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.

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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, 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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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