– throughout my career as makeup artist i’ve used an array of different brands of powders for various skin types and projects, narrowing it down to 2 types of powders i ALWAYS have in my kit that cover any skin type and texture i may come across. check out my thoughts below on my two new favorites:
- in the world of beauty, You Tube and Instagram there is no powder that is more talked about than Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. it blew up a few years ago like it was a newly launched product but has been around since Laura Mercier debuted her iconic makeup brand in 1996. most often seen used as a “baking” powder this talc based translucent powder is best used as a setting powder for combination to oily skin types. Talc is amazing at absorbing oil away from the skin, i love using it on any areas that have larger pores or where a client notices shine throughout the day.
- best used with the velour puff, i tap a small amount of powder into the center of the puff, fold in half and rub together to really work the powder into the fabric of the puff. then i fold it around my index finger and gently press and roll it into the areas that may shine or where i want to disguise larger pores. this presses the powder INTO the foundation, making the surface matte for longer. dusting your powder on with a powder brush gives a lighter application and is less mattifying.
- if your skin is oily or you have definite oily areas the press and roll technique with the velour puff is the best way to apply to get longer lasting results. if you’ve never tried this powder before pick up the travel size version first, it comes with a small pot of translucent powder and a mini velour puff, check it out HERE. you may have also seen this mini in the Beauty On The Fly section of your local Sephora. the best deal to be had though is to pick up the full size version WITH the puff included in the limited edition set seen HERE.
- purchasing this powder was a complete fluke but one i am SO GLAD i made! when the Fenty Beauty line first came out i waited a bit too long to head into Sephora to buy and they ended up being sold out of the colors i wanted by the time i got to the store. since i was experiencing a little FOMO i decided to see if this universal powder really was UNIVERSAL on all skin tones and boy is it!
- normally i don’t recommend a talc based powder for dry or very textured skin ( i.e: wrinkles), you may have seen us blog about the Secret Powder for under eyes from Laura Mercier for this very reason. talc can tend to look cakey when layered too many times and really enhance fine lines and wrinkles on drier or more textured skin.
- i would normally ask you to look at an HD powder like this one from Make Up Forever or the Universal Powder from Laura Mercier, HOWEVER! this magical formula from Fenty Beauty combines both talc and silica ( along with many other ingredients) to give you smooth as a baby’s bottom, Instagram filter worthy skin that works for any skin tone or type! it diffuses the look of pores and smooths out fine lines on every skin type and texture i’ve tried it on. i would still recommend Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder or a mattifier for very oily skin, especially in a humid climate but GURL you have got to try this one from Fenty Beauty the next time your powder runs out ( especially if you have dry or textured skin!)
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