Mineral makeup - changing the face of beauty

Experts are saying that mineral makeup is changing the face of beauty; that it is kinder to our skin and provides a flawless finish.

Kelly Hooper, Makeup Artist and Director of The Barn, tells us why every woman should try mineral makeup.

It’s healthier for your skin

Conventional makeup contains chemicals, oils, fragrances and other additives that can either irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts. Mineral make-up is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't seep into and clog your pores.

“Mineral makeup lets your skin breathe while still offering protection. Containing only natural minerals, the benefit for the health of your skin is immense!” says Kelly.

It’s suitable for all skin types

Dry, oily or combination skin; mineral makeup works well for every skin type. If you’re prone to acne or sensitive skin, mineral makeup is perfect for you. “Dermatologists and skincare professionals often use mineral makeup to help protect their clients’ sensitive skin” says Kelly.

It's long lasting

Mineral powders stay put! You won’t find them running off your skin in the heat or water, and they are completely smudge-free! “The pigment lasts a long time and a little goes a long way. With mineral foundation, using very little can give a basic coverage” says Kelly.

It’s a natural sun screen

Used alongside your daily SPF, mineral makeup foundation can actually help defend your skin against the sun. There are two types of sunscreen; physical and chemical (the type you buy). Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide; the two minerals most commonly found in mineral makeup.

It’s versatile

“When mineral makeup is done right, it is much more versatile than most makeup” says Kelly. “You can mix the mineral foundation with water, moisturisers and cremes to make a liquid foundation consistency if that's what you like. You can conceal with it or just use it as a light coverage.” she adds.

Loose powder mineral pigments can turn into anything you can think of; eyeshadow, eyeliner, body shimmer, blush, etc. When working with the pure pigment it blends with almost anything.

Mineral makeup is cruelty-free

We use the Mii cosmetics range” says Kelly. “None of their products nor raw ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They have, however, been tested on a panel of willing beauty lovers!”

It has a longer shelf life

“No-one likes having to throw makeup away because it’s gone past its best” says Kelly. Mineral makeup has a very long shelf life because it is super simple; it doesn’t harbour bacteria because there is no organic material in it for the bacteria to grow.

Mineral makeup at The Barn

The Barn stocks the full Mii cosmetics range. Mii cosmetics are only available in selected salons and spas.