Sometimes a trip to your nearby drugstore or makeup retail store can be quite overwhelming. You know what you want (or at least you think you do) but then again you're not sure if it's what you need. I understand, I've been there. Rows and rows of colorful displays, each fighting over your attention can bring anyone to say "Forget it! This makeup thing is too hard!" But let me reassure you that with a little know how you'll know what different products are made for and if it's suitable for your makeup needs. In this post, we'll focus on face powders, the different types available, and what their intended purpose is and if it's right for you.
1. Translucent powder: This powder is used for setting any cream of liquid foundation on the face. Since it is translucent, it will not alter the color of your foundation. It is very finely milled in order to provide an even, thin coating on the face. It's name doesn't just refer to it's color, but also the appearance it gives to your skin-translucent- as in it blends seamlessly on your face, avoiding the dreaded "cake face". Here's the one I use (and it holds a great reputation, its been around for more than 50 years!)
2. Powder Foundation: This powder provides extra coverage as a liquid foundation would. These powders are great for those who don't like to wear liquid products on their face but still want a medium to full coverage application. This is also a "2 in 1" for those who have oily skin because the powder provides coverage as well as helping to mattify the skin from excess oil. Here's one that I use and absolutely love:
3. Blotting Powder: Now this one may be new to some and be confusing to others. Blotting powder is meant for touch ups throughout the day for those who have oily skin. The main ingredients are dimethicone and silica. These 2 components work to create a smooth appearance on the face (primers also include dimethicone) as well mattify the shine that oil leaves on the face. This is not meant to be used as an all over face powder to set makeup, but as a touch on top of existing makeup. Here are two examples, one drugstore and one high end:
4. Compact Powder: This is the most versatile powder in the group. These powders come in shade ranges just as foundations do and can be used alone for light coverage, on top of foundation for extra coverage, or as touch up powder throughout the day. Here's two I would recommend:
5. Loose powder: This is the same type of powder as the compact powder just in a loose form. This is applied with a powder brush all over the face. Loose powder comes in translucent and an assortment of shade ranges depending on the brand. Here's one I would recommend:
Hope this post was helpful and comes in handy next time you're shopping for a new face powder. Which powders would you recommend? I'd love to know to try them out!
When I'm not spending way too much time getting ready or drooling over the newest beauty product, I'm a stay at home mom of a rambunctious 4 year old boy, a sweet baby girl we lovingly call "sissy", and a wife to my high school sweetheart.