Mineral makeup is a popular product among individuals who prefer natural cosmetics options. Bare Escentuals’ Bare Minerals makeup is a commonly known mineral cosmetics brand, and is available at department stores, specialty cosmetic stores and Bare Escentuals boutiques. Bare Minerals products include foundation, blush, eye shadow and lip colors, and have many benefits over traditional cosmetics.
Bare Minerals cosmetics are composed of natural minerals found in the earth. The foundation contains titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and iron oxides. Bare Minerals eyeshadows contain only mica and iron oxides, while the blush is made from mica, bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide and iron oxides. All Bare Minerals products are free of preservatives, fillers, binders, synthetic dyes, fragrances, talc, wax and oils. In addition, Bare Minerals cosmetics do not contain parabens, chemicals linked to certain types of cancer and used in many cosmetic products to prevent bacterial growth.
Non-Irritating and Calming
For individuals with extremely sensitive skin, many issues arise with cosmetics that contain dyes and fragrances. Because Bare Minerals products contain only natural ingredients, they are less likely to irritate the skin. In addition, the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in Bare Minerals foundation and blush actually have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that the products can actually have a soothing effect on skin irritations. As a result, Bare Minerals face products are often recommended individuals with inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or rosacea. The foundation and blush are also non-comedongenic, which means that they do not clog pores and should not contribute to new acne breakouts. Because the eyeshadows are made from natural ingredients, they do not irritate the eyes and may be used comfortably by individuals who wear contact lenses.
Bare Minerals foundation serves as a natural sunscreen because the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in the foundation helps block UVA and UVB rays from the sun. The product has an SPF of 15, and is easy to reapply throughout the day. Many people neglect to reapply their sunscreen because they do not want to ruin their makeup by applying a lotion or cream over it. A powdered product like Bare Minerals foundation is a convenient way to protect your skin from the sun throughout the entire day.
Because it is a lightweight powder, Bare Minerals foundation allow individuals to customize the coverage that they receive from the product. A dusting of the product with a fluffy brush provides light, natural-looking coverage for those who only want to even out their skin tone. For those who require more coverage, additional layers can be added to reach the desired look.
The eyeshadows offer similiar flexibility when it comes to coverage. When applied dry with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, the shadows give a sheer wash of color to the eyes. Additional layers can intensify the look. For a bold, dramatic look, the eyeshadows can even be applied wet, giving eyes a metallic sheen.
Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.