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How to Apply Mineral Makeup – It’s Easy!


One of the biggest things that stops people from using mineral makeup is that it looks complicated and messy. What people who haven’t used it before don’t know is that learning how to apply mineral foundation is actually quite easy, and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be getting your foundation done in less time than it takes with a liquid. In fact, mineral makeup is so easy to apply that even the most unsavvy of makeup users can become a pro. Follow these quick and simple steps to get the most out of your mineral makeup for a look that lasts all day.


To get the greatest looking makeup, it’s really important to have your face prepared before you beginning slathering powder everywhere. Anyone who complains about how their makeup looks terrible or doesn’t last for very long will find that it all comes down to improper preparation or skipping the prep all together. It only takes a minute or two, so don’t be lazy!

  • Cleanse your face before applying anything. You want to make sure you have a clear surface, completely free of face gunk and debris.
  • Moisturize so that you face is hydrated and the makeup has a nice, moist surface to adhere to. This is absolutely an essential step if you have dry skin and you want to use mineral makeup. This will help prevent the makeup from drying out your skin further.
  • Prime your face to smooth out the surface of your skin and create the perfect canvas for the makeup. This step is optional, but it can help enhance the look of your makeup.
  • Conceal before or after? That depends. If you’re going to be using a liquid or creamy concealer, or any sort of color correctors, it’s best to get that done before you put the mineral powder on. If you have a mineral powder concealer, you can use that after the foundation has been applied.

How to apply mineral makeup

Once you’ve prepped and given you face a few minutes to dry, grab your brush and get ready for the fun, face transforming part.

  1. Tap a small amount of the powder into the lid of the container. Pretty much every good mineral foundation will come with a sifter, so this part should be easy and mess free.
  2. Dip your brush into the lid and swirl it around to make sure the brush is evenly coated with the powder. Before applying any to your face, make sure you tap the brush a few times to get rid of the excess powder. You don’t want to have too much on the brush at once or else you’re going to end up with an uneven distribution of makeup.
  3. Apply the foundation to your face by moving the brush in a circular motion. Start with the areas of your face that need the most coverage and then work your way outward. There is no right area to start, just experiment and find out what works best for you. Keep in mind that you want to be buffing the powder into your skin, rather than dusting it.

Quick Tips

  • A little goes a long way. Mineral powder is highly concentrated, so you won’t need a ton of it to get coverage. Apply your foundation in light layers and build up if you feel that you need more.
  • Never skip moisturizing. Your makeup needs something to stick to. To go along with this, make sure your face is totally dry after washing and applying moisturizer before starting your makeup.
  • Get creative and mix some of your foundation powder into your favorite moisturizer to create your own tinted moisturizer. I love doing this because I know the color will be a perfect match since I’m using my own foundation.
  • Mineral makeup has a long shelf life. You won’t need to rush to use it, as most mineral makeup can last for a year or two.
  • Get your hands on the best mineral makeup brushes, and the best mineral powder foundation to ensure that your face is completely flawless.