Purely Pretty Mineral Eyeliner
By Carrie Jacobson, Contributing Writer |
My eyeshadow days are behind me. I have small eyes with a slight downward tilt, and while a little definition helps me look awake, eyeshadow and liner tends to slide down my face, which is a great look if you're into the last scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark when all their faces melt off.
Admittedly, I've been sucked into the mineral makeup craze (I'm a fan of any makeup you can allegedly sleep in, since I wind up doing that half the time anyway), and I love the idea of powders that provide SPF protection. But sometimes mineral makeup isn't as pure as we're to believe. A good way to tell how mineral-y your makeup is is to sprinkle it on top of a still glass of water. If the powder sinks or bubbles, it's probably full of fillers or the minerals have not been processed properly. Real minerals are completely waterproof, which means the powder should sit on the surface of the water, which is how mineral makeup creates a protective barrier on your skin. Colorescience, a premium line of pure mineral cosmetics, contains no talc, perfumes, dyes, or anything else that's potentially hard on your skin.
I'm a particularly big fan of their Genie Colores mineral eyeliners. They're 100% minerals and pigment; no dyes are used to make any of the 35 shades. They come in a fun orange tin tube, and the bottle itself is reminiscent of a genie lamp. You can use Genie Colores dry or wet (for more of a nighttime look). They blend beautifully, and the more you use, the deeper the color, which is nice considering I can barely sign my name with a pen, let alone draw a straight line on my eye.
I love their wonderfully funky yet neutral shimmer shades. The more I apply (with a final checkmark at the corners aided by a drop of water), the more the sparkles show through. Best of all, it doesn't go anywhere, even without a primer.
I think I'll be into these for a while. What can I say? I'm a purist!