After the foundation and the concealer, applying the setting powder is
usually neglected by many persons, but it may actually be the second most
important factor in achieving flawless face makeup, next to foundation primer.
The reason is that powder sets the foundation and concealer in place so that it
lasts longer. The key to great makeup is for it to look like you have no makeup
on. You should look like an enhanced version of yourself. If you do not use
setting powder, you will just look like you have a mess of creams and liquids
on your face and it will not last more than two or three hours. The skin will
also look very oily, so powder is very important in setting everything you’ve
done up to this point, and maintaining that matte look. In this article, we are
going to cover the different types of powders that you should have in your kit
and how to apply them.
The first type of powder to include is an under eye setting powder. It is usually has a yellow undertone and is a few shades lighter than your skin tone. You will use this to set and accentuate all the areas on which you have already applied concealer. When applying this powder, you want to use a cosmetic sponge, dab it in the powder and the press it into the skin on highlighted areas. Following that, you brush away the excess powder using a clean powder brush.
The next type of powder is invisible translucent powder. This powder is
usually white and this tends scare a lot of people away because they think it
will make their face look white. It actually does the opposite and goes on invisible.
It blends right in with color of your foundation. This powder is used to set
the rest of the face makeup. Use a powder brush and apply it on all the areas
that you have not applied powder as yet.
The third type of powder to include in your kit is a contouring powder. It
is used to bring dimension back to the face and should be one to two shades
darker than your skin tone. It may come in the form of a pressed powder or a
loose powder but the pressed powder is more highly recommended because it is
easier to manipulate. To apply this powder, use a contour brush and apply the
powder in the areas that you have already contoured with a foundation or
concealer. These areas are the hollows of your cheeks, the perimeter of your
face and then use a fluffy eye blending brush to contour your nose with the
powder. By this step, you will see thatyour makeup look much more natural because you have brought the dimension
back to your face using this darker powder. Finally, use a clean large kabuki
brush gently all over the face to blend everything together. This will not move
your makeup but the powders have already set everything in place.
Blush is another powder great for giving more life to your face. It comes in
various shades of pink, peach, and red. The pink shades of pressed powder blush
are more highly recommended to add a natural rosiness to your cheeks. Blush is
applied to the apples of your cheeks and blended up the cheekbones using a
blush brush. This technique gives the most natural appearance. Bronzer is
another must-have for your makeup kit. The two main types are matte and
shimmery bronzers. Each serves a different purpose. Matte bronzers are used to contour
the face in the same way that dark pressed powder is used to contour the face.
Shimmery bronzers, contrary to popular belief, are not used to contour the
face. They serve the purpose of giving the skin a sun-kissed look. It is almost
like an immediate glistening tan. It should not be used to contour, or you run
the risk of creating a muddy look. When applying shimmery bronzer, use a clean
blush brush and apply it to the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose to
achieve that radiant glow.
Here are some additional helpful tips to take your makeup a step further.
The first one is getting your cheekbones to pop by using a precision, angled,
contour brush and applying dark pressed powder or a matte bronzer in the
hollows of your cheeks. Also use a shimmery highlighter on the cheekbone
itself. The contrast of dark and light will make your cheekbones pop. The
second tip is creating more color on your face by apply matte bronzer around
the perimeter of your face and on the side of your nose. Blush in a peach shade
is also very flattering to the face and prevents the makeup from appearing
In this article, we covered the three main types of powder that everyone should have in their makeup kit to set their makeup as well as blush and bronzer. Next, we’ll look at some makeup mistakes other people make and how you can avoid them. Stay tuned!