Mineral Makeup Upgrade- introducing Jane Iredale.

Love mineral makeup? The ease of application, the lightweight texture and how it glides evenly across the skin, the way the flawless finish feels like you're wearing nothing at all? A makeup that's actually good for your skin? Now imagine a professional mineral makeup line that goes beyond the overpriced mall store. Welcome to the world of Jane Iredale!  If you're looking for a product in sleek black packaging that line the shelves of Sephora, you won't find any here.  This beauty brand is more concerned with the purity of it's ingredients and it's results than with superficial wrappings.  And while you won't find these products at the mall or drugstore, they are commonplace in dermatologists offices and top spas throughout the country.

So are you ready for makeup products that actually improve your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? I wasn't quite sure I could give up all that pretty packaging either...until I saw the results!  My skin looked five years younger. Those new little wrinkles around the corners of my eyes? Gone! Redness, dullness, dry patches and occasional blemishes? All gone! I was hooked and I've never looked back.

So, let's start with the basics of how I achieve a flawless, daily look:

Any makeup artist will tell you , the first step in great makeup is always to prepare the skin. Especially in the cold, dry, winter months, hydration is key! I cannot live without Jane Iredale's Beauty Prep Moisturizer. $45



"Uses four organic Rose Stem Cell Extracts to moisturize, brighten and protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss and airborne pollutants. A push-button airless pump system with self-sealing dispensing valve controls the amount dispensed and protects product from air, light and outside contaminants."


Now that the skin is moisturized, let's further prepare it with a primer.  Primers help reduce oil production and shine and give you a smoother surface by reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Jane Iredale Smooth Affair offers a primer for both dry and oily skin types $48.

"This skin-quenching primer prepares the skin so makeup goes on easier and lasts longer. It also helps maintain skin's youthful appearance and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines while bringing out your natural radiance."

I don't always use an under eye concealer in my daily routine.  But when I do, it's always Jane Iredale's Circle Delete  $30. The two colors in each shade can be blended to create a shade just right for you. #1 neutralizes redness, $2 neutralizes blue, violet and grey tones.

"An eye conditioner and concealer containing moringa butter and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E. Contains green tea extract, a potent antioxidant."

The next step in my daily makeup routine is determined by how much coverage I want on that given day.  When I want a bit more coverage on my skin I apply Jane Iredale's Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer $41. In 6 easy to match shades, it provides the perfect sheer to medium coverage. (A beauty editor favorite for a reason!)

"A hydrating, lightweight, water-resistant tinted moisturizer with SPF 15."

If I'm going for a lighter, more sheer coverage, I skip the tinted moisturizer and go right to the next step- my absolute favorite, can't live with out product. Jane Iredale's Pure Pressed Mineral Foundation powder. $42 and refillable Rose Gold compact $18.  For the perfect level of coverage I buff mineral powder on skin with a domed Kabuki brush.

"Made from micronized minerals, oil free and weightless.  Contains antioxidants such as Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate Extract (a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radical production caused by sun exposure)."

And Now to finish! Setting mineral makeup is the final and one of the most important steps.  Jane Iredale's Hydration Spray comes in five different varieties. $30. My favorite is D20 Hydration Spray.



"A facial spritz based on Ylang Ylang that helps to hydrate and plump skin cells, and contains ingredients to calm and protect the skin.  Sets minerals for a long lasting, smooth finish."



These are my go-to products for complexion perfection! Your skin will be hydrated, looking flawless and protected from the environmental factors that cause damage daily.  A little mascara, a bit of bronzer and lip gloss and you are ready to face the day looking polished and radiant!


Update: December 30, 2017

As I look ahead to 2018, I've begun to play with the endless possibilities of combining beauty with wellness in this year ahead.  It reminded me of this blog post from a few months back.  Jane Iredale really is skincare makeup...

So, as a little treat, I'm going to add two additional favorite products to share for 2018.

My secret weapon for warm, glowing skin in these cold winter months - Jane Iredale's Mineral Bronzer in Warm Glow $44



"Four complementary shades can be swept across cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look that’s made in the shade!"



Lastly, keep lips soft, hydrated and kissable this winter with Jane Iredale's Lip Drink Lipbalm $14  I prefer it in Sheer (translucent) but it also comes in 3 tints to add a hint of color.  It's lemongrass flavor is just perfect!