cosmetic tips

At Kari Gran, we believe that beautiful skin starts with healthy, hydrated skin and that your makeup should be as gentle as your skin care products. We are changing the way that women think about their daily cosmetic application by keeping it natural, simple, and beautiful.

That’s why our cosmetic tips and tricks are designed to help women of all ages and skin types develop a simple makeup routine using naturally derived mineral makeup. This isn’t the place for complicated YouTube videos or time-consuming application tips and tutorials. No. We focus on sharing products, routines, and advice that add glow and provide nourishment in equal measure. Our lineup is a straightforward collection of foundation, concealer, eye shadows, and more in a range of colors that look great. Because your makeup is made to celebrate your skin; not hide it.

OCTOBER 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

October 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

Foundation obviously plays a key role in any makeup routine because, well, it’s the foundation all else is layered upon. However, one of the more difficult things to do is select the right shade for your skin tone, as women are often overwhelmed by walls of 50 shades and beyond. At Kari Gran, we simplify it. Not only do we have a short list of ingredients that comprise our Mineral Foundation, but we also offer just 8 shades. Our experience shows this small curated spectrum still ensures a perfect fit for most, while not overwhelming anyone. Our foundation shades are simply...

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MAY 22, 2018

"Lazy Perfection": Makeup and You.

May 22, 2018

"Lazy Perfection":  Makeup and You.

The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying As someone who spent a crazy amount of time in the bathroom during her early teens trying to apply my Maybelline mascara to every single lash, layering and layering, like I was about to hit the red carpet instead of the halls of junior high, this book intrigued me.  I’ll admit, I was hooked by the “Lazy” part of the title – who doesn’t want to look good with as little fuss as possible? Jenny Patinkin, the author, is a professional makeup artist who says her book isn’t actually about being lazy,...

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MARCH 21, 2018

7 Steps To Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

March 21, 2018

7 Steps To Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

Spring has arrived so let the cleaning begin! Whether you’re decluttering a la the KonMari method or deep cleaning, don’t neglect your makeup bag. From sitting on bathroom counters to spilled mineral makeup and grime from dirty brushes, it could really use some extra TLC. Here’s 7 easy steps to green spring clean your makeup bag: Start by emptying your makeup bag and grouping items by categories like brushes, face, eye, lips, etc. Make note of any products that are running low, missing or have doubles. Wash makeup brushes, sponges, applicators and your little white foundation spoon. The bristles on makeup...

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JULY 21, 2017

How to make Customizable Tinted SPF

July 21, 2017

How to make Customizable Tinted SPF

Now it’s easy to get your desired foundation coverage and a daily dose of SPF. Introducing the Customizable Tinted SPF – just match and protect! The simple three-step process will allow you to adjust your coverage as needed while still protecting with an SPF of 28. Add 2 pumps of Three Sixty Five SPF 28 to the palm of your hand. Add a half scoop of Mineral Foundation (we suggest going a shade darker if necessary) Mix together and apply. Voila! It really is that easy. Try it!

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MARCH 24, 2017

5 MAKEUP MYTHS WE DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO

March 24, 2017

5 MAKEUP MYTHS WE DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO

Myth #1: Women of a certain age can’t wear powder foundation. This myth originates from the fear of powder foundation emphasizing and settling into wrinkles. However, with the proper hydration of the skin wrinkle creasing is avoidable. We need to moisturize our skin each and every day for a smooth Mineral Foundation application. Also, avoid filler ingredients like talc, which can be drying.   Myth #2: Women over 40 can’t wear sparkle or shimmer makeup. Really? No. You can wear whatever you please, we happen to think a shadow with a touch of shimmer looks great on everyone — especially in a  wearable brown like our Sandalwood Eyeshadow....

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MARCH 16, 2016

THE FIVE MINUTE FACE WITH MINERAL MAKEUP

March 16, 2016

THE FIVE MINUTE FACE WITH MINERAL MAKEUP

Is it hard to use mineral makeup? Nope! It may take a little getting used to, but mineral makeup is simple and easy. Get the most out of your time with the Five Minute Face look. Starting with a well moisturized face, apply Foundation in a buffing motion all over the face. Add a bit of Eyeshadow with a light layer on your eyelids and build up color as desired. Conceal under the eye area working toward the inner corner of the eye and up under the eyebrow as well as any general spots of redness. Apply a small amount...

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MAY 20, 2015

MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANING 101

May 20, 2015

MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANING 101

Today’s quick video, Makeup Brush Cleaning 101, shows you how to easily clean your brushes. How often should you clean your brushes? A few times a month should do the trick. However, if you are experiencing breakouts, be sure to clean them daily to be sure you are not spreading unwanted bacteria around. We like Seventh Generation’s Lavender dish soap although any mild soap that’s good for the environment is good for your brushes. Speaking of brushes, we found EcoTools years ago and still love them. They’re cruelty-free with recycled aluminum ferrules and bamboo handles. Plus, they are easy to...

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MARCH 30, 2015

ONE EYESHADOW, NUMEROUS SHADES

March 30, 2015

ONE EYESHADOW, NUMEROUS SHADES

We are often asked if we will be adding any more eyeshadow colors to the line. Good news, bad news… the short answer is no. The longer winded response is that you can actually make multiple shades from this one little pot of shadow we sell; it’s all in the amount of product and the type of brush you use. Plus, you won’t have tons of eye shadow stored in your cabinet. In this quick video, we’ll show you a few of the tricks we have up our sleeve. Mineral makeup is versatile and buildable as we’ll demonstrate in just...

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MARCH 04, 2015

CUSTOMIZABLE LIQUID FOUNDATION

March 04, 2015

CUSTOMIZABLE LIQUID FOUNDATION

Some days, I like the look and feel of mineral powder foundation and on other days I prefer a tinted moisturizer. When my skin feels like it needs extra hydration, liquid foundation does the trick. It’s not that I cannot make up my mind, it’s just that my skin is always changing depending on weather, hormones or something I have eaten or imbibed. And that’s where the Kari Gran multitasking Mineral Foundation powder makes sense. Rather than stuffing my makeup bag with products, I customize my foundation based on my skin’s specific needs. Liquid Foundation 101 Whether you know your...

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JULY 16, 2014

A FLAWLESS ‘FIVE MINUTE FACE’ WITH KARI GRAN MINERAL MAKEUP

July 16, 2014

A FLAWLESS ‘FIVE MINUTE FACE’ WITH KARI GRAN MINERAL MAKEUP

Is it hard to use mineral makeup? Nope! It may take a little getting used to, but mineral makeup is simple and easy. You do not need longer than five minutes for a flawless face that has staying power for days. Starting with a well-moisturized face, the first step in working with mineral makeup is getting the product on your makeup brush. Either use miniature spoons/scoopers to spoon a small amount of product into the product lid or screw the product lid on closed-tight and give the container a quick shake followed but a swift tap on the lid to...

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