The face powder is an essential step for the good hold of a makeup: it sets, smoothes and absorbs excess shine. It is often avoided by the driest and most marked skin, for fear of overdoing it and obtaining a dusty effect. If, on the other hand, it is chosen carefully, it is an excellent ally in the duration of the base. Find out which type of powder to choose based on your skin type and your needs.

All uses of face powder

Powder is a multipurpose and often devalued product. It has different uses and adapts, with care, to all skin types.

It can be used:

  • to fix concealer, foundation and cream products
  • smooth the eye contour area and prevent the concealer from going into the pleats (also using the baking or soft baking technique with beauty blender)
  • eliminate excess sebum and skin shine, even by carrying out touch-ups during the day
  • make a creamy matte lipstick and increase its hold, with the help of a tissue

The types of face powder are mainly two: loose powder and compact powder. When to use the first or second type? Read on to find out.

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

Loose powder is a product with a never-ending story, loved by all generations and by professionals in the sector. The very fine powder is contained in jars that allow the product to be used up to the last gram and usually has talc, mica or silica as a basic ingredient.

It is suitable for fixing makeup and giving a perfected complexion free of excess sebum. Thanks to its light and impeccable texture, it is also suitable for dry skin, applied in smaller quantities and with a large brush. It is the right powder to carry out the soft baking or baking technique, i.e. take a greater quantity of product and apply it in the areas that you want more smooth and fixed, leave in pose for a few minutes and then remove the excess with the use of a powder brush.

It can also be used to make a matte glossy creamy lipstick by applying a tissue on the lips and dabbing the powder on top.

Its subtle texture also allows it to be used as a corrective powder and correct the complexion without making it appear gray or heavy. For this purpose there are corrective powders green, to reduce redness, yellow based, to illuminate the complexions and correct discoloration. They can also be found lightly colored or in translucent color, transparent base.

Compared to powder it is less suitable for touch-ups outside the home, but it is possible to find it with a comfortable duvet to work around this problem.

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

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

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