We like to think of makeup as our grown-up coloring kit, something to play and have fun with whenever we’re prepping for a day or night out. Even though we love a bit of enhancement, we still prefer to treat our skin as gently as possible and use naturally based products that don’t cause dryness, irritation, or breakouts. Since we’re on a mission to keep our skin healthy, we paid a visit to local beauty genius Jane Iredale, president and founder of Jane Iredale—The Skin Care Makeup, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to get the low-down on her gorgeous, multitasking, good-for-you products.
Originally a casting director, Jane—pictured above right, with Annie—saw hundreds of actors and models who struggled with skin problems caused by the makeup they wore on the job. She witnessed up close how this affected their ability to book new work and ultimately lowered their self-confidence. So Jane turned to mineral powders and pigments, which not only provide more intense coverage and coloring, but also offer skin-soothing benefits, and created Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in her home kitchen.
After founding the company in 1994, Jane took her wares to the aesthetics industry, which was clamoring for products that do double, triple, and even quadruple duty; that are noncomedogenic and nonirritating; that are simple to apply; and that provide just the right level of coverage and enhancement for every skin type. Since then, Jane’s line has become a favorite of spas, Hollywood makeup artists, and the average gal who likes to look her absolute best, every single day. Jane Iredale cosmetics—all of which are crafted sans scary, tongue-twisting chemicals like parabens and phenoxyethanol—are now carried all over the United States and in more than 40 other countries, and are regularly hailed by beauty experts in fashion and lifestyle magazines.
Take a peek in the purses of the staff here at Fresh American HQ, and you’ll find pretty much every type of foundation product, from Dream Tint, a suberabsorbent, superhydrating moisturizer with a hint of tint that’s become Annie’s new go-to everyday foundation, to Amazing Base, a sunscreen and velvety loose-mineral foundation in one. We’re hooked on the foundations’ range of coverage levels and ability double as sunscreens and concealers, and the way they give us a glowing, soft-focus look, thanks to the almost magical reflection of light off the minerals. We’re also crazy for the several-in-one mini kits like EyeSteppes, the Bitty Brow Kit, and the holiday-festive Glimmer Gift Box. And do we really have to say anything about lipsticks and glosses that come in nonsticky, glide-on formulas and such an incredible array of rich hues? (We will anyway: get yourself a handful and you’ll never so much as look at another lipstick or gloss in those department-store cases.)
If you haven’t tried Jane Iredale—The Skin Care Makeup yet, get yourself a little holiday gift and pick some up today. Your skin will thank you.
Now’s your chance to snag some goodies from Annie and Jane! Jane’s giving away one of her full-size PureMoist Lipsticks in Margi—a terrific holiday red—plus a travel-size Lip Drink (quite possibly the best lip balm we’ve ever used). To make your gorgeous new makeup pop, Annie’s giving away her current favorite scarf, the lightweight wool Rose Kilim. That’s more than $135 in prizes from Jane Iredale and Annie Selke, FREE to one lucky winner!
Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Sunday, November 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST. View the full details.
Congratulations to our winner, Neeley from Illinois!