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Four of the Best: Mineral Foundations

Out with the old and in with the new ! This week we, at Independent Woman, have been looking to detox our make-up bags. Swapping our usual foundations for a much more natural variety can pay handsomely when it comes to soothing skin. Some nourish, some heal and some you can sleep in, here's our top picks for mineral foundations.

Dead Sea Compact Powder by Ahava

Perfectly pretty skin in search of the lightest of lifts may find all that's needed in Ahava's Dead Sea Algae Compact Powder. Designed with the idea that make-up should not necessarily be a cover up, the weightless powder combines a blend of hydrating minerals, anti-oxidant seaweed and naturally soft pigments to fade out imperfections and heal and condition skin. Perfectly packaged, this one comes complete with a magnifying mirror in the lid which make a quick touch up that little bit easier.

Available from ahava.co.uk, priced at £18.75

Matte Foundation by Bare Minerals

Those of you who go for more complete coverage will love Bare Minerals Matte Foundation.The active foundation minimises pores and smooths skin, making it a breeze to powder on a shine free base. If all that mineral magic weren't enough, the range also includes a bronzer and a finishing powder meaning your own particular version of gorgeous is only ever a swirl, tap or buff away!

Available from BareMinerals Counters, priced at €28

Toleriane Teint Mineral by La Roche-Posay

Intolerant skin in need of some respite should find favour with La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Teint Mineral. The feather light compressed powder gives full coverage, evens out skin tone and conceals blemishes, dark circles and redness. Available in textures for Dry and Combination, the foundation is also enriched with an SPF 25 to keep sensitive skin protected against UV rays.

Available from pharmacies nationwide, priced at €21.50

Mineral Foundation by Fuschia

Skin looking for a little local coverage may be more than impressed with Irish make-up brand Fuschia's Mineral Foundation. This brilliantly silky mineral powder adapts to skin tone whilst giving lasting coverage and is available in eight different shades. Whether you're beige, bronze or just plain bland, finding a colour match shouldn't be too difficult.

Available from selected salons, Priced at €26