Mineral Blush

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated November 9, 2015)

Do you ever wonder what the difference between regular cosmetics and mineral cosmetics is? In the last few years, the cosmetics market has been flooded with the mineral makeup alternative. What makes mineral makeup so distinct from your run-of-the-mill makeup is its composition. Mineral makeup is composed of completely natural elements, as opposed to mainstream makeup that contains several manufactured ingredients. Mineral makeup is better for your skin and will improve your overall makeup look.

If you're a bit overwhelmed by the mineral makeup realm, then you're not alone. The best tactic is to approach mineral makeup by the product—eye shadow, foundation, blush—and understand each one separately, even though all mineral makeup has the same basic philosophy behind it. Today I'll focus on mineral blush, helping you find the product that you need.

When choosing a mineral blush, the thing to keep in mind is natural. You want the shade of blush you choose to best match your natural skin tone. Don't get blush confused with mineral foundation, but do keep your natural complexion and flushing tone in mind. Always remember that mineral makeup is all about natural. Some synthetic cosmetics—and especially blush—look artificial when applied; that's not what mineral makeup will do if chosen correctly.

Another good tip to keep in mind when choosing a mineral blush is to try and match your blush with your lipstick. (Now this really only works if you use more natural colored lipstick!) If you find pinks or browns that work well on your lips, chances are that those same tones will complement your cheeks as well.

When you apply mineral blush, you don't need very much. Using a blush brush, barely touch the blush, getting only a small amount on the brush. Then deliberately and carefully apply the blush to your cheeks. Remember that it's always better and easier to apply small amounts to achieve your desired look than to apply too much and have to fix it. And even though mineral blush is supposed to look natural and tinted, it doesn't just barely tint your cheeks—mineral blush is definitely not a wimpy cosmetic! Part of the magic of mineral blush is its ability to add depth and dimension to your cheeks and face, enhancing natural beauty rather than covering it, as so many cosmetics try to do.

Also remember, that like with any cosmetic—mineral or not—you might have to go through a process of trial and error. You might not find the best product for you on the first try. There are several mineral makeup lines in cosmetics and some make work better than others. Good luck, and remember to embrace your natural beauty!

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