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Beautifiedbuzz Guide to Powders

A light dusting of powder can set concealer and foundation for hours. Basic makeup application requires powdering after foundation, but most oil-free or matte foundations, pressed-powder, cream-to-powder, or liquid-to-powder foundations do not need more powder. Stick foundations that dry to a powder finish also do not need extra powder and ladies with very dry skin can skip using powder skip using powder altogether, but your concealer (especially liquid or creamy concealers) should be set with powder.

Powders are great for touch-ups to tone down excessive shine but make sure to blot out excess oil from your face first with an oil blotting tissue like Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets. Black Opal's Invisible Oil Blocking Powder also works well with oily skin. It's a lightweight powder that blends with your skin tone giving you a natural matte finish. Use it to set your concealer or your foundation or just apply as normal powder.

Powders mainly come in either loose or pressed forms. Both have similar composition but loose powder is often more finely milled with smaller particles than a pressed powder. It is also more oil absorbing.powderPressed powder is basically loose powder with added waxes, binding agents, or emollients to keep the powder in a solid form and it may tend to look a bit heavy on the face. It comes in a compact with a mirror and applicator pad and is best for touch-ups. The finer a powder is milled, the higher its quality and the less likely it is to cake on the skin.

There are also compact liquid powders that look like pressed powder with creamy foundation formulas. The powder gives buildable, blendable coverage with a soft, powdery finish though they're designed to work like foundations. This type should be applied lightly to avoid a caked-on look.

Choosing the right powder

Good powder should feel soft and silky to touch not gritty. It should look sheer and natural on the skin. When it's not finely milled, it can look dry and chalky. Ladies with oily skin may avoid powders that contain talc or mica and choose ones with a more matte finish.

Talc is the basic element in almost all loose and pressed powders. It feels silky and has a gleaming, pearly finish but it is used to add bulk and not to absorb oil. Some manufacturers blend talc with chalk (calcium carbonate) which has a dusty texture to make it less shiny.

Chalk is used majorly in lighter shades of powder.

Kaolin clay is used for almost all oil-absorbing powders but it darkens as it soaks up oil or moisture.

Corn starch or rice starch naturally absorb oil and have a light, dry feel in oil absorbing formulas. They provide a translucent coat of powder. However, they are prone to caking and are derived from food makes them a bad choice for those who are prone to breakout.

Mica is also used to give a shiny finish in powders. It is responsible for the shimmer in eyeshadows and the glow in highlighters. On dry skin, the pearly texture looks dewy, but on oily complexions, it can exacerbate shine. If a powder is light-diffusing, illuminating, or dewy, it probably contains mica and should not be used on oily skin.

When applied on the skin, powder should not be noticeable at all. If it is clearly visible on the face, the wrong color is being used. For a natural look, your powder must be the same color as, or closely resemble your foundation and your natural skin tone. If it's not possible to find one product that matches closely enough, try blending a few different ones. And avoid overpowdering...You should definitely avoid overpowdering!

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