I absolutely MUST share with you all my new make-up secret... it's called Lumiere Mineral Cosmetics, and it is the future! I was so happy to be sent these seven sample pots of some of their lovely products, and although initially I was quite apprehensive (due to the rumours that mineral cosmetics are sheerer-than-sheer) I was soon pleasantly surprised and now I'm not sure I'll ever look back...
So for the products...
I received two foundation samples, the first in the shade Light Medium. This was in the 'Cashmere' finish, specifically for those of all skin types. It offers a buildable light to medium coverage with a matte yet silky finish. The second was in the shade Medium and in the 'Flawless' heavier coverage which is perfect for normal to dry skin types.
I was also sent two shades perfect for adding a bit of rose to my cheeks. A blusher named 'Mauvelous' offers a purple-hued blusher pigment whilst the second, a blushing bronzer, was called 'Spiced Apple' and provides a muted tones of red and copper with tiny sparkles which I have fallen in love with.
Finally, I was sent three eye pigments to play around with in the shades 'Tutti Frutti', 'Raspberry Margarita' and 'Starry Night'. The first two have a pinkish iridescence to them which is just divine... 'Tutti Frutti' is a baby pink, whilst 'Raspberry Margarita' is a more pigmented hot-pink to purple hue. Finally, 'Starry Night' is quite literally the most pigmented black sparkle I've ever used, really packing a punch of colour.
Here is a picture without flash:
This is what the colours appear like... Look how pretty the sparkles are and how pigmented each of the products appear! So impressed!
I really can't rave enough about Lumiere. You know how I love good value for money and retailing between $8 and $12 with a little going such a long way I really can't complain, not even a little bit.
So I'm sure I'm not the only person who was a bit nervous about wearing this sheerer-than-sheer make-up. Perhaps I can pass on my tips since I went Mineral and will never go back...
1) If you're nervous with the foundations, wear a very sheer liquid foundation beneath in order to act as a security blanket. Then progress to a BB Cream (I used the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector) a little gentler on the skin, before going all out and wearing nothing but a primer. But NEVER forget your primer, because the powder does better with something to stick to.
2) With the blushers, pick up a tiny bit on your blusher brush, blot a little out onto the back of your hand then get dusting quickly. If you apply too much, wipe the brush on a napkin then pick more up off your face, like you would with a mop (weird) before you get the colour you want. You're way better off applying too little and applying more than having to fix clown-face...
3) If you're creating an eye look with the pigments, always wear a primer and apply your base afterwards in order to correct any fall out. These powders are really loose and you don't want to head out with sprinkles of varying colours all over your cheek bones because they fell off the brush! When applying, pat the colour on with a brush in order to pack it on, and THEN dust back and forth in a painting motion, this is fall-out damage limitation too!
If you want to see how I applied these colours, then head over to my Pink Smoky Eye Video Tutorial. Let me know if you have any tips for mineral makeup... Do you wear it alone as a base or with a thin liquid foundation underneath? What brushes do you think are best for applying mineral cosmetics? Are you nervous about trying mineral makeup?
Thank you Lumiere!
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