Does the Mineral Veil Go on Before or After the Foundation?


BareMinerals is a line of mineral-based cosmetics created by the company Bare Escentuals. BareMinerals gained notoriety for its foundation and was one the first widely distributed mineral makeup lines. Its products contain primarily titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, along with other mineral colorants. The makeup contains a natural SPF (sun protection factor) and is safe for sensitive skin. Mineral Veil is one of the company's most popular offerings and is useful in a variety of ways.

About Mineral Veil

  • BareMinerals' Mineral Veil is a sheer, lightweight powder you apply with a brush. It contains corn starch, zinc stearate, magnesium stearate and iron oxides. Mineral Veil is designed to perfect and finish the skin's appearance. BareMinerals claims the product minimizes pores, controls shine and reduces fine lines. Its translucent quality makes it suitable for a wide range of skin tones. Mineral Veil can be used every day, or in stage or costume applications

After Foundation

  • Traditionally. Mineral Veil is applied as a last step after foundation or other makeup. It acts as a finishing powder that sets foundation and other products, which prolongs their wear. You can apply Mineral Veil between layered applications of lip products to set them. Applying Mineral Veil is simple -- tap a little powder into the lid, dip the application brush into the powder, swirl the brush to work the powder into the brush and tap the brush to remove excess powder. To apply the Mineral Veil, sweep the brush onto the skin using a circular motion to apply and buff the powder onto the skin. The more you buff, the more the powder blends into the skin and the greater the coverage provided.

As a Primer

  • Those who have an oilier complexion or use a heavier moisturizer can apply Mineral Veil before foundation as a skin primer under any type of foundation or makeup. By smoothing skin texture, it helps foundation go on more evenly. According to the manufacturer, foundation lasts longer and remains matte because Mineral Veil absorbs excess oil before it reaches the makeup. For heavy or greasy foundations, Mineral Veil provides a protective layer over the skin.

On Its Own

  • Women who do not like foundation or who do not need full coverage may use Mineral Veil on its own on bare skin. Mineral Veil provides a soft-focus finish that evens out the complexion without additional weight or color. According to the manufacturer, skin looks fresher than bare skin but without the dry, cakey appearance that comes from layers of traditional face powders with talc.

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