Tried & tested: Mineral magic

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Used sparingly, mineralised make-up can give you a healthy look, writes Meena Sreenivasan

A MINERAL revolution is seriously taking place right now. I notice that bronzers and shimmers are very popular with women of all ages. While the younger are more daring and opt for more shimmer, older women prefer just a hint of bronzing, especially on the cheekbones for added definition. And almost every make-up brand has a variety of mineralised make-up.

Mac Heavenly Creature Collection for Fall 2012 is, by far, the brand’s largest mineralised collection of the season. Its Mineralize Skinfinish in Earthshine is a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish.
An exotic red-toned brown with burgundy and gold shimmer that goes on smoothly over compact powder, it adds buffed-up highlights to my cheeks and gives an overall healthy polish to my face.

METALLIC APPEAL

After application, tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflect on my face. I had to remind myself to go easy with it as the shade is really intense and I could end up looking like I had just stepped out of a pyramid in Egypt.
The dry, powdery texture made blending a bit difficult but I got the hang of it in no time. Remember, a little goes a long way and lasts the whole day.

There are other shades in the collection, but Earthshine works well with deeper complexions like mine.

It can, of course, work on lighter or medium skin tones as well, but remember to use it sparingly. I used light strokes and a good blush brush, or else the shimmer would emphasise my pores.

Because I liked the intensity and deep shimmer of the shade, I also used it on my eyelids after applying eyeshadow to give it a reflective metallic touch that’s not too glittery.

MAC’s mineralize skinfinish has high-frost metallic finish


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