Mineral makeup issues

I didn't want to guano the other mineral makeup threads, so here's one about my issues with it.

I bought into the mineral hype and started with Physician's Formula. I was so excited to try it, but the experience was disappointing....It goes on just like a powder, and that's about it. Nothing special, no amazing flawless coverage like I hoped for. It definitely doesn't wear like a foundation. I figured it was because it was a drugstore brand, so I got some free samples of Everyday Minerals. Again, the same thing. Coverage is blah and nothing to write home about. Mineral makeup gets such rave reviews, it must just be me, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I buff like I'm supposed to but there still isn't good coverage.

I really, really want to love this stuff. I have struggled with acne for years, but I have recently managed to conquer it. Now my skin is nice and I want that great finish for the leftover uneven tones. Anybody have some ideas about what I am doing wrong? I want to give this stuff a fair shot before I give up.
What kind of brush do you use? The fluffier the brush, the worse the coverage IMO. I use the BE kabuki brush and it works well.
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I bought the Everyday Minerals premium foundation brush when I ordered my samples, and I also have a kabuki brush from Sephora. I'm not sure which is better to use.
Are you building it up in layers? I personally like a light coverage, but if you want heavier coverage, you have to put on another layer, or 2. If you have the finishing dust from Everyday Minerals, you can put that betwen layers to increase coverage. The brush you use to apply it is important also. I can't get good makeup application without a kabuki brush.

There is definitely a learning curve with mineral makeup. But, once you get it, you'll never want to use anything else.
I got a cheapo foundation brush from Sally's and that was the ticket for me. I tried Minerals a couple of years ago and used the big kabuki brush. It was a disaster- too much, cakey, mask-like, an all over yuck! Someone on this board advised a foundtion brush and wow! the difference it made. RedCat is right, once you get the hang of minerals, you won't want to use anything else.
Take a look at this demo website. The woman gives really good tips and shows amounts and types of brushes.

http://community.livejournal.com/bar...tml?view=86203

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I use Bare Minerals. I tried that sheer cover stuff first, and it was awful. I don't know much about the brand you said you use, but what I have heard from others, you get what you pay for, and the cheaper stuff doesn't work well. I really like the coverage I get from bare minerals, and their brushes are great!
Okay, I'm going to get a new brush. Will report back with results.
I use Bare Minerals. I tried that sheer cover stuff first, and it was awful. I don't know much about the brand you said you use, but what I have heard from others, you get what you pay for, and the cheaper stuff doesn't work well. I really like the coverage I get from bare minerals, and their brushes are great!
Originally Posted by Mutterbutt
I second this. I too use Bare Minerals and I started using mineral makeup with a cheap knock off from HSN and it looked horrible. When I finally ordered Bare Minerals I could definately tell a differance. You definately do get what you pay for. I have been using Bare Minerals now for a good 6-7 years and could never imagine using liquid foundation or any of those cheapo type mineral makeups. I have great skin to begin with but Bare Minerals gives me that nice "air brushed" look that makes my skin look perfect, which I loooove!
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Take a look at this demo website. The woman gives really good tips and shows amounts and types of brushes.

http://community.livejournal.com/bar...tml?view=86203

Scroll up after it finishes loading.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
This is a great, great demo of how to use Bare Minerals. Very easy and do able. My tip: I use Mineral Veil as my makeup primer. I use it before anything else. I just buff it all over my face. Then I conceal and then I use the Bare Minerals foundation and lastly finish off with some more Mineral Veil.
I find that gives me a more air brushed look.
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If your mineral makeup is settling into your pores and fine lines, what do you use to keep that from happening? Is there a primer or something?
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If your mineral makeup is settling into your pores and fine lines, what do you use to keep that from happening? Is there a primer or something?
Originally Posted by curlyjenn
I would definintely use a primer. The best primer is 100% pure aloe vera gel. Aubrey Organics makes an excellent brand.
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Just the same stuff that I usually put on my sunburns? Should I let my moisturizer sink in, then add the aloe and let it dry then makeup?
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Just the same stuff that I usually put on my sunburns? Should I let my moisturizer sink in, then add the aloe and let it dry then makeup?
Originally Posted by curlyjenn
Yes, as long as it is 100% pure aloe vera gel with nothing else added. I would apply it after the moisturizer and then the mineral makeup.
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The best primer is 100% pure aloe vera gel. Aubrey Organics makes an excellent brand.
Originally Posted by JerseyCurl
Does it dry stiff or anything like that?

And is it expensive?
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The best primer is 100% pure aloe vera gel. Aubrey Organics makes an excellent brand.
Originally Posted by JerseyCurl
Does it dry stiff or anything like that?

And is it expensive?
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
Well, everybody's skin responds differently but I have oily to combo skin and it just absorbs right in. Although if I guess if I overdid it it would probably get sticky or stiff. I saw it at a local health food store here in Florida for like 7 or 8 dollars. I think Vitamin Shoppe sells it too, for around the same price.
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Cool! Hmmm...first, I try the minerals...then, I prime with aloe and see what happens. I am so impatient to get the stuff now!
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If your mineral makeup is settling into your pores and fine lines, what do you use to keep that from happening? Is there a primer or something?

I use a silicone-based primer in the areas where I have lines (forehead, nose to lip lines, under eyes), and large pores (sides of nose). This really helps to keep the makeup from accentuating those problem areas.

I've used aloe vera, but it doesn't work as well as silicone. I've used many primers, and I think the best primer is DHC Velvet Skin Coat

http://www.dhccare.com/DHC/ProductDe...alog=DHC%20USA

It's a bit expensive though. So, I kind of save it for special occasions. For everyday use, where I'm just going to the grocery store or something, I use a product made by Monistat (yes, the vaginal yeast people). They now make an anti-chafing product called Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder/Gel. It has the same ingredients as silicone makeup primers...but it's only about 5 bucks and the tube is 10 times the size of makeup primer products. You can buy it in the feminine hygiene section of any grocery or drug store. You can get a free sample of it here:

http://www.soothingcare.com/soothing...x_soothing.htm

I also use the primers on my eyelids to help eyeshadow stay longer and not crease.
I'm going to try the aloe because I prefer to use natural products.
I've tried and loved the DHC velvet, but it's not in my budget.
And, since I'll try anything for free, I sent for the chafing gel sample. Thanks redcatwaves for the link!
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Thanks! I tried the aloe today, and while it is better, you can still see the ugly big pores on the sides of my nose. That DHC primer is out of my price range, but I sent off for the chafing gel. I might just go pick some up anyway. I've been wanting some for other uses, too.
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

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