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Video:Mineral Foundation

with Jen D'Amore

Mineral foundation not only gives your skin a healthy glow, but it can help eliminate imperfections. Learn all about mineral foundation and whether it's right for you in this video from About.com.See Transcript

Transcript:Mineral Foundation

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about mineral foundation.

What is Mineral Foundation?

Since it's introduction, mineral makeup has made quite an impact on the cosmetics industry. Mineral foundation is praised for it's ability to cover imperfections while giving your skin a healthy natural glow. Some have even reported reductions or elimination of acne after switching to mineral foundation. A little goes a long way, so that one container will last a lot longer than traditional makeup.  

How to Pick Out a Mineral Foundation

Due to it's popularity, many versions of mineral foundation have become available to purchase, and selecting the right one may seem overwhelming.  

The first thing to consider is the number of ingredients. True mineral foundation powder will only have 4 to 5 ingredients. These natural non-micronized ingredients are essentially melted by the warmth of your skin to provide smooth coverage, and are safe to your skin and your lungs. The size of the molecules in true mineral foundation does not clog pores and is not absorbed by your skin.

What Ingredients are in Mineral Foundation?

So, what are micronized ingredients? They are ingredients that are made smaller.  Nanoparticles are extremely small particle versions of a mineral. Since the pure minerals smooth out on your skin, there is no need to have nanoparticles in your makeup. In fact, nanoparticles are dangerous if inhaled, since they can get stuck in your lungs.  

Check out the "Mineral Powder Foundation List" online to see the ingredients of your makeup, and whether or not they contain micronized particles.

Mineral foundation with more than 5 ingredients is not considered to be "true mineral foundation" but "mineral based makeup." These may not contain the natural benefits of true mineral makeup, and their added ingredients and nanoparticles may actually be harmful.

Some of the ingredients in true mineral foundation also naturally contain sunscreen properties, like titanium dioxide.

It's definitely worth it to splurge for true mineral makeup. But, if you're determined to buy mineral based makeup, it's probably better to buy it in a creme form so that there is no dust to inhale.  

Spray foundation has also becoming popular, as it gives the effect of airbrushing your skin with it's fine mist.  

But buffing a dry true mineral foundation powder will give you the best, even coverage while maintaining a natural look.

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