The powder is such a beauty essential, especially when you live in the kind of climate that Australia typically offers up! Heat, pollution and high rates of humidity all contribute to shiner complexions throughout the day – not to mention natural sebum production or skin type specifications. Everyone needs a little (or a lot!) of powder here and there to look perfectly put together, but what’s the right powder for me, you ask? Well, that’s a tricky one. There’s a tonne of different vernacular that surrounds the whole powder category, after looking at about three products you’re already feeling behind and stumped by all the different terms and promises. Not to worry – keep reading to have all those buzzwords decoded so that you can find the right powder that performs the right tricks for your skin…
Pressed & Loose Powder
The two main forms that your powder is going to come in are pressed and loose. Their differences are…
A pressed powder is the typical powder that you find in a compact. The pigment is literally pressed into shape to be used with a sponge or a brush. Because it’s pressed, the powder will usually be slightly denser and heavier and is better for using on the go as it is very neat and accessible.
A loose powder comes in a little pot with a distributary lid to tip a small amount out as and when you need it. Loose powder is the loose pigment that is typically very light, soft and fine and is not so good for using on the go as it tends to make a little bit of mess when used in a hurry.
Both pressed and loose powder can be found in different formulations for different functions. Major categories include…
Translucent powder is a clear pressed or loose powder that is fantastic for using when you want to mattify and lock in your makeup without adding color to your face. This is particularly useful if you use a full coverage foundation and you don’t want to overpower your look, or if you don’t want to wear anything else on your skin but you still want to keep oil at bay.
A finishing powder is a very fine powder that is usually loose. This isn’t really recommended for everyday use as it is incredibly light, so it doesn’t perform many functions beyond making your face look airbrushed and flawless but only short term. Finishing powder is usually applied with a wet sponge or a fan brush so as it does not leave a dusty look.
Mineral powders are fantastic for acne-prone or sensitive skin types as it is very breathable and does not suffocate your skin. A mineral powder usually comes in loose form, but you can also find compact options too. This is most commonly pigmented and can take place of your usual liquid foundation – two products for the price of one is always great!
The powder isn’t always all about mattifying! Foraging, dry or dull skin, an illuminating powder can work perfectly to keep makeup in place without creating more dryness. Search for a delicate, soft shimmer that won’t look questionable in the sunlight and be sure to buy your powder in the same warmth as your skin tone.
Whether you’re using your powder for correcting, mattifying, illuminating or baking, it’s important that you nab the right type of you. Cosmetic powder really lasts an amazing amount of time, so choose wisely to avoid any long term regrets!