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How to Wear Pressed Powder

A versatile beauty essential found in every woman’s makeup bag, face powder provides a natural, oil-free look while covering blemishes and evening out your skin tone. Powder foundation, made mostly of talcum powder, provides breathable and lightweight coverage and absorbs oil to create a smooth look. Pressed powder has a matte finish to control shine and is easy to apply with a brush or a sponge to achieve any desired look or level of coverage. Less messy and easier to use than loose powder, powdered foundation has a lasting coverage perfect for all-day wear.

While powder is great for covering up uneven skin tones, it is not ideal for disguising lines and wrinkles, as the powder can settle into even the finest creases. Because powder can make skin appear dry, women with dry skin should use it sparingly and consider other types of foundation as alternatives. If you have combination skin, apply more powder in oily areas of your face and less in drier areas, for an even look.

Powdered foundation can be applied with a sponge, a large puff, or a full, round brush. To apply powder, sweep the brush over your skin using downward strokes to minimize the appearance of peach fuzz. Avoid a caked-on, mask-like look by not applying too much powder.

Powder comes in a wide range of shades to match every skin tone and type. Be sure to choose a shade of foundation that matches your skin tone exactly. Because it isn’t saturated with pigment, translucent powder is best for minimal coverage and suits most skin tones. Your skin tone can vary by season, so in the summer, you may want to use a different shade of powder to match your tanner skin. Do not try to make your skin look more tanned by using a darker shade of foundation; instead, add color with bronzer or blush.

recent loose face powder product reviews

Heartbroken
Heartbroken By Gramma Kaye from New Jersey on 04/08/2014
Comments about Cornsilk Shineless Pressed Powder (Discontinued), 55-02 Classic Translucent Naturally Sheer:
I can't believe this product has been discontinued. I've been using Cornsilk pressed powder for over 30 years. I'll bet nothing on the market right now does as good a job at keeping faces shine free. So disappointed.

Best Pressed Powder
Best Pressed Powder By JoanGuy from Midwest on 04/07/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Complexion:Medium
What I Like:Blends Well, Controls Shine, Doesn’t Appear Cakey, Easy to Apply, Easy to Remove, Effective, Great Color, Great Coverage, Great Value, Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Looks Natural, Looks Smooth
Recommended Uses:All Skin Types, Casual Use, Daily Use, Light to Medium Coverage, Mature Skin, Normal Skin, Sensitive Skin, Speical Occasions, Travel
Comments about Borghese Powder Milano Pressed Powder, 08 Translucent:
This pressed powder is true to color - I use 'translucent' and it works beautifully over my foundation to give that finishing look without being cakey or dry. After applying, I go over my face lightly with a kabuki (large) face brush just to even things up.

Cornsilk Shineless Pressed Powder
Cornsilk Shineless Pressed Powder By Majidiallo from Milwaukee on 02/13/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
Complexion:Medium
What I Like:Blends Well, Controls Shine, Doesn’t Appear Cakey, Easy to Apply
What I Don’t Like:Expensive
Recommended Uses:Oily Skin
Comments about Cornsilk Shineless Pressed Powder (Discontinued), 45-02 Natural Matte More Coverage:
I use this product to control the shine on my face. I have used this product for over fifteen years. Can no longer find it sold in my state. Good product.Effective.

great product
great product By jungle from illinois on 02/08/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
Complexion:Light to Medium, Medium
What I Like:Blends Well, Controls Shine, Easy to Apply, Effective, Lightweight, Looks Natural, Looks Smooth
Recommended Uses:All Skin Types, Light to Medium Coverage, Mature Skin, Normal Skin
Comments about Sally Hansen Healing Beauty Line Smoothing Mineral Powder, 6832-10 Pink Glow:
I put light dusting after mineral foundation and it softens look.

Cornsilk should be continued
Cornsilk should be continued By Rivkah from 719 Merlins Court, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689- on 01/07/2014
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
Complexion:Fair
What I Like:Blends Well, Controls Shine, Doesn’t Appear Cakey, Easy to Apply, Easy to Remove, Effective, Great Color, Great Coverage, Great Value, Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Looks Natural, Looks Smooth
Recommended Uses:Acne-Prone, All Skin Types, Casual Use, Daily Use, Dry Skin, Full Coverage, Light to Medium Coverage, Mature Skin, Normal Skin, Oily Skin, Sensitive Skin, Travel
Comments about Cornsilk Shineless Pressed Powder (Discontinued), 55-02 Classic Translucent Naturally Sheer:
I have used this product since I was a teenager and love it. I was just fortunate to have a friend who told me about it. Please do not discontinue this item. It is wonderful and affordable and I know many a female would love to have a Cornsilk in their purse. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

The best powder
The best powder By Vanmagenta from Brasil on 10/22/2013
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Complexion:Light
What I Like:Great Coverage, Looks Natural
Recommended Uses:Daily Use
Comments about LOreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder ( Neutral ), N2 Classic Ivory:
The best powder, great coverage, I use every day, gives a natural look

This is the best powder in the world!
This is the best powder in the world! By shandy85 from Perm on 09/20/2013
 Review of Coty Airspun Face Powder (3 Reviews)
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
Complexion:Light, Light to Medium
What I Like:Controls Shine, Easy to Apply, Easy to Remove, Effective, Great Color, Great Coverage, Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Looks Natural
Recommended Uses:All Skin Types, Casual Use, Full Coverage, Sensitive Skin
Comments about Coty Airspun Face Powder, 070-41 Translucent Extra Coverage:
It is a legend! And that's it! Years go and change the time, but in truth excellent products never die! I will get it again and again!

Amazing!
Amazing! By Mad for makeup from Charlotte, NC on 08/09/2013
 Review of Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (1 Review)
Complexion:Light
What I Like:Controls Shine, Doesn’t Appear Cakey, Easy to Apply, Easy to Remove, Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Looks Natural, Looks Smooth
Recommended Uses:Casual Use, Oily Skin
Comments about Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, Sand (Medium 0-1):
I have particularly oily skin and I have always had problems trying to cover that up. This is amazing. It looks like I've never had oily skin. It lasts all day and is super easy to apply and remove. I would recommend it to everyone. My friend even borrows it sometimes because she loves it so much.

Cornsilk Pressed Powder
Cornsilk Pressed Powder By Best Face Powder Ever! from United States on 08/02/2013
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
Complexion:Light to Medium
What I Like:Controls Shine, Doesn’t Appear Cakey, Easy to Apply, Effective, Great Value, Looks Natural, Looks Smooth
Recommended Uses:All Skin Types, Casual Use, Daily Use, Light to Medium Coverage, Oily Skin, Travel
Comments about Cornsilk Shineless Pressed Powder (Discontinued), 55-02 Classic Translucent Naturally Sheer:
I've used this powder since I was a teenager. Other products don't compare to Cornsilk, which is no longer made, so I'm not sure what I'll do when the supplies run out.

the best
the best By oftenwrong from Oregon on 07/05/2013
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
Complexion:Light to Medium
What I Like:Blends Well, Controls Shine, Doesn’t Appear Cakey, Easy to Apply, Easy to Remove, Effective, Great Color, Great Coverage, Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Looks Natural, Looks Smooth
What I Don’t Like:Expensive
Recommended Uses:Full Coverage
Comments about LOreal Infallible Never Fail Powder, 662 Natural Buff:
I really don't understand why this product is being discontinued. I noticed that they are almost all sold out and that means that people do really like this product. the only thing I don't like about it is the container falls apart and breaks too easily.

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