Powderis an essential step for good makeup hold: it sets, smooths and absorbs excess shine. It is often avoided by drier, more scarred skin, for fear of overdoing it and getting a powdery effect. If it is chosen carefully, however, it is an excellent ally in the durability of the base. Find out which type of powder to choose based on your skin type and needs.

All the uses of powder

Powder is a multi-purpose and often devalued product. It has several uses and is suitable, with caution, for all skin types.

Can be used:

  • to fix concealer, foundation and cream products
  • smooth the eye area and prevent the concealer from going into the creases (also using the baking or soft baking technique with the beauty blender)
  • eliminate excess sebum and shine from the skin, including touch-ups throughout the day
  • make a creamy lipstick opaque and increase its staying power with the help of a tissue

There are mainly two types of powder: free powder and compact powder. When to use the first or second type? Keep reading to find out.

Free powder: when to use it and for whom it is suitable

Loose powder is a product with a never-ending history, loved by all generations and industry professionals alike. The very fine powder is contained in jars which allow the product to be used down to the last gram and usually has talc, mica or silica as a base ingredient.

It is suitable for fixing makeup and giving a perfected complexion free of sebum excess. Thanks to its light and unpalatable texture, it is also suitable for dry skin, applied in smaller amounts and with a wide brush. It is the right powder to perform the soft baking or bakingtechnique, that is to take a larger amount of product and apply it in the areas that you want smoother and fixed, leave it on for a few minutes and then remove the excess with the use of powder brush.

You can also use it to make a creamy lipstick shiny matte by applying a tissue to the lips and dabbing powder on top.

Its thin texture allows it to also decline as a corrective powder and correct the complexion without making it appear gray or heavy. For this purpose, there are green corrective powders, to reduce redness, peach and yellow-based, to brighten complexions and correct discolorations. They can also be found lightly coloredor in the translucent, transparent-based color.

Compared to powder, it is less suitable for retouching outside the home, but you can find it with a pratical puffinside to overcome this problem.

Compact powder: when to use it and who it is suitable for

The compact powder is a pressed powder designed to mattify the face, further even out the complexion and minimize pores. It’s perfect for combination and oily skin, often having a higher and more immediate mattifying power, while dry skin should prefer the free powder powder.

It’s a great product for touching up your face during the day, giving more coverage to low coverage foundations because of the light color they often have. Apply it with a powder brush to the T-zone of your face and the eye area if it’s not particularly dry.

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