically — can benefit your skin, and which skin types ought to use it.

The Lowdown on Fermented Ingredients

When an ingredient is fermented, it simply means that bacteria, yeast, and/or microbes have been added in order to alter the chemical structure. This process usually requires a period of sitting and aging, and the flavor and texture changes dramatically over that time.

Though we typically associate fermented foods with a distinct sour taste — such as sauerkraut and kimchi — there are lots of fermented items that don’t have this tangy quality. Beer and wine are prime examples, and others include cheese, bread, yogurt, miso, and even chocolate.

Why Fermented Ingredients Are Good for Your Skin

In the early days, fermenting was a way to help preserve foods for longer. Today, fermentation serves the same purpose, but we’ve also learned that it has other health benefits. When ingested, fermented ingredients can help regulate and improve our digestive process. Fermented ingredients have also been linked to bolstering cognitive function, boosting our immunity and generally improving our overall health.

That long list of benefits extends when fermented ingredients, such as Kombucha, are applied topically via a well-formulated skincare product. “Fermented ingredients containing probiotics can help to improve inflammatory skin conditions and reduce premature signs of aging,” explains Inna Knyazenvch, the lead esthetician and co-owner of New York City’s In-Glo Med Spa. “Recent scientific studies in Japan and Korea showed that lactobacillus, [which is always found in Kombucha], helped improve common skin concerns like wrinkles and dryness as well as acne lesions.”

In addition to helping with signs of aging, fermented ingredients such as Kombucha can also bolster our barrier function and overall skin health. Inna explains that our skin’s delicate microbiome is pretty sensitive and therefore easily disrupted by things like over-cleansing or scrubbing, exposure to the elements, antibiotics, and certain medications and cosmetics. She says, “Adding probiotics to our skincare regimen will help to [create] a healthier skin microbiome and boost its immunity to fight environmental toxins and bacteria.”

When the skin’s microbiome is well-balanced that makes for a healthy, vibrant, and luminous complexion. Kombucha balances the microbiome well, says Inna. She also notes that because Kombucha is particularly gentle and has a pH of 3, it’s an excellent option for those with dry or sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, and rosacea.

Try Kombucha Skincare for Yourself

If you’re curious to see how a fermented ingredient, such as Kombucha, might impact your own skin, we just launched a multi-purpose spray that gives skin a serious glow boost via Kombucha ferment. DEW MIST Setting Spray creates a glowing complexion and helps lock makeup in place all day long. You can even use it mid-day for a dewy refresh on a hot summer day. “Although, we don’t always associate bacteria with beauty, the latest trend of fermented ingredients [in skincare] is here to stay,” says Inna. “It’s proven its ability to promote a healthy and youthful complexion.”