Below you will find a series of frequently asked questions about BECCA Cosmetics.
- How should I store my BECCA cosmetics?
- Can you advise me on best before dates for my makeup products?
- Does BECCA test on animals?
- Do any BECCA products contain mineral oil?
- Do BECCA products contain parabens?
- Do BECCA product contain irritating plant extracts, essential oils or alcohols?
- Are any of the BECCA products comedogenic (pore-clogging)?
- Are BECCA products all natural?
- Is the sunscreen in BECCA products chemical or organic? Is the sunscreen effective for both UVA and UVB rays?
- I am concerned I may be allergic to products with sunscreen. Can I use BECCA products with sunscreen?
- Are BECCA foundations with SPF good for people with oily skin?
- What is different about BECCA pigments and powders?
- Should I be concerned about the talc in BECCA powders?
- Is the fragrance in BECCA products irritating to the skin?
- BECCA loose powder vs. pressed powder - which should I choose?
- I don't like the unnatural look of powder; I would prefer a dewy look. Must I use BECCA powder?
- Isn't translucent powder more natural than powder with colour?
- Should concealer be applied before or after foundation?
- What is the best way to provide maximum coverage but still appear natural?
- When should I use cream or powder blush?
- What ingredient makes the shimmering products shimmer? Is it glass or metal?
1. How should I store my BECCA cosmetics?
Makeup is best stored between 20-25C (68-77F) and in low humidity. To avoid makeup melting or ‘sweating’ it should not be left in places that are prone to high heat such as a parked car or near a sunny window.
Some crème products (especially Crème Blush and Crème Eye Colour) are prone to ‘sweating’ in high humidity. This is natural. As the product absorbs moisture from the air, the oil floats to the product’s surface. BECCA does not use chemical binders to stop this. It does not affect the product, or its usage, and will disappear when the humidity drops.
2. Can you advise me on best before dates for my makeup products?
For optimal safety/hygiene and product effectiveness, BECCA recommend the following usage under normal conditions:
- Eye and lip products: Use within 6 months of opening
- Water-based Foundations, Moisturisers, Primers, and Gels: Use within 9 months of opening
- Powders, Blushes, Bronzers, Oil-based Foundations, and Concealers: Use within 15-18 months of opening
3. Does BECCA test on animals?
No. BECCA condemns the testing of any cosmetic products, or any cosmetic ingredients, on animals. BECCA actively participates in collaborative research to prove that other methods are in fact more relevant and reliable. BECCA test its products comprehensively in human clinical trials. All trials are conducted on paid volunteers and neither BECCA, nor any company contracted to BECCA, conducts tests on animals.
4. Do any BECCA products contain mineral oil?
Yes. Certain BECCA products are specially formulated to contain pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil. This ingredient provides excellent coverage, allowing the product to sit “on” the skin rather than being absorbed into it (which frequently leads to irritation and pore-clogging).
A lot of inaccurate and incorrect information has been put out by “natural” cosmetic companies regarding mineral oil. Mineral oil is as natural as any other naturally derived ingredient and is one of the safest, non-irritating, non-pore clogging and non-allergenic ingredients. Consider why Vaseline, baby oil, and aqueous creams all contain mineral oil and yet are designed for use on a baby’s ultra-sensitive skin.
5. Do BECCA products contain parabens?
Most BECCA products are paraben-free, however some of our products do contain parabens.
BECCA’s products which DO contain parabens include but are not limited to:
- Compact Pressed Powder
- Compact Eyeliner and Sealer
- Line & Illuminate Pencil
- Mineral SPF Primer
- Luminous Skin Colour
- Pressed Bronzing Powder
- Silky Hydrating Primer
- Mattifying Primer
- Shimmering Skin Perfector
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics products. Chemically, parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. The most common parabens used in cosmetic products are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Typically, more than one paraben is used in a product, and they are often used in combination with other types of preservatives to provide preservation against microbial growth, both to protect consumers and to maintain product integrity.
6. Do BECCA product contain irritating plant extracts, essential oils or alcohols?
No. BECCA products do not contain any irritating oils such as menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc. The only plant-derived oils used in formulating BECCA products are castor oil and avocado oil, both of which are beneficial to the skin. BECCA products do not contain any of the problematic alcohols such as SD alcohol, ethyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol or grain alcohol. We are careful to ensure that the only form of alcohol in BECCA products is cetyl or cetearyl alcohol.
This is an emollient, fatty alcohol derived naturally or synthetically from coconut and is neither an irritant nor comedogenic (pore clogging).
7. Are any of the BECCA products comedogenic (pore-clogging)?
BECCA products are carefully formulated and then dermatologically and clinically tested to be non-comedogenic. Unfortunately it is not possible to guarantee that every ingredient will be non-pore clogging for every individual. The way the product sits on the skin, the size of the pores and skin’s temperature are all variables in determining the comedogenic effect. As a general rule, it is the thickness and heaviness of a cream (rather than if it just ‘feels’ greasy) that make it comedogenic. Plant oils containing fatty (saturated) acids have been known to clog pores. We have formulated BECCA moisturisers and foundations to be light-weight, and we do not use any fatty acid plant oils. BECCA products are multi-purpose and this eliminates the need for additional layers of potentially pore-clogging moisturiser and sunscreen.
8. Are BECCA products all natural?
BECCA does not claim to be “all natural” and believes this claim to be a misleading marketing ploy. Nor do we believe that natural is necessarily better; for example, consider how many people are allergic to certain foods, certain plants, pollens, suffer from hay-fever, etc. Products using plant extracts/plant oils need higher levels of preservatives than mineral oils. Imagine what a bowl of salad would look like if it was left in your fridge for three months!
Many oils are known to irritate and cause breakouts and allergic reactions. Further, the methods used to extract some of these oils (solvent extraction using hexane, a known carcinogen) are not at all “natural”.
9. Is the sunscreen in BECCA products chemical or organic? Is the sunscreen effective for both UVA and UVB rays?
BECCA uses both organic and chemical sunscreens. Organic sunscreen (Titanium Dioxide) provides a physical reflective block. Chemical sunscreens such as Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (sometimes called Avobenzone), Homosalate and Oxtyl Methoxycinnamate work by absorbing harmful rays. These extremely effective ingredients work synergistically to provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Note: Despite the fact that some people may be concerned about chemical sunscreens, we believe that the proven effectiveness of these ingredients in protecting against skin cancer and premature aging far outweigh any unproven potential risks.
10. I am concerned I may be allergic to products with sunscreen. Can I use BECCA products with sunscreen?
Some people do react to certain sunscreens. In some cases, this is simply because the sunscreen ingredient has actually penetrated the skin and acts as a very small “splinter”, thus causing irritation. BECCA is careful to ensure that the organic sunscreen particles are not milled too small, thus substantially minimising any risk of the particle penetrating the skin. If you have concerns or are prone to allergy, we recommend trying a sample of the product overnight on your wrist or arm.
11. Are BECCA foundations with SPF good for people with oily skin?
BECCA Luminous Skin Colour (Sheer Makeup SPF20+) would be suitable for those with slightly oily skin but is better suited to normal/dry skins. For skin prone to oiliness, we recommend first using BECCA Mattifying Primer and then setting with Fine Loose Finishing Powder for the best result. People with very oily skin can forego the use of moisturiser and use BECCA Stick Foundation directly onto the skin or over Mattifying Primer.
12. What is different about BECCA pigments and powders?
There are many reasons why BECCA pigments and powders are different – their pharmaceutical grade, their origin, etc.; however the major difference is in the way the powders have been milled. Milling is the process whereby the pigment (which is a rock-like powder extracted from the earth) or powder (which is usually derived from small particles of talc or modified rice starch) are crushed or ground into fine particles. Normally this is done by crushing the product between rollers, not unlike using a pestle and mortar. BECCA uses a different process, which we call air-micronisation, or air micro-milling. BECCA is one of only a few companies in the world doing this. In the normal milling process the edges of the particles, when viewed under a microscope, are rough and irregular. BECCA uses a continuous, very high speed blast of air to erode the particles down to size. Instead of the particle looking like a crushed rock it looks like a very smooth, round, river pebble. Just as millions of years have made the pebble smooth, so too does the high-speed air blast, resulting in incredibly smooth particles. The effect is immediately illustrated when you apply the powder. It is luxuriously smooth and travels beautifully across the skin. Imagine trying to spread a pile of jagged rocks across the ground. Then consider if those rocks were all shaped like marbles. The coverage is perfectly uniform with even the thinnest layer being just one particle thick. It is this ultra-thin and flexible layer of perfect coverage that gives BECCA its weightless feel on the skin.
13. Should I be concerned about the talc in BECCA powders?
There is no known health risk with talc in makeup. The concern, if any, is only when it is used around the genitals. Even so, generations of children have grown up with Johnson’s Baby Powder, used daily on very sensitive skin.
14. Is the fragrance in BECCA products irritating to the skin?
The fragrance is listed as the last ingredient in all BECCA products. It is used in such small amounts that it is unlikely to cause irritation. In such small quantities it is no more likely to cause irritation than having flowers in a room.
15. BECCA loose powder vs. pressed powder - which should I choose?
Use BECCA Fine Loose Finishing Powder as the final step to set makeup. This product should ideally remain in your bathroom. BECCA’s Fine Pressed Powder is designed for portable touch-ups to reduce shine in the t-zone.
16. I don't like the unnatural look of powder; I would prefer a dewy look. Must I use BECCA powder?
BECCA stresses the use of Fine Loose Finishing Powder. This powder actually makes your foundation and skin look more natural as well as keeping make-up on all day.
A dewy look is absolutely possible, as the powder allows the natural oils of your skin to lightly shine through within half an hour of application.
If you want the dewy look immediately, apply a small amount of BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector over the powder on areas of the face you wish to highlight, or spray the face with a fine water-spray.
17. Isn't translucent powder more natural than powder with colour?
No. Translucent powder looks pale and chalky, whereas pigmented powders like BECCA Fine Loose Finishing Powder look much more natural on the skin.
18. Should concealer be applied before or after foundation?
BECCA Compact Concealer should always be applied after Foundation to those areas of the face that require more coverage. For best results use Concealer Brush #17, #32 or #33 for precise application to the blemish and blend with fingertips. Applying foundation over Compact Concealer only serves to wipe it off or dilute it. Other companies with limited concealer colours may recommend applying foundation over the top, to help disguise the colour mismatch. Due to the extensive colour range of BECCA Compact Concealers, finding the right match is easy, and thus there is no need to apply foundation over concealer.
19. What is the best way to provide maximum coverage but still appear natural?
With BECCA’s extensive colour range and exclusive pigment technology, skin can still look natural, even when maximum-coverage concealer is applied. Begin by using the sheerest foundation (BECCA Luminous Skin Colour) then build with BECCA Stick Foundation to those areas where more coverage is required. Apply BECCA Compact Concealer (in Medium and Extra-cover) with Concealer Brush #17, #32, or #33 to any blemishes that are still visible. Finally, set with BECCA Fine Loose Finishing Powder.
20. When should I use cream or powder blush?
Most women look better with some natural looking colour on the ‘apples’ of the cheeks. Apply BECCA Crème Blush after Foundation and Concealer but prior to the application of Fine Loose Finishing Powder. Those with very oily skin may prefer to use a Powder Blush (BECCA Soft Touch Blush or select BECCA Pressed Shimmer Powders) instead of a Crème Blush.
21. What ingredient makes the shimmering products shimmer? Is it glass or metal?
No, these products use an ingredient called Mica. Mica is a natural and safe plate-shaped reflective crystal extracted from the earth. It is often found in water in mountain streams, giving that “sparkling” effect.