How to Avoid 4 Common Mineral Makeup Mistakes

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So you’ve taken the leap and decided to wear mineral makeup. You’ve watched every how-to video and read every tip you can get your hands on but you’re still not getting the flawless finish you expected. 

Don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s totally normal to feel lost when learning how to apply mineral makeup because its dry application is a completely different animal. Today we’re going to talk about how to avoid 4 common mineral makeup mistakes.

Mistake #1- Your makeup finish looks “chalky” 

One of the biggest complaints for new mineral makeup wearers is a “powdery” or “chalky” looking makeup finish. The good news is that this mistake is easy to remedy! This type of finish happens when too much product is used when applying.

Solution: Less is More

A powdery finish is less likely to happen when you start with just a pinch of product. Don’t worry if you don’t get the coverage you want right away. Mineral makeup is “buidable”, so you can apply in layers until you get the type of coverage you want.

Tip: You don’t need to start over if it looks like you’ve applied too much. You can easily remove any extra powder by swiping your face with a clean powder brush around the area where makeup tends to settle; around the nose, brows, and ears.

Mistake #2- Your skin looks dry

Loose mineral makeup applies dry, so if your skin is dry before you apply your makeup, it will dry out even further after applying your makeup.

Solution: Create a moisture balance to your skin

No matter your skin type, it’s important to use a moisturizer before you apply your foundation. Be sure you are using the right moisturizer for your skin type.

Tip: You might also want to try a different formula of foundation that better meets the needs of dry skin like KmS Mineral Essentials Select Botanical Foundation.

Mistake #3- Your skin looks shiny

It doesn’t look shiny “healthy”, it looks shiny “oily”!

Solution: If your skin is combination or oily, use a finishing powder like KmS Mineral Essentials Perfect Finish Mineral Veil before and after applying your foundation to stop oily breakthrough.

Tip: If you still notice shine coming through, make sure your application brush gets a bath regularly so you’re not transferring bacteria back and forth.

Mistake #4- The shade is way off

It’s almost like it happened overnight. Your foundation shade looked just fine yesterday, and now it looks a shade lighter, darker, or even worse, orangey!  

Solution: If you live in a climate where seasons change drastically from cold to hot, you’ll most likely use 2 different shades of foundation; 1 for warmer weather and another for cooler temperatures. Why? Because you’re probably enjoying outdoor activities much more when it’s warm, exposing your skin to the sun which can darken your skin a shade or two. 

If your foundation looks “orange”, the PH level of your skin may have changed.

PH level measures how acidic or alkaline our skin is. These levels will change throughout our lifetime as we age, but becomes more common when our skin comes into contact with new skincare products, overexposure to the sun, and pollution from cigarette smoke and the environment. 

Foundation can turn orange when too much PH from the oil of our skin mixes with the pigment of the foundation shade and becomes oxidized. The quickest solution? Find a new foundation shade.

Have you ever made these mistakes? If not, what was your biggest frustration when learning how to use mineral makeup? Let’s get the conversation started below.