A Silky and Mineral-Rich Loose Powder FoundationFoundation in make up is exactly that - the basis for a beautiful face. For many women foundation is an everyday essential. However, that does not necessarily mean that all of them are applying the best covering for their skin. While finding the perfect shade of foundation can be a tedious task. Powder foundation primarily serve to control shine and prevent oil blotting.
To have a lovely and flawless complexion, it is essential to apply powder foundation after liquid foundation. Powder foundation are in two forms generally, either pressed powder on a pan or loose powder. They both can beautify and finish a makeup look to keep it last longer and avoid oiliness on your face. Loose powder usually has a more natural finish since its powder is finer than a pressed one. And most of them are translucent which doesn’t add any color.
Generally, powder foundation is for everyone because it works as a finish product to keep your makeup long-lasting. But it works perfect for oily skin since it absorbs the excess oil and keep you away from looking shine and oily. And it is also good for people who wear makeup for long hours. If you have dry skin, you might not need it.
Face powder is a cosmetic powder applied to the face to set a foundation after application. It can also be reapplied throughout the day to minimize shininess caused by oily skin. There is translucent sheer powder, and there is pigmented powder. Certain types of pigmented facial powders are meant be worn alone with no base foundation. Powder tones the face and gives an even appearance. Besides toning the face, some powders with sunscreen can also reduce skin damage from sunlight and environmental stress. It comes packaged either as a compact or as loose powder. It can be applied with a sponge, brush, or powder puff. Uniform distribution over the face is achieved more easily when a loose powder is applied.
Applying Loose Mineral Makeup Foundations
Tap a small amount of powder into the top and swirl your brush into it (for best results we recommend using a Kabuki brush). Tap the bottom of the handle with the brush head facing upward on a hard surface (e.g. Bathroom counter). This settles the powder into the brush head. Firmly spread powder on clean, dry skin to evenly blend pigments.
For blemishes, a separate concealer is not needed. Use a shader brush to apply small amounts to the problem areas and blend well. For those with dry, flaky skin, loose mineral foundation can be blended with our specially formulated cream to create a cream foundation. First moisturize as usual, then tap a small amount of powder into the palm of the hand. Add a drop of moisturizer. Blend the two products together until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. Use your fingers or make-up wedge to apply.
Tips For Loose Powder Foundation
1. The brush! Unfortunately, the right brush is an absolute necessity when applying loose mineral cosmetics foundations. The best brush for mineral makeup foundation is a Kabuki brush. Kabuki brushes have a very high density of hair- short, firm, and soft to boot. Think of how hard it is to spread cold butter on untoasted bread with a plastic knife. This is what is happening when you're using the brushes (however expensive and high-quality they may be) that you already own. Even bronzer brushes that look similar may not have firm or dense enough hair to accomplish the task. The result? Too much makeup, not well spread, sticking in all of the wrong places, definitely not natural-looking!
2. Too much product on the brush: Mineral makeup is very concentrated. It is made up of pure pigment; the same pigments that cosmetics companies use to add color to pressed and liquid foundations. Because there is little if any 'filler" in this type of powder, it is imperative that you put just a little bit of powder on your brush and use that on one cheek. Buff it in well in a circular motion before applying more. How much is enough? If you follow the basic mineral foundation instructions found on the loose mineral makeup foundation product page, you should get the right amount on the brush: Basically, you press the head of the brush directly against the holes of the sifter, tip the whole unit upside down, tap the jar a bit, and then lift the brush off of the sifter. There should be a light dusting of powder on the brush head, and that amount is sufficient to cover at least one cheek, if not the whole face. You can always add another layer, so start with less.
3. The wrong shade: This is especially an issue with women of color. If you have a golden undertone, and the color you apply has a blue or neutral undertone, your face may appear grayish or pasty. It is not necessarily that the product is too light, or has the "wrong" formula for your skin, just the wrong undertone. Don't assume that mineral cosmetics don't "work" on ethnic skin. Be persistent until you find a shade that at least comes close. Blending loose mineral makeup foundation shades together, is as simple as shaking the jar, and blending one color with another may achieve that perfect shade that you're looking for!
4. Not enough "buffing": Have you ever watched someone (usually a guy!) buff a coat of wax onto their car? They buff for a long time! This creates a smooth, silky appearance that simply applying the wax would never achieve. Do the same with your mineral makeup foundation. Buffing with the brush actually brings out the qualities of the minerals. Use a firm (Don't be afraid to be firm, our brushes are very soft) touch, and in a circular motion, blend, or spread the makeup around the cheeks, down the jaw line, over the nose. Do this several times, and you will begin to see your face glow and your skin look flawless and utterly natural.
Over the years in many magazine articles saying that face powder is old looking and not for a fresh, young face. And while it is indeed true that too much powder settling into wrinkles and dry spots magnifies imperfection, nothing else refines a complexion if used properly. Here are some things to keep in mind while you are buying and using face powder:
1) Find the right color powder for your complexion. If your face powder isn't the right shade for your face, it will look like you have dirt smudged on your face. You will likely have some hit or miss in finding the right shade, but in trying to figure out what shade you are, first consider, are you fair, medium, or dark skinned? That will winnow the choices down somewhat. From there, look at the undertone in your skin. Is it pink, peachy, or olive? In any given line of powders, you will probably end up with just two to decide between if you know those two aspects of your skin tone.
2) Find the right consistency. Some powders are incredibly finely milled. They go on lightly and don't settle into wrinkles or dry spots. They can also be somewhat more expensive than drugstore varieties, so assess if you prefer a finer powder than what you find in the drugstore for the price differential. A very good mid-price range powder can be found in the MAC makeup line. There are a lot of choices too - there is a powder if you just want to control shine, one if you want to add a slight glow to your skin, mineral powders for more foundation-like coverage, sheer, and translucent powders.
3) Decide if you want to use pressed or loose powder. Pressed is obviously best for popping in your purse, and imparts more coverage. However, if you are looking for a light, refining look, use loose powder.
4) Use a brush instead of a puff. Oil gets trapped in puffs, which can change the consistency on the powder on your face. Brushes handle oil differently (especially natural hair brushes), and while they still need to be washed about once a week, they won't change the consistency or distribution of powder on your face. And a good powder brush (try a Kabuki Brush) gives a more natural appearance. You won't look like you are using powder - which is the point.
5) Use judiciously. You aren't try to look like you have powder on - you are trying to look like your skin is a better, less shiny version of itself. So don't pile it on your face in the first place, don't use it on dry or wrinkled spots (around the eyes, in the nasio-labial folds), and be careful when you are doing touch-ups during the day.
Powder can give your face a refined, pulled-together look. Follow the suggestions above and people will be noticing your great skin - not your powder. Normally powders are used during the day to freshen the make up; however, this is not your ordinary powder. The powder foundation is heavily formulated with foundation. If you feel this does not suit you then you can order the loose powder form for your skin. Just remember they are very dry and have no moisture hence they are suitable for those who do not usually apply make up.
One more thing concerning loose powder foundation is that it can be used to fix any foundation by adding a smooth finishing touch to your make up. One just needs to dip the applicator brush in the powder, tap it a little to remove the extra powder and gently buff it across the face. It works like magic.
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