Is mineral makeup better?

We eat healthy food, exercise regularly, look after our hair, go for a facial or massage and have an extensive, well researched skin care routine - but what about our makeup?

Do you go for mineral makeup or the traditional products? There's a whole world out there dedicated to natural and organic makeup that you might never have even heard of.

A couple of weeks back I went along to a mineral makeup tutorial where we got to watch a professional makeup artist at work and then replicate it - the best way to learn.

(You can see my finished product at the end of the video above).

I will confess, I don't use mineral makeup at the moment. I have in the past but, as a lover of beauty products, am keen to keep trying new things.

The mineral makeup used at the CAPS Clinic event in Canberra was Colore Science. This is the clinic I go to for my skin treatments and they tell me they choose this makeup because it complements the medical grade and in clinic treatments without irritating or inflaming the skin.

The makeup - like other mineral makeup brands - contains pharmaceutical grade minerals, no harsh chemicals, dyes, talc, alcohol or fragrance, where traditional makeup can contain ingredients and additives that irritate skin or cause breakouts. Mineral makeup won't clog your pores and is water resistant.

The pressed foundation is long lasting on the shelf and on your skin and when it comes to coverage, it's lightweight, natural and buildable. The best way to apply it is with a kabuki or powder brush.

What makeup you wear is an individual choice and what you use also depends on your skin type. Some of the big name brands do mineral makeup too.

As I mentioned, Colore Science isn't the only one out there and I've done a bit of digging to find out more about the other mineral makeup brands.

Inika is Australian owned, organic and natural. It started up in 2006 because of a perceived gap in the market for a healthy makeup option and has taken off big time.  All ingredients are ethically sourced. The brand doesn't just do powders - you can also get a bb cream, eye and lip liners, bronzer and blush to name a few.

Nude by Nature is cruelty free and also Aussie owned - founded in 2008 with a focus on makeup that's good for you. None of their products contain any synthetic ingredients such as silicon or sulphates but do contain macadamia oil, shea butter and Vitamin E. There are different formulations for each product and they do anything from liquid foundation to concealer, mascara and eyeshadow.

RMS is all about purity. It's made with raw, food grade and organic ingredients that contain no chemicals with nothing synthetic or genetically altered. The brand started by makeup artist Rose Marie who struggled with health issues only to find out it was the chemicals in makeup that got into her blood. RMS covers everything from powder to luminisers and eye polish.