With so many different face powders on the market, it can be difficult to understand the need for each type of powder so I’m here to break it down for you guys in a simple way and tell you 5 ways you’ve been using your face powder wrong!
Before we get into it, I want to talk with you about the difference between powders. There are three different types of face powders you will find when shopping your favorite cosmetic store, and I want you to know what they are so that you can understand how they are meant to be used.
First, there’s foundation powder. Traditional foundation powder comes in either a pressed form or a loose form. Either way, applying a foundation powder over your moisturizer will even out your skin tone and add some coverage. Some really popular types of foundation powders that you probably know of are the Mineral Powder foundations by Bare Minerals. An example of a pressed powder foundation would be Mac Studio Fix Powder.
Next, there are setting powders that come in loose or pressed forms. The name says it all with this type of powder! It sets your liquid or cream foundations and concealers so that they don’t move throughout the day. Think of it like a shield to prevent any creasing, moving, or oiliness. A personal fave of mine is the Laura Mercier translucent powder that also comes in a pressed form that you can easily tuck in your purse when you’re on the go.
To “finish” this list off we have the finishing powder. These are kind of new to the market, and help to blur any imperfections and give your face a smooth finish. Brush this under your eyes or wherever you’d like to see a soft blur after applying your setting powder. A good tip to remember: do not wear this HD finishing powder if you know that you will be photographed using flash photography – a white finish tends to flash back onto the photo whenever you’ve applied the powder.
Now that you’re a powder pro, here are 5 ways you may be using your powder wrong.
1. The most common mistake people make with face powder is using a foundation powder as a setting powder. So essentially by doing this you are giving your skin added coverage by applying two different types of foundation. If this sounds like you, make sure you swap it out for some setting powder! Keep that foundation powder to use over a moisturizer or primer.
2. The second mistake is using a finishing powder as a setting powder. A finishing powder won’t lock in your makeup, so you’ll still find creasing and moving as the day goes on. Often times, people also use too much finishing powder, so when you snap that selfie, you’ll notice a white flash back on your face.
3. Another way you may be using your pressed setting powder wrong is by using it as a foundation powder. If your goal is coverage, nothing is going to work other than a foundation powder. You won’t find any coverage in any other type of powder.
4. A fourth way you may be using your powder wrong is by using it in the wrong situations, or using one that doesn’t suit you. For example, you don’t want to bake with foundation powder. It will add coverage, so when you’re applying it under your eyes you may find it accentuates fine lines and looks cakey. You’ll want to try a translucent setting powder, such as the popular Banana Powder by Ben Nye. One thing you must remember though; not all setting powders are one size fits all. Kim Kardashian is a huge fan of Banana Powder, but it doesn’t work for every skin tone. I know I definitely can’t wear it! It’s really only an option for medium to dark olive skin tones.
5. The last way you may be using your powder wrong is by using a foundation powder on mature skin or acne-prone skin. It’s really not the best option for coverage. I recommend a liquid foundation because it goes on smoother. If you need more coverage just pin point conceal using your favorite concealer. With acne-prone skin, the repeated dipping of the brush into a powder can actually contaminate the product and make the skin break out more. Again, liquid foundation is the better option. You can just squirt some onto the back of your hand and use your favorite applicator.
I really hope this helps clear up any questions you may have about powders! I know they can seem complicated and that’s why I wanted to give you as much information as I could. If you still have questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will make sure to answer each and every one of you! Thank you so much!