Why Loose Powder?
A loose powder comes in a jar rather than pressed into a compact. Often, the powders are applied with a cosmetic brush
, but they can also be patted on with a puff or sponge. Many women prefer loose powders over pressed ones because of the benefits that they provide. Due to their consistency, loose powder goes on lighter than pressed powder, so it creates a very natural finish. For women with oily or combination skin, loose powder is typically better able to absorb excess oil to create a matte finish on the complexion and combat shine. Loose powders can also be ideal choices for very dry skin because they are less likely to appear caked on or flaky.
Tinted vs Translucent Powders
Deciding that loose powder is the right type of powder for you is just the first step in finding the perfect powder. You also need to figure out if you prefer tinted or translucent powders. Tinted powders contain pigments that match your skin tone. This allows them to provide extra coverage to disguise flaws and perfect the complexion. Translucent powders are colorless and are used to give makeup a natural finish and reduce shine without providing extra color.
Setting Powders for Finishing
Finishing or setting powders are a special type of loose powder that is used to help makeup stay in place. The powder forms a barrier that makes makeup less likely to become rubbed off during the day. Setting powders also absorb oils, reducing the risk of dilution that contributes to fading. You can find both tinted and translucent setting powders to meet your beauty needs.
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