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There’s a solid chance that powder makeup was part of your first foray into makeup in general—after all, powder formulas seem pretty simple to use, right? And yet, there’s a lot of room for making mistakes. A single slip up, and your face of makeup could end up looking overdone or poorly applied. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little know-how, you can expertly apply powder face makeup like a pro. Keep reading for five applications tips for powder makeup—now go ahead and break out your fluffy makeup brush!
Powder makeup formulas can sometimes accentuate dryness and lines—so, it’s a good idea to apply a moisturizer and primer first. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin after cleansing, then follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. A primer can help create a smooth base for the rest of your face makeup application as well as help allow your makeup to wear more evenly.
Packing on too much powder is one of the quickest ways to mess up your makeup. Piling on more powder makeup won’t necessarily make your look last longer or look better—but it could leave you looking like you caked on your cosmetics. Really, all you need is a light layer of powder, focusing it on your T-zone, where your skin is more likely to be oilier. As you work the way towards the edges of your face, use a light hand to apply only a touch of powder.
Adding a cream or liquid product overtop of your powder foundation is another big makeup no-no. When you mix and match totally different textures, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with splotchy application. Leave your cream blushes and contours for days where you’re wearing liquid foundations, and stick with powders like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush and the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette.
If you want to help ensure your makeup stays put during the day, the key is to learn how to bake. No, we’re not talking about delicious desserts or savory snacks—we mean your makeup. When the pros want to make sure a look lasts, they often use the makeup baking technique. Baking requires layering setting powder over foundation and concealer, for an end result that looks flawless and doesn’t budge.
After applying your foundation and concealer, dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose setting powder and load it up with product. Dab a thick layer of powder onto your forehead, chin, and under-eye area. Now, it’s time to wait. Give your makeup a moment to “bake,” letting the powder sit for about five minutes. Once that time is up, use your makeup brush to sweep away any excess powder. That’s it! You—and your makeup—are all set!
Don’t just blindly pick up any ol’ powder. When choosing a face powder, look for one that’s formulated for your specific skin type. That’s because what works for oily skin may not necessarily be the best option for dry skin.
If you have an oily complexion…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder. The long-lasting powder offers a matte finish, controls shine, and won’t look cakey or fall flat.
If you have a dry complexion…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Powder. The air-light powder offers a lasting demi-glow finish and a built-in highlighter for an allover glow.
Want more makeup tips and tricks? Check out our article, What Is Cushion Compact Foundation—and How Do You Use It? to learn about one of the trendiest types of foundation of the moment and how to apply it.