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The mineral cosmetics industry has been steadily growing for over 20 years, but as it grows in popularity, so too does the amount of misconceptions about mineral make-up.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide illuminating how to dispel some of these myths in order to get the best products that suit each person perfectly.

It’s time to set the record straight, and we’ve chosen Irish owned cosmetic company Fuschia to assist us on our mineral masterpiece.

Fuschia’s award-winning mineral cosmetics are renowned for their long-lasting durability, and their natural ingredients as well as cruelty-free produce.

The first thing to note is that everyone’s skin is different, and each person has their own unique needs.

Some of us have to moisturise constantly to try and battle their dry skin frustrations, others try everything possible to reduce their oily shine.

Prioritise showing off your natural look, a healthy glow is what will allow you to really stand out from the crowd. This guide to navigating the myths and maxims of mineral cosmetics will be your new foundation Bible.

God bless Fuschia.

Myth 1: You don’t need to prepare your skin for applying make-up

WRONG! Prep and prime to the nines, gals. Always.

Apply primer to cleansed and fully moisturised skin for the best foundation results. You want the smoothest possible effect, trying priming the skin with Fuschia D20 Hydrating Mist (€25), a non-silicone based mattifying primer.

Foundation only ever looks natural if it’s applied correctly.

Myth 2: The more make-up applied, the better the outcome

Gurl, less is ALWAYS more. Especially when it comes to foundation.

Tap a small amount of Loose Mineral Foundation (5g-€28.50) into the lid, but don’t be overly generous… you can always add more. Your foundation lid can be your new best friend.

You’ll also be saving yourself some cash by sparingly using the product, and your face won’t be weighed down by too many layers of make-up.

how off your beautiful face, foundation is only meant to give you a small layer of coverage.

Myth 3: Mineral make-up is best for sensitive skin

Not true, ladies. Everyone’s complexion concerns are singular and distinct only to themselves.

Mineral make-up is often marketed as an ‘all-natural’ product because it’s free from additives, chemicals, oil, parabens, the works.

However, there’s an unmistakeably inorganic chemical compound called bismuth oxychloride in the majority of mineral products.

This chemical has the purpose of creating a glowing quality on the skin, with an ingredient named crystalline which can actually lodge itself in pores and cause itchiness and irritation.

Anyone who has acne or various skin dilemmas should actually stick to a nurturing formula such as a BB cream to soothe the skin.

Myth 4: Brushes are ineffective in spreading powder

False… you’ve just got to learn the right method: tapping.

We recommend using the Fuschia Jumbo Buffer Brush (€19.50) for the best application.

Simply press the tips of the bristles lightly into the Loose Mineral Powder to lift a small amount of product, then turn the brush so the bristles are up right and tap the handle on a hard surface or on the palm of your hand to allow the powder to fall further into the bristles.

You can now spread the powder evenly throughout your face with the right amount of mineral powder on your buffer brush. Powder perfect in no time at all.

Myth 5: There is no right way to buff powder.

We totally disagree, and here’s why; we’ve got the moves.

Use small circular motions to begin buffing the powder into the skin. Mineral is all about buildable coverage, so build as you see fit to suit your individual look and style.

One layer gives soft natural coverage; two layers gives medium coverage, three gives full coverage. Work from the outside of the face and gradually buffing towards the t-zone, applying in coats until you achieve the perfect chic coverage for you.

Finish off with the gift that is Fuschia Correct and Perfect Mineral Concealer (€16.95) using the 112 Airbrush Conceal Brush (€7.50).

Myth 6: Mineral make-up doesn’t have staying power

Untrue: if you lightly brush on some Mineral Rice Powder (5g- €24) to the t-zone to set the base and lock in any oils for the duration of the day, we promise.

Make sure to keep your sifter closed when it’s not in use, always open your pot upside down to reduce spillages.

Myth 7: Everybody who suffers from acne should only use mineral cosmetics

Wrong, wrong, wrong. So many people who bear the tribulations of acne tend to avoid all products containing oil to prevent adding fuel to the fire, so to speak.

Most mineral make-up creates a dry, powdery finish which can lead to your skin producing more oil in return.

The oils then mix with your powdered mineral make-up, causing caking and heaviness, which actually draws more attention to any blemishes which you were trying to cover in the first place.

Oils and silicone’s aren’t always harmful for acne-prone skin, it can actually be very helpful.

Myth 8: Natural products are good for you

This isn’t always fact-based, many preservatives can actually be beneficial for you. There are so many ‘natural’ things out there that actually aren’t even nourishing for your skin at all.

It’s a mistake to assume any natural additives are immediately wholesome to you. Products labelled “hypoallergenic”, though they are free of the most common allergens, by no means are they allergen free.

Always get tested for allergies by your doctor if you are concerned about reactions to specific ingredients.

Our fave skin ingredients are “non-comedogenic,” which means that they don’t block pores or cause breakouts.

Myth 9: Mineral make-up has the dual purpose of sunscreen

This myth actually applies to any type of foundation. Make-up is usually based in pigments that refract light, which leads to the general belief that foundations provide an SPF.

While this may be true for some, you’d need to apply a massively thick later in order to get enough protection, which just isn’t practical.

The whole point of mineral make-up is to gain a sheer, natural finish to your look, but your best form of sun defence with make-up is to use moisturiser paralleled with a BB cream, both containing SPF.

Titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide are the key SPF ingredients, which also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Myth 10: Mineral make-up is ideal for the more ‘natural’ lewk

Hell nah. Mineral make-up is based on an opaque white compound, so it can flash out on camera and cause skin to appear extremely pale in photos, the bane of a selfie obsessed gal’s life.

Try mist the face with a finishing spray after blending the powder in properly on both your face and neck. Powder has a habit of sitting on top of the skin, hindering it from hiding the problem areas with uneven textures.

Other skincare products by Fuschia are needed to blur and correct skin texture imperfections and fill in minor lines and smooth skin.

Those are our 10 myth-busters for mineral make-up, powder in peace gals.

Fuchsia is available from stockists nationwide, for full list and online purchases, visit www.fuschia.ie

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Listen – life is f**king exhausting sometimes, and some of struggle to get those sweet 8 hours of shut eye every night. 

With our SHEmazing Awards on the horizon, we started thinking about our favourite beauty products that hide those dark circles under our eyes, and decided on the best concealers on the market.

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We're on the hunt for the best product of the past 12 months; one that has totally transformed your beauty routine and left you feeling like a queen, and one of these concealers could be the one. 

Check out these six fantastic makeup saviours, that will give your face the brightening lift it needs when you're flat out, and then vote here for your favourite beauty product of all time. 

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1. M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer, €21

This baby is a highly concentrated creamy concealer that provides opaque coverage and SPF. This fantastic cover-up is long-wearing and emollient-based, meaning it will control oils on your skin. It is also rich in antioxidants and water-resistant.

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2. Benefit 'Boi-ing' Full Coverage Concealer, €24

This award-winning concealer camouflages dark circles, minor imperfections and discoloration without creasing. This beauty must-have is fade-proof, and available in five shades, from light to deep.

3. Pixi Concealing Concentrate, €16

This super long-lasting, matte finish full-coverage concealer will banish any dark circles you may have – we promise. This product is surprisingly lightweight, and contains a high level of pigments to perfectly hide imperfections. Oh and did we mention that it is waterproof?

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4. NOTE Mineral Concealer, €14.95

This silky, lightweight cream-powder provides the care that the eye contour needs to help diminish dark spots, fine lines and under eye circles. It will instantly erase imperfections for a more youthful and radiant appearance. 

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5. Clarins Instant Concealer, €26

This is the stuff of dreams- a concealer that is fatigue-fighting, smoothing and long-wearing. It provides you with a customised correction for all types of dark circles, and is tinted to mask the colour of dark circles while restoring the skin's natural tone. 

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6. Sleek 'Hide It' Concealer, €4.49

This fantastic concealer provides you with light to medium coverage, which is perfect for use under eyes to banish any imperfections whilst giving you an even base when combined with the perfect foundation.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Forking out for a fancy new concealer that is supposed to leave you feeling fresh faced and blemish free only to find it does the opposite, or nothing at all, can be very annoying.

However, Cosmopolitan went on a mission to discover the ultimate concealer hacks. These are just some of the best application tricks you can use to make sure you’re getting the most from your favourite product.

1. Triangle:

The most flattering way, supposedly, to apply concealer is by drawing a triangle with the base under your eyes and pointing towards your cheek.

2. Invest in colours:

Green concealers are considered the most helpful when dealing with redness. You can cancel out a pimple's redness by applying green concealer with a clean brush to only the pimple (not the skin around it) to avoid spreading the bacteria. Then you can blend your normal concealer to help provide more coverage.

3. Use a tissue:

After applying concealer use a tissue to blot the area gently. This can help avoid concealer settling into any creases in the skin.

4. Cat-eye cheats:

An angled brush dipped in a small amount of concealer can be used to adjust your winged eyeliner if need be. Much easier than removing it all to start from scratch, and also helps avoid looking like a panda.

5. Fake a full pout:

Using a small amount of a light shade of concealer on the middle of your lips before applying lip colour can give the appearance of fuller lips.

6. Keep your brows on fleek:

Using a light concealer above and below the brow can make your brows really pop and help them appear more defined. Just make sure you blend carefully.

7. Fake the best sleep of your life:

If you line three sections of your eyes: the inner ‘V,’ the middle of your eyelid, and just below the brow bone. Lightly blend for instantly well-rested eyes and a highlight that looks natural. 

8. Banish dark circles:

Apparently a concealer with more of an orange or peach hue is best to help you cover up any dark circles you may be sporting. They tend to cancel out the bluish tones that the under eye circles will tend to give off.

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As part of a new S! TV series, we'll be finding out the answers to some of our viewers' most pressing beauty questions, with the help of make-up artist Stephan Ulvund Øien from IsaDora Global. 

When choosing concealer it can be hard to know what shade to go for, especially if you're looking for a product to highlight and correct at the same time.

In this new video, Stephan gives us some expert tips for choosing and applying concealer for a truly flawless finish.

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Why is it that spots always choose to show up at the exact worst time? You're getting all psyched up for that big interview or first date and then – BAM! – a nice big spot shows up on your cheek.

Squeezing a whitehead might be tempting, but if you can resist you'll find the blemish disappears much faster and without leaving a scar.

Instead, follow these six pro tips for concealing and covering up that spot until it decides to vacate the building.

1. Clean your face well
Before applying any make up to your face and especially before putting it on top of any blemishes, make sure your face is clean. Wash your face with lukewarm water and the facial cleanser of your choice. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

2. Use a good base
Apply a cream foundation or primer to your face, covering the whole area.

3. Conceal and colour correct
For best results when dealing with red or blotchy blemishes, use a green tinted concealer. The green counteracts with any redness and reduces the colour. Take a concealer brush, one with pointy, flat bristles, and cover it with the concealer.

4. Apply like a pro
Instead of using a brushing motion to apply the concealer, press the bristles on top of the blemish and twist the brush. Repeat this until the spot is completely hidden. With a clean index finger, gently press down around the sides of the blemish so as that the concealer will soften and blend into your skin.

5. Blend, blend, blend
Then apply your foundation as normal, taking it right up to the very edge of the spot so as that your skin is one even colour.

6. Set it with powder
Finally, apply your powder. The powder should be an exact match with your skin colour. Use a clean finger to lightly tap the powder on top of the concealer. The powder should set the concealer, eliminating the risk of smudges or fading. It also works to even out your skin tone.  

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There’s a new beauty craze on the scene and we are a little scared of it if we’re honest! Having said that, we’re also completely intrigued…

If you, like so many of us, have tried nearly everything to rid your eyes of dark circles, then the beauty world may have the answer for you.

No, it isn’t a fancy cream or some kind of terrifying surgery, it’s actually most definitely in your beauty routine already.

Red. Lipstick.

Yes, red lipstick used as an under-eye concealer is said to make dark circles disappear! But is it too good to be true…?

Many of YouTube’s beauty bloggers have been giving the craze a go, some are in favour whilst others claim it’s just an extra step you don’t really need.

We took a look at two of these bloggers; the first being Deepica Mutyala whose video on using red lipstick as concealer has gone viral with more than four million views.

 We also watched a video by beauty blogger Elko who says it’s just more effort than it is worth. 

Will you be trying out this new beauty trend for getting rid of those pesky dark circles? 

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When it comes to using concealer there is more to the art of applying it than simply plopping a blob on your face and giving it a quick rub to blend it in.

When it comes to looking flawless, the most natural look is the best. Here’s how to really use concealer:

Colour
Make sure your concealer is as close to your natural skin colour as possible. Go for one that is slightly one or two shades lighter than your foundation.

When to put it on
Put your concealer on first before you put on your foundation.

Build up gradually
Don’t just grab a huge blob of it and plonk it on to your face, you need to gradually build up coverage to create a natural look.

Dab it on
Dab a little bit on to your face using the pad of your middle finger. Don’t rub as you will just pull your skin and create unnecessary lines, especially if the concealer is quite thick.

Loose powder
Use loose powder to set the concealer although you only need to use it sparingly otherwise it can look cakey.

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Looking for the perfect concealer? Well, look no further as Max Factor have the answer!

A lot of ladies worry that their flaws are the first things people notice on their face and opt for a concealer that will hide any imperfections.

Unfortunately, not all concealers work in the same way and choosing the wrong once can actually make things worse.

Thankfully, Max Factor has released their Colour Corrector CC Sticks that work with varying types of imperfections and skin tones.

With five sticks all working in different ways, there is sure to be one suitable for your skin tone. The Reducer is a green stick that neutralises redness while the Revitaliser in purple counteracts sallow and yellow areas, helping to banish dullness. It is perfect for mums who have yellow undertones.

However, for those with lilac, purple or blue undertones, the Brightener in yellow helps to neutralise under-eye circles. The Balancer is pink and helps to even out dark spots in lighter skin tones while the illuminator works as a highlighter and softly reflects light and illuminates the face.

Each stick helps to eliminate and disguise so you can create a perfect, professional and flawless base

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If your make-up bag weighs the same as a bag of flour, then it’s quite likely you have products in there that you probably forgot you even owned.

While it’s okay to have nearly every beauty product on the market lying around the house, there’s no need for you to carry everything with you on a daily basis.

Here is all you need to stay fresh for a day:

Concealer
Where would we be without it? Concealer hides a multitude of sins, from nasty blemishes to unwanted dark circles.

Mascara
A good coat of mascara can instantly transform your face.

Blusher
A bit of blusher on your cheeks can make all the difference in the world. It will make you look rosy and alive.

Lip balm
There’s nothing worse than having cracked lips. Not only are they sore, but they’re also not pretty to look at.

Liner
One to shape your eyebrows and one for your water line – pencil liner is a God-send really.

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A recent poll found that the average woman will spend more of her life with make-up on than without it.

Shocking, we know.

A survey conducted by health brand Beurer found that a typical woman spends about 11 minutes each morning painting her face and keeps the make-up on for a full 13 hours before taking it off.

With foundation, concealer, mascara and eyeshadow being the most popular items worn by women, this just goes to show the lengths women go to for a confidence boost.

Two thirds admit they would leave it on even longer if they were expecting guests over and nearly one in five women said they wouldn’t open the door with a bare face.

It’s not right, but we can relate.

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