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06 March 2012

Mineral makeup foundation

Musq - winner of the 2012 Natural Beauty Award for best foundation
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Millions of women in Australia and around the world are ditching the chemicals found in conventional cosmetics in favour of beautiful natural products that are better for your skin, your health and the environment!  Are you joining them?  Today’s mineral makeup foundations provide beautiful results and the formulations are so advanced you won’t miss those nasty petrochemical-based products one bit!  

In our busy little mineral makeup corner of the store, the question most often asked is how to choose the right mineral foundation.  Would I be best with a cream, liquid or powder? What colour best matches my skin?    

Prepared by Biome's mineral makeup expert, here's a helpful guide to foundation perfection.  

1.     Choose your formulation - Cream, Liquid or Powder?

Choose the correct formulation for your skin’s needs.

One of our most popular powders

Oily  -   Powder
On Oily skins powder helps to eliminate excess moisture and give a flawless, shine-free finish.
Oily skins can sometimes use a liquid foundation, but must be sure to powder well to stop the makeup ‘sliding’. Touch ups with powder during the day are also a great idea to keep you looking polished.

Pro Tip: Try using a Rose Water or Hydrosol spray like Mokosh hydrosol toner after powder foundation application to help ‘set’ the makeup. This will create a gorgeous ‘natural skin’ look.

Sante cream foundation                           

Dry -  Liquid or Cream
Choose Liquid or Cream foundations for their hydrating properties.  Powders can be drying on this skin type, causing a rough, or chalky appearance. If you would like to use a powder foundation, just be sure to prepare your skin accordingly. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturise well.

Pro Tip: For longer wearing makeup and a more polished look, apply a light dusting of powder after your foundation. A light spray of rose water or hydrosol will help set the look.

Musq mineral powder foundation
Combination  - Powder or Liquid
Combination skins can use either a powder or a liquid foundation.  Powder foundations are great for combination skin as they help to absorb any excess oil and combat unwanted shine. The trick here is to apply more coverage in your oilier zones while using more sparingly in other areas.

Pro Tip: When using liquid foundations, those with combination skin should apply a dusting of powder, focusing on their oily zones, after their foundation to prevent the makeup from ‘breaking up’ in their oiler zones later in the day.

2.     Choose your shade – Know your Skin Tone and Depth

Is your skin Fair, Medium or Deep? Remembering that this may vary in Summer and Winter.

Secondly, is your skin tone Cool, Warm or Neutral?
Cool: You have blue/green eyes, may sunburn/freckle easily, your natural hair colour is blond/light brown, you look good in bright pinks, fuschia and muted browns.
Warm:  You have brown/hazel eyes, tan easily, have brown or darker hair, your skin has a slightly yellow/golden tone, you look good in rich browns and navy.
Neutral : If you have two or more characteristics from both Warm and Cool then you are most likely a neutral skin tone.

Now, check this handy table that gives our recommendations on the best Inika, Musq and Sante choices based on the combination of your skin tone and depth.

For example, if you have Fair skin with Cool tone, recommendations for you are Inika Liquid: Cream; Inika Powder: Grace, Nurture, Unity, Strength; Musq Cream: Kalahari; Musq Powder: Kalahari; Sante Liquid: No. 1.

3.     Try them on!

To get the most accurate colour match, always test makeup on your face rather than your hand or wrist. 

Try at least 3 shades. Pick out the shade that you think most suits your skin tone and then pick one shade lighter and one shade darker.

Apply the makeup using brush/cotton tip on clean skin. At your outer jawline (just in front of your ear) use your brush/cotton tip to make a vertical  ‘stripe of each shade. Work it into the skin slightly as you would when applying to your full face.   This area of your face is perfect for testing foundation because you can see how the makeup affects any pigmentation, your overall skin tone and ensures it will blend into your neck seamlessly.

The aim here is to find a shade that is almost undetectable. If you’ve got the coverage you need and you can’t see it on your skin, you’re onto a winner!

Browse our mineral makeup ranges ...  Inika, Musq, Sante and our Makeup brushes.

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


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