Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How to Get Your Mineral On

When I bought my first mineral makeup, the salesgirl started to woo me about the wonders of the accompanying brush. Naively, I went along with it, until I realized it cost more than the mineral makeup itself. "No, thank you," I replied firmly, and had it removed from my bill. I'm not spending more on a brush than the foundation.

I rely mostly on brushes that I can find in drugstores, Amazon, Target, or Ebay. I don't think I've yet bought one in Sephora or department stores.

There are a few brushes that can be used with mineral makeup. One, like the Essence of Beauty Blender Brush, is thick and bluntly cut, making it easy to tap it into minerals and buff onto the face. 

The other style is kabuki. I purchased the Ecotools Recycled Retractable Kabuki, and it is the softest brush I have ever come across. The fibers feel like they are stroking the skin with butterfly kisses (bit much?)

Standard mineral procedure (which I've only started to obey recently) is as follows: 

Spill a little mineral makeup into the cap of the holder. Swirl the brush within. Tap off excess. Buff on. Repeat until achieving the desired amount of coverage. 
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2 comments:

L! said...

Wait, you need a special brush for mineral makeup? Why?

Princess Lea said...

In all aspects of makeup, specialty brushes are needed. Luckily, they don't have to be pricey. In order for the minerals to distribute properly and blend in naturally, a mineral brush of some form is recommended. It made a huge difference for me, as for a long time I was using some really questionable brush I fished out from under the sink. Brrrr.