4 Reasons To Use Face Powders

Face powders are an important last step in a makeup routine, but also one that a lot of people ignore (I know I did when I was younger!). Powders can come in pressed or loose form. Loose ones are usually lighter and so look more natural on the skin. But they are also hard to travel around with. For touch-ups on the go, pressed powders are definitely better and they usually offer better coverage.

Personally, I use both types depending on what finish and coverage I want on the day. Although I have to admit that there are days when I’m too lazy to use it and then regret it. That’s because when I do, I find my skin looks a lot better when I wear it (unless I apply too much, then it looks cakey!). Here’s what powder can do for you:

1. Powders even out the skintone
Powders can be worn both with or without foundation, depending on how good your skin is and what coverage you want. They even out the skintone, make skin look smoother, flawless and polished.

2. Powders make makeup last longer
Powders should be applied last because they prevent makeup from fading, disappearing and slipping away, so that it lasts longer and you won’t have to constantly retouch it.

3. Powders absorb oil
Powders (not even mineral ones) don’t have moisturizing properties, they have absorbent ones. They can absorb excess oil and prevent shine so that’s why they are recommended for those with oily skin types. In addition, some powders can also mattify skin. If that’s the finish you’re looking for, using those powders can help greatly.

4. Powders can fix makeup
Face powders work well at correcting some makeup mistakes. Have you applied too much blush? Dust some powder on it to tone it down. Is your foundation too dark for your skin? Applying a lighter-coloured powder on top will correct the shade.

See how useful powders are? So if you’re thinking of skipping this step, think again and dust some powder on your face!

Do you use a face powder every time you wear makeup?

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Dao, I apply after blush so that everything is set. But I agree, I use it for the same reasons you mentioned too. :)

  1. says

    I used to be guilty of that too…ignoring the powder.

    Now Powder is a must to set my foundation. And on my lazy no makeup days, powder after sunscreen to even out skintone and give a slight dewy finish.

    And I use different kinds of powder, pressed, loose but my favorite is Guerlain Meteorite. I use it for everything! 😀
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Vonvon, powders seem so unneccessary but once you try them you just can’t do without them. I remember seeing your FOTDs with the Guerlain Meteorite and it looked really amazing on you!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I love the absorbent properties of powders. If have oily-skin or patches, they’re definitely a must-have, I agree.

  2. says

    I agree! For a product that’s so ‘boring’ to buy,it does such great things. I never skip it when I use foundation – the rare times I don’t. my skin is too dry to wear it alone. I use the Chanel loose powder :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Pinch, I agree. I used to think powders were boring and unncessary, but how wrong I was. They have so many benefits!

  3. says

    I never ever skip powder. My skin is so oily that I’d look like a disco ball with out it! I use it to set my makeup and then throughout the day after using blotting tissues. I’m really that oily. It’s kind of pain, but I think it’s a little better than being dry.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tammy, I’m sorry that your skin is that oily. Must be so frustrating but I’m glad that powders help. Their absorbent properties are very helpful for those with oily skin.

  4. Roxann says

    I never used to use powders because i have dry skin and i felt they made me look cakey, but after leaning to apply them correctly (i use loose transluccent powder and press it on) i have seen my face less shiny and yes my makeup does last longer especially with creme blushers.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Roxann, I’m glad you managed to make powders work for you. I love translucent powders too, they help makeup (especially cream products) last longer and absorb excess oil.

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