I use several professional makeup brands personally as well as professionally when I work with my bridal and special event clients. One of the brands I use most frequently is Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. I did an early review of their products when I was first introduced to them which you can read here. I’ve written before that although I try to use products that have super “clean” ingredients, they do have to actually perform well. While I don’t compromise on my skincare and personal care products (I now make most of my own stuff), makeup is an area that I have yet to find a brand that is free of ingredients on the toxic ingredient lists and actually looks great and stays put all day. So I do the best I can and try to stick to the few lines I have found that use ingredients that are safer than the majority of the mainstream and other professional brands, but that are also highly pigmented, easily blendable, stay on all day, and photograph well. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics is one of those brands. So when they offered to send me their Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation to try out and review I was more than happy to oblige.
About the foundation:
Youngblood’s Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation is available in 8 different shades and gives a luminous, matte finish. Besides the minerals and pigments, the foundation also includes therapeutic ingredients which benefit the skin. Peptides and the other nutrients help to soothe red, sensitive skin, and green algae helps keep the skin hydrated. It is suitable for all skin types, but is ideal for normal to dry skin. This product is also vegan.
The best way to see how well the product blends and covers (in my opinion) is to apply it to clean, moisturized skin with no concealer or primer (although Youngblood offers both). At first I tried applying it with my flat synthetic foundation brush (looks like a paint brush and works best with liquid foundations). I have to say it didn’t work all that well. I have combination to oily skin, and this product is ideal for normal to dry skin, so the product didn’t bind well to my skin or blend well with that particular brush. I don’t like using sponges because I feel they absorb more of the product than they actually apply to the face and I don’t like to waste. I found success using Youngblood’s Ultimate Foundation Brush which is a densely packed flat topped buff brush. I simply tapped the brush into the product and then stippled the product all over my face until it was completely blended in and it went on beautifully. It blended perfectly with no streaking, creasing, or lines of demarcation. It covered well enough that I didn’t feel the need to apply any concealer.
Although this is supposed to be a crème powder foundation, that wasn’t quite the finish I got—probably due to my oilier skin. It never turned to powder, just stayed creamy. I used their Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder to finish it off and secure that matte finish. This combination stayed on all day with very minimal creasing. It provided a good base for my eyeshadow and blush as well.
Now that I had my canvas prepped with the foundation and the powder I was ready to add some color. I always like to do my eye makeup before blush or lipstick, because sometimes I think I know what I want the look to be and then I change my mind during the application. For this look, I chose to use warmer colors in way that can easily be worn to the office or out to a party. The technique is meant to widen the eyes and really make them pop without being overly smoky or too dramatic.
I began using Halo, a lovely pinkish peachish neutral with a slight frost. I applied this to the lid and up the brow on the half of the eyes closest to the nose.
I then chose Bordeaux, an elegant and warm wine tone for the outer half of the lid and outer corners. I took this above the crease, but stopped under the brow bone. I also smudged a small amount to the outer corners of the lower lids. I then took a clean brush and blended the two colors together in the middle.
I finished the eyes by using Alabaster from Youngblood’s Gemstones eyeshadow quad as an accent on the brow bone and inner corners of the eye and blended it all in. I used their Blackest Black Extreme Pigment eyeliner on the top lid only, curled my lashes, and used their Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Blackout on the top and bottom lashes with a second coat on the top only. I used Brow Artiste in Brunette to define my brows.
The finished look:
After the eyes, I applied Youngblood’s Pressed Mineral Blushin Sugar Plum along the cheekbones, and then did my lips with their Rose lipliner pencil and Brilliance lip gloss.
I love this look—it is one of my favorite eyeshadow techniques and I really love how the foundation looks and feels throughout the day. I’m sure that on less oily skin it would provide that powdery finish on its own without the need for a finishing powder.
For more information and to purchase Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, please visit their website.