What Powder You Should Use and How to Apply It

Powder has been a part of women’s beauty regime since 1800 B.C.E, making it a staple in the application of makeup.

What is powder used for?

It is used to set all cream and liquid foundations and concealers. It helps to control oil and shine and helps the skin looking fresh for longer.

What types are there?

There are two types of formulas

1. Loose powder comes in a loose form and is the best for setting cream and liquid products. It is finely milled and has a very velvety texture/feel to it. The more finely milled it is, the better it is. It is the most oil-absorbing of all powders so it is the best at helping your makeup last longer.

2. Pressed or compact powder is product that has been pressed into a compact container. It dispenses a small amount of product and works well at setting makeup and helps prolong the wear of your makeup. Because of its compact size, it is portable and handbag friendly so it’s perfect for touch-ups on the go. Great for a woman who wants a more natural finish.

What colour should I use?

When selecting a powder shade it must match the shade of your foundation and skin tone exactly. I find that yellow-toned shades look most natural. Selecting the powder shade that is the same as your foundation will help reinforce the overall look you wish to achieve.

I NEVER use or recommend translucent powder as, contrary to popular belief, it is not invisible, it has colour. Translucent just means that it is less opaque than ordinary powders. I find that, in most cases, it is too light and makes skin look unnatural and ashy.

What can I use to apply powder with?

Using the correct tool for application will dispense the correct amount of powder for your look. A powder puff can be used if you are looking for a smooth opaque finish. A powder brush will allow for a more sheer finish. A sponge can also be used if your looking for a more full coverage look.

How do I apply it?

Step 1: If using a brush, lightly and softly dip your brush into the compact or loose powder container. Swirl it around softly to pick up some product.
Step 2: Dust off the excess by tapping the brush on the side of your arm or apply some product on the back of your hand first to get off excess product.
Step 3: Using soft, and slow sweeping motions lightly dust powder all over the forehead, nose, under the eyes, cheeks and chin. Then, using a light tapping motion, press into the skin.

Step 1: If using a puff, lightly and softly dip your puff into compact or loose powder container. Swirl it around softly to pick up the product.
Step 2: Tap puff to dust off excess product.
Step 3: Use soft tapping motions and gently press into the skin on the forehead, nose, under the eyes, cheeks and chins.

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Francis Ferreira


Francis Ferreira is a professional makeup artist & hair stylist. He studied makeup & hair design at Kohl Makeup Academy. He has always been in love and fascinated with makeup and how it can transform and enhance a face. His passion for beauty and skin care stems from many years of experience working for prestige cosmetic brands MAC & Bobbi Brown. Francis loves sharing the art of makeup with women and show them how they can utilize it to enhance their own beauty.

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