The Bare Minerals brand is an American rising star, slowly gaining recognition among beauty professionals and enthusiasts. As a part of the parent company Bare Escentuals and Shiseido, Bare Minerals’ makeup aims to unite women through natural beauty ingredients. However, there are still people in the dark about Bare Minerals’ highly-beneficial makeup products.
What’s Mineral Makeup?
After surfacing in the makeup industry in the 70s, mineral makeup began to make its way into the hearts, and makeup bags, of all beauty lovers. Retrospectively, mineral makeup can be traced back to the ancient times when civilizations would ground-up natural materials to apply color to the skin. Cleopatra’s famous kohl-rimmed eyes were achieved by grinding stibnite, a sulfide mineral similar to the charcoal used in modern-day mascaras.
The main difference between regular and mineral makeup is that the latter contains no parabens, fragrance, preservatives, talc, oil, and other harmful chemicals. Meanwhile, mineral makeup will usually contain iron oxides, zinc oxide, mica, and titanium oxide while omitting alcohol, glycerin, and parabens. This means mineral makeup are generally subtler and less harsh than traditional makeup. It’s perfect for people with sensitive skin and recurring skin conditions like acne and irritability.
Bare Minerals Best-Sellers
- Warmth All-Over Face Color Bronzer
- Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
- BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with SPF 20
- Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream
- Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25
- Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo
- Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam
- Revamped Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
- Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Kitty
Recreating “Instagram Makeup” with Bare Minerals
If you ever want to emulate the look of one of those famous Instagram “baddies” with their cat eye, cut crease, and matte lipstick, you can do so with the help of a few Bare Minerals products. To start off, clean your face with your usual skincare regime. Bare Mineral has their own line of skincare consisting of various creams and gels for hydration, moisturization, and restoration. Right after you’ve completed your skincare routine, apply an even layer of your Bare Minerals primer like the Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel suitable for oily and combination skin.
Create a Canvas
With the Shade Finder, pick the perfect Bare Minerals foundation that matches your skin tone and condition. There are 6 different Bare Minerals foundation you can choose from BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation, Blemish Remedy Foundation, Original Foundation, Complexion Rescue, Matte Foundation, and Bareskin Foundation. Once you’ve picked the base, apply it evenly using a foundation brush or a beauty blender. Think of it as creating a blank, smooth canvas so all your other makeup can be applied evenly and seamlessly.
Covering up blemishes should be the next step you should do. Use the Bare Minerals liquid concealer to cover spots, scars, dark under eyes, and discoloration. It’s best to use color corrector for heavily-discolored areas, however, it’s not always necessary. Afterwards, blend it out with a brush or sponge. You can also use a concealer to highlight places like the bridge of the nose, forehead, and chin. When you’re done, set the concealed areas with translucent or setting powder and you can proceed to contouring. This process is usually known as “baking”.
You can use Bare Minerals bronzer to contour your cheekbones, jawline, nose, along the outer forehead, and under your lower lips. This is to give your face more depth and definition. Remember to map out your face first and determine your face shape so your contour will have a natural finish. Once your baking is done, blend your contour and highlight together with a blending brush. After this, you can continue shaping your eyebrows and creating your eye makeup.
Before doing anything to your lids, prime your eyes using Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer or any other natural primer from the brand. Then, apply a neutral eyeshadow all over the lids evenly. To this, use an eyeliner or a dark shadow to create a line on your crease. Use a brush to blend this line outwards to the outer corners of the eye. Next, apply transition shadow over the line and blend. In the lower part of the cut crease, you can either leave it be or apply glitter eyeshadow. Lastly, create the signature cat eyeliner and put on fake eyelashes for a dramatic effect. To make this step easier, you can opt for Bare Minerals’ many eyeshadow palettes like The Sexy Neutrals, The Bare Neutrals, The Power Neutrals, or the Posh Neutrals.
Add a (subtle) splash of color to your lips with the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor to complete your Instagram makeup look. This quick-drying, long-wearing, moisturizing matte lipstick is available in 20 shades like Cookie, XYZ, Scandal, BO$$, Icon, and Slay. Make sure you line your lips first with the Gen Nude Under Ove Lip Liner for easy application.
Mineral makeup can be quite pricey so make sure to browse through our collection of Bare Minerals makeup and skincare. Get on with the times and emulate the Instagram “baddie” look without blowing your budget.