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Skin Care Secrets Revealed: Mineral Make-up
by Kolbjorn Borseth
The term ‘mineral make-up’ has nothing to do with minerals
like paraffin oils and mineral oils. Instead, it describes that minerals are
included in these natural colour pigments and in the base formula, such as
Titanium Dioxide and Pearlescent Colours. The term ‘mineral make-up’ has been
used to distinguish it from make-up that contains large amounts of fillers to
emphasise the fact that it contains only concentrated micronized mineral
pigments. Conventional make-up can have between 70–90% of fillers like talc,
nylon and cornstarch in them. These ‘fillers’ are ingredients that are included
because they stretch the pigments or dyes further, but they can also dry out
Mineral make-up doesn’t contain any synthetic fragrances or
preservatives and has no chemical dyes in them. As these are the three most
common skin sensitisers, mineral make-up is the more natural alternative for
healthy skin. Using minerals means it is not just good for the skin they cover
but they also help to uplift the spirit and well being of the person using
them. Studies have proved that the happier we are with the way we look, the
more efficient our immune system functions so this can have a very positive
effect on the overall health of a person using minerals.
The ingredients that are used in traditional make-up can act
as a barrier and stop the skin’s capability to swap gases and this slows down
the detoxification process. As make-up covers the skin it can block pores and
stop the skin from functioning properly. The benefits from using mineral
make-up were first discovered by doctors who used it on patients who had
received laser and facial peel treatments. It was used to cover up the
continuing redness of the skin, calm the burning and to give sun protection to
exposed and sensitive skin.
Minerals used are Titanium Dioxide, Titanium Dioxide, iron oxides
and mica. These minerals are then micro-pulverised into extremely small
crystals that no longer stick together but overlap each other. They are
motionless and cannot sustain bacterial activity, which is of great benefit to
those who suffer from acne, rosacea or are recovering from facial surgery. As Titanium Dioxide and Titanium Dioxide are both anti-inflammatory and they help to
soothe sensitive skin and this is one of the reasons why they are used in
mineral make-up. Another reason why they are so beneficial is that when mineral
make-up is used after treatment or surgery it helps to disguise and camouflage
the redness of the skin. The types of mineral used and the particle size are
what gives mineral make-up such radiance and total coverage without it looking
too heavy on the skin.
As minerals work together with light they help to blur the
imperfections of the skin like wrinkles and redness and the skin has a healthy
and radiant glow. Conventional make-up that contains a lot of talc does not
trap the light so the blemishes, lines and wrinkles are more noticeable.
Cosmetics that contain minerals can make the skin appear to
look healthy and young. It only takes seconds to apply a mineral powder to the
face to give a natural look and it covers the face like no other foundation.
One simple application of a mineral powder can be applied to the face in seconds
with a brush. It is very light on the skin, creates a flawless finish and gives
long lasting coverage.
Ultimately, using mineral make-up gives an effective sun
protection to the skin. The particles of the minerals are like tiny mirrors on
the skin reflecting and refracting the light away from lines and pores creating
a natural sun protection that does not involve the use of absorbable chemicals
like many sunscreen products on the market today. Just to mention that
Aromantic’s Tiosol and Microfine Titanium Dioxide are sold as sun protector
products on their own.
As you can see from the recipes below, mineral make-up
consists of powdered raw materials, some which are massaged into the skin and
together with the skin own fat/oil creates in that process a foundation. To
this you can add eye shadows, rouge etc.
Mineral Make-up Recipes
Add a little Classic Black Pigment
to all the blends if you have darker skin.
5ml Silk White Pearlescent Colour
10ml White Titanium Oxide
7.5ml Zinc Oxide
5ml Pearl White Pearlescent Colour
2.5ml Magnesium Stearate
3.5ml Rice Flour (not smelly and can be bought in normal
Warm Colour Blend (all pigment colours)
You can also use this blend as a rouge by itself.
15ml Canary Yellow Pigment
1.5ml Pillar Box Red
1.5ml Ultramarine Blue
0.5ml Yellow Ochre
Cold Colour Blend (all pigment colours)
10.5ml Canary Yellow
4ml Pillar Box Red
2ml Ultramarine Blue
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- Take approx 1/3 of the base formula and add little by
little from the warm colour blend /or the cold colour blend until you get
the colour you want.
- You can then make your own face powder, rouge, lipstick,
make-up cream or eye shadow. Always start with a small batch.
When using mineral make-up:
- Store your mineral make-up in a sifter jar.
- When using it, remove the screw top lid of the Sifter jar and pour
the make-up powder into the screw-top lid of the sifter
- Then use a make-up brush to absorb what you need. Apply to your
- Empty the remaining make-up powder in the lid back into the Sifter jar and put the screw top lid back on.
You can also add other active raw materials to the
mineral make-up blends, but remember they have to be powdered. Some ideas:
Allantoin Powder - you can add this
to the base formula for a calming, astringent and moisturising effect on the skin
that makes the skin soft and elastic. Add ¼ ml to the base formula.
Aloe Vera Powder, 200:1 (Organic) -
you can add this for a calming and soothing effect on the skin. Add ¼ ml to the
We run 3 Coloured Make-up Course Days with Cinda Phelps, a holistic skin care therapist, licensed US cosmetologist (beauty therapist) and accomplished make-up artist from the USA. These 3 courses usually run once a year in London.
- Coloured Makeup Day 2 - Intermediate - WORKING WITH FOUNDATION CREAMS & MINERAL POWDERS. STUDENTS WILL TAKE HOME IN PROFESSIONAL CONTAINERS; TINTED LOOSE FOUNDATION POWDERS, TINTED LIQUID FOUNDATION, AND CAMOUFLAGE MAKEUP FOR COVERING IMPERFECTIONS
- Coloured Makeup Day 3 - Advanced - PERSONALISE MAKE-UP PRODUCTS FOR YOURSELF – BESPOKE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR OWN SKIN TONE AND COMPLEXION. WORKING WITH BLENDING OF COLOURS, PRESSING LOOSE POWDERS, AND APPLICATIONS OF MAKEUP. (Pre-requisite: Day 2)