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Liquid mineral makeup comes either as a cream or as a liquid that looks and feels like a traditional foundation. It is ideal for people who prefer mineral makeup ingredients over traditional makeup but who prefer to apply foundation as a liquid. It is especially good for those with dry skin as it usually contains moisturizing and nutritious ingredients besides the minerals.
Although the powder foundation can be applied to dry skin, either on top of a moisturizer or combined with it, people with dry skin often prefer a liquid makeup instead. It is usually better for anyone with dry skin who needs more coverage. There are also fluids formulated for people with normal to oily skin. Most types do not clog the pores or leave an oily residue.
The difference between powder and liquid mineral makeup
Powder makeup is available in two forms: loose powder and pressed powder. The loose powder comes as dry, finely ground minerals. The usual way to apply it is by shaking a small amount of the makeup out of the container and using a brush to gently process it into the skin until it begins to blend into the oils in the skin.
Pressed powder makeup is moist due to the addition of an oily ingredient such as jojoba, shea butter or almond oil. It may also have other moisturizing ingredients. The liquid ingredients have a lower concentration than they are in liquid mineral makeup, so it is a moist powder rather than a liquid. To apply, a sponge or brush is rubbed into the powder and then applied to the face.
Liquid mineral makeup looks like traditional liquid makeup and is applied in the same way. It can be applied with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. Using a brush is usually recommended for a more even and natural look.
The ingredients vary greatly by brand. There are some minimalist products that contain only a few essential elements such as water and glycerine in addition to the minerals. Others may contain several moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba, shea butter, various other plant oils and waxes, botanical extracts and essential oils.
The basic mineral ingredients include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, iron oxides and ultramarines.
Most products do not have all of these ingredients, but they are the most common ingredients for mineral makeup.
As with powder mineral products, you can choose from a matte, semi-matte or dewey look. There are liquid mineral makeup formulas to provide light, medium or full coverage. Unlike powder makeup, with which you build coverage by applying it in layers, with liquids there are often different products that give different levels of coverage. So make sure your liquid foundation provides light, medium or full coverage.