8 Reasons to Love Loose Mineral Makeup

November 15, 2023

Loose mineral makeup might be a bit of a mystery to some, but here at bareMinerals it's one of our specialties. Thanks to clean, mineral-based pigments, these products are not only good for your skin, but they also apply with ease, transforming from powder into a creamy texture, leaving a naturally luminous finish. ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 is the formula that started it all, but we have a range of loose mineral products for both the face and eyes.

My favorite thing about loose mineral makeup is the control and versatility. You can build up coverage, intensify pigment, or mix in Warmth All-Over Face Color Bronzer with your foundation for a more radiant look. There are so many different ways to use and customize your mineral makeup.

Read on to discover all the reasons I love bareMinerals loose mineral formulas.

Minimal Ingredients

Because of the agile format of loose minerals, they can be made with even less ingredients than pressed powders, liquids, creams, and gels. Formulated with minimal amounts of binders and fillers, our loose mineral products maintain a simple and clean ingredient list.

Our iconic ORIGINAL Foundation, in fact, is made with only 5 natural mineral ingredients, including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, mineral-based sunscreens that provide physical protection from the sun.

The rest of our loose mineral lineup, like all of our products, has good-for-skin properties, too. Our foundations have been shown to improve acne. The Encapsulated Water & Rice Lipids in our MINERAL VEIL Hydrating Finishing Power provide hydrating benefits.

Signature Application

You've probably heard of our signature SWIRL TAP BUFF application method for our mineral foundations, but did you know all of our loose mineral formulas are designed to be swirled into the cap? This motion allows the minerals to warm up and be applied more seamlessly. Swirl and repeat the motion until all the product is picked up by the bush, then tap away any excess. One of my favorite combos is to use our Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush to swirl our ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation into the cap.

Creamy Coverage

Thanks to the mineral pigments, bareMinerals loose mineral formulas all have a creamy, smooth texture. This gives you a natural look with an airbrushed finish. You don't look powdery or chalky. With loose minerals, you have more ability to achieve a truly effortless look.

Here's a little test you can do: shake a little of the product into your cap, then take a bit of minerals into your fingers, rub them together and watch how they transform into a creamy, dreamy texture.

You Have More Control

When using loose minerals, you can shake out as much or as little of the product as you want. You're in control! But remember, it's always easier to add then to remove, so it's best to start with a little bit of product and then dispense more if you need to. With loose minerals, you have the freedom to play.

Customizing Colors

You also have control when it comes to customizing colors. If you have two loose eyeshadows but are looking for a shade in between, you can mix them together to achieve your desired look. This also works well with foundations in between seasons. 

Mixing Formats

Loose minerals also mix well with other kinds of foundations. I wouldn't typically mix different product formats, but you get a little more versatility with loose formulas.

For example, if you wanted your foundation to have added radiance, you can mix a bit of loose highlighter (1-2 shakes) with your loose or liquid foundation. You can also mix your loose blush with a little bit of moisturizer for a hydrating, sheer wash of cheek color. If you want to go mostly makeup -free but have a healthy-looking glow, you can add All-Over Face Color Loose Bronzer to your SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum, and apply all over for a sheer, bronze glow. You could also focus only on the high points of the face, where the sun would hit first.

For an all-over body glow, you can also mix your Loose Bronzer or Highlighter with your body lotion and apply on your collar bone, shoulders, etc.


Building Intensity

I love that loose minerals allow you to build coverage on certain areas of the face without it looking uneven. For example, if you want to have a more dramatic highlight on the top of your cheekbone, you can shake out more of that product and pick it up with a smaller, denser brush to create a more high-impact look. Our loose eyeshadows are so pretty dry, but if you wet them, it creates a shimmering, intense finish. Simply shake out the minerals into the cap, then swirl around a damp brush (not soaked), and then pick up the pigments and lay it onto the lid.

Finishing Things Up

To finish off your look, you can go back in with ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 and use a smaller brush (like the Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush) to target particular areas. I like to call this the magic eraser. This product is great to apply to targeted areas where you need a little more coverage (such as redness around the nose or to smooth out your skin in a particular spot). MINERAL VEIL Finishing Powder is another cult-favorite product; I think of it as a real-life filter. It gives a beautiful soft-focus finish, and it helps control shine, while letting your skin look like skin. If you go a little too strong on bronzer, you can also go in with MINERAL VEIL to soften it.

Brush Pairings

For loose eye makeup: I recommend the Dramatic Definer Dual-Ended Eye Brush. The larger side is great to use for packing products and the liner side is perfect for wetting the loose shadow and applying as an eyeliner.

For loose foundation: The Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush is perfect for a buildable full coverage application. For a more sheer application, I recommend the Supreme Finisher Brush. You can also use this brush if you're building loose foundation over another formula.

For loose bronzer: I love the Seamless Shaping & Finish Brush because it has a tapered shape, allowing for a seamless, soft application. You can also use the tip of the tapered part for a more structured application.

For loose highlighter: The Diffused Highlight Brush is a perfect fit for loose highlighter. The small, tapered shape hugs the top of the cheekbones and temples, allowing for easy application as well as the ability to control and build.