While some consider it a marketing gimmick, some think of as second skin. From skin-care benefits to possible risks – the debate over mineral makeup is fiery. But does it really live up to its hype?
What is mineral makeup?
The tropical climate, polluted environment, unhealthy eating habits and the sun’s harmful UV rays take a toll on the skin. And it doesn’t stop here. Slathering on a host cosmetics and skin-care products tends to clog the pores. How do we then save the skin? That’s when mineral makeup comes into play.
As the name suggests, minerals such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mica and iron oxides are mined from the earth, micronized, ground and milled into tiny particles to create this makeup. While mica is light reflective, titanium dioxide offers UV protection: zinc oxide comes with healing properties – perfect for those with sensitive skin. The iron oxides provide a range of colours to the makeup.
Mineral makeup comes without any fragrance or preservative ingredients and is totally oil-free. This lowers the chances of any kind of reaction on the skin. One reason to wear mineral makeup is that it is non-come dongenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores and allows the skin to breathe. We asked two renowned makeup their take on mineral makeup.
Namrata Soni – Celebrity makeup artist
Natural weightless and long lasting, mineral makeup works and well on those hot, humid days. While traditional makeup oxidises on the skin and makes it look different in a few hours, mineral makeup stays as is, when applied.
It might not give the coverage that traditional makeup would, but it does make the skin look younger and healthier. You can start with a small amount and apply it in layers till you get the desired effect. Ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide found in mineral makeup contain tons of sun protection and slow down the process of ageing. Most importantly, the unique combination of minerals allows the skin to breathe.
Do any of the ingredients cause a skin reaction? No – there isn’t any scientific evidence as such, but it is always better to do a skin test before buying any skin-care products. Always buy makeup that is organic in nature and not tested on animals.
Who can hop on the mineral makeup bandwagon? Everyone with a moderately good skin is welcome. It provides 80 per cent coverage to acne-prone skin. But remember that the powdery finish takes about 40 minutes to settle down. Just because it provides sun protection doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen.
Be it winter or summer, mineral makeup must be removed everyday before hitting the sack. If you’re confused about what to buy, opt for Bobbi Brown. M.A.C and a bare Minerals for lovely hues to go with the Indian complexion.