How To Apply Lose Mineral Make-Up And Get That “Red Carpet Ready” Look!


Mineral Makeup seems to be the the most popular form of cosmetics on the market today. A lot of women (and men) have discovered the benefits of using mineral make-up as opposed to the traditional liquid foundation, or powder. Mineral make-up doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals that cause some people to break out, or aggravate sensitive skin conditions. I personally use all natural mineral cosmetics myself.  As a MUA there are several tips and tricks to applying mineral makeup and it can look very natural if done right. (yes this is long, but I’m sharing my secrets so enjoy!)

The one thing I absolutely love about mineral makeup is the versatile coverage. You can apply very little for a more natural daytime look, or dress it up a bit and layer it for a more glamorous evening look. Being a MUA I have learned several tricks while working with loose mineral pigments. Here are some of the tips and tricks I use while doing makeup:

First and foremost, always start with clean skin. Think of it as painting a master piece. You need a clean slate to create!

  1. Always, Always, Always, apply your eye-shadow first. The reason for this is because mineral eye-shadow tends to fall. Especially if you have a heavy hand. If you don’t apply the eye-shadow first and it falls (which it does) it ill get all over your face makeup and mess it up. The darker colors will smudge and create a very messy uneven look. Your only option is to wash your face makeup off and start over. What a waste right? So to avoid this common mistake, remember eyes first.

After you apply a small amount of your eye-shadow primer, chose your shadows and get your clean brush ready to create! I always open the lid of the shadow and tap a small amount of the pigment into the lid. This makes it way easier to control how much you are actually using. Dip the tip of the brush into the lid and swirl to get the desired amount of pigment and then tap the brush on the side of the lid shaking off the excess pigment that had not adhered to the brush. Next your ready to apply.

  1. Get a cotton ball, makeup sponge or what ever you chose to use and wipe away the excess that has fallen on your face.

  2. Next apply your moisturizer and face primer. TIP: let it set for a few seconds before putting on the mineral foundation or concealer to be sure that the moisturizer and primer are fully absorbed and dry. Damp skin will grab the foundation/powder and leave deep streaks of color across the face. I always tell my clients to fix their hair between. If you don’t have the time for that, completely understandable, most people don’t. Just be sure to blot your skin with a tissue, or better yet, a blotting powder. Try Jane Iredale’s PureMatte Finish Powder. (love it)

Before we go further, keep this one little thought in mind; foundation is our dirty little secret. No matter how much you wear, no one should ever see it. All they should see is your flawless skin!

  1. Next apply your concealer to the areas that need a little extra cover. Trick: I use the same mineral powder on my cover up spots that I use on my whole face to ensure the color matches. Add a drop or two of water to your mineral powder mix it together and apply, it acts as a foundation or concealer for extra coverage!

I apply this under my eyes as well. One thing you don’t want to do if you are trying to avoid highlighting your crows feet or wrinkles (if this apply’s to you, unfortunately it does to me) Is apply too much powder under or around your eyes. Avoid this at all costs! It will only settle in your crows feet and wrinkles and make them more pronounced. I know you think your covering them up by doing this but your actually making them stand out.  Once you have applied your concealer, take a very light feathery brush and gently dust over the concealer lightly with your face powder. Less is more in this situation especially under the eyes.

  1. Next take your lose mineral powder and do the same thing you did with your eye-shadow. Take the lid tap a small amount into the lid, take your brush and swirl and then tap again on the side of the lid removing all excess powder.


Starting at the outside of your face, buff the powder onto the skin using a small circular motion. After doing the outer areas, move on to the cheeks, and nose. One layer should be enough, but if some areas need additional coverage (very red cheeks for example), tap a touch more powder onto the brush and apply more only where needed.

Advice… if you get a little oily during the day, don’t touch up with more mineral foundation. The result will be a cakey mess. Simply get some oil blotting papers and gently blot the oil spots and follow up with a touch of the blotting powder mentioned above.

  1. You are now ready for blush!  Nothing brightens and accentuates your face better than the warm glow of blush. Whether you choose a satin matte blush or a reflective shimmer blush, the great news is you don’t need much because most mineral blushes are so richly pigmented and easily bendable that just a little dab will go a long way! Pick up a bit of blush with a soft brush, and swirl in the lid of your blush jar to evenly distribute the powder. Give it a little tap. You should see only a bit of powder on the bristles of the brush. (remember, less is more)  Apply your blush in a gentle arc from the apples of your cheeks (smile and you can’t miss them) outward and slightly up. It is best not to bring the color all the way to your hairline. Blend outward and slightly down for a natural effect. 

Quick Tip:  Start with a light layer – you can always add more. If you find you have applied too much blush, or if you’d like a touch less shimmer, sweep a little of our finishing powder or mineral foundation over the top to tone it down.

  1. Next apply your lashes or mascara!

If your just using mascara follow these tips:

A brand new bottle of mascara can transfer a lot of extra product on the wand for the first few uses, causing clumpy lashes. So before your first coat, glide the brush over a napkin or tissue to remove any excess formula. Keep your lashes curled longer by wiggling the brush back and forth at the base of your lashes, and then swiping to the tips. If you coat your lashes evenly, it will weigh down the tips of the hairs, causing your lashes to straighten out after a few minutes. The best way to hold a curl is to apply a thicker coat of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter one toward the ends. You can achieve this by wiggling the wand back and forth at the base, and then lightly combing through to the tips. If you have thin or light-colored lashes, coat both sides by alternating between looking up and looking down while applying mascara. That way, the hairs are fully covered and appear much thicker.

The way you hold the brush when applying your mascara can make a huge difference. Holding the brush horizontally and wiggling it back and forth will give you voluminous lashes, while holding it vertically and running the tip of the brush along the length of your lashes will leave you with a longer, more natural look.

TIP: Waterproof formula is great at holding curl and keeping your mascara from smearing throughout the day, but because it’s so difficult to remove, try applying your normal mascara first and finishing with a coat of waterproof.

If you really want to get technical about your mascara this is a trick I often use when falsies are not what the client wants:

Dust baby powder over your eyelashes between the first and second coats of mascara to plump up your lashes. Sounds crazy right? BUT it does work if done properly. Translucent powder or baby powder has grip, so it will stick to your lashes in between each coat of mascara, making your lashes appear more voluminous.

If you using “Falsies” follow these tips:

After you’ve picked out a pair of voluminous false lashes, prop your elbows on the table and lean over the mirror. This positioning will steady shaky hands or arms and also give you a better look at what you’re doing.

TIP: Wrap your false lashes around the handle of a makeup brush to give the strips some curve. That way, they’ll form to the shape of your eye more easily.(If I’m applying my own falsies I wrap them around my finger)

Next apply your eyelash adhesive glue.Give it about 30 seconds to become tacky, and apply.

TIP: If you tend to fumble around trying to apply glue onto the lash strip, an easier alternative is tracing your upper lash line with glue, letting it dry a few seconds until it’s tacky, and then setting the lashes on top. This technique is a bit tricky so I don’t recommend trying this on anyone else until you’ve mastered it on yourself.

A longer lash strip is also hard to control, so try applying them one section at a time. Start with the outer corners and work your way toward the inner corners. A full lash strip can also be a really intense look, so you might even skip doing the section on the inside of the eye for more natural-looking fringe.

  1.  Now your ready for LIPS! The final touch to complete your look. I always use a lip primer. A lot of people skip this step, but I feel that it is an essential part of completing your look. Lip primer will not only keep your lip stick in place but it will also keep it from running as well.

Pouty lips are oh-so-pretty, and if yours are naturally thin, you might be wondering what you can do to plump them up. You can use makeup to make them appear to be fuller, use a lip plumping product, or even dab on a little cinnamon to make them temporarily swell a little. Prepping your lips by exfoliating them well will also help you create a more kissable look.

A beauty tip I’ve always sworn by is to pick your best feature and play it up. If you are complimented often on your lips, consider yourself lucky; it’s time to accentuate them. Women who wear heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick can look clownish. If you want to wear red lipstick, keep the rest of your makeup light. If you are playing up the eyes, keep your mouth light with a gloss or light lip color that doesn’t stand out.

 TIP: To get nude lips, which look great with smokey eyes, cover lips with concealer or foundation before applying gloss. This renders lips practically colorless.

After applying lipstick, take your index finger and pop it in your mouth, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.

  1.  Last but not least “Eyebrows”! Don’t make this common mistake and forget them all together, unless your blessed with truly perfect eyebrows.

Shape is Everything

Perfectly groomed eyebrows pull your look together in a snap. And in all honesty, very few people have a naturally perfect brow. Eyebrows, like hair color and length, require upkeep, but the results are so worth it. There is nothing like the day after you get your brows done, when the redness is gone and you look like you got an eye lift.

It’s true, shape is the most important thing – everyone can benefit from a brow shaping. Once shaped, however, it’s time to make them pop. Here are some ways to get even more from your brows.

  • Brush Them Into Place: Each morning, using a brow brush or a soft toothbrush, brush your brows into place. It will take all of two seconds and will leave them perfectly placed. Some people recommend using clear mascara or even a bit of hairspray sprayed onto the toothbrush to keep them in place all day long.
  • Sparse Brows? Fill Them In: But it can be tricky to do this. Put down the pencil which can leave obvious darkening and sometimes, depending on how heavy handed you are, can leave obvious pencil lines. Get some mineral makeup that matches your brow color and a makeup brush made just for your brows
  • Use a Highlighter: Putting a bit of highlighter right under the arch of your brow will accentuate the brow bone, leaving you looking younger and your eyes looking bigger.

There really is nothing as inexpensive in the beauty world that can make such a drastic difference in your appearance.

And wallah!  There you have it! All my secrets and tips of how to get the perfect “Red Carpet Ready” look!

Hope you enjoyed this blog!

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