We offer a short guide on the key points of using one of the most popular make-up products.
We bet that if you look into your purse right now, then you will certainly find compact powder in it. This beauty product is one of the first in the must-have list for everyone, who cares about the quality of makeup.
However, despite its prevalence and familiarity, certain difficulties may arise with it: high definition powders, finish powders and fixing powders, tinted and translucent – the variety of species can be a little confusing. What do you need, how to learn how to apply powder correctly and avoid possible mistakes? We understand our material.
Why do you need powder?
Makeup, which gives the face a healthy glow, is always the most coveted, but often comes complete with a greasy shine. To avoid it and give the makeup a matte texture, properly selected powder will come in handy.
If you use it on top of a cream or liquid base, then it will act as a fixative and make make-up more resistant. Some types of powder can also visually mask wrinkles, micro-wrinkles and enlarged pores.
Powder for finish, fixing, high definition powder, pressed and friable powder – how do they differ?
Pressed and friable
The first thing to start with is that pressed and crumbly powders are “sisters,” but not “twins”. Loose powder, as a rule, is sold in a jar, and its particles are much smaller in size than those pressed.
Due to this, working with its consistency is much more pleasant and convenient: it provides a weightless coating, and it is quite easy to adjust. However, friable powder has its own drawback: it is inconvenient to take it with you, so it is better to leave this product on the shelf with cosmetics (see also: "The best friable powder").
Pressed powder (and this is the secret of its popularity) is sold in compact packages and pallets. It will be more difficult to apply it than friable – first of all, due to its semi-solid consistency and large particles.
If you do not calculate a sufficient amount of pressed powder on a brush or sponge, there is a danger that your makeup will look more like a layer cake. Therefore, it is better to apply it in metered amounts and also gently refresh makeup during the day.
Finishing and Setting
The difference between these “types” is small, and most often their names are interchangeable and are used depending on the specifics of the brand and its policy.
“Setting” powder is the powder in its classical sense: we use it after the make-up base to get rid of oily shine and make makeup work for us longer. It can be tinted and translucent.
Finishing powder (“finishing”) with a characteristic white shade is often used after fixing in order to more carefully hide the visible imperfections of the skin: facial wrinkles and enlarged pores. However, in everyday makeup, the powder for the finish is used less often and is most often used before taking pictures. However, if a photoset involves powerful cameras and frequent flash work, then with this make-up tool it is better to be extremely accurate. If you applied it in excess and mixed poorly, then at the output you can get an unaesthetic mask effect.
HD (high definition) powders – this is most often a means for make-up finish. It got its name by its scope: make-up artists who work on high-resolution television consider it ideal for make-up on set – HD powder fits easily onto the skin of the face and is almost invisible in the frame.
Powder with a shade or translucent – which is better to choose?
The powder that matches your skin tone will help create additional coverage and hide any imperfections in the skin. But the main minus is the tone that it makes the makeup visually harder, especially when re-applied throughout the day. Powders with a translucent texture are suitable for all skin tones, subject to high-quality mixing.
“If you prefer a transparent effect on the skin, choose a transport powder. – comments the leading makeup artist of the NARS brand in Russia Anastasia Ignatova. “They fix makeup well, but they don’t feel at all on the skin.” If you want to adjust the complexion with a powder and create a matte finish, choose a classic powder with pigment. Tools for applying powder also choose based on the desired result. The brush will provide you with easier application, and with a puff you can achieve a dense matte finish ”(see also:“ How to even out skin tone? ”).
How to apply powder?
Each makeup artist will recommend you a personal baggage of techniques and equipment, tested by personal experience. We offer a universal scheme for applying powder, which is ideal for makeup on a daily basis:
1. Choose the right brushes – this is almost 50% success. In your arsenal, it is better to pick up two models at once: one fluffy, and the other with thick bristles. Do not forget to rinse the brushes and dry them thoroughly;
2. Apply with SPF, primer, base and concealer. Take a little powder on the lid and dip a fluffy brush in it. Remove the excess and apply to the face, starting from the center of the face and distributing in circular movements in different directions;
3. Take a brush with thick bristles, dip it lightly in powder and apply on the face in small circular motions. In this way, even if you use powder to finish, you will never end up with a ghostly face in the photo;
4. Apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. Your makeup is ready! In order to refresh your makeup during the day, carry compact powder and a brush with thick bristles.
What mistakes should be avoided?
Unfortunately, for most girls, work with powder ends with a number of offensive mistakes, which are important to consider in advance:
You do not know the difference between types of powder
After our article, this memo item is unlikely to be scary, but you should still keep it in mind. The main rule: tint for tone correction, translucent for a light finish without the effect of weighting. If there is a choice between pressed and friable powder, it is better to give preference to the second: as a part of a compact powder most often contains additional “sticking” particles, which, when applied unevenly, can also make make-up look heavier.
You do not apply foundation before using powder
Primer is an excellent tool to ensure the most even coverage with powder. Do not forget about this important tool before taking on the brush. If part of the base is poorly absorbed into the skin, it is better to remove it with a sponge and only then proceed to apply the powder.
You wait until the primer “dries” before applying the powder
The only sure way to apply the powder correctly is to mix it with a slightly damp base with gentle pressure. And here, pressure is an important technical detail, because it is thanks to it that the powder will stay on the skin longer and lie more evenly. For this stage it is better to use a flat brush.
About the expert:
Anastasia Ignatova – NARS leading makeup artist in Russia.