Bare mineral makeup allows you to look great without subjecting your skin to potentially harmful chemicals. To satisfy our curiosity about the ingredients of mineral makeup we spoke to a chemist in charge of formulating sheer cover makeup. She provided us with a list of the five most common ingredients and information about the role of each of those ingredients as used in mineral makeup.
Titanium Dioxide is a white powdery substance that blocks harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun by creating a thin, impermeable layer between your skin and the invisible ultraviolet light. Safe and natural, titanium dioxide is the same stuff sunbathers often use on their nose, and that your parents might have slathered on you as a child.
Various iron oxides are made from iron, one of the most common elements on Earth. Iron oxidizes in many ways. In addition to rust, it can form many different compounds with different colors. The most attractive of these compounds are added to sheer cover makeup to enhance the color it brings to your face. Iron oxides are the source of pink, brown, red, and taupe pigments in such makeup.
Mica: these minerals have a natural mirror-like sheen. When used as sheer cover makeup, they help your complexion become luminous, smooth, and creamy. These minerals also help improve the texture of creams, powders and mineral liquid foundation, ensuring that they do not clump or drip.
Kaolin is a white, smooth, natural clay found around lake beds. Kaolin helps colors stick to your skin, creating a durable makeup that can last all day. Kaolin also absorbs oil, making kaolin containing makeups particularly appealing for use by people with oily complexions. Due to kaolin’s oil absorption properties, Kaolin makeup is good to use on a daily basis. The build up of oils, and the resulting acne are actually prevented by using kaolin containing makeup.
Zinc Oxide: this natural material is similar to titanium dioxide in that it offers good protection against the sun. However, zinc oxide is also a great compound for delicate or irritated skin, since it soothes and brings down inflammation.
Bare mineral make up makes skin look smooth, soft, and youthful without subjecting it to dangerous chemicals. According to chemist Ann Swiftborne, there are five common natural ingredients in sheer cover makeup. Titanium Dioxide, a white powder, protects skin from the sun. Iron Oxides (rust) provide reddish, pink, and brown tints to mineral makeup. Mica, a shimmering mineral, enhances the texture of mineral liquid foundation and leaves skin smooth and glowing. Kaolin, white natural clay, absorbs oil and creates a durable makeup that lasts all day. Zinc Oxide, like Titanium Dioxide, protects skin from the sun and also soothes the skin and reduces redness due to inflammation.
Is titanium white the most reflective acrylic paint?
From what I understand titanium dioxide reflects 97% of light and titanium dioxide is the primary pigment used in titanium white paints.
However, is there a white which is whiter and brighter? Say 98% reflective?
I ask because I cannot seem to get the whites to be extremely bright. I see some paintings in the museums and the whites are incredibly bright. But when I try to use the “brightest” white ( titanium white) it comes out as murky and diluted.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
titanium is the most white paint you can get.
the paintings in the museum are most probably oil paintings not acrylic.
the wizard of oh – titanium white (omar santana production)
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