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Mineral Makeup FAQ

It’s important to know that anyone can be allergic or sensitive to anything. We've tested every product for sensitivity on a 50-person test panel in a laboratory. Individuals with extreme chemical sensitivities wear our makeup successfully. If in any doubt, patch-test the product on the inner-arm.

If you are under a doctor's care for acne, ask her first. Otherwise, we feel confident that our makeup will not make acne-prone skin worse and may even help it. Our makeup is completely non-comedogenic and allows the skin to breathe and function normally. It also easily covers the redness common with eruptions. We have had many aestheticians report to us that they have seen an improvement in the skins of their clients since they have been using jane iredale.

No. You may if you wish. We always believe that you can’t wear too much protection in the sun. However, be careful of comedogenic or sensitivity reactions to some chemical sunscreens. Because our minerals provide a physical sunscreen, there is no need to wait for protection to begin.

No, but it has ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin C that help to repair UV damage. If you apply a layer of powdered minerals over the serum, you will get protection up to SPF 20 depending on the amount applied.

No, quite the reverse. Our minerals actually trap moisture between the skin and the particle layer. The conception that powders are drying comes from the high use of talc in most formulas – up to 90%!

Green and yellow work best. Because green and red are opposite one another on the color wheel, mixing the two creates neutrality. Applying our sheer green HydroPure Color Correcting Serum on top of skin redness helps to create more even, neutral appearance.  

Alternatively, our yellow bases will also conceal redness. Our most versatile yellow base is Golden Glow, and that is our most popular color for camouflaging erythema. Warm Sienna, Warm Silk, and Amber also work well.

Either will cover the redness and give the necessary sun protection. You might want to bear in mind, however, that the new skin after laser is extremely sensitive and the fewer ingredients you have to worry about, the better. The loose powders contain less than the pressed. Our advice on lasered skin is to keep it as simple as possible.

Yes. However, the shadow of some dark bruising may show through. Try Disappear, the peach Circle\Delete or Enlighten to camouflage anything that the powders won’t. Please refer to the individual products to learn how to use them.

Under the FDA monograph, no manufacturer is allowed to claim a “water proof” rating. After the appropriate laboratory testing is completed, products may now say Water Resistant (80 minutes) or Water Resistant (40 minutes.) If you are wearing our minerals and are perspiring heavily or swimming or you’ve been caught in the rain, don’t wipe your face with the towel – just pat it. You may remove a small amount of the minerals, but the majority will stay on the skin. If you are exercising in the sun, it would be wise to brush on another layer of minerals after you’ve dried you face.

Yes. Because this is a light-reflective cosmetic, it obscures the look of fine lines and wrinkles and gives a healthy glow to the skin, making it look younger. Matte makeup absorbs light and allows the eye to see “into” the skin. On a very lined skin, after applying the minerals, it is helpful to spritz with one of our hydration sprays. This sets the makeup, softens lines and gives a dewy look. The technique of spritzing the sponge first and applying the minerals as a wash also helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores.

Generally not, although those with oily eyelids (unusual) may want to apply a layer of PureMatte on the lids first.

jane iredale mineral makeup can be applied immediately after a microdermabrasion or a light peel provided the skin has not been broken. They will not only cover the redness, but the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide may help to soothe the skin. It is also important to replace the protective stratum corneum (top layer of skin) that has been lost after these kinds of procedures. The stratum corneum is the body’s first defense against the sun. Application after laser resurfacing must depend on the physician’s permission, which can be from 5-12 days depending on the kind of laser and how deeply it was used. It is essential for healing skin to be protected from the sun.

BeautyPrep or your favorite. Just wait for it to be absorbed so that you have a smooth canvas on which to work. If you don’t wait, the powders will grab unevenly.

We color mostly with iron oxides. We use lakes where we need more intense colors. We use ultramarines (ground Lapis Lazuli, a blue mineral) and chromium oxide greens in our blue and green eye shadows. We use small amounts of carmine in some products when brighter colors are required. Vegans and others concerned about animal derived products will want to avoid the makeup colors containing carmine. Check the "vegan/gluten" tab on each product page for more information.

Yes! The problem that first-time wearers commonly encounter is that they apply too much. Because they are used to using makeup that has large amounts of filler and not a lot of “pay-off,” they use the same techniques when applying jane iredale. With mineral makeup, less is more. Please refer to the individual products for technique details.

Yes. Our makeup can be used with any skin care regimen. The sunscreen protection our minerals provide is especially important while using Retin-A or AHAs.

Yes. Because the minerals are undetectable, they feel comfortable wearing them. In fact, newscasters are now using our powders on high definition television because their old makeup was obvious to the television cameras.

Our cleansing water, BeautyPrep, or your favorite. jane iredale mineral makeup can be removed with any cleanser. They won’t, however, come off with plain water.

Ten to fifteen minutes and it will last all day with minimal need for touch-ups!

Absolutely. jane iredale lip and eye pencils all have the same ingredients.