The powder is in every girl’s makeup bag, we do not leave the house without a compact, and it is the power that saves in a situation when the nose is treacherously shiny. However, many of us do not know how to use powder correctly, and even “powdering the nose” is not such an easy task as it might seem at first glance. Let’s see, what are you doing wrong using such a popular tool?
The powder is a very insidious thing. It can emphasize any small wrinkles and even enhance the greasy Shine of the skin if applied incorrectly. We have identified the 5 most common mistakes when using powder and tell you how to avoid them.
How to apply powder without looking cakey?
- You can not powder your face before makeup.
- Powder the skin 10 minutes after applying makeup, letting it absorb all the funds.
- Do not use powder to mask oily skin areas.
- Choose a powder that is lighter than Foundation or skin tone.
- Do not apply powder with a powder puff from the package.
Errors when using powder
Mistake # 1: powdering your face before makeup
There is a common myth that the face should be lightly powdered before applying makeup. We do not know exactly where many girls got this strange misconception, but we warn you — cover the skin with a layer of powder before applying make-up, just do not. You will only achieve the opposite effect — very soon the face will start to Shine due to the fact that the layer of powder and subsequent makeup just does not allow the skin to breathe.
How to use the powder correctly: to avoid greasy Shine, use a liquid primer with a matting effect or a tonal serum before applying makeup. The powder can only be the finishing touch of make-up, but not the first step!
Mistake # 2: you get powdered right after you finish your makeup
If you’ve seen how makeup artists work before shooting, you probably took a note – immediately after the make-up is complete, powder your entire face. Fine, but only professional models spend a maximum of a couple of hours in makeup, and even then their make-up is constantly corrected. Make-up artists use a large amount of powder only for one purpose-so that the face does not Shine in front of the camera.
In everyday makeup, things are different: a generous layer of powder will emphasize all the flaws, and small facial wrinkles will immediately become noticeable, even if you did not notice them before!
How to use the powder correctly: after you have finished making up, let the skin “accept” all the means. Wait just 5-10 minutes, then blot your face with a napkin — the skin itself will give up excess tonal products. Now you can use a large soft brush to powder your T-zone-your forehead, nose, and chin. On the cheeks, it is not necessary to apply a loose product, especially since you have probably already used blush or highlighter.
Mistake # 3: masking oily skin areas with powder
During the day, you noticed that your nose or forehead started to Shine. Your actions? Of course, you open the compact and mask all the flaws. Until the skin glistens again in half an hour… and then what-another layer? And then you’ll wonder where the pimples came from!
How to use the powder correctly: before applying the powder to hide the Shine, you need to get rid of skin fat. To do this, you need a matting napkin or at least paper handkerchiefs. Make sure that you have thoroughly blotted your face and it no longer glitters, and only now can you lightly powder it. The effect will last for several hours, and you will not once again pollute the pores!
Mistake # 4: wrong choice of powder color
A little secret: the shade of powder should be half a tone lighter than the color of your Foundation or skin (if you do not use concealer products). This difference allows you to create the most natural makeup and refresh your face.
Yellowish-beige powder is suitable for girls with olive skin, which has a barely noticeable green undertone.
If you have light, almost white skin, then avoid any sand and yellow shades. It is better to give preference to a beige color with a grayish undertone — do not be afraid of such light, silvery shades, they look perfect on white skin.
The best option for everyone is a pink-beige shade of powder, which, however, should be applied with care to the areas of the forehead and nose.
And a few words about the shimmering powder with reflective particles: you need to be very careful with it. This tool can even slightly rejuvenate the face and make it fresher, but an excess of this powder, first, can emphasize the wrinkles, and secondly, it can make the face look like a mask-an extra shimmer will only add to your resemblance to a bronze statue, not beauty. In addition, reflective particles just look terrible with a flash — if you are going to be photographed, it is better to give preference to the usual matte powder. Just remember those creepy photos of stars with white spots on their faces! They, too, though they would Shine, not appear to be dusted with flour…
Mistake # 5: apply powder with a powder puff from the package
Let’s tell you a terrible secret: most of the puffs, sponges, and brushes from standard packages of powder are not good for anything. You can throw them out right away, seriously! In addition, few people wash these puffs, and you can use them for years — as a result, you get a real hotbed of bacteria in your makeup bag.
How to use the powder correctly: it is best to apply the powder with special brushes made of the natural pile. It is important that the brush is soft and not too thick and that it is easy to shake off excess powder for the most subtle application. The Kabuki brush is ideal (we discussed it in detail in the review of brushes) – round, small, very fluffy and compact. You can safely carry it with you in your purse, but do not forget to wash the tool regularly! And do not make the mistakes when using the powder, which we have told you about.