Is Your Makeup Drying Your Skin?

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So, you’ve been successfully wearing mineral makeup for years, but now you’ve hit 40, and it’s almost as if you’ve suddenly “outgrown” it. And lately your skin not only feels drier, it looks drier, and you faithfully use moisturizer.

So what gives?

As we age, our skin gradually loses moisture, so in order to keep it looking hydrated and younger, we have to do whatever we can to lock that moisture in.

Sometimes that means switching out our skincare products for a formula that better meets the needs of dry and aging skin.

But changing those products may not be enough. We need to take another look at the makeup we use.

Loose mineral makeup powders are great for normal, combination and oily skin, but it can make dry skin even drier unless you’re lucky enough to find a formula that was made for dry skin like KmS Mineral Essentials anti-aging Select Botanical makeup.

Select Botanical Foundation is a luxurious blend of pure mineral makeup, infused with 7 soothing botanicals. Our incredible formula hydrates and nourishes the skin with a combination of Green Tea, Rose Hip, and other natural botanical extracts that work together to create a moisture barrier or “lock”. Most importantly, Select jumpstarts Collagen production, which improves the appearance of tired, aging skin.

There are of course skin care “experts” that argue whether or not botanicals in makeup are as effective as they are in skin care.

Our customers seem to think so. And maybe it’s something you need to see for yourself. 

I want to know. What do you think about botanicals and skincare? Truth or hype? Share your thoughts below.


Why I Still Use Mineral Makeup on My Near 50 Year Old Skin

 When KmS Mineral Essentials opened it’s doors nearly 10 years ago, I had just turned 40, and was completely in love with loose mineral makeup.

But, I must admit, I expected there would come a day (years down the road of course) when the needs of my skin would change and I would have to find a formula more suitable for aging skin.

Where did that thought come from? I found it (maybe you have too) in just about every magazine or blog article. I read that powder (yes, even mineral powder) would make my skin look and feel drier as I got older. Because I like to be prepared, I wanted to be ready for that day.

But that day never came. 

They were right about one thing. My skin did change. It got much drier than it used to be, and faint, fine lines seemed to slowly appear. I knew I had to make a change, but it had nothing to do with my makeup.

I simply changed my cleanser and moisturizer type to meet the needs of my now aging skin.

Because the secret to wearing loose mineral makeup successfully is all about creating the perfect moisture balance to your skin before applying it. And once that balance is created, you should be able to wear whatever formula suits you.

So, while I use a bb cream and cream foundation from time to time, my goto foundation is still loose mineral powder.

Here’s why:

  • I get better coverage with a smaller amount of product
  • It takes less time to apply than other foundations
  • my makeup stays put all day, even in humid weather
  • people still think I’m 10 years younger than I really am

What’s been your experience with foundation formulas? Which do you prefer, and why? Let’s get the discussion started below.

A Not So New Skin Game Changer

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Most often we spend time talking about ingredients we need to avoid in our beauty products, we forget all about discussing the ones we do want.

The newest trend in natural skincare? It’s all about Rice Bran Oil. But, what exactly is this ingredient, and how does it benefit the skin?

Rice Bran Oil is oil extracted from the inner husk of rice. It’s Vitamin E and Antioxidant rich. and until now has been a long time anti-aging skincare secret of the Orient.

Anti-Aging Benefits

The Vitamin E contained in Rice Bran Oil protects the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging by regenerating skin cells, smoothing the skin thus minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

Sensitive Skin’s BFF

Rice Bran Oil is hypoallergenic unlike other vegetable oils, making it a dream ingredient for those with extremely sensitive skin.

At KmS Mineral Essentials, we’re excited to bring the benefits of Rice Bran Oil to the KmS Skin Essentials line with  new Vanilla Almond Cleansing Milk.

Recommended for normal, dry, sensitive and aging skin, Vanilla Almond Cleansing Milk has the following key benefit:

  • gently cleanses while nourishing the skin preventing dryness
  • creates the perfect moisture balance without leaving your skin oily
  • contains oatmeal to soothe irritated skin
  • contains anti-aging benefits of Rice Bran Oil and Vitamin E

If you’d like to sample this amazing new cleanser for yourself, free samples are available for a limited time. Simply send your request via email to

Have you been using skincare products with Rice Bran Oil? Let’s get the conversation going by sharing your experience below.


5 Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Skin

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I remember putting on my makeup as usual the morning of my 40th birthday. I had it down to a science!

This time however, it was all wrong!  It was as if I suddenly forgot what I was doing; as if my face was no longer my own.  

The color seemed off, my blush placement was off, and I was looking “older”.  

Mature skin. I knew it was coming; I just thought I had more time.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m comfortable with my age of 48. I’ve earned my laugh lines; every one of them!  

I just didn’t realize there would come a time when everything I knew about makeup would change. So the research began.  I read countless blogs, and yes: even watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to see what they were doing.

Then the real research began.

I came across a book written by Lois Joy Johnson; a top beauty editor and Sandy Linter; a celebrity makeup artist entitled: Makeup Wakeup. Revitalizing Your Look At Any Age.  It was like they wrote it for me.  

This book literally changed my life, and the way I see myself in the mirror these days. After reading it, I knew there were other women out there encouraged and confident about aging gracefully. Although there are countless makeup tips in this book, I decided to highlight my top 5 faves; the top 5 makeup tips and tricks for mature skin.

The Problem: The Apples Are Gone! Well, Not Really

We’ve been told to “apply blush to the apples of our cheeks.” That phrase has been around for as long as time itself, but who knew that they, along with our other body parts would one day no longer be front and center?

The Fix: We must now apply our blush on top our cheek bones because our apples are lower than they were yesterday!

The Problem: Powder Is Not Your Friend!

This might take some getting used to!  By powder, I mean conventional finishing powders that contain talc and cornstarch.  Too much can make the skin appear older as these powders settle into fine lines and can further dry out the skin. The exception to this powder rule is Mineral Powder which settles on top of the skin; not into it.  

When using a mineral powder foundation, be sure to brush the excess powder away with a clean powder brush, concentrating on areas where powder likes to settle; around the nose, mouth and brows.

The Fix: Use finishing powder on your T-Zone and under the cheeks; never over them. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and supple your skin looks when you cut back on the powder.

The Problem: Foundation Is Now A Must, But You May Need to Change It Up

We used to be able to face the day with a fresh face right out of the shower.  Those days are now gone. Foundation can give you fresher, healthier looking skin while minimizing the look of sun damage.

The Fix:  Remember the days when you applied foundation evenly all over your face?  Forget it. These days your foundation must work harder than your concealer. 

It must be applied sheer in some areas, and layered in others where you need better coverage.  Apply it before concealer.  You may be surprised at how much less concealer you’ll use.  

Try to stay away from cool shades that contain pink. At this stage in the game, pink looks pink no matter how you apply it. Gear towards warmer shades like honey, almond, nude, etc..

Warmer shades make your skin look healthier. Consider boosting your shade a couple of notches.  Most women choose foundation shades too light for them.

You don’t want your foundation shade to just disappear into the skin.  A little more color makes the skin look youthful and warm.

The Problem: Over-Correcting the Flaws

Dark circles under the eyes and signs of sun damage can be corrected, but can be easily overdone.  Too much concealer and/or corrector tends to look heavy and cakey, which accentuates flaws and wrinkles.

The Fix: Most women use more concealer than foundation, and in our younger years, we can get away with it.  If you must use a concealer, apply foundation first, starting at the jawline and working in.  Lightly press your concealer/corrector over the areas of concern with a small concealer brush.  Do not brush over them, as you will wipe it away. Follow with a light layer of foundation to even out the skin tone.  

If you need to conceal under eye circles, consider using a highlighting wand as opposed to a concealer/corrector underneath the eyes to brighten them.  Liquid highlighter is thinner in consistency than concealer.  It’s light reflecting properties will deflect attention from this area while looking smooth and not overdone.

The Problem: Over-plucking the Brows

Most women at some point go overboard when cleaning up their brows. I used to be serious offender!  

When I look back at photos from the 80’s and 90’s, I cringe when seeing those untamed brows. Brows are so important as they frame the face, making you look more youthful.  

The Fix: If you’re a serious brow plucker like I was, step away from the magnifying mirror and allow time for regrowth.  Be patient. This takes time. In the meantime, learn to reshape your brows.  

Only 3 things need to be done to maintain your brows. Correct the overall shape, fill sparse areas and control coarse hairs.  

Filling in the areas that need regrowth can be done with a pencil or brow powder.  I prefer to use brow powder because it doesn’t look drawn on and appears more natural.  Choose a shade that matches your natural brow color or one shade lighter.

Fill in the bare areas first and then cover the entire brow lightly with a brow brush to keep color consistency.  Don’t try to make one brow mirror the other.  Each brow is different and creates character.

Although we’ve not covered all there is to know about managing aging skin with makeup, this is a great place to start.  What are your favorite youthful looking beauty tips? Share them below and let’s get the conversation started!

Reference: Makeup Wakeup by Joy Johnson and Sandy Linter