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What Is Mineral Foundation?

July 30, 2020

If you’re like us, you love learning about and trying new types of makeup. And chances are good, if you’re here, you’ve caught word of one popular type of face makeup that you may be unfamiliar with: mineral makeup. Mineral foundation, isn’t new to the beauty scene, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of being learned about or added to your collection. That said, you’re probably wondering what mineral powder foundation is—and who should use it. Lucky for you, you can find everything you need to know about mineral powder, including our best mineral foundation, below.


Mineral foundation, as you can probably guess, is formulated with minerals. This type of foundation may also be free of parabens, fragrances, and oils, which is why it’s a popular option for those with sensitive skin. It also most often comes in a powder formula. These mineral powder formulas are usually loose but don’t have to me; mineral powders can also be pressed.

You may be wondering, is mineral foundation better than liquid, and is it better for your skin? While one option isn’t necessarily better than the other, it’s all about personal preference. Mineral foundation may be a better option for those with oily or acne-prone skin thanks to its powder formula, which can help keep shine at bay.


Want to get your hands on mineral makeup and find out what all the hype is about? Allow us to introduce you to our best mineral foundation, the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Creamy Powder Foundation with Minerals. Available in 16 shades, this foundation is formulated with a ceramide anti-oxidant complex and minerals. The powder formula won’t cake on your skin and instead blurs pores and lines, evens tone, and keeps skin hydrated with a shine-free finish. It’s specially designed for mature skin to provide natural coverage that won’t settle into lines. Instantly upon application, lines, pores, and dark spots appear blurred, leaving skin with a satin-like, shine-free look.

This easy-to-use foundation offers buildable coverage with a matte finish. While many mineral foundations have loose powder formulas, this one is pressed, which means no worries about spilling it all over your vanity (or yourself).


To apply this mineral powder foundation, you can use a powder brush or makeup sponge. We’re going to share how to use the latter, step by step!


As with any foundation, it’s important to start with a makeup primer. This will create a smooth, even canvas for your makeup while also increasing its lifespan for day-to-night wear. Since our mineral foundation has a satin, matte finish, use a primer that has a similar finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Makeup Lock Primer.


Grab your powder and your makeup sponge—we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Lightly press the sponge into your mineral foundation to pick up the powder, then bounce it over your face to apply. Build up to your desired level of coverage, taking care to bluff and blend thoroughly for a seamless look.


Next, you’ll want to add a bit of color to your complexion. First, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jawline, and sides of your nose for a perfect contour. Then, pick your favorite shade from the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil line, and apply it to the apples of your cheeks for a natural-looking flush.


Almost done! To make sure your mineral makeup doesn’t budge throughout the day (or night), make sure to finish your makeup routine with a setting spray. Mist the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray over your face in “X” and “T” motions.

Next up: Now that you’re familiar with mineral powder foundation and how to use one, perhaps you’d like to learn about another type of foundation that’s great for mature skin. Check out our article answering Why Serum Foundation Is a Must-Have Hybrid Product.

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