The Best Mineral Makeup
- Everyday Minerals Base Foundation
- Testers loved this silky-feeling standout, offered in dozens of shades and in four finishes, from dewy to matte. Another great option: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals SPF 15 Foundation, a classic in the mineral-makeup category.
- To buy: From $6, everydayminerals.com.
- Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush
- Shake the brush-topped tube and you get the perfect dose of cheek color. The powder blends into skin seamlessly, is infused with vitamins, and comes in six pretty shades.
- To buy: $10, soap.com.
Best Pressed Powder
Jane Iredale Purepressed Base SPF 20
This refillable compact offers great coverage in a spillproof package. The pigment-rich powder protects skin with antioxidants, and "it removes shine without feeling heavy," said one tester. In 24 shades.
To buy: $52, janeiredaledirect.com.
Best Eye Shadow
Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder
Testers picked this subtly shimmery shadow that comes in 10 wearable colors. “It stays on beautifully,” said one, who applied it dry for an understated effect. For more intense color or to line eyes, wet a brush first.
To buy: $33, amazon.com.
How to Apply Mineral Makeup
For mineral foundation, dip a squat kabuki brush or a standard powder brush into the powder and tap off the extra. Then, beginning near your nose, move the brush outward in small circles, says Landy Dean, a makeup artist at the Edris Salon, in New York City. Use the same swirling technique to apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. To apply pressed powder, blot your face with the compact’s cotton pad, con-centrating on shiny spots. For eye color, dip a shadow brush into the powder and sweep it over your lids.