In the 1950s, respectable women didn’t leave the house without at least one dusting of face powder. Just a few decades before, only women of “loose morals” deigned to wear these kinds of cosmetics. For a softer, finished look, try wearing this luminous veil over your foundation makeup. Contrary to popular belief, there is a proper way to apply this finishing touch. Put on face powder like a professional by following these easy application steps.
Powder puffs are fun to play with but if you’re not careful you can get heavy handed with them. Puffs are used with loose powder products. Puffs are a favorite for the lady who doesn’t need touch ups during the day. Here is how to master powder application with a puff.
Remove the lid from the loose powder.
Dab the puff in the loose powder.
Tap the puff on the side of the container.
Lean over the sink or your vanity table and apply powder lightly.
Begin the application at the top of the forehead and work downward.
Never brush or sweep powder upwards. This will highlight tiny lines and creases-the opposite of what you want to do.
Makeup brushes allow you to make precise applications. Beauty experts tend to use brushes more than all other makeup tools. For powder applications, use the largest brush you have. Many companies sell swanky powder brushes but any brush will do. Why do we love brushes? The bristles allow you to spread the powder evenly over larger areas.
Sweep the brush across the pressed or loose powder.
Tap the brush on your wrist to remove the excess powder.
Apply the powder starting at the forehead, working downward.
Swirl the brush over your skin making small circular strokes.
Reapply the powder to the brush and continue until your face has a light dusting of the powder.
Some powder products come with a handy sponge or pad to apply the cosmetic with. What are the advantages to using this kind of tool? You’ll get more control over where the powder goes and you can apply it anywhere. Here’s how to get an even and beautiful makeup finish.
Sweep the pad across the open compact, just one or two swipes is good.
Pat your face with the pad, again starting at the forehead and working down to the neck.
Press the powder on, touching your face with the pad gently.
Play up your skin with this soft, illuminating makeup.
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