Mineral makeup application technique

Mineral Makeup Application

There is a specific technique when it comes to applying mineral makeup.  i.d. bareMinerals calls it Swirl, Tap, Buff.  Erth Mineral Makeup calls it Twirl, Tap and Brush.  But they are all the same when it comes to the process.

I had a little problem initially but with practice, it became real easy.  I saw the mineral makeup application video on i.d. Minerals website and realised that I was on track, except that instead of putting the powder on the lid, what I do is to use my brush to pick up the powder, then swirl it on the lid then tap the excess off.  This helps to prevent unnecessary wastage.

What I found most interesting about mineral makeup application is, the mineral concealer can go over the foundation, as well as under (not both as it would be too much).  I actually find this concealing process rather tricky because it’s kind of difficult to blend powder on specific areas that well.   I guess I need more practise to perfect the application.  

And to finish off, I apply another coat of Moth veil powder to sort of seal the makeup, giving it a smoother coverage.  I don’t see a lot of difference and can’t really see my pores being totally concealed though I would concede that it gives my face a softer and less shiny look.  The real test however, comes during midday when I noticed that my face don’t look as oily as it usually is and my makeup still looks quite nice till the end of the day.

With mineral makeup, I find I have the option not to spritz my face with a face mist.  This is impossible with compact powder. 

Well, you probably can tell that I’m a MMU convert now.   Mineral makeup is definitely suitable for Asian skin but the crux is finding the right tone to suit your skin type.  Both 1.0 and 1.2 Erth Minerals Foundation for example is suitable for me but I really like 1.2 better because of the golden undertones, giving me a healthier glow.


  1. ParisB says:

    You are making me want to try MMU again ? I tried Pure Luxe, BE and everyday minerals but I had problems with skin breakouts and application. I’m back to my compact powder now. ?

    Paris: Breakout? You have sensitive skin or are allergic to certain ingredients?

  2. Irene says:

    Ooooh.. I’m going to have to do me some research!

  3. flym says:

    Any idea or info on using flocked sponge for MMU application? I’ve been reading about it giving better coverage compared to using a brush. Wonder if that’s been tried and verified.

    flym: Flocked sponge? I have never heard of it.

  4. fwy says:

    I had tried Tromborg (available at 5th floor Ngee Ann City) mineral (loose powder) foundation but realise the powder turns darker in the afternoon & the coverage isn’t that great. I had been using this for a month. Not sure if I want to try mineral makeup again.

    fwy: That’s oxidization and some powder have this problem, not only mineral makeup. But some have no problem. You can use a primer to help control the problem a little.

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