Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Power of Powders

Face powders serve two purposes: ONE: To help control oil or shine and TWO: to set foundations and concealers. Whenever you wear foundation or a concealer you always want to set it with a powder.  This will keep your foundation in place, keep it from sliding and falling into fine lines, and wearing off.

The kind of powder you choose will depend on the type of look you want.  There are many different types and shades of face powders:

Translucent: Colorless and great for all skin tones.  Mostly used when setting concealer under your eyes or around your nose.  It works better than pigmented powder because those can make the area appear darker and remember, the purpose of concealer is to highlight and illuminate dark areas.

Pigmented: This can be used alone and if you're in a hurry and just want a fresh, clean look then a pigmented powder would be perfect for a 5min face. If you're using it to set your foundation make sure it is one shade lighter than your skin otherwise it will darken and make your skin look patchy.

Foundation Powder: Talk about having the best of both worlds.  You can get full coverage and keep shine under control.

  • loose- sheer and light used to control oil and shine.
  • pressed- heavier coverage to even out skin tone
Mineral: Fragrance free, chemical free, and hypoallergenic.  It doesn't clogs pores and gives the same even coverage and foundation powder.

Illuminating: Light reflecting sheer powders that have a slight shimmer to give skin a luminous effect.  Can be used over foundation or alone.  Be careful, because using an illuminating powder will enhance wherever they are applied.  So if you have a flat nose, add dimension by swiping the powder down the bridge of your nose. 

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