Facts about face powders
Face powder has a slightly old-fashioned reputation. Today, many people wonder if its use has any benefit.
The reality is that there are several very good reasons to use powder. Most importantly, the powder sets the foundation and makes it last. It also adds a matte finish that always looks fresh, professional, and stylish. Dust can make skin texture appear finer by making pores look smaller.
Last but not least, the powder removes any stickiness created by foundation or concealer. After applying powder, you can apply eyeshadow or blush and blend easily onto smooth, silky skin. It is very important to make sure that the powder you use does not change the color of your foundation. If you’ve managed to match your foundation to your skin color, you don’t want to spoil it now by applying a powder that contains too much color, especially not pink.
Loose translucent powder
Loose powder is often the product of choice for professional makeup artists. Most of the loose translucent powders available are not really translucent as they contain a small amount of color, but generally a translucent powder will fight less with foundation than a specific shade.
Loose powder has the advantage that it does not accumulate on the skin and creates a heavy, caked look. It is very light, and if you apply too much, you can easily remove the dust with a large, soft brush.
A good option is W7 Superfine Translucent Powder in a choice of three shades. This product comes in a neat tub with its own kabubi brush.
The only distinctive advantage of pressed powder is that it is much less fiddly to carry in your bag than loose powder. For this reason, it can sometimes be useful for quick touch-ups throughout the day.
You generally also have a wider range of shades to choose from than loose powders. The best results will be obtained if you choose a shade as close as possible to your foundation color and use it sparingly.
The classic compact powder is Max Factors Crème Puff, available in eight shades. Maybelline, L’Oreal and Constance Carroll also offer a variety of excellent ranges.
A fairly recent development is multi-tone face powders like Saffron Multi-Toned Pressed Powder. The advantage of this is that it avoids the rather flat one-dimensional shade that can sometimes result from the use of conventional tinted compact powders. Her complexion is not one color all over her face, there is a natural shade that occurs and multi-shade powders are intended to mimic this, giving a more natural look.
The downside to pressed powder is that it tends to build up on the skin if applied repeatedly, so keep this in mind when touch-up during the day.
Always use a large brush to apply the face powder instead of the sponges or puffs supplied with the product, as this will give you much better and more even coverage and you are much less likely to use too much.
Face powder can really be the finishing touch to your makeup, so it’s worth taking the time to perfect your techniques and try various products until you find the one that suits you best.