Get Ready, Get Set
Powder makeup follows the completion of most moist makeup applications such as foundation, concealer, cream blush/ bronzer etc. and then acts to 'SET' those makeup applications, giving them staying power.
Powder also provides a 'base' to dry applications such as powder blush/ bronzer, eye shadow and liner etc. This is so the makeup has something to adhere to, assists in a smooth application and, avoids the dreaded disappearing act (makeup absorption into your skin).
Powder acts to diminish the appearance of shiny or oily skin, not to be confused with the *look of shine, a makeup style that has been very popular. (*strategic placement for effect).
Powder Makeup Product Types Breakdown
-in a compact case, fine powder granules pressed together, offered in shades
-flexible coverage-light coverage primarily to control shine and oil, heavier coverage with wet/ damp application
1st choice: large powder brush for light coverage
or wedge shaped sponge for damp/wet application 2nd choice: applicator that comes with product
- for light weight, shine free finish-dab brush on compact, then lightly dab on tissue to remove excess, and sweep across face.
- for more coverage a damp application, using wedge shaped sponges that can work smaller zones, and larger zones, effectively.
Prestige Brand-try Lancome Dual Finish Makeup
Drugstore brand L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder.
PRESSED TRANSLUCENT POWDER
-in a compact, very fine granules pressed together
-sheer, colorless light finish to combat shine
1st choice: large powder brush
2nd choice: applicator that comes with product
- dab brush on compact, then lightly dab on tissue to remove excess, and sweep across face
Prestige Brand try Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder
Drugstore brand suggestion Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Pressed Powder Translucent.
LOOSE POWDER - comes in shades
-in a tub, loose granules
-light coverage, controls oil and shine
- large powder brush
-gently dip brush top into tub powder, then dab on tissue to remove excess, and sweep across face
Prestige Brand try Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Beauty Without Cruelty Light Loose Powder
LOOSE - TRANSLUCENT POWDER
-in a tub, loose granules
-gives the best finish, sheer, colorless, light weight
- large powder brush
- gently dip brush top into tub powder, then dab on tissue to remove excess, and sweep across face.
Prestige Brand Shiseido Makeup Translucent Loose Powder
L'oreal Translucent Loose Powder.
Powder Makeup CREAM TO POWDER FOUNDATION
- in a compact solid, creamy texture
-easy to apply,gives controllable, build able coverage with matte-powder finish
- sponge applicator
-dab sponge using a little at a time and smooth even strokes
Prestige Brand Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream Powder Foundation, Trance
OR budget friendly,
Avon Cream To Powder Foundation SPF 15.
Powder Makeup MINERAL MAKEUP
- loose powder in a tub
-natural, sheer finish with full coverage benefits
- specialized powder brush called a Kabuki Brush
-buffing action different than with regular sweep of powder brush, it requires more pressure and shorter strokes to work makeup onto skin
award winning pressed mineral format Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation
OR popular loose mineral format,
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals SPF 25.
Some Simple Steps For Powder Makeup Application
Choosing the right powder makeup for you...
Consider these things when choosing the best makeup powder for your own needs:
1. Do you want coverage?
If the answer is yes, follow color selection as you would for foundation...test on your bare skin at your jaw and view in natural light. If it suits your skins needs, you may also be considering making this your foundation and powder all in one (see foundation to powder or cream to powder in chart above).
If the answer is no, than translucent is the way to go. Although intended to be very sheer and show your skin, they often do have slight pigment, so look for translucent powder with as minimal pigment as possible.
2. Type of powder makeup?
Your skin type and coverage needs will give you a more clarity
a solid choice would be. For example, normal to oily skin that
wants medium coverage might consider a cream to powder formulation that
is very blendable, provides good coverage and has a matte powder finish
(which will combat the oily shine prone nature of that skin
In general, if you are not looking for a lot of coverage, loose powder applied with a big fluffy dome brush is the ideal scenario. Translucent is the most sheer natural finish which will not alter the shade of your foundation. It will simply give it staying power, create a great canvas for further makeup application and cut the shine. Pressed powder makeup would be the easy 'on the go' option for later day touch ups.
How to apply powder makeup.
i) Use appropriate tool. In most cases a large powder brush delivers the best combination of application control, level of sheer and matte finish. The exception would be cream to powder format.
ii) Whether using loose or pressed, dip softly for even distribution on bristles and then either tap the brush handle on the side of your hand to loosen off excess or dab brush on tissue.
iii) Then gently sweep across closed eyes, over nose, across cheeks, across forehead and chin.
iv) You can also use the brush to remove excess powder (just keep dabbing off the residual powder on a tissue).
Last word on powder makeup:
There are a number of options in powder makeup, but I do think that the best and most versatile form is Loose Translucent powder. There are many good loose powders on the market, but two of the best are by T. Le Clerc for texture and Shu Uemura for translucence.
Use sparingly. Enough to effectively achieve your objective without looking dry and "cakey". Too much will not only exaggerate the look of makeup, it will also exaggerate facial lines and wrinkles.