Archaeologists have found evidence that “bronze-age” women used a bright green paste of copper minerals, making it an ancient form of makeup that’s been revitalized as one of today’s hottest trends in cosmetics.
If you’ve hard the term “mineral makeup” tossed around, or it seems that everyone is making a mineral makeup these days, here’s what a “mineral” really is: It’s a naturally occurring inorganic element or compound, mined from the ground. When minerals are crushed, they become a silky powder that can be used on the face to color and enhance it. “mineral makeup” is applied to a variety of products. Some mineral makeup has a pure mineral content, others have minerals as a primary ingredient but include other ingredients as well. Those who love mineral makeup love the sheer, natural and gentle properties, and the limited but natural SPF protection.
Iman Cosmetics has an interesting and useful way to wear makeup with minerals. IMAN Semi-Loose Powder, for example, has ingenious packaging, bringing a fresh, new way to wear mineral makeup. The semi-loose powder comes in a jar with it’s own, built-in “minerals grinder” that serves up a fresh helping of the product –as much or as little as you want– every time you’re ready to apply it (with the included, mini flat powder/bronzer brush). There are five medium to dark colors, but they’re so sheer that even those with pale skin like mine can find a shade that works (“Sand Medium” added just a bit of all over tan that was better than a traditional bronzer on my pale skin). The product has an oil-reducing core, blended with com silk and silk powder, so your skin stays moistly matte and shine-free, all day long. At just $14.99 is not only good, it’s a value! There’s also a coordinating Second to None Cover Cream with minerals $12.99 in a pot, featuring the same five colors as the powder: Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Medium Deep, Earth Medium and Earth Deep. The smoothly applying pot of Cover Cream gives women with deeper complexions a good way to avoid the ashy or too-light concealers that ruin the look of perfect skin.
Since it’s Spring, I’d like to suggest some new, Iman lip products that don’t have minerals, but do let women with deeper complexions choose natural nudes that are trendy, and flattering. Women of color will love these tones, but actually, Iman has such a wide range of colors that even palefaces can find items they love in the line. The silky and moisturizing Iman Luxury Lip Stain $8.99 and Luxury Lip Shines $9.99 feature sheer, shimmery universally flattering neutrals perfect for Spring, adding a hint of color and lots of light-reflecting, pouty, shine, pearlescent and gold shimmer. Aloe vera and Vitamin E help make lips feel soft and moist, as well as look great. I tried “Expose,” a nude beige with gold shimmer that will look right throughout the Spring and Summer, and right into Fall (assuming you haven’t used it all up already). Creamy, natural, nude colors can be yours with the Luxury Lip Stain in a tan color called “Oh Natural,” or for those with lighter complexion, a nice wear to try the nude trend is “Nearly Nude,” a nude light and so infused with gold that it makes you look like a sun-kissed goddess without resorting to brown or copper. Just lovely!