We are almost at the end of the Base Makeup Basics Series. I have previously talked about Primers, Concealers, Foundation and today I’m talking about powders, the final step that finishes the base makeup.
Powders are meant to set the foundation and can be worn alone as well. They find a place in every woman’s purse, this is what we all need to retouch and refresh are makeup. Oily skinned women need powders more than dry skinned women to mattify and keep the shine away from their skin.
Powders comes in mainly 2 forms – pressed powder compacts and loose powders.
Pressed Powder Compacts
- Most of these are sheer and are meant to give an neat, even finish to the foundation.
- Sometimes, these comes in wet-and-dry form i.e they can be used dry to set foundation or used with a damp sponge to get a heavier coverage and act do the job of foundation itself, these are best recommended for oily skinned women.
- All Pressed powder compacts don’t give the same level of oil control.
- Most of these come with a sponge/puff, I prefer using a brush to apply and only use the sponge for touch ups when I’m travelling
- If you use the sponge/puff, wash these at least once a month to prevent bacteria buildup (just like your makeup brushes need a wash, your compact applicators need cleansing too!)
- My favorite compact is Chambor Silver Shadow Compact (Rs 725 for 2 compact pans), it is super smooth and gives decent oil control while giving excellent finish.
- Other compacts I have tried which I find good but not great(for oily skin) are Maybelline Dream Matte powder(review HERE) and Lotus Herbals Natural Blend Botanical Compact (Rs 425)
- I haven’t used a LOT of powders mainly because they take so so long to get over and I don’t like having too many unfinished ones at a time. Please feel free to add your recommendations (with a mini review if you like) in the comments below this post!
- Dry skinned women must try MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, I’ve heard its great! L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder (Rs 850) is also good for all skin types (My mum loves it).
- Loose Powders typically come in jars with a sifter and are to be used with brushes.
- They generally give better oil control and sometimes better coverage as compared to compacts.
- My favorite brush for applying loose powder is The Body Shop face and body brush (Rs 775). Kabuki brushes are perfect for applying powders as well.
- Loose powders can be messy, so its best to not travel with these in tow. Compacts are more convenient for travel and touch ups.
- Some good powders in the Indian market are Lakme Rose Powder (the most budget friendly one, Rs 90), The Body Shop loose powder (Rs 800), Bourjois Loose Powder(around Rs 900) and Clinique Blended face powder (Rs 1900).
- Some loose powders come with fine shimmer and can be used as highlighters, examples are Oriflame Giordani Gold Lustre Powder (Rs 949, I picked it up on offer for about Rs 500), Revlon Skinlights powder (Rs 750) and Chambor Brilliant Shimmer All Over Powder(Rs 725)
I hope you found this post useful! Do drop your comments below!
Also read :
- Part 1: Face Primers | How to choose the right primer | How to apply Primer | Primers in India
- Part 2 : Types of Concealers | How to choose the right under-eye concealer | Concealers in India
- Part 3 : How to apply Stick concealer ~ Step-by-step picture Tutorial
- Part 4 : Types of Foundation | How to choose the right foundation for your skin type
- Part 5 : How to apply Foundation ~ Tools & Techniques
- Part 6 : How to choose the right foundation shade | Best Foundations in the Indian Market