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Face Powder

How to Use Face Powder

After applying a liquid or cream foundation, powder is the one item that professional makeup artists always use for the final finish. That’s because it makes foundation last longer and helps prevent makeup runoff. There are many benefits to using face powder—it diffuses light giving your skin a nice glow, it adds dimension, it makes pores appear less visible, and it prevents makeup from looking sticky or oily. So be sure to include face powder in your daily makeup routine.

Types of Face Powder

Loose Powder: Leaves the skin with a refined texture and soft look. It can be applied with a makeup brush, or the puff that comes with the product, making loose powder suited for a more natural finish and for your everyday makeup.

Pressed Powder: Convenient for doing touch-ups when you’re out and about.

Sheer Type vs Matte Type

Your look will differ depending on the texture of the powder that you use.

Dewy Type For a youthful look with a glow
Matte Type For a finely textured, porcelain finish

How to Apply Face Powder

Before you start

  • To prevent powder from adhering too thickly to your the skin, first make sure that your foundation and concealer are applied evenly and not heavily,
  • If you tend to have oily skin or conspicuous pores, apply face powder after tissueing off oil from these areas.

Using Powder Puff

  1. Apply a generous amount of face powder onto the puff.
  2. First, lightly apply powder on your face, while being careful not to smudge the foundation applied beforehand. Then, gradually press on more firmly.
  3. For smaller or narrow areas such as around the eyes or the nose, fold the puff in half and carefully apply powder.
  4. An easy gauge for checking whether you've used the right amount of powder is to feel your cheek with the back of your hand. It should feel smooth and dry. After this, use your puff or finishing brush to dust off any excess powder.

Using Powder Brush

  1. Select a larger-sized brush for applying the face powder.
  2. Place a generous amount of face powder on the brush, tapping off any excess powder. Apply the powder starting from the front of the face where you want to have the makeup last longer, such as the cheeks, the forehead, and around the nose. Then, spread powder back towards the outer edges of the face. By brushing carefully with the brush adhering close to the skin, you will achieve a natural finish with a healthy glow.

If you have dry skin:

Apply powder after making sure that your foundation has been spread evenly. But be careful to powder especially lightly around the eyes, or on areas where you feel are dry. Then brush off any excess powder.

If you have oily skin:

Layer on extra powder at your T-zone, or anywhere else on the face where your skin tends to be oily.

One-point advice from Kanebo’s makeup artist
Just by setting a thin application of powder around the eye area, your makeup will last longer.
And use face powder before applying eye makeup!
If you powder the area under your eyes before applying eye makeup, you can easily remove traces of mascara or eye shadow powder on your skin without smudging. After you are done with your eye makeup, just dust away excess face powder.

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