Sunday, February 1, 2009

Makeup Tips & Tricks

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Less is always more in mineral makeup; you need very little on the brushes…

Loose Mineral Foundation
Tap a small amount of loose mineral foundation powder into the top of your jar, and swirl/dab your flat-top foundation brush or powder buffer brush into it. Tap the bottom of the handle with the brush head facing upward on a hard surface (ie: bathroom counter). This settles the powder into the brush head. Firmly spread powder on clean, dry skin in a circular motion to evenly blend pigments. For the most natural look, start with less powder, and buff it in well, using a circular motion. Then go back for a second coat if needed.

Mix Tip: I like to use a paper pallet for doing my makeup. I know it sounds all fancy, but honestly I keep a tissue box in my bathroom and each day pull one out and put it on the counter to buff out the powder in place of the lid, it makes things less messy and easy to clean up quickly! I know, I know, I am a genius and soon all the other makeup companies will be telling you to do this too! :)

For blemishes, age spots, scaring a separate concealer most of the time, is not needed. Use a shadow brush, finger, or the edge of the flat-top brush to apply small amounts to the problem areas and blend well after you have applied your foundation. For those with dry, flaky skin, Mixology loose mineral foundation can be blended with your favorite moisturizer to create a cream foundation. First, moisturize as usual, and then tap a small amount of powder into the palm of the hand. Add a drop of moisturizer. Blend the two products together until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. Use your fingers or make-up wedge to apply.

Mineral Veil / Setting Powder
Veil is just a fancy word for Setting/Finishing Powder. Its job is to finish or “set” the look. It will tone down shine and polish off your face. All are translucent, but with different functions. Go Commando is all white and is made for people who need a lot of oil control or people who would like a primer for before foundation. Get Veiled is for most people who need just a little shine control. Afterglow is for people who want the candlelight glow or a fresh dew look. I recommend applying all with our Powder Buffer Brush or a fluffy brush and again just lightly over your face. You can wear it over or under your foundation, play with to see which you prefer. Nighttime Veil use for spot treatment, all-over, or mix a little with water to make a mask and leave on for 5-10 minutes, it gets flaky...

We have 3 cheek products – blushes, illuminizers, and bronzers. They warm up to your skin as you apply, try applying like your foundation in small circular motions with our Babuki brush. For best cheek results try using one of our bronzers first, then use one of our blushes for a POP of color on the apples of your cheeks and then slightly blend it back into the bronzer. This gives you a natural or healthy glow look. Use the illuminators to highlight your face, cheeks, and chin. Or I love to use Radiate for just a faint hint of pink on my cheeks and nothing else sometimes. Also some of our cheek colors and eye shadows make great lip colors if used with lip balm or gloss!

Eye Liner

Wet Liner: For best results do wet liner. I use the lid or hand to mix the liner, use a small fine eye liner brush (like the one we carry) and dip it in some water, put a little bit of powder in the cap or I prefer on my hand and make a little paste. You don't want it too runny or too thick. Then swirl your brush in it and drag to a fine point. Then sweep the liner across your lash line as close as possible. Let it dry and you are set for the day!

Dry Liner: Use our angled brush the small angled side, put a little powder on it and blend into your eye line. Great for a smokey look! This same brush works for doing your eye brows too.

Eye Shadow
Mineral shadows that have a bit of sheen can help deflect light thereby creating a youthful appearance, but not a frosted, overdone look. Apply a medium coat to start, but don’t be afraid to layer to darken it. Use the lightest shade under your brow, a darker one close to your lashes and the darkest on the crease and blend them towards your brow bone and out. You can also use an accent shade (usually a dark tone) and create a > in the outer corner of your eye and blend it a little in towards the center and out towards the brow. This is just something that can give you a more dramatic look or change up your routine! For spring and summer you can also play with using a brighter tone in your crease i.e.; Flicker all over the lid and try using Embark in the crease and blending just to brighten your eyes up or just a bright eye liner like Rock Show!

Wet Shadow (Foiling)
Same consistency as doing wet liner, just use a shadow brush (see our wet/dry brush). Sweep on lid or all over let it dry, it will intensify the color and sometimes give a bit of a metallic look. Many of Mixology shadows also make beautiful eyeliners!

Mix Tip: Minerals are multi-purpose powders so your favorite blush might be one of our eye shadows like Punk Shoes or your perfect lip color may be a blush like POP. You can be creative with them! Paint with them or create your own custom color or nail polish!

Have fun & Mix it Up!

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