{Giveaway} Advanced Mineral Makeup Loose Powders


FOF cosmetologist Annie Mayo is giving away five loose powder foundations from her line, Advanced Mineral Makeup.  Enter to win by answering in the comments below: Have you ever tried mineral makeup?

What was your first job? Immediately out of beauty school, FOF Annie Mayo got a job applying makeup on Hollywood hunk Patrick Dempsey in the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love.” You’d think it would be hard to top that, but, Annie did. She went on to enjoy a successful career as a makeup artist working on prestigious events such as the Miss Universe Pageant 1990, where she was the head coordinator for all hair and makeup. She applied makeup to former athletes Joe Nameth and Tony Dorsett, as well as sportscaster Chris Berman, hosts of the 1996 Super Bowl, as well as sportscaster and former pro-football player Ahmad Rashad when he hosted the 2001 World Series.

In her late thirties, Annie decided to put her career temporarily on hold. “I used to go from movie set to movie set [doing makeup],” says Annie, ” but stopped because in 2001 I had a son.” Annie went part-time and as she began working with a number of mineral makeup lines, she couldn’t help notice one major flaw–the lack of color options. “I always felt that conventional makeup had much better choices,” says Annie. Wondering why no one had come out with a mineral makeup line that had a better selection of colors, Annie set out to start her own.

Annie met different manufacturers in 2006 and began working to formulate her dream line of mineral cosmetics that same year. “I wanted my line to actually improve the skin,” says Annie. “Women are getting facials, lasering, but then they’re also using all of these chemicals found in conventional makeup, like talc and dye, to their skin.” Annie’s resulting mineral cosmetic line, Advanced Mineral Makeup, is free of chemicals, dyes, talc or preservatives. She designed the colors of her mineral products to mesh with the skin. “In my makeup the undertones of the foundation work with the undertones of the skin,” says Annie.  “I don’t have any pink tones in my foundation, because it doesn’t look natural. I created my makeup to be neutral.”

Advanced Mineral Makeup launched in September of 2009, and has already sold thousands of products. It was recently featured as the DaySpa Reader’s Choice for mineral makeup in the Spring 2012 issue of DaySpa magazine.  Annie’s line is available for purchase in the offices of plastic surgeons and dermatologists, as well as resorts and spas all over the U.S.  Her website, AdvancedMineralMakeup.com, carries her full line, and ships anywhere in the United States.

“It’s a great product for everyone,” says Annie, “And it has specific benefits for women over fifty as well. As we get older, our hormones diminish and our skin becomes more dry and wrinkled.  This mineral makeup actually reflects light, making your skin feel more beautiful, radiant and hydrated.”  There’s an added bonus for those who don’t like to feel like they’re wearing a face full of makeup. “Advanced Mineral Makeup is really lightweight,” says Annie, “So no matter how many layers you have on, you’re not going to feel like you have a lot of makeup on your skin.”

Enter to win a loose mineral powder from Advanced Mineral Makeup by answering this question in the comments below: Have you ever tried mineral makeup?

Five FOFs will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes September 6th, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.