Mineral Makeup

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Mineral makeup now comes in powder and cream foundations, blushes, and eye shadows suited to all skin tones as well as personal styles.


The best makeup is the kind that doesn't look like makeup at all. It gives your skin a subtle glow and evenness that looks healthy and radiant. A great foundation is the first step toward achieving this flawless natural look. Some women pass on foundations because the makeup bases they've worn in the past have been thick and unnatural looking. They may also have concerns about the bacteria that can thrive on damp foundation applicator sponges. With mineral makeup, you can opt out of the sponge entirely and don't have to worry about the dreaded "cakeface".

The Supernatural by Philosophy ($35) promises to give you an "airbrushed canvass" on which to apply the rest of your makeup. If you're in a casual mood, you can even wear it all by itself. This fine micro-mineral powder foundation glides over your skin to downplay flaws and create the most natural glow you can ask for.

If you're on a budget, you can still enjoy the benefits of mineral powder foundation. Plenty of popular drug-store cosmetics companies have introduced their own versions of mineral makeup bases, with varying results and reviews.

In tests of drugstore-brand mineral foundations, True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation by L'Oreal ($15.95) comes out a winner. The formula provides noticeable improvement in the appearance of skin. It's light, easy to apply, and best of all, it's good for you. The Skin Cancer Foundation has recommended it as a superior sunscreen product for its SPF 19 UV protection.