Loose powder is one of those products that you may have placed in the “special occasion” drawer of your vanity. You keep telling yourself that you’re definitely going to use it the next time you go out… but then you’re late for work, don’t have time to set your look, and instantly regret it when your foundation starts to melt. And then repeat. But it’s time to make loose powder a regular part of your makeup routine, because it’s one of the most versatile products around and gives you fresh, long-lasting radiance like never before. Try these translucent powder hacks and you’ll never go back.
You know you’ve been in the beauty community for a minute when you hear “baking,” and instantly think of bright under eyes and an Insta-worthy finish rather than brownies. Just place translucent powder on your face after applying foundation and concealer, let it sit for 10 minutes while the heat from your skin sets the product, dust off the powder and admire your glowing, creaseless complexion. Not only will you get a sheer, flawless finish that would make any beauty guru jealous… you’ll also keep your makeup in place all day long. This technique is perfect for a night out or the warm summer days coming up. Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a favorite of Hollywood MUA's and your favorite Youtube vlogger so you know you can trust it.
When you’re five songs deep into your GRWM playlist on Spotify and start brushing on highlighter to “7 Rings,” it’s easy to get a little carried away. That’s why translucent powder is there to save your look when you accidentally apply too much blush, bronzer, or highlighter. Instead of grabbing a makeup wipe or brushing off excess product with a tissue, which may cause streaks or uneven texture, simply dust over the area with a bit of loose powder to minimize the color and tone it down. You’ll see a significant difference, especially if you see a slightly tinted loose powder like Too Faced's Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder which won't leave you with a dusty cast.
The smudged liner look can work if you’re going for a rock star vibe, but most of the time it’s just super annoying when liner smears onto your lid. That’s where translucent powder comes in. Since the eyelids can often be very oily, it helps to place a small amount of powder on the upper lash line as a base before applying pencil or liquid eyeliner. This keeps it in place and prevents smearing, ensuring that your winged liner still looks just as sharp at the end of the day.
A little lash goes a long way, and a bit of translucent powder can make all the difference when applying mascara. Instead of putting on 10 coats and risking clumpiness, simply sprinkle a tiny bit of translucent powder onto your lashes after your first coat, and then do a second application to instantly see thicker, fuller lashes. Of course, this trick requires a bit of precision. Be sure to add only a dab of powder, as going overboard will make your lashes stiff, and be sure to sprinkle the powder on while the first coat is still a bit wet, to make sure that it sticks. If you have a mascara slightly on the drier side or with a less viscous consistency like Benefit's Roller Lash, you'll be good to go.
Whether you should do your eye or face makeup first is a hot topic in the beauty community that we’re definitely not going to get into right now. You do you, babes. But we do have a loose powder hack for the “face first” people. Do a mini baking exercise by placing a bit of loose powder on your undereye area before your eye makeup. As you blend out shadows and apply different hues, the fallout will drop onto the loose powder… and can be easily swept away with the flick of your makeup brush. This lets you blend your heart out and prevents shadow fallout from ruining your flawless foundation.
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