How To Apply Mineral Makeup Without Making A Mess

February 20, 2024 3 min read

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Mineral Makeup - No Mess

Using mineral makeup without making a mess is all about mastering the application technique.

But once you get it down, there's no going back!

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You've discovered the benefits of wearing a mineral powder foundation; It looks and feels as if you're not wearing makeup at all (and your skin looks amazing!). 

But you're still new, and you wonder... 

"How do you keep your counter top and makeup bag clean from all the powder when using mineral makeup?"

If you think about it, using liquid makeup can also be a bit tricky because, well, it's, you know, liquid! Liquid makeup has this, well, fluid nature that can sometimes make things a tad messy. Like, if you're not careful, it might drip or smudge when you're trying to apply it.

"I can't imagine going back to a liquid based coverage now...

I remember trying to blend, making sure no visible lines..and then melt in summer months, the residue on shirt collars...etc, etc."Lauren

Here's how to simplify the process of applying mineral powder makeup:  

When applying your makeup at home on your counter top 

  • Keep an old hand towel in your makeup drawer and pull it out when you apply your makeup. (I toss mine in the laundry every couple of weeks.) You could also use a tissue or paper towel. This really works!
  • Pull out the jars as you need them. Concealer, then eye shadows, etc...and place them on top of the towel.
  • As you apply your makeup, any excess loose powder will fall onto the towel, as opposed to the counter top. Keep in mind, if you have too much powder spilling, you need to pick up less on your brush and tap it back into the jar. Some will fall, but it need not be excessive.
  • Try lightly misting your brush before adding powder.
  • Use a small amount: Use a dime-sized amount at a time. Start with a small amount and work your way up.
  • Always tap excess off of your brush back into jar. 
  • Apply powder lightly to areas you need it. You can layer powder on if you need more.

In your makeup/travel bag

I personally don't keep loose minerals in my purse/makeup bag.

I find that I don't need to touch up during the day since I began wearing minerals. The most I touch up is my lipstick.

Having said that, I realize this doesn't suit everyone. So, if you like to touch up during the day, try these tips.

  • Instead of moving your regular size jars from purse to bathroom counter each day, keep separate travel sizes in your purse of the products you are most likely to want to touch up with. I am happy to help supply you with mini refillable travel size jars, so please ask me.
  • Before opening the jars, tap them lightly on a hard surface. Once open, gently shake to help the powder fall back into the sifter holes and into the jar before you dip in your brush.  
Bonus Travel Tip -

I also suggest you keep separate travel size jars for your travel bag.

For example, in terms of loose mineral makeup, in my travel bag, I keep a mini foundation, blush and a few staple eye shadow colors. These live in my travel bag, and it is one less thing to think about when I am packing.

I do, however, toss my current mascara in my bag before I leave, as mascara needs to be replaced every four months or so. 

By following these tips and techniques, you can enjoy the benefits of mineral makeup without the mess!



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