Mineral make-up is one of those things you hear about all the time, but may not really know what it actually means or who it’s best suited to.

So we decided it was time you knew more about this beauty phenomenon and asked glo minerals’ USA National Make-Up Artist, Kate McCarthy, to give us the lowdown on it.

1) What should you look for when buying mineral make-up? (i.e. products that are free from certain things or certified in some way)
The main ingredients in mineral make-up should be zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are anti-inflammatory on the skin, and they also provide physical sun protection. Mineral make-up should contain no synthetic fillers like talc or nylon; the ingredients should be pure minerals! Talc is the number one ingredient in traditional make-up. It is a filler/bulking agent, and it clogs pores and suffocates the skin, which can lead to acne, and it can exacerbate rosacea and other undesirable skin conditions.

Minerals should be triple milled, which is a process to create a more refined particle size that ultimately lays better on the skin for superior coverage. They should contain no artificial colours or dyes, commonly called FD&C dyes. Furthermore, these days your mineral make-up should contain antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental pollutants.

At glo minerals, we get pigment from mineral mines all over the world. By using pure rich pigments from the earth, less product needs to be applied to see more results on the skin. glo minerals make-up lays on the surface of the skin and allows your skin to breathe and function as though your skin were bare. It is more beneficial to wear glo minerals than to wear nothing at all.  

2) What kind of skin concerns can mineral make-up help? (i.e. is it good for acne-prone skin or rosacea? Can it be used post-procedure/peel?)
Mineral make-up is recommended by plastic and cosmetic surgeons worldwide because it is non-comedogenic (won't block pores), has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and is calming and soothing to compromised skins.  

It is ideal for all skins, even rosacea-prone and acneic skins. It is used post-procedurally and post-peel because of the camouflage properties, which ensures coverage of erythema or redness, and also because it calms the skin. The Victoria University Dermal Clinician degree course now teaches that mineral make-up should be the only form of sunblock used post-peel.

3) What are your top three tips for making the most of your mineral make-up? (i.e. application tips, storage tips, multi-use functions)
1. Bases (pressed base/loose base/ liquids) are multi-taskers - they are a camouflage, foundation, powder, sun protector, and antioxidant all in one! So purchase one product and get all those benefits for more healthy skin.
2. Apply mineral make-up to well moisturised skin, as the minerals adhere to the moisture on the skin, and it lasts all days. Remember to spritz with a hydration mist following application to set the minerals.
3. The number one complaint about mineral make-up is that it can look heavy. This is because people apply it the same way they apply product with talc.  Using glo minerals brushes and applying multiple layers of sheer coats allows many levels of coverage. Brushes will alter the coverage of a product. The longer the hair is on a brush, the more sheer the product application will be. But don't scrimp on the tool – invest in quality tools, and look after them well, and you'll have them for years. Also, there is a recommended brush or two for each product, and this is because these recommended tools will help achieve optimal application for that particular product.

Woohoo! It's our 5th birthday this week and to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to win some awesome beauty prizes – hooray!
So if you think that mineral make-up is just the thing your kit needs, then this is a comp you won’t want to miss out on.
For your chance to win one of five glo minerals Jungle Collections and glotherapeutics Cyto Luxe Eye Creams, valued at $204, simply answer the question below.
Competition ends: midnight 24th October 2012
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

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