By Eva Whalen


No need to shirk the sun when your mineral makeup contains earth’s effective sun protection. Bask in the glow of admiring glances with any one of these sun-worthy brands, each of which protects the skin against harmful UV rays and age aggressors. Worship the sun this summer with a confidence born of fine make-up and comfort derived from nature’s gifts. Mineral makeup, in the past few years, has been hotter than the sun itself and rather than extol the virtues of how mineral makeup allows for a flawless face and refuses to settle into fine lines, I’ve compiled mineral brands that not only let you look gorgeous but work overtime to keep you that way, thanks to SPF and other vitamins, protectors and benefits!

Organic, eco-friendly Sukicolor Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 goes on smoothly and immediately evens out skin tone to conceal perfections and minimize pores. It leaves skin feeling like velvet, and imparts a radiant glow that lasts all day. Natural retinol liposomes increase cell turnover and protect from free radical damage, while rose extract and jojoba oil pamper skin. Choose between Natural and Bronze tones, available at and Whole Foods stores.

Dex New York Mineral Loose Foundation with SPF 15 is a delicate, anti-aging powder with a hexapeptide complex to stimulate cell renewal, which offers coverage without caking. It can also double as a blush, and a little bit goes a long way. The Dex New York Mineral Pressed Foundation is a chemical-free, lightweight powder with SPF 20, and vitamins A, C and E for healthy skin. Available in twelve shades at, along with a full line of makeup, including Mineral Glow, sunless tanner, lip gloss, lipstick, blush and eye shadow.

Kimara Ahnert’s Mineral Tint Foundation settles down into a soft, powdery finish with SPF 20 and antioxidant protection. Rife with light-diffusing pigments to help conceal fine lines, this foundation is water resistant for days at the beach, and smooches skin with a healthy, sun-kissed glow. Available in six shades at

Ron King Mineral Sheer Tint has a SPF of 20, and contains vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and nutrients. Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng provide antioxidants to nourish the skin. Its lightweight texture is ideal for spring and summer, since Ron King’s line was specifically developed to hold up under the heat and humidity in Texas. Snap it up at

Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Loose Powder with SPF 30 contains hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and sea butter to replenish moisture, as well as vitamins and minerals for superior anti-aging benefits. Your skin will drink it up, thanks to ceramide 2, which boosts internal collagen production, the anti-inflammatory agent sea fennel, orchid extract and zinc oxide. Find this at Barney’s New York (, as well, and Harvey Nichols.

IsaDora Mineral Make-Up Foundation Powder is a 100% mineral powder with no talc, preservatives, oil, waxes, chemicals or fragrance that provides a natural healthy glow to skin, and is available in seven shades. Amethyst, tourmaline, citrine and aquamarine powders energize skin and protect it from photo-ageing. Brush it on for luminous skin. Only a small amount is needed for sun coverage. Find it at and

Christopher Drummond Saude Pele Radiance Booster dusts skin with a Brazilian bronze tone, for a “just in from the beach” glow without having to actually baste and wrinkle in the actual sun. Christopher Drummond products are natural, organic-based and vegan, as well as beneficial for the environment. The line includes premium brushes, concealer, lip gloss and more. Visit to pick and choose.

Illuminate your features with e.l.f. Natural Mineral Makeup in five skin tones with SPF 15. All of e.l.f.’s mineral powders blend well into the skin and are 100% mineral based, with no parabens, preservatives or chemical dyes – which means no guilt and no frying your skin. Find e.l.f. at

The bareMinerals Powdered Formula with SPF 30 shields skin from harsh rays to stave off premature aging and sun damage with a breathable powdered formula that won’t clog pores. Chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and aloe vera extract, bareMinerals can be purchased at The Skin Cancer Foundation gave this product its seal of approval, and so should you.

Originally published May 2009



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