Face powder is the highest selling beauty staple after lipsticks. And it’s vital for making you seem flawless, while also setting all other makeup. But which one to pick?
- Loose face powders are sheer, easy to blend and offer the most natural finish. Apply with a fluffy brush or puff.
- Pressed or compact face powders last longer and are extremely portable. They are slightly heavier, helping cover minor blemishes and mattify oily skin. Apply with a puff or cosmetic sponge.
- Light diffusing face powders contain ultra-fine particles to direct light away from blemishes and fine lines; while oil control versions contain special ingredients like micro-spherical silica to bust greasiness.
- A setting powder is usually talc-based and it’s purpose is to “set” your foundation and other makeup so that it lasts longer. It does this by soaking up excessive oil and creating a kind of seal over your face, so that environmental aggressors and your own natural skin oils don’t start breaking down the makeup. It’s available in both loose and compact versions.
- Mineral powder contains titanium dioxide for UV protection, serecite mica for a silky shimmer, kaolin for absorbency and zinc oxide for soothing anti-inflammatory benefits. Being completely natural, it heals and soothes the skin, while keeping the pores clear and clog-free. Plus, the finely crushed particles make it easy to blend, creating a matte, airbrushed and “poreless” effect. It is best applied with a kabuki brush.