Mineral Application Tips

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Applying mineral foundation with your kabuki brush – pick the minerals up from the compact onto your Application Kabuki brush. Tap the brush lightly against the pot / lid to remove excess minerals or turn the brush so that the hairs are facing up and tap the base of the brush lightly on a hard surface to settle the minerals into the brush. Apply the mineral foundation to your face using a gentle circular anti-clockwise motion and building up coverage gradually in light layers. a smaller brush is handy to use around the eyes and nose.

Applying mineral foundation with a damp brush – Tip minerals onto another surface before using a damp brush to pick up – be careful not to get your pot wet! This is a great application technique to cover blemishes and target enlarged pores.

Applying mineral concealer – our mineral concealers are very versatile and can be applied before and after, or mixed with, our mineral foundations. They can be used dry or applied with a damp sponge or brush for completely opaque heavy coverage. If you want to mix the concealer with the foundation simply blend them together in a closed container and you will have an extremely high coverage foundation! To cover blemishes and hyper-pimentation we recommend applying the mineral concealer with a small, firm damp brush and blending with your finger.

Why not use minerals as eyeshadows – Apply your mineral blush or bronzers as eyeshadows with a damp brush for maximum colour intensity and longevity. This will really bring out the luminosity in the shimmery shades and allows you to use the shadows as eyeliners too. These soft, natural loose powders may also be used dry for a sheer wash of colour or for more subtle daytime wear.

Mineral colours for lips. All our minerals look great topped with our ‘Lip’ moisturiser or a lip gloss for a total look effect. Play with your colours and enjoy them!

If you are new to mineral makeup, you may find that it can take a few applications to get it just right, so below are some troubleshooting answers to common problems that can occur whilst applying your mineral makeup. We hope this helps you, but please feel free to drop me an e-mail with any problems that you may be having, and we will be happy to offer guidance. jeanette@englishmineralmakeup.co.uk


Usually caused by over-application or the shade you’ve chosen is too light
Try custom blending two shades of mineral foundation together, use a darker level or utilise a softer, less dense brush, (our gold Kabuki) to refine your application.


The skin is too dry and needs exfoliation and moisturising.

Firstly, invest in our natural organic facial serum, Perfect Prep Skin Radiance Serum. Use night and morning. For extremely dry skin, try mixing a bit of mineral foundation powder with it to create a liquid foundation and apply with a sponge or brush and then smooth and blend with your finger.

Exfoliate to smooth the skin’s surface, Porridge oats soaked in warm water for 10 minutes make a great natural facial exfoliator. Then finish with our serum. Wait another 10 mins for perfect absorption, before applying your minerals makeup.


Over-application and/or incorrect application technique.
To correct: Make sure you are buffing correctly to finish the application. Our Pink buffing Kabuki is a very dense brush, designed to help you work the mineral foundation into a soft dewy finish, it will correct overloaded areas and ensure an even result.

If the skin feels tight and dry use our Perfect Prep Skin Radiance Serum – wait 10 mins then apply your minerals. you will see a marked improvement.

Try damp brush application technique too, to help conceal pores, followed by a light application of foundation with the Buffing Kabuki to finish.


Moisturiser too heavy or over-application. Allow lots of time for your moisturiser to be absorbed into the skin and try the Matte Primer before going in with your mineral makeup.

If too much serum or moisturiser has been applied, then tissue off the excess. Puddles of moisture on the skin will grab minerals and sit unevenly.


Probably too much foundation, or your moisturiser has not completely penetrated into your skin. – give it more time.
You may not be buffing / blending enough. Is your brush in need of a wash? An application of Primer before foundation will help here to.

Is your brush overloaded? It’s not always necessary to reload with more product – sometimes there is enough already in your brush.

Try our Gold Kabuki – designed with fine soft fibres, it a lighter softer type of kabuki – perfect for our Illuminators, Blushers and Bronzers