In the past I have always avoided using powder foundation because one, it always makes a mess, and two it just seemed like too much effort. Earlier this month we were invited to an Antipodes blogger event where beauty expert Deborah Sampson talked through how to correctly use the Antipodes mineral foundation. To my surprise I have really enjoyed using it this past week and its safe to say I am now a mineral foundation convert. For today's post I thought I would share some tips I picked up to help solve the mystery that is applying mineral makeup.
To kick things off, tap a little bit of the mineral powder into the lid and swirl your brush around in it. Tap the excess off the brush and away you go. The tap, swirl, tap process is key to minimising mess and making sure you have the right amount of product.
2. Buff don't pat
I've found mineral foundation applies best when you really buff it into your skin. I'm usually one to pat my face gently with a touch of setting powder and had always tried the same approach with mineral foundation (and failed miserably). Using my Real Technique's buffing brush has really made a difference and I am finding the overall finish a lot smoother.
3. Pair it with bb cream
The Antipodes mineral powder gives a lovely light-weight finish, but I have found my favourite way to wear it is over the top of a light coverage bb cream. This is enough to cover up all my imperfections but still leaves my skin looking natural.
4. Set with a translucent powder
Just because you are using a 'powder' foundation, does not mean you should skip your setting powder. I still like to finish off my makeup look with a dusting of my favourite Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to make the foundation last all day long and reduce shine.
5. Always moisturise beforehand
I have extremely dry skin at the moment from my acne medication and I have found the mineral foundation has a tendency to stick to my dry patches. Therefore it is key to make sure you use a good moisturiser beforehand.
A once makeup enemy has somehow snuck into my everyday makeup routine with ease, and I kind of love it! Let me know in the comments below if you have tried mineral foundation before and what you think of them.