The La Bella Donna brand is known as the most premium natural makeup line ($22-$198) on the market. If you’re not convinced, stunning mineral maven Nikki Lee is a make-up artist and the brand’s account executive for southern California and Las Vegas who has a simple answer: the makeup line utilizes top ingredients. Sold exclusively in Las Vegas at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental and Wynn Las Vegas, Lee talks about the revolutionary line of products.
Mineral makeups were all the rage a few years ago. What makes La Bella Donna different? NIKKI LEE: The first main difference is ingredients or quality. We have four ingredients in our loose mineral base and do not put fillers in our product line.
You’ve worked for numerous high-end beauty brands. How did you get involved with La Bella Donna? NL: I have been in the skincare and makeup industry for over 15 years. As a makeup artist and esthetician, I have worked with many brands, but I was looking for a makeup that would improve my problematic skin. La Bella Donna’s mineral foundation is truly skincare in a cosmetic form.
It’s only sold at two of the highest-end retailers on the Strip. Why? NL: We partner with only high-quality resorts and spas, luxury boutiques, specialty salons, and medical offices to maintain the integrity of the brand. We want to present a cosmetic line that represents purity, protection, and luminescent beauty.
How is the brand able to make the product without fillers and other “natural ingredients?” NL: The way the minerals are made is a key point. We put our minerals through a triple-dmill process, which is more expensive and grinds the minerals down to a very fine consistency. Other mineral lines do a double-mill process, which makes them heavier.
Where do other lines go wrong? NL: We do not use corn starch, which is one main ingredient in other mineral foundations. When you mix corn starch with any type of oil on the skin, you instantly clog pores because it becomes paste-like and cake-y. All other mineral lines use mica as the key mineral in their foundations, which can make the skin look shiny, making pores and fine lines look bigger. It’s a much less expensive mineral than titanium dioxide, which is the main ingredient in our loose mineral foundation.
You’ve said this brand actually improves skin and is a natural sun protectant. Can you elaborate?
NL: La Bella Donna is a revolutionary, pioneering concept in cosmetics—minerals that behave like makeup. They are actually healthy for the skin because they are made from natural elements: mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and micronized titanium dioxide, a non-chemical sun block of SPF 20 for environmental protection. They provide excellent coverage in a wide range of shades, containing no FD&C dyes, oil, talc, alcohol or fragrance. Some additional benefits of mineral are long-lasting color that does not crease, it’s lightweight, waterproof, anti-aging, safe for post-op coverage, nearly zero allergy rate, and ideal for sensitive or acne-prone skin.