Here are some of the ingredients you will most likely come across when buying mineral makeup:
A white natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory agent. It is highly reflect,
with only a diamond being higher, and thus minimizes fine lines and some skin discolorations.
A natural sunscreen providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
A colorless mica that can be used to cut the opacity of Titanium Dioxide and also works as an oil absorber.
Cornstarch / Rice Powder- Cosmetic grade
An oil humectant (draws oil out of the pores). Can make acne worse as it is a source of food for bacteria.
Natural “glitter”. Provides shimmer and sparkle.
Natural pigment - very opaque. Used for tinting cosmetics.
Ingredients To Avoid:
Talc/ Various Powders - Common fillers - can cause respiratory problems.
FD&C Dyes - Derived from coal tar.
Bismuth Oxychloride - Known skin irritant - causes itching, rashes and breakouts.
Especially prevalent when the wearer sweats.
Ferric Ferrocyanide - Controversial because of its suspected toxicity.
Carmine - Crushed beetles.
It seems that for every type of mineral makeup there is also a different technique to apply it.
Each company may have slight differences in their makeup that when it is applied a certain way
will make it look or adhere better.
Of course, it’s always preferable that you develop your own personal style - your own touch.
However, there are some very basic guidelines to applying mineral makeup that will work with almost any brand.