jane iredale Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the Jane Iredale makeup safe for all skin types?
A. It's important to know that anyone can be allergic or sensitive to anything. However, Jane Iredale has eliminated the known sensitizers from their makeup. Fragrance, FD&C dyes, synthetic preservatives are the top three sensitizers. Individuals with extreme chemical sensitivities wear Jane Iredale makeup successfully.

Q. Is it all right to use Jane Iredale on acne-prone skin?
A. Yes. Jane Iredale makeup is completely non-comedogenic and allows the skin to breathe and function normally. Jane Iredale also easily covers the redness common with eruptions. They have had many aestheticians report to Jane Iredale that they have seen an improvement in the skins of their clients since they have been using the Jane Iredale cosmetic line.

Q. May I use Jane Iredale with Retin-A?
A. Yes. Jane Iredale can be used with any skin care regimen. The SPF the minerals provide is especially important while using Retin-A or AHA's.

Q. Is it necessary to wear additional sunscreens when using the Jane Iredale minerals?
A. No. You may if you wish. Jane Iredale always believe that you can't wear too much protection in the sun. However, be careful of comedogenic or sensitivity reactions to some chemical sunscreens. Because the Jane Iredale minerals provide a physical sunscreen, there is no need to wait for protection to begin.

Q. Does Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals have an SPF?
A. No, but it has ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin C that help to repair the cells from UV damage. If you apply a layer of powdered minerals over Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals, you are helping to repair and protect the skin. Using Jane Iredale Absence underneath Liquid Minerals also provides sun protection.

Q. How soon can Jane Iredale makeup be applied after laser, microdermabrasion or peels?
A. The Jane Iredale minerals can be applied immediately after a microdermabrasion or a light peel. They will not only cover the redness but the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are known anti-inflammatories, that will help to calm the erythema. It is important to replace the stratum corneum that has been lost after these kinds of procedures. The stratum corneum is the body's first defense against the sun.

Application after laser resurfacing must depend on the physician's permission, which can be from 5-12 days depending on the laser used and how deeply it was used. It is essential for healing skin to be protected by the sun. Jane Iredale minerals provide this as well as coverage and soothing properties.

Q. What are the best colors for camouflaging redness?
A. Definitely not green! Green works fine for artists working on canvas when they want to neutralize red, but it doesn't work on the human skin. It leaves a gray, ghost-like pall, which is very unattractive. Jane Iredale yellow bases will conceal redness. Jane Iredale's most versatile yellow base is Warm Sienna, and that is the most popular color for camouflaging erythema. Warm Silk, Amber and Golden Glow also work well.

Q. Is Jane Iredale's loose or pressed powder better for post-laser?
A. Either will cover the erythema and give the necessary sun protection. You might want to bear in mind, however, that the new skin after laser is extremely sensitive and the fewer ingredients you have to worry about, the better. The Jane Iredale loose powders contain less than the pressed. Jane Iredale's advice on lasered skin is to keep it as simple as possible.

Q. Will the Jane Iredale minerals cover bruising or birthmarks?
A. Yes. However, the shadow of some dark bruising may show through. Try Jane Iredale's Disappear, the peach Circle\Delete, CoverCare or Enlighten to camouflage anything that the powders won't.

Q. What does a water- and perspiration-proof rating mean on Jane Iredale cosmetics?
A. Under the new FDA monograph, no manufacturer is now allowed to claim a water proof rating. The highest nomenclature that can be used is very water resistant. This is a rating allowed by the FDA when a product has successfully completed its criteria for underwater testing. It requires that product be placed on a human subject and immersed in moving water for 80 minutes. The SPF is then tested. In the case of Jane Iredale makeup, it maintained its SPF and, therefore, acquired a very water resistant rating.

It applies to Jane Iredale mineral powders this way. If you are perspiring heavily or swimming or you've been caught in the rain, don't wipe your face with the towel -just pat it. You may remove a small amount of Jane Iredale makeup, but the majority will stay on the skin. Dancers have found Jane Iredale to be much easier than usual makeup because they don't have to keep reapplying it during performance. If you are exercising in the sun, it would be wise to brush on another layer of minerals after you've dried you face.

Q. Does Jane Iredale work on older or aging skin?
A. Yes. Because this is a light-reflective cosmetic, it obscures fine lines and wrinkles and gives a healthy glow to the skin, making it look younger. Matte makeup absorbs light and allows the eye to see into the skin. On a very lined skin, after applying Jane Iredale minerals, it is helpful to spritz with Jane Iredale's D2O or Balance Hydration Sprays. This sets the makeup, softens lines and gives a dewy look. The technique of spritzing the sponge first and applying the minerals as a wash also helps to minimize fine lines, wrinkles and large pores.

Q. Are Jane Iredale powders drying?
A. No, quite the reverse. Jane Iredale minerals actually trap moisture between the skin and the crystal layer. The conception that powders are drying comes from the high use of talc in most formulas - up to 90%!

Q. What Jane Iredale moisturizer is best used with the powders?
A. Your favorite. Just wait for it to be absorbed so that you have a smooth canvas on which to work. If you don't, the powders will grab unevenly.

Q. What are the coloring agents in Jane Iredale cosmetics?
A. Jane Iredale colors mostly with iron oxides. Jane Iredale may use carmine or manganese violet in some of their pink loose base powders. Jane Iredale uses ultramarines (ground Lapis Lazuli, a blue mineral), chromium oxide green, and chromium hydroxide green in their blue and green eye shadows. Carmine is in So-Bronze 1 and So-Bronze 2, Cedar Rose Complete Color, Currant, Dubonnet, Barely Rose and Parfait blush, Ruby, Wine & Roses, Pink Smoke and the darkest color in Cloud 9 eye shadows. Vegans and those practicing Kosher will want to avoid the colors containing carmine.

Q. Is it O.K. to put Jane Iredale blush on eyes?
A. Yes, because Jane Iredale doesn't use FD&C dyes in their blushes. FD&C dyes are not allowed for use around the eye area. Some red dyes (like Red #40) are known comedogens. Break-outs in the cheek area could be related to this.

Q. Do Jane Iredale eye shadows crease?
A. Generally not, although those with oily eyelids (unusual) may want to apply Jane Iredale's new eye primers, Canvas and Petal, that effectively control oil. A layer of PureMatte on the lids first can also be effective.

Q. Are the Jane Iredale lip and eye pencils interchangeable?
A. Absolutely. All of Jane Iredale's lip and eye pencils have the same ingredients.

Q. Is Jane Iredale makeup easy to apply?
A. Yes! The problem that first-time wearers commonly encounter is that they apply too much. Because they are used to using makeup that has large amounts of filler and not a lot of pay-off, they use the same techniques when applying Jane Iredale. With minerals, less is more.

Q. How long does it take to apply a full makeup using Jane Iredale products?
A. Ten to fifteen minutes and Jane Iredale's makeup will last all day with no need for touch-ups!

Q. May I apply Jane Iredale over my regular foundation?
A. Yes, but there really is no reason why you would want to. Try it and see the amount of coverage you get just with Jane Iredale minerals. You'll be amazed! For maximum coverage, put on a layer of Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals and then brush Amazing Base or PurePressed on top.

Q. What cleanser should I use with Jane Iredale makeup?
A. Your favorite. The minerals can be removed with any cleanser. They won't, however, come off with plain water. Try Jane Iredale Magic Mitt for a squeaky clean face without the need to use a cleanser.

Q. Do men use the Jane Iredale Cosmetics?
A. Yes. Because the minerals are undetectable, they feel comfortable wearing them. In fact, newscasters are now using Jane Iredale powders on high definition television because their old makeup was obvious to the television cameras.

Q. How is Jane Iredale Makeup different?
A. The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin. That's why everything Jane Iredale develops is a true extension of skin care. Jane Iredale makeup is not just a refinement of conventional makeup; it's a new technology. It's so effective it is recommended by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and skin care professionals.

  • Four in one - Jane Iredale micronized mineral bases are four products in one: foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen, and will disguise almost any skin discoloration.
  • SPF 17 Pressed Bases & SPF 20 Loose Bases - Formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the minerals give instant, broad-spectrum, chemical-free sun protection. Jane Iredale bases are also Very Water Resistant.
  • Fast, weightless coverage - Because Jane Iredale uses no fillers like talc to dilute the effectiveness of the pigment, one quick application of Jane Iredale minerals provides all-day coverage that doesn't fade, crease or smear.
  • Non-comedogenic and oil-free - The skin is allowed to breathe and function normally.
  • Minimum allergy risk - Jane Iredale uses no sensitizers like perfume or chemical dyes and preservatives in their bases, blush or eye shadows.
  • Coverage - Because the Jane Iredale minerals are concentrated pigment, they give complete coverage and can be used effectively to camouflage large or small distractions.
  • Adhere - The Jane Iredale minerals adhere to the skin until they are removed with any cleanser.
  • Anti-inflammatory - Jane Iredale mineral bases have anti-inflammatory properties and are especially helpful for acne and rosacea-prone skins.
  • Inert - The loose Jane Iredale minerals are inert and cannot support bacteria.
  • Quality - Jane Iredale uses state of the art cosmeceutical ingredients to ensure the finest performance in coverage, application and texture. Jane Iredale vitamins and antioxidants are pharmaceutical grade.
  • No animal testing.