Compact powder is good for the skin

Apply powder: This is how the complexion is perfect

"Clogs the pores!", "Dries out the skin", "It looks like dusted with flour!" Some prejudices about powder persist. Common, because none of them still apply today. In the past, when powder consisted mainly of rice flour or chalk, the mattifying dust was not exactly beneficial for the skin. In addition, it often dulled the complexion. Today there is powder that not only cares for the skin (e.g. with moisturizers or vitamins), but is so fine and delicate that you can even do without removing make-up. In addition, modern powders make the complexion glow instead of just mattifying it.

1. Apply powder: It's inside

Today, powder - whether loose or compact - consists mainly of talc (a mineral), kaolin, starch and various powdery oxides (e.g. zinc oxide) as well as color pigments. It sounds like a rustic mix, but in many cases it is a high-end product. The relatively simple ingredients are partially enriched with active ingredients (e.g. moisturizing microcapsules, silk molecules), processed in such a way that they have certain properties (extreme durability, light reflection) or extremely finely ground. Only pure mineral powders do without any additives (including talc) and are therefore so kind to the skin that they can even be tolerated by allergic skin or with neurodermatitis.

2. Apply powder: Fine dust can do that

What is so fine cannot be able to do much at all? Not correct! Powder has it all. On the one hand, the complexion can be refined with it: enlarged pores and spots are concealed. Redness can also be neutralized well with powder alone (e.g. with yellowish or greenish powder). On the other hand - and this is probably the best thing for many - the complexion is matted. After application, powder soaks up excess skin oil like a sponge, making it invisible. Last but not least, powder has another important function: It fixes the make-up, more precisely: the foundation lasts much longer with a fine powder coating and is less likely to get stained.

3. Applying powder: methods

> Apply powder with the powder brush
The classic method is to apply the powder with a special brush. That's how it works:

It is best to sprinkle loose powder on a cosmetic tissue, dab the brush several times into the powder, turning it back and forth. The hairs absorb everything well and release it evenly back to the skin.
Then, starting from the nose outwards and from top to bottom, gently press the powder brush onto the skin. Caution: Never swipe from the bottom up. This straightens up the fine facial hair and the complexion then looks greyish-pale!

In general, loose powder looks particularly natural and can be processed more precisely than compact powder. The compact counterpart, on the other hand, is the better choice for on the go.

> Apply the powder with the cotton pad
Oily, quickly shiny skin is particularly happy about this method, which uses a cotton pad as a tool. That's how it's done:

First dab the cotton pad into the powder compact or rub it over the powder stone so that it is completely saturated with powder. Then use it to apply the powder to the skin from the forehead towards the chin. This works best with quick movements at a short distance from one another. Finally, remove any excess powder with a clean pad. Important: So that germs don't stand a chance, a new cotton pad is mandatory every time you apply powder!

> Apply powder with a sponge
Sounds unusual, but it's the perfect method for peach skin that looks perfect for hours! That's how it's done:

Moisten a fine-pored make-up sponge (flat and round or oval) and squeeze it out on a clean towel. Then sprinkle loose powder on a tissue. Place the sponge around your fingers like a powder puff and pick up the powder with a quick dab. The powder is then released onto the skin by pressing it quickly and vertically. Don't worry - what looks extremely blotchy at first becomes the perfect complexion. The moisture evaporates and the many layers of the finest powder merge almost invisibly with the foundation. For many make-up artists, this is the best powder method for brides or photo models, because the complexion stays perfect for hours!

4. Applying powder: tips & tricks

The right powder is invisible on the skin, in other words: It has to be exactly the same shade as the foundation. Transparent powder is only suitable for pink-ground or very pale skin. Yellow-ground or dark complexions make it appear greyish-pale. Attention: The eye area is powder-restricted area! The powder there makes the skin look wrinkled and dry. Do you fancy a fine shimmer? Attention! Shine particles in the powder emphasize impurities and large pores - so apply shimmer powder only to fine, flawless skin.

Powder specialists for every skin type:

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When it comes to consistency, the following applies: loose powder is perfect for at home and oily skin, compact powder is the ideal companion for on the go and rather dry skin. Powder make-up is a foundation that develops a powdery finish immediately after application and is particularly suitable for normal to combination skin.

Even if powder can do a lot, it should be used sparingly. Too much of it makes the complexion look dull and emphasizes wrinkles. If you've caught too much, the fine dust can easily be 'brushed off' with a clean powder brush.