Do you use pressed powder foundation or loose? Do you have a favorite method of application? There are so many different ways to apply powder to your face, how do you know which one to use? I happen to love powder for a variety of reason, and I use a variety of application methods depending on my needs at the moment and the type of product I am applying. Here are a few tips and tricks for powder application that I like best. What’s your favorite?
Kabuki brush. Kabuki brushes were designed for mineral powder foundation. They have short – almost non-existent- handles, and big, fluffy, soft bristles. They feel wonderful! But I don’t actually use them for mineral powder foundation, because I find this just makes it fly everywhere. I do use my large kabuki brush to apply high definition powder, such as the one made by Eyes Lips Face. This powder looks white in the jar, but applies sheer over the face. It’s good for reducing the look of fine lines and imperfections in photos. You don’t need a lot, which is why I prefer the Kabuki brush for this application.
Compact brush. Most pressed powder comes with its own little compact brush. I especially like the brushes in Physicians Formula packing. They have short, natural bristles that are just a tiny bit stiff. This allows you to apply a precise amount of powder and blend it into your face, which is perfect for when you’re on the go and need a touch-up, or you’re in a hurry and you don’t want to get powder all over.
Makeup sponge. Did you know you can apply powder with a makeup sponge? This is a great way to apply powder when you want a smooth, heavier coverage, such as for evening. Just press your sponge into the powder and dab it in small motions onto your skin. This will really push the powder into your skin, so it adheres well. The danger with his application is that it is easy to get too much. It really works well for applications of concealer powder. Make sure you wash your sponges often and allow them to air dry.
Makeup pad. Makeup pads aren’t as popular as they used to be. They are plush circles that you use similarly to a makeup sponge. The probable is that they can harbor bacteria, so if you like using this application, which provides a velvety finish, make sure you wash and replace them often.
Concealer brush. A concealer brush is a tiny brush with synthetic bristles. This brush is great to apply powder concealer to small areas, such as on small blemishes. You could use an eyeliner brush the same way.
Stipple brush. My favorite brush to use for most applications of powder is a small stipple brush. This combination of natural and synthetic bristles gives a nice natural finish, even with mineral powder foundation, without using too much powder. I use it for loose and pressed powder, especially in my T-zone. Small stipple brushes are available at eyeslipsface.com and Sephora.com.
Experiment until you find the application method that works for you!