Matte pressed powder helps to seal your makeup and reduce oiliness. Here are some tips for making sure your pressed powder stays in place all day.
1. Do the Rest of Your Makeup First
Apply your primer, foundation and eye makeup before applying pressed powder. If you wear liquid foundation, you’ll likely want to apply matte pressed powder liberally. If your foundation is powder-based, a little pressed powder will go a long way. Make sure your makeup is just the way you want it before adding powder, as this cosmetic will help the rest of your makeup to adhere to your face.
2. Choose a Powder That Matches Your Complexion
Matte pressed powder should be a little lighter than your foundation. This helps to bring out the color of your foundation and makes your skin tone appear more even. If you’re going for a sun-kissed look, matte pressed bronzer is ideal. Apply the bronzer to the places on your face where the sun naturally hits, like the tip of your nose, the middle of your forehead, your cheekbones and your chin. If you don’t want to add more color to your face, a sheer matte pressed powder is best. To make your skin appear especially supple and youthful, choose a matte pressed powder with a shimmer.
3. Use a Fluffy Brush or Powder Puff
Swirl the fluffy brush in the matte pressed powder. Tap off any excess powder before bringing the brush to your face. Dust the powder on your face lightly to reduce oiliness and keep your foundation from smudging. You can also apply a small amount of powder to a fluffy eyeshadow brush and dust the powder onto your eyelids. This will keep the color of your eyeshadow intact for hours, especially if you’re also wearing primer underneath your eyeshadow. Matte pressed powder can also bring more attention to subtle eyeshadow colors, which helps your eyes to look bigger. Keep this in mind when wearing nude, matte or metallic eyeshadow colors.
Or, use a powder puff to apply the matte pressed powder. You can purchase powder puffs at most local drug stores. Push the powder puff into the compact and press the puff onto the skin. Pay special attention to your T-zone, as this part of the face tends to get oily pretty quickly during the day. A powder puff will give you heavier coverage, so this tool is useful if you have an oily complexion.
Keep your compact and your brush or powder puff with you throughout the day so you can re-apply powder if necessary. If you have to re-apply any other makeup on your face or eyes, do this before finishing your look with the pressed powder. It’s also a good idea to carry oil blotting cloths with you. When you need a touch-up, put a little powder on the cloth and gently sweep the cloth across your face before brushing off any extra powder with your fluffy brush.