Everything you need to know about powder

Navigating the world of powder can be confusing. Should you pick a loose or pressed powder? How should you best apply it? And does this differ according to your skin type? We’re here to help.

WHY USE POWDER AT ALL?
Powders have multiple benefits: they give your skin a smooth and even glow, minimize the appearance of pores and prevent makeup from looking oily. They also make foundation last longer and prevent makeup runoff in hot and humid weather.

WHAT'S PRESSED POWDER?
Pressed powders give skin a matte finish, locking down foundation and lasting longer than loose powder, which can be trickier to apply. Compacts containing pressed powder fit easily into your makeup bag, making them ideal for on-the-go types. Simply apply with a powder brush or puff.

WHAT'S LOOSE POWDER?
Loose powder is far sheerer than pressed. You'll need a large, soft powder brush for application. First, dust a light coat over your face, then brush off any excess powder – the result is a refined and natural finish. Loose powder lends itself to everyday use, but because it can be tricky to apply, it’s hard to travel with.


"Test the colour by dusting a little powder on your jawline, like you would with a foundation."


MATTE POWDER OR SHEER POWDER
Matte powders are perfect for creating a textured porcelain finish, whilst sheer powders will give you a glowing, youthful complexion. Be sure to consider your skin type when selecting your powder (more on that below).

PICKING YOUR POWDER SHADE
Choose a powder shade that closely matches your skin tone. Test the colour by dusting a little powder on your jawline, like you would with a foundation. Take time to experiment as it’s important that your powder complements your colouring.

HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
If you have dra skin, apply powder after foundation. Pay special attention to the area around your eyes or skin that is particularly dry. Always brush off any excess powder.

Those with oily skin, should apply face powder after blotting off oil from troublesome areas. Dust an extra bit of powder over your T-zone or oil-prone areas.

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