Looking for the perfect natural foundation? You can't go past mineral makeup and there's a reason why.
Mineral makeup uses technologies that have been around since ancient times. Many ancient cultures and civilisations used ground-up natural minerals as a way of applying colour to their skin for things such as decoration and camouflage. Mineral makeup has now made a comeback, and in a big way!
Mineral make-up was a large part of the cosmetics revolution of the 1970s (can you believe it wasn't until 1976 that it became law for cosmetic brands to state the ingredients on their labels?!) and since then, it has taken a large slice of the beauty product market.
The idea behind mineral makeup is the use of naturally occurring ingredients that are safer for your skin and are more effective. It isn't just used to cover up those little imperfections; dermatologists also recommend it for people with mild forms of rosacea, sensitive and/or acne prone skin. Skin conditions like these are a massive burden for most women in wearing makeup; in fact for a lot of women, makeup is actually the cause of their skin troubles! This is where mineral makeup comes in.
Mineral makeup is described as a one-stop solution for all skin problems as it will subtly conceal the problem without worsening or aggravating it through its ability to infuse with your skin's natural oils and balance the skin. For example, traditional heavy foundations are known to worsen acne however the balancing clays and minerals in mineral makeup will not clog pores or react with the skin. Plus it may also help absorb excess oil and keep bacteria off your skin!
Mineral makeup is also perfect for those women who do not like the look or feel of wearing makeup but still want to have glowing, even skin. Mineral make up is near invisible and literally weightless. It doesn't interfere with your skin's normal functions, allowing it to breathe naturally, thus helping you to have that perfect natural, no-makeup look. That weightless, comfortable feel is due to the natural pigments in minerals makeup such as Mica and Zinc Oxide.
By wearing mineral makeup, you also avoid the side effects of mainstream chemical makeup that are said to cause concerns such as dullness, wrinkles, dryness and spots after using the products for an extended period of time.
When looking for the right mineral makeup for you, make sure to find a brand that does not include any toxins like preservatives, fragrances or fillers such as Talc.
Our absolute favourite (ok maybe favourite is an understatement...we are totally obsessed) is Eco Minerals made in beautiful Byron Bay, who avoid all fillers and ingredients that would either take away from the performance of their products or irritate the skin.
Eco Minerals use only the safest natural ingredients in their foundations, blush and bronzers including:
Zinc oxide - for its sun protection qualities
Mica - for its anti-ageing properties and to reflect light off the skin, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores
Kaolin clay - to absorb excess oils, which may refine the look of pores and help clear breakouts
Iron oxide - for perfect colour
Titanium dioxide (NOT powdered) - again for its sun protection properties
Eco Minerals also have two types of foundation so you can find the perfect fit for your skin type:
Flawless foundation- for oily/combination skin, which is free from oil and gives a matte finish.
Perfect Foundation- for dry/normal skin, which is rich in Zinc oxide to protect the skin from drying up and gives a fresher, more dewy finish.
Want to try for yourself? Buy a few testers to find your perfect shade! Just select the Sample size under each shade you'd like to try. And be sure to check out our customer review for more information and insights into this awesome makeup!
Written by Aimee-Lili Peters