With natural mineral makeup it is easy to create a beautiful summer look. Mineral makeup is light-weight, absorbs oil, reflects light, and provides natural sun protection. It also contains anti-inflammatory and sun protection properties, so is a good choice for those with sensitive, allergic or acne prone skin.

The most common minerals used to make natural mineral makeup are mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and talc. Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide are both effective sun blocks, protecting against UVA and UVB rays. But Titanium dioxide works double-duty, providing anti-inflammatory benefits, as well. This calming effect makes mineral makeup suitable for those with sensitive skin, and even helps with issues like rosacea and eczema. Because it is non-comedogenic, pores will not become clogged, resulting in fewer breakouts. And the oil-absorbing properties of mineral makeup also help to reduce breakouts.

Now for the big question…Are all mineral makeups safe?

Unfortunately, no. Some mineral makeups include harsh chemical ingredients (like chemical colorants or preservatives) and use less than 1% minerals in their formula. These not-so-natural mineral makeups may still use the terms "natural" or "all natural" on their labels. Because the term "natural" is not regulated by the FDA, it is a good idea to check a mineral makeup product’s label prior to purchase. The term "organic" does not apply to minerals, as they are mined from the earth, but minerals may be combined with other organic ingredients.

There has been some concern with talc as an ingredient. This is mostly due to the asbestos contamination that is common with cosmetic grade talc. Lavera uses only pharmaceutical grade talc in its products that is free from asbestos.

Mineral makeup evens skin tone and diminishes the appearance of imperfections, while imparting a radiant glow to skin. And it comes in an array of gorgeous, natural color. From pure blues to warm browns, it is easy to find the perfect hues to suit your skin tone.

Lavera Eye Shadow, Powder Blush and Compact Powder combine safe, natural minerals (never any synthetic ingredients) with Organic Jojoba oil and Calendula extract to nourish and soften the skin. All three are certified Vegan.

In the hot and humid season of summer, powder cosmetics work well in reducing shine and absorbing excess oil. If you still tend toward the dry side, try applying a bit of moisturizer or skin balm to cheeks just before applying powder and blush. This will keep skin hydrated, yet still give a refined finish.

Not sure which colors are right for you or new to the shadow scene? Check out our eye shadow blog.

Here’s to your luminous, natural summer look!