Face Powder has a bit
of an old fashioned reputation. Many people these days wonder if there is any
benefit to using it. The reality is that there are several very good reasons
for using powder.
powder sets your foundation and makes it last. It also adds a matte finish that
always looks fresh, professional and chic.
Powder can make the
skin texture seem finer, as it makes the pores look smaller. Last, but not
least, powder removes any stickiness created by foundation or concealer.
After powdering, eye
shadow or blusher can be applied and blended easily on silky smooth skin.
It is very important
to ensure that the powder you use does not change the colour of your
foundation. If you have managed to match your foundation to your skin colour
you won’t want to spoil it now by applying a powder that contains too much
colour, especially not pink.
Loose Translucent Powder
Loose powder is often
the product of choice for professional make up artists. Most loose translucent
powders available are not really translucent as they will contain a small
amount of colour but generally a translucent powder will fight less with your
foundation than a specific shade.
Loose powder has the
advantage that it does not build up on the skin and create a heavy, caked look.
It is very light and if too much is applied it can easily be dusted away with a
large, soft brush.
A good choice is Laval Loose Translucent Powder.
The one distinct
advantage of pressed powder is that it is much less messy to carry around in
your handbag than loose powder. For this reason, it can sometimes be handy for
quick touch-ups during the course of the day.
You also generally
have a wider range of shades to choose from than is the case with loose powder.
Best results will come if you choose a shade as close as possible to the colour
of your foundation and use very sparingly.
The classic pressed
powder is Max Factor's Crème Puff, available in eight shades. Budget Ranges like Constance Carroll also offer a great range of shades at very affordable prices.
If a film builds up on the surface of your powder this is caused by a build up of skin oils and other make up products being transferred from your skin to the powder on your applicator sponge, puff or brush. So make sure you use a clean one every day. You can buy packs of applicator pads which are washable and reusable.
The disadvantage of
pressed powder is that it tends to build up on the skin if applied repeatedly
so be aware of this when touching up during the day.
Always use a large
brush to apply face powder rather than the sponges or puffs supplied with the
product as this will give a much better, more even coverage and you are much
less likely to use too much.
Face powder really can
be the finishing touch to your make up so it is worth taking the time to
perfect your techniques and trying out several products until you find the one
that suits you.
Cosmetics4less offers a range of face powders, all at affordable prices.