How to Use Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation According to Your Complexion


Today we're talking about ways to use Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation, our pure mineral makeup that you can brush on as a powder or mix with your moisturizer to create a natural liquid foundation. Because it's so versatile, it really suits every skin type and can give you anything from a tinted glow to a flawless, photo-ready finish.

Click Here to Watch a Video About Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation

What we've found through testing this foundation is that there are different ways to use it, depending on your skin type and how you like your makeup to look (ie, a dewy vs. matte finish, or full vs. light coverage). We asked a few of our team members about their skin and their method for using Minerals by Annmarie to achieve perfect color and coverage.

Before we share their makeup advice and photos, we'll tell you about our foundation colors:

Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation Colors

You can use a single color of powder, or mix more than one together to achieve your perfect shade.

Pearl – for those with fair complexions with pink undertones.

Sand – for those with light complexions with yellow undertones.

Honey – for those with light to medium complexions with warm undertones.

Olive – for those with medium complexions with warm undertones.

How to Use Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation According to Your Complexion

These photos aren't super close up, but they're also not edited at all. We're not models, just normal people wearing our day to day makeup. 🙂

Minerals by AnnmariesCourtney

Complexion: Fair, dry

Foundation level desired: medium coverage, focusing on concealing under eyes and blemishes

Method: I start by applying 2 pumps of the Anti-Aging Facial Oil to my skin. Next, I mix 2 pumps of the Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin with Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation, a pea-sized amount of Pearl color with a dash of Sand to make it a little more warm-toned.

I spread it across my face with my fingers, focusing on the areas I want to conceal, mainly under the eyes and any blemishes. I blend everything in with brush.

Her advice: For a more matte finish, finish by applying dry powder with a brush.

Minerals by Annmarie Photo - HopeHope

Complexion: Light olive, combination (dry and prone to break outs)

Foundation level desired: medium coverage, for evening out skin tone and brightening up under eye area

Method: First, I apply sun protection. Next, I apply 1 pump of Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin mixed with 1 pump of the Anti-Aging Serum.  To minimize dark circles under my eyes, I mix a tiny bit of Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation in Pearl with Anti-Aging Eye Cream and rub it into that area. Next, I sprinkle some Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation in Honey into my clean hand, with a dash of Pearl, and use a brush to apply this powder to my entire face.

Her advice: Finish off by rubbing a pump of the Citrus Stem Cell Serum along the cheek bones for a dewy finish.

Minerals by Annmarie PhotoRachel

Complexion: Olive skin tone, oily

Foundation level desired: Light

Method 1 – With Sun Love: I sprinkle a bit of Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation in Olive (in the winter months I'll add a spec of Sand) into my hand, then add 2 pumps of Anti-Aging Serum and a small pea sized amount of Sun Love, mix, then apply.

Method 2 – Without Sun Love: When I'm not wearing Sun Love, such as when I'm putting on makeup before going out at night, I mix Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation with 2 pumps of the Anti-Aging Serum, apply, then gently pat a small pump of the Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin over everything to finish it.

Method 3 – Thicker Foundation: When I want a thicker foundation, I mix my Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation with a small dab of cream (from an outside company).

Her advice: With Sun Love, you don't want to rub it in too much. Zinc oxide works by sitting on top of your skin, and it can ball up if you rub it in too much. Simply ‘swipe' it onto your skin, taking care to apply it evenly.

Minerals by Annmarie - AubreyAubrey

Complexion: I have fair skin with normal to extra sebum production.

Foundation level desired: Light, for evening out skin tone

Method: After cleansing, I apply Anti-Aging Serum and then either the Herbal Facial for Normal and Combination Skin or the Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin. Next, I put a little bit of the Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation in Honey in the palm of my hand. To apply, I dab a large, soft makeup brush into the minerals, tap off the excess and spread it evenly over my face, starting with my chin line and working upward.

Her advice: Experiment with colors. Though my complexion is light, the Honey color looks best on me and brings out the warm tones of my complexion.

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What do you look for in a foundation? Let us know in the comments below?

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  1. Rebecca says

    I absolutely love this mineral foundation! It’s the first that doesn’t emphasize or clog my pores, age me, or feel heavy. I highly recommend getting the sample kit to try the different one to get your correct shade. Also, the lighter shades come in handy for concealing and the darker shades are great for bronzing or contouring.

  2. Anonymous says

    I’ve followed this skin care line for a few years now and when I read this article I was curious about a few things and hoped you could help me out. Is the foundation safe to inhale and leave on our face if a matte finish is what we are after? Will the foundation rub off on other things if we use it like liquid foundation? Also, do we need to put a non-oil based primer on before we apply the makeup?

    • Annmarie Skin Care says

      Hi there!

      We don’t suggest inhaling the foundation, there aren’t nano particles in it so they won’t penetrate the blood stream, but it’s still best to avoid breathing in the powder.
      It’s possible that the makeup could rub off, but it depends on the fabric and how well your skin absorbs the oil that you use. You don’t need to work with a primer if you don’t want to but if it’s part of your routine already, go for it!

  3. Elaine says

    I just love this foundation. I have normal/dry mature skin. I start out with the anti-aging facial serum and then the anti-aging facial oil. then I mix a very small amount of the foundation powder with one pump of herbal facial oil. Sometimes it is still too drying so I am going to try what Rachel does and pat on a little oil on afterwards. I also want to ask does anyone know of a good all natural cream blush that they use or heard of. I am using 100% Pure brand lip and cheek tint. It is great but was wondering what else was out there. Thanks!!! And thanks to Annemarie for a wonderful skin care line.

  4. Barbra Hickey says

    Question: What does the full size bottle of one color cost?

    How does this product differ from “Bare Minerals” which I currently use?

    • Annmarie Skin Care says

      Hi Barbara,

      The full size Minerals by Annmarie Foundation is $49.95 and we calculate that it will last about 4-5 months with regular use.

      We’re not able to speak for other makeup lines, but what I can tell you is that our makeup only has the four ingredients (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxide, and mica). All of those ingredients are sourced using clean, sustainable practices and have been tested for heavy metals. I hope that helps 🙂

  5. alison says

    I am posting a comment because I am so impressed by the amount and quality of information to help me clarify my skin type and tones. I have never been able to figure that out. I am post-menopausal and I can at least tell that my skin has changed. I just got my sample kit and have tried 3 of the 4 foundations. I think, for the first time in my life I will use them.
    After I do all the experiments you suggest to really figure out my skin tones, I will know just what I need.

    Thank you so much for all you hard work to make the world a better place.

  6. Micheline says

    Wondering why you don’t have any women of color in your demo line up?
    I’m sure they would equally love your products!

  7. Roxann says

    I am wonder if you will be coming out with shades that blend the current ones. Or…might you possibly come out with smaller bottles? I have to currently blend Sand & Honey to obtain the shade that works. So, 2 buy 1 bottle of each of those ends up being $100. Very tough to swallow. That’s the only thing holding me back from ordering the foundation because I just don’t have $100 to spend on foundation. 🙁

    • admin says

      Hi Roxann! Look out for coupons for Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation. 🙂 We assure you that Minerals by Annmarie will last you a long time once you make the initial investment.

  8. Corrie Ann says

    Would love to try this but am a bit concerned about the use of mica. I know from experience that it can cause lung irritation.

  9. Cindy Marchionda says

    OMG!!! I cannot get enough of your new Minerals by Annmarie Foundation!!! It’s amazing how much coverage you get, how light it is, how I can perfectly match to my skin color, and how absolutely beautiful my skin looks! I was skeptical when I first saw that it was a minerals line, but this product is beyond anything I could even imagine. I am in love. Thank you so much.

  10. Jordan says

    I’d like to request that when we purchase one shade in it’s full size, that we receive samples of the other colors. There is no one shade that works for me. But combinations work great! BTW, pearl is not only great for under eyes, but as a brow bone highlighter. For me, the olive is great for contour.

    • admin says

      Hi Jordan, thank you for the suggestions! If you want to try all four colors (plus a sample of our Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin) you can order a Makeup Sample Kit. It also comes with a $10 off coupon you can use towards a future purchase.

  11. Susan says

    I absolutely love the coverage and texture of the new Minerals by Annmarie foundation, however, I am half Native American with Olive Tanned skin tone and the colors available are not quite dark enough for my color. Will you be adding more colors for people with darker skin. I really hope so because I love your products.

  12. Heidi Stellrecht says

    I received my sample kit and am in love with this foundation! I mixed it with my oil and then put a light dusting on my brush for a flawless finish…I will be ordering the full size!

  13. Lesa says

    I see in one of your above answers that you included titanium oxide…WHY? It is incredibly difficult to find a foundation or powder that does not include this and I have always found it to cause skin irritation and breakouts in my face.

  14. susan marie says

    I look for a foundation that is made of natural and not chemical ingredients. It must provide some coverage but overall be light (not heavy) and fairly transparent. Am currently using bare minerals powder applied with their thick stubby brush. It looks pretty good – and better as the day wears on. In addition, bare essentials/minerals offers a special coverage produce that I use for spot coverage – to cover any red areas and spots.

    It will be great to have one of your formulas as I LOVE all the products you produce (mature and normal/combo skin is my “type”)!

    Am 59 and will happily provide photos of before and after.

  15. Donna says

    I’m not sure what my complexion is. I used to think I had blue undertones, but someone told me I didn’t. I do have uneven skin tones and combination skin. i have been looking for a natural foundation for years and have not found one that would work for me. I am in my 60’s so most mineral makeup settles into the wrinkles and crevices which makes me look awful. In the past I have not liked moist foundations as it feels like my pores are screaming out at me that they can’t breathe.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  16. Lynne Lightowler-Buck says

    You are rocking this concept! And I’d love to see closeups . . . that really brings reality to anyone’s eyes. Befores and afters would be good to do, and the key thing in the above pictures is the naturalness of each beauty! You really need the “up-close and personal” view . . . otherwise you really have no other way of seeing a “visual” proving your points. I think it would be awesome of you to put a how-to video together, that will demonstrate the various application methods and the results on the models’ skin! Many thanks for considering this. In love, light and healing!

  17. Susan says

    I just turned age 59 ten days ago. I have never worn foundation. I’ve tried many different types on and off over the years, but never liked how they look or feel. I have had very clear skin most of my life, but now I think it might be time to get serious about foundation. I have age spots on my cheeks and I have post menopausal ruddiness and very dry skin. I bought a couple samples from you recently and I have to admit I am wildly crazy about your cleanser. I’ve sampled the facial oil as well and have been putting it on at night before bed. I lay on my pillow and I can’t stop touching my face! I can’t believe how soft my skin feels! I am excited to try your foundation. 🙂

  18. Dina says

    I’m very excited about your new line of cosmetics! I’ve only recently started using your your facial cleansers and oils and I absolutely love them! Currently, I’m using a different brand of mineral cosmetics and I’m ok with them because they’re supposed to be better for your skin, but it has always bothered me that neither that cosmetic company nor any other except one that I’m aware of offer to recycle the bottles or little plastic pots that hold the makeup once they’re used up. I’ve tried recycling them by putting them to use for other things but I can’t use them all! It would be nice if makeup companies would think of that.

  19. Tor says

    I can’t wait I would volunteer for the 65 but great skin to experiment I would post photos. I have found IT make up ok, but not so sure how healthy it is.

  20. Cassie says

    I have fair to medium skin that is neutral with warm undertones. Will you be adding neutral shades to the mix?
    Thank you for your work.

    • admin says

      Hi Cassie! Since you have warm undertones, Sand or Honey would probably work for you. In our sample kits (available soon!!) you can try all 4 colors. 🙂

    • admin says

      Hi Denise! I got this from Read the whole article here –

      1. Stand in front of a well-lit mirror in the privacy of your bathroom wearing only a pure white towel/bath robe and wrap your hair under a white towel. Drape another white towel over any furniture behind you because the more you are surrounded with white, the easier it is to see what colors are hiding beneath the surface of your skin. Now what do you see? Does your skin look blue-ish? If so, you have cool undertones. If it looks yellow-ish, you have warm undertones, and if it’s green-ish, you have neutral undertones.

      2. Hold up a piece of silver or platinum jewelry next to your skin, then a piece of yellow-gold jewelry and determine which one looks better, regardless of your personal preference (I love a yellow-gold necklace, but if I hold both up to my skin, silver is much more harmonious because I have cool undertones). So if the silver/platinum looks better on you, you have cool tones, if the yellow gold looks better, you have warm tones. If both hues look equally good on you, you probably have neutral.

      3. Look at the veins on your underside of your forearm or underarm in the sunlight. If your veins are blue or blue-purple, you have cool undertones. If your veins are yellow or olive, you have warm undertones. If you have both blue and green veins, you are neutral.

  21. Shehra Boldt says

    I am bashful about my abiding love of foundation since age 16, in spite of having used Annmarie’s face wash and lotions ever since they came out- and thus, probably (and according to both my husband and my mother) not “needing” it. Still, I crave that more polished (aka ‘done’) look that cosmetics can give, so I am immensely gratified that you are unveiling this new mineral powder, shortly! Now I won’t have to resort to using other companies’, less wholesome companies’ offerings It is wonderful to see how many people are inquiring about when the color range will be expanded to include dark skin shades, as well. You are on the right track- next, please also include mineral pigments for blush, lipstick and eyeliners! A joyful practice for women through history, and especially since the first decades of the 20th century (when women from all classes began to do it) has been in highlighting, emphasizing and generally perfecting one’s features through a little sleight of hand- through cosmetic enhancement. Wonderful that you are helping us do it naturally and healthfully.. not to mention, non- pollutingly!

  22. Charity says

    Thanks for sharing your individual experiences with us. I haven’t used makeup in years, but am excited to try this. I have been looking for a more laid back, customizable, easing into makeup, approach and this fits perfectly, without the worries of horrible chemicals.

  23. organicfitgirlg says

    I too am a woman of color and was disappointed when I didn’t see color ranges for us. I would like to see colors that don’t have a lot of that redish tint sometimes added to the chocolate colors. Also I would like to see a color that is transfer resistant or at least somewhat. I have not been able to give up the foundation I use now because it stays in place all day, however, it’s toxic and I really want to get away from it. By the way you all look great!

    • admin says

      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for the feedback! We are really excited about expanding our makeup line, including adding more foundation colors. Your comments are really helpful.

    • admin says

      Hi Deborah! We are going to be coming out with more colors very soon! I will let you know personally when those are available.


    • admin says

      Hi Kimberly! Our darkest shade currently is “olive,” but we are coming out with darker colors soon! I will let you know personally when those are available.

  24. Heather says

    I love your idea of showing your “models” with their individual methods of using Minerals by Annmarie. However, they are all so young! It would be helpful if you also showed some more mature women modeling the product. Thank you for providing such an informative and fun blog!

    • admin says

      Hi Heather! I agree with you. We will continue to post photos of people wearing Minerals by Annmarie, including more mature women. 🙂

  25. Elaine Hammond says

    I am really looking forward to this new product. I seldom wear foundation, just a bit of BB creme around the nose and mouth. Even my post-menopausal skin – largely thanks to your products – is even enough for everyday presentation. However, I am entering a phase where I shall need to present in a bit more polished fashion and am hoping that this will fit the bill. Thank you so much for your work!

  26. JoAnn Locy says

    I have been unhappy with most every foundation over the last year and can’t wait for this to be available! Please, please, please put it out quickly!! The department store make-up divas have told me I’m a perfect beige … but that changes with my ruddy, rosacea, menopause -blessed skin!

  27. Cora Saunders says

    I look for a foundation that does not settle into the creases around my eyes and mouth. I also look for a foundation that does not cause my dry skin to flake.

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