Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup – the pros and cons

Mineral makeup has been the rage for several decades, and the reason is that it binds to oils, not water. This gives mineral makeup a natural water resistance, making it much better for your skin than conventional cosmetics. Where conventional makeup contains a lot of nasties that can irritate sensitive skin, mineral makeup is generally better for sensitive skin.

But not all mineral makeup is created equal.

Mineral makeup has also received bad press due to the use of 4 nasty ingredients:


Nanoparticles are often not disclosed in the ingredients list. These particles are a million times smaller than a grain of sand (ie. one billionth of a metre in size). Studies are showing that, like asbestos, nano-particles don’t actually break down inside the body. And like asbestos, they can penetrate cell membranes, damaging DNA and triggering a form of mesothelioma.

In 2009, The Age wrote that, “Australian unions are demanding urgent regulation of the nanotechnology industry, citing mounting evidence that some tiny particles used in products such as sunscreens and cosmetics could be as harmful as asbestos.”


In addition to nanoparticles, some people say that mineral makeup aggravates their skin, and this is because other brands will sometimes use bismuth (a metal mineral), which aggravates the pores and can cause blemishes.


Mineral makeup can also contain Talc, which is now shown to be a major cause of ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson were recently ordered to pay $72 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, whose death by ovarian cancer was linked to her daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. It was revealed during the court case that Johnson & Johnson had known about the cancer link for decades, but had failed to warn consumers.

Synthetic Dyes

The skin irritation caused by some mineral makeups can also be from the use of synthetic dyes. Eg. Red colour can only be achieved with dyes. Even “natural” brands like Bare Minerals choose to use dyes in their products. And some of the dyes used in regular mineral makeup brands contain lead, and have even been linked to neurological seizures!

Why Savvy Minerals outperforms all other brands:

Savvy Minerals is superior to all other brands. It is FREE from all:

  • Nano-particles
  • Talc (linked to ovarian cancer)
  • Bismuth
  • Cornflour
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Petrochemicals Synthetic fragrances
  • Synthetic fillers
  • Artificial colours and dyes


Instead of these nasties, Savvy Minerals by Young Living contains ingredients to make your skin glow, such as:

  • Aspen bark extract
  • Mica colours, to create a natural glow to the skin
  • Arrowroot powder, to nourish the skin and absorb excess oil
  • Kaolin Clay, to absorb excess oil, remove shine and purify skin pores
  • Jojoba Oil, to make your lips appear fuller, and more plump
  • Aloe Vera, for a simple, flawless finish
  • High Quality minerals
  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Misting Spray – based on Aloe Vera juice, trace minerals and essential oils of Geranium, furocoumarin-free Bergamot (ie. non-photosensitive), Copaiba, Cedarwood, Black Spruce, Orange, Lavender, Lime, Vanilla, Ocotea and Rose, this aromatic misting spray is designed for your brush, not for your skin. It can however be lightly spritzed over the face at the end of applying your makeup, as a setting spray.
  • Powder Foundation (warm, cool and dark shades available. The number indicates how light the shade is, so Warm 1 is lighter than Warm 3 in tone)
  • Bronzer (to create a sun-kissed glow to your skin, or use in contouring to highlight your beautiful features)
  • Blush (to create a natural, healthy blush)
  • Diamond Dust Veil (this long-lasting sheer mineral veil setting powder absorbs excess oil, to keep your foundation in place, and your skin looking radiant. Ideal for sensitive skin, it applies smoothly and easily, creates highlights, and blurs fine lines and pores for a glowy, airbrushed finish for all skin tones. It can even be used instead of foundation for a sheer, no-makeup look.)
  • Eye Shadows (in a range of gorgeous colours, these powder eye shadows can be applied as powder for a daytime look, or the brush can be moistened before application to create a some evening metallic sparkle)
  • Multi-tasker, which is an eye liner, eyebrow and eye shadow all in one, and it will even help to cover up grey hair!
  • Jetsetter Eyeliner – use instead of the Multitasker as your powder or liquid eyeliner
  • Lip Gloss (flavoured with Peppermint oil to make your lips extra kissable; also rich in Jojoba oil, which is loaded with B vitamins, and similar to the natural composition of the lips, making your lips appear fuller and more plump)
  • Lipsticks (full of natural botanicals for healthy, moist lips)
  • Mascara

How do I know if I am warm or cool in my foundation?

Savvy Minerals foundation is so forgiving, that it will still look great even if you choose warm when you should be cool, or vice versa. But here’s a simple guide for you to follow:


You are warm if:

  • you have reddish or golden tones in your skin/hair
  • you wear warmer colours
  • you look better in gold jewelry
  • your veins are more green

You are cool if:

  • Your skin is a cool tone
  • Your veins are more blue
  • You like lighter or blue colour clothing
  • You tend to burn
  • You have natural pink undertones to your skin

The Savvy Make-over

Begin by cleansing your face with ART Gentle Cleanser, to remove any dirt from the pores.

Tip: Depending on what brush you use, the mineral eyeshadows can drift down onto the upper cheek as you apply them, and can smudge to look like a dark shadow. To avoid this, apply your eye shadow before you apply your foundation.

Mineral Eye Shadow


Mineral eye shadow gives you huge scope to create custom colours, and it always looks stunning

  • Apply a thin layer of ART renewal serum and/or ART light moisturizer to the entire eye-lid to prime it
  • Choose a medium to light shade over the lower portion of your upper eyelid, eg. “Best Kept Secret”. This particular eye shadow is great at absorbing extra oils from the eye lid, and if you only have 5 minutes, it will look beautiful on its own without any other shades added.
  • If time allows, you can add a medium to darker shade on the outer edges of the eye lid, worked into the eyelid crease
  • Then with the lightest colour, apply a small amount to inside corner of eye and into inside crease


Tip: Apply a couple of sprays of Misting Spray onto your brush then dip it into the eye shadow. It will create a completely different look compared to the dry powder – very dramatic, shimmery, and perfect for the evening event.

Eye Liner & Mascara


TIP: For a softer look, apply the powder dry. For a liquid eyeliner, don’t remove dampness from your brush after spraying with misting spray – this will liquefy the powder to create an easy-to-apply eye liner.

TIP: For best results, use either a very fine eye-liner brush, or a narrow wedge-shaped brush to apply your eye liner

  • Tip some Multitasker or Jet-Setter Eyeliner into the lid of the container
  • Moisten your eye liner brush with a squirt of Misting Spray, squeezing out any excess so the brush is just damp enough to take up the powder
  • Dip your eye liner brush into the powder, tapping the brush handle against the side of the lid to remove any excess
  • Starting at the inside corner of the eye, apply a fine line of eye liner as close to the lashes as possible, moving outwards
  • Optional: For a smoky look, smudge the eye liner with a sponge tip applicator or cotton swab
  • Follow up with mascara


See below for more ways to use your Multitasker.

Applying your Foundation


TIP: If you apply mineral foundation dry, your face can look dry. Instead, prime your face first with ART renewal serum then ART light moisturizer.


  • Use some ART toner on a cotton pad to remove any excess powder that may have drifted down onto your cheek bones and under your eyes.
  • Apply ART renewal serum then ART light moisturizer to “prime” your face
  • While your skin is still a little damp, spray your foundation brush 2 or 3 times with the Misting Spray
  • Tap a small amount of foundation into the lid or onto your palm, and dip your brush in
  • Tap your brush handle onto a hard surface to ensure the foundation doesn’t clump on the brush
  • Apply the foundation to your face in a circular motion using the brush, until you get the coverage that is right for you
  • Make sure you include your chin and neck, so that the colour is blended into your natural skin colour


TIP: This foundation is designed to be applied to the skin in layers. This means you are best to start off light. Give the foundation a chance to breathe. It will change with the level of acidity in your skin. Then apply a little more, and so on, until you achieve the desired result.

Contouring in 3 easy steps

Contouring works like a “drop shadow” to help the beautiful features of your face stand out. For example, it can be used to create a thinner looking jawline, and to enhance your cheek bones.

It needs to be done with a darker tone than your foundation, so either use one of the darker shades of foundation, or your bronzer. It can also be applied with a narrower brush to your normal foundation.

Think of the letter E superimposed over your face, so that the descending line of the E is the very sides of your face at the hairline. You will be applying your bronzer or darker foundation to the 3 horizontal arms of the “E”, as follows:

  • First, bronze at the temples near your hairline;
  • Next, bronze immediately under your cheek line to create a shadow. This will allow your cheek bones to stand out;
  • Thirdly, bronze immediately under the chin, following the jawline. Blend this down the neck to create a shadow. This will achieve a thinner-looking jawline.

Optional: Applying your Bronzer for a sun-kissed look

TIP: As with your foundation, start with a small amount and build it up in layers to avoid over-application.

I’ve already explained how to use your bronzer to contour your face. Alternatively you can use it as a bronzer – to mimic the way the sun will kiss your skin! Sprinkle some of the powder into your palm or into the lid of the bronzer. Dip the brush into the powder, then lightly tap the brush handle against the side of the lid to remove the excess. Apply the Bronzer to areas of your face where the sun hits naturally, including cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin.


Applying Blush for a natural healthy glow


TIP: As with your foundation, start with a small amount and build it up in layers to avoid over-application.

TIP: We have a range of blush colours in the Savvy Minerals range, however “I do believe your blushin’” is a very popular one amidst makeup artists.

 For best results, always apply your blush using a makeup brush. After applying your Foundation, sprinkle a small amount of Blush onto the lid of the jar, or into your palm. Dip the brush in to pick up the powder, then lightly tap the brush handle onto the bench or against the side of the lid to remove the excess powder. Apply the Blush directly onto your cheeks (to the “apples of the cheek”), then blend it along the cheekbone towards the temple.

Lipstick and Lipgloss


TIP: Normally you’d apply your lipstick and then apply lipgloss over the top, however if you only have 5 minutes, just the lipgloss or lipstick on its own will do.

  • The Savvy Minerals Lipstick is smooth and hydrating to the lips. It combines all-natural botanical ingredients such as Castor Seed and Sweet Almond oil, Cadelilla wax and Beeswax, and Tocopheryl to moisturize your lips.
  • The Savvy Minerals Lipgloss combines Caster Seed, Sunflower Seed and Olive oil, Jojoba esters, Beeswax, Tocopherol and Tocopheryl acetate, Oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, and Peppermint oil for a high-shine, delicious-tasting pout! Jojoba oil is loaded with B Vitamins, and is similar to the natural composition of the lips, making your lips appear fuller and more plump.

When 5 minutes is all you have:

Here is your quick and simple way to create a statement:

  • Prime your face with your ART renewal serum and/or your ART light moisturizer
  • Apply a light matt eye shadow over your entire eye-lid eg. best-kept secret
  • Add your eye liner, following as close to the eye lashes as possible.
  • Apply your Mascara
  • If any of the eye shadow has fallen onto your cheeks, use some ART toner on a cotton pad to remove
  • Apply your foundation
  • Add a light blush to your cheeks
  • Put a light lip gloss on your lips

The Miracle of the Multi-tasker

This is a fabulous way of stream-lining the size of your makeup collection, and saving money through having one product instead of three.

  1. It can be used on the eyebrows to darken and define them
  2. It can be used as eye shadow on the upper lid
  3. It can be used as an eye liner, either in powder or liquid form!
  4. It can even be used to cover up grey hairs!


So here’s how you use it….

Step 1: Under the eye

Draw an imaginary line from the centre of the pupil down to the lower eyelid. That’s your starting point on the lower eyelid for your Multitasker. Apply it under the lashes, working out towards the outer eye…but here’s the secret:

To make your eye look larger and therefore more dramatic, apply the Multitasker in a horizontal line out from the centre of the eye, instead of following the shape of the eye.

 Then slowly smudge the line, starting in the centre, and working your way to the corner of the eye. You’ll end up with this beautiful faded line under the eye.

Step 2: Above the eye

With the top lid, you’re going to start at the outer eye and work your way in. Instead of stopping at the half-way point above the pupil, work the line all the way over the eye to the inside eye where the tear duct lies.

Close your eyelid, and start with a thicker line at the outer edge of the eye. Blend it in to a narrower line once it reaches the inner edge of the eye.

It looks really great if you do this twice over the upper lid, ie. apply a little bit, look at it, then apply again so you are layering it.

Tip: If you want a more dramatic look, spray your eyeliner brush with the Savvy Minerals Misting Spray. Dip your brush into the Multitasker Powder, and apply another line of the Multitasker (wet) over the top of the smoky eye.

This will now work like a liquid eyeliner, and will create a beautiful depth in your eye artwork!

Step 3: On the eyelid

The Multitasker powder is amazing! Simply dab your finger in it, and brush it lightly across the top of your eyelid, then add some mascara.

Depending on the shape of the eye, you can smudge it all over the lid and into the eye crease (don’t go above the crease). That is quick and beautiful.

Samala’s Beauty Tip: I like to layer and layer, because it stays on all day that way.

Step 4: Define your Eyebrows

Why define your eyebrows with Multitasker? It’s because your brows frame your eyes, so having a beautiful eyebrow line will lift your whole face. It gives both shape and character to your eyes.

To apply the Multitasker to the eyebrows, start with an angled brush, and softly layer it on. You can wet it and use it wet, which is more of an art form.


Samala Robinson worked for many years as a professional makeup artist, doing the makeup and styling for fashion shows and high fashion magazines, as well as 10 years of managing the makeup and wardrobe department for New Zealand’s TV3. Now Samala coaches talented young makeup artists through the Samala Robinson Academy of Fashion Makeup.

Samala says, “The Multitasker is such an amazing product. You can apply it softly, which is great for people who are new to makeup.

“It can be used to give you that gorgeous smoky eye look, which I call the “Celebrity Soft-eye Look”. Everyday women are after that look, and here’s how you can create it. Alternatively you can moisten it and use it as a liquid eyeliner, which will give you a more dramatic look.

“The Multitasker stays on all day, doesn’t feel like it’s on the eyes (ie. it’s not heavy), and the colour tone is absolutely PERFECT (which is so important for professional makeup artists).

“I’ve never seen a product work that well on someone’s eye. Other companies have tried, but they just never seem to get the pigment and colour tones right, or it doesn’t blend well onto the eyes.”

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