Achieve a flawless finish while giving your skin exactly what it needs with the best mineral make-up available
Mineral make-up is changing the face of beauty and it’s not just a phase. In fact, according to a lot of experts in the industry, it’s the best foundation to combat a slew of skin problems. Not only is it kind to sensitive skin but it’s also non-comodegenic; this means it doesn’t clog pores and lead to blemishes like others. It absorbs excess oil too. So, if you have oily skin, mineral foundation will be your saviour.
But what exactly is mineral make-up?
Mineral make-up is (as it says on the tin) made from minerals, like zinc, mica and titanium oxide. These are finely milled, mixed in with pigments and then pressed to create mineral make-up. It’s free from oil, waxes, synthetic fragrance and preservatives, which makes it a popular choice if you have issues with your skin.
Over the years people have been drawn to the idea that mineral make-up powders are more natural and therefore kinder to/more comfortable on your skin. Although many people think mineral make-up only includes powders, liquid formulas can be mineral too. If you have dry skin, but still want the goodness of a mineral foundation, get a liquid formula. Your skin will feel hydrated and dewy.
There’s also a range of beneficial properties to many of the formulations found today. If you suffer from redness (perhaps from rosacea) or sallow skin, try a colour correcting mineral foundation. These can also help combat sallowness and hyper-pigmentation. And if you’re looking for something that can battle fine lines, invest in one of the anti-ageing formulations.
These foundations also make a great base for special occasions. Heading down the aisle soon and not sure what the best foundation for your wedding is? We recommend stocking up on Bare Minerals Original Foundation. Thanks to its ability to give skin a smooth semi-matte finish, it’s become a real favourite among brides. Apply full coverage in the morning and then touch-up throughout the day.
Shop our round-up of the best mineral make-up and find your perfect foundation below…
A skincare-make-up hybrid. If you don't like to wear a heavy base, then this featherweight foundation serum will be your new beauty best friend. It gives a lovely semi-matte finish that won't hide your natural skin tone and features.
Use this illuminator, which is made up of oat extract and jojoba oil, directly on the skin by tapping it into the high points of your face (cheekbones, bridge of your nose). Or squeeze a small dollop in with your face cream or moisturiser.
You'll want to carry this compact everywhere. Multi-tasking as foundation, concealer and powder with a hit of SPF 15, it's an all-in-one foundation that'll make your make-up bag so much lighter.
This is like FaceTune in a bottle. The combination of powders creates a smooth veil over your face, blurring out imperfections and evening out tone. It's a beautiful product that feels and looks like satin.
bareMinerals Original Foundation is not just the best-selling mineral make-up in the US, but - prepare yourself for this - the best-selling foundation full stop. If you are looking for a mineral make-up without added ingredients (which many of the cheaper brands do use), then this is the one for you. However, be warned, it does deliver a slightly shinier finish than some versions and, therefore, doesn't always flatter oily skin types. Be sure to use their swirl, tap, buff technique to nail the look.
This is an EXCELLENT mineral make-up product. Not only does it give you instant, enviable glow, but the added DHA in the formula means that it gradually builds up where you've applied. It really is amazing.
This oil-absorbing mineral powder plus foundation in one imparts an instant natural matte finish and provides sheer to full buildable coverage.
This powder blush comes in eight glorious shades that will add a natural pinch of colour to your cheeks. It's also formulated with vitamin A, C, E and green tea extract meaning that it gives skin a boost of nutrients.
These two tones work perfectly to create the ultimate natural, everyday smokey eye. Use the tawny owl as the base and sculpt with the mink brown.
With its dinky in-the-lid brush and small pot, L'Oréal's True Match Minerals is a great option for on-the-go touch-ups. Put it in your hand bag to use on your morning commute. Then once you're on the train, simply dip the brush in the pot and apply to your face using circular motions.
If you're on the go type of gal, then this stick foundation is for you. It can be used in isolation to cover up blemishes, all over the face for full-coverage and for regular top ups throughout the day. Quite a lot for such a small price.
This SPF utilises a combination of mineral sunscsreens - zinc and titanium dioxide - to protect your skin against UVA and UVB damage. It smoothes everything out and acts like a great base for make-up.
A lot of mineral foundations have the added benefit of adding a subtle glow too. Clarins' Mineral Loose Powder gives seamless coverage, while creating a bright and radiant finish. Light enough for everyday use, it can also help protect your face against dryness. Simply buff it into your skin with a large face brush.
This weightless powder will give you full coverage for up to 12 hours and the best part is that it looks super natural, doesn't cake and works well with sensitive skin.