What Is Pressed Powder?
Whether transparent or in a flattering skin tone, pressed powder helps to set the make-up optimally, to even out shiny or dark areas of the skin, to make pores appear smaller and to refine the complexion. In contrast to loose powder, pressed powders are particularly practical for those users who travel a lot.
In principle, compact powder is the pressed version of fine powder . Due to its firm consistency , it is particularly suitable for on the go and does not cause any caos in the handbag if the can should open. Compact powder often comes with a soft sponge that makes it easy and convenient to apply the powder. For a particularly fine and even finish, women can also use a special powder brush to apply the powder. Just like loose powder , compact powder also mattifies and fixes the taint , but offers a little more coverage. Pressed powder is especially good for women with dry skin.
Pressed powder is a cosmetic that is applied to the face for the purpose of absorbing excess oil and creating a smooth matte finish.
It typically comes in a compact which also includes a mirror and applicator. This type of powder gives the skin a polished, “set” base, and is usually applied to the skin after cover up and foundation have already been applied. This product comes in translucent or sheer as well as flesh tones ranging from light beige to dark brown.
Primarily used to set liquid foundation/concealer so that the makeup lasts longer and does not move around, or rub off of your skin.
Pressed powders can also be formed into foundations and used as a base for your entire makeup routine, or added to liquid foundation to build up coverage.
Most dry skin types prefer to use pressed powder over loose powder because pressed powders have more oils in them and can look “cakey” when applied on very oily skin types.
The pressed powder is more practical for on the go. It can be applied quickly and easily with a sponge. What distinguishes it from loose powder, which is usually applied with a brush: The firm consistency has a higher opacity. And since foundation is usually contained in pressed form, it is also called foundation powder. Therefore it is not necessary to apply liquid foundation beforehand. However, if you tend to have dry skin, you should opt for the liquid version, as pressed powder can emphasize lines of dryness.
Pressed powder comes in a compact and contains ingredients used to turn the product into a semi solid. These are usually things like silicones and waxes, so if your skin is annoyed by that stuff, you may have a hard time with pressed powder. Since the particles are slightly bigger and contain these stick-together ingredients, applying too much pressed powder can result in a cake-y appearance. Using a little as a touch up throughout the day, though, is quick and easy.
Oil blotting pads are mini booklets of powdered sheets, which can be ripped out as required and dabbed onto the skin to absorb excess oil and leave behind a powdery finish.
Loose powder instead, comes in a jar, has smaller particles (and therefore a finer consistency), and usually gives lightweight coverage. It’s also messy and hard to transport, so this guy is meant to stay at home.
- Avoid mixing pressed powder foundation with liquid makeup products, such as liquid or cream blushes. This combination can thicken your foundation and make your skin look cakey. Try to stick to all powder or all liquid facial makeup for the best look.
- If you have very dry skin, it may be best to opt for a liquid or cream foundation, which will add some moisture back into your skin. Powder foundation could dry your skin out more.
The main ingredient in compact powder is talc or talcum powder, and some brands additionally contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are natural sunscreens. Pressed powder is also included amongst certain brands of natural mineral makeup.
For example, Clarins has exclusively mineral powder in their product portfolio.
however, the foundations and powders from such cosmetic lines tend to have a caked texture compared to regular makeup. In addition to coming in compact form, there is also a paper variation of press powder.
Another product that provides a similar effect to compact powder is liquid powder makeup, which has a creamy texture when applied but then transforms into a powder finish.
How long does pressed powder last?
Pressed powders are super convenient but they don’t have very long shelf lives because all of the ingredients are tightly packed together. Most people who use pressed powders will have to replace their product within 12 months, after which time the powders can become oxidized and start to discolor. Pressed powders that are used daily may only last a few months before needing replacement – you can tell when your powder starts to look dull or less “pigmented”. Lastly, if one of the main ingredients (usually silica) has gone, it could irritate your skin or cause you to break out, so it’s best to get rid of any expired pressed powders immediately.
How to choose the best pressed powder?
1. Remove oil and moisture: Product leaves a smooth and matte finish after removing sebum and sweat which makes it suitable for long hours.
2. High adherence: It does not shed easily, thus people can apply the product on various places such as under eyes, face and neck without worrying about contamination.
3. Long lasting effect: One of the most common characteristics in pressed powders is its ability to control sebum or oil for an extended period by applying the powder frequently even when you are indoors.
4. Smooth feeling: Pressed powder contains silica gel which controls skin pores to make it smooth and clean, therefore there is no need to worry about causing acne or bothersome adhesion.
5. No skin irritation: High quality products contain a hygienic powder which is safe for sensitive skin and does not cause irritations even when applied repeatedly.
6. Controlled shading effect: When foundation gets sweat or oil, the color changes to a darker one so people will look older than their actual age. With t he application of pressed powder, there is no need to worry about it as long as the product is high quality that matches with foundation perfectly .
7. Strong adhesion power: It sticks tightly into the skin without shedding off after applying foundation on top of it, thus makeup can be kept fresh for an extended period of time. 8. in texture depending on components: Pressed powders are in powder form, but they can be divided into two types based on how fine it is. Super finely ground pressed powder contains small particles which gives a feeling of smoothness when applied to skin making it suitable for touch ups. Less finely ground pressed powder usually contain larger grains which are not as smooth compared to the former type, thus they are suitable for swiping off sebum instead of touching up makeup during the day.
Why Use Pressed Powder
While everyone wants to glow, nobody wants to look greasy, and powder is a great mattifier. Powder atop your liquid or cream foundation helps to set it so that it won’t migrate into any lines or slide down off your face. Certain powders can also reduce the look of fine lines and pores.
Powder is also a great base upon which to apply blush, contour, bronzer, or shimmer. You can apply those things straight on top of your foundation if you like, but everything lasts longer when powder is in the mix. Another option is to use powder to set cream eyeshadow, turn down the volume on blush that’s too bright, or give a slippery lip color more staying powder.
How To Apply Pressed Powder?
This is very easy and particularly effective with the powder sponge that is usually included. Unlike loose powder, pressed powder is often difficult to pick up with a brush. The structure of the powder is often too coarse and too much is accidentally applied. The application is much easier with the powder sponge. Simply rub the sponge over the pressed powder, absorb a small amount and then dab lightly on the appropriate area of the face. One should also pay attention to clean the powder sponge regularly and gently. Otherwise it can happen that skin fat gets through the sponge onto the pressed powder and that it becomes difficult to absorb over time. As with the foundation, it is advisable to dab the face from the center of the face outwards with the pressed powder. So I can easily create a naturally matt look without annoying edges. If you want to be absolutely sure not to apply too much, you can easily rub off excess powder with the clean back of the powder sponge after application. If there is excess powder, it disappears very easily and there is no painted mask-like effect. that skin fat gets through the sponge onto the pressed powder and that it becomes difficult to absorb over time. As with the foundation, it is advisable to dab the face from the center of the face outwards with the pressed powder. So I can easily create a naturally matt look without annoying edges. If you want to be absolutely sure not to apply too much, you can easily rub off excess powder with the clean back of the powder sponge after application. If there is excess powder, it disappears very easily and there is no painted mask-like effect. that skin fat gets through the sponge onto the pressed powder and that it becomes difficult to absorb over time. As with the foundation, it is advisable to dab the face from the center of the face outwards with the pressed powder. So I can easily create a naturally matt look without annoying edges. If you want to be absolutely sure not to apply too much, you can easily rub off excess powder with the clean back of the powder sponge after application. If there is excess powder, it disappears very easily and there is no painted mask-like effect. So I can easily create a naturally matt look without annoying edges. If you want to be absolutely sure not to apply too much, you can easily rub off excess powder with the clean back of the powder sponge after application. If there is excess powder, it disappears very easily and there is no painted mask-like effect. So I can easily create a naturally matt look without annoying edges. If you want to be absolutely sure not to apply too much, you can easily rub off excess powder with the clean back of the powder sponge after application. If there is excess powder, it disappears very easily and there is no painted mask-like effect.
How you apply powder can make or break your makeup look. More often than not, your makeup will look cakey if you apply too much powder, regardless of your skin type . If you prefer to apply your foundation with a sponge, you can definitely apply your powder with a sponge – just keep in mind that you need to gently press your powder into your skin, and not drag or rub the powder on your face. Rubbing or dragging powder on your face will only take away your foundation, and leave your complexion looking patchy and textured. If you prefer to apply your powder with a brush, make sure you dip your brush into powder, tap off the excess, or press the brush into pressed powder and tap away the excess and use the brush to press the powder into your skin. A little goes a long way with powder. A popular method of applying powder uses both a sponge and a brush. You dip your sponge into the powder, and begin pressing the powder into your face. Some people let the powder sit – this technique is called, “baking”. Essentially you are letting the powder seal your foundation so that the foundation doesn’t settle into any fine lines, smile lines or wrinkles. After applying the powder with the sponge and letting it sit, or “bake” on your skin, you would take a large fluffy brush and gently sweep away any excess product.
My favored pressed powders are La Mer Pressed Powder which for me is the best pressed powder, Laura Mercier Loose Powder, the Sephora MicroSmooth Pressed Powders, and the MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation pressed powder.
Why is the brand so important? How finely milled the powder is, and what level of quality ingredients are used can really change how your makeup turns out. Typically, the more finely milled the powder is, the more natural it will look on your face – so I try to keep that in mind when choosing powders that work for me.
Application Of Pressed Powder Step by Step
Skin Preparation Before Applying Pressed Powder
- Wash your face with a mild cleanser. Use one pump of facial cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your face 1 .Focus on areas of oil build up, such as the forehead and nose, scrubbing with your fingertips to deep clean. Rinse your face with cool water to close your pores, and dry with a clean towel 2.
Cleansing your face will remove surface oils and create a clean canvas for your makeup.
2 Apply moisturizer. Rub a small-sized, ( small coin of ten cents) amount of facial moisturizer into your face and neck to hydrate your skin.
Moisturizing your skin will keep your powder foundation from looking dry. Allow the moisturizer to sit on your skin for 60 seconds for it to absorb fully 3
If you want your foundation to look even and smooth, take care of your skin with a regular routine, like cleansing and moisturizing your face each day and using a good night cream.
3. Apply primer. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of primer onto a fingertip and smooth over your face, working from the center outward Work the primer into any areas of enlarged pores or creases for an even base. Primer makes pores appear smaller and fills in fine lines for more flawless makeup application. It will also make your foundation last longer 6.
Choose a primer that suits your skin’s needs. If you have large pores, for example, you can use a primer meant to fill in pores and fine lines.
Putting on too much primer can leave your skin slick, as many are silicone-based and don’t absorb the same way lotion does. With that in mind, it’s best to put on just a little at first and use more as needed.
Application Of The Pressed Powder Foundation
1 Swish a kabuki or rounded foundation brush over the powder foundation. Move the makeup brush back and forth over the pressed powder in short strokes to coat the bristles. Tap the edge of the brush against the sink to shake off any excess powder. This will ensure you don’t have too much product on the brush (7).
Press the powder over your skin with a slight rolling motion. Use gentle pressure to roll the brush over your skin, working from the center outward, to apply the foundation. Do this all over your skin for a smooth natural look.
If you are wearing a low-cut top, you can apply makeup over your neck and décolleté as well for a smooth finish.
Build coverage where you need it. Using the same rolling motion, apply additional powder over any areas you’d like to cover more. Do a couple rolls at a time, and then pause to check the area in the mirror. Stop when the coverage is to your liking. This will ensure the areas you want camouflaged are hidden without putting excess makeup on the entire face.
Use a damp beauty sponge for heavier coverage. Wet a beauty sponge with lukewarm water and dab it into your pressed powder. Use the makeup dampened sponge to apply your powder, gently dabbing the sponge against your skin as you work from the center outward. This will provide heavier makeup coverage if you have widespread blemishes or lots of discoloration you want to hide.
This technique should be used before applying any pressed powder foundation with the foundation brush, if desired. Doing so after could cause your makeup to look cakey.
Performing Touch Ups
Use the built-in puff. Most pressed powders come with a built-in puff that can ensure smooth application even when you don’t have your brushes. If you’re on the go, press the puff into your powder, then dab gently on any areas where your foundation has faded.
Use rice paper to absorb excess oil throughout the day. Touch up your look when out and about by blotting with rice paper on areas of facial oil build-up, such as your nose and T-zone. This will keep your face looking polished with a nice matte finish.
- Reapply powder sparingly. Doing this too often can result in a cakey appearance.
- Powder foundation is great for anyone with oily skin, because it will help absorb some of the oil throughout the day.
Touch up any blemishes or imperfections. Roll your makeup puff around one finger and dab the edge in your powder.
This will focus the foundation on a smaller area of the puff. Then, gently tap that part of the puff against the offending blemish or area you want more coverage.
This will hide any imperfections that peek through your original makeup application.
Shimmering Or Matt Pressed Powder
Powder is not only available in loose or pressed form, but also in a variety of shades. You also have to decide whether it should be a shimmering or a matt tone. It is generally not possible to say which pressed powder is the right one. After all, it always depends on what you want to achieve with the application. Overall, it can be said that there is the right type of powder for every beauty wish: Shimmering powders are always used when the complexion is to be given more freshness and a more youthful appearance.
With slightly shimmering powder, for example, the cheekbones can be skillfully accentuated and the complexion can be given a lively summer glow. Even small wrinkles can be easily conjured away with shimmering powder and made almost invisible. However, these powders are less suitable for setting make-up or for applying them to large areas over the whole face. If you want to fix the foundation and make it last longer, you should choose a transparent powder. Pressed powder takes away any unsightly shine that may have left the foundation after applying the foundation and make the primer last longer.
For this purpose, the pressed powder can be applied over a large area to the whole face. Matt powder is particularly suitable for matting shiny areas of skin in a natural tone. The forehead, nose and chin areas in particular tend to have an unattractive shine in summer. A matte powder can easily remedy this and neutralize the shiny areas. Pressed powder is particularly practical here because it can accompany us everywhere in the practical jar and can easily be applied on the go in case of beauty emergencies.
Pressed Powder According To The type Of Skin
Powder is not just powder. Given the large number of different variants, women should take enough time when choosing their powder. There are powders that have been specially developed for blemished skin or for particularly dry skin . When choosing the right powder, your own skin type should be taken into account. This is the only way to achieve a flawless taint.
- Dry skin : Dry and sensitive skin needs a lot of moisture and care. Oily and moisturizing powders are good choices for dry skin. Since dry skin often tends to redden, we also recommend a powder that gives the skin a particularly strong matt finish and covers it. This can effectively reduce redness.
- Oily skin : Oily powders should be avoided on oily skin that is prone to blemishes. Oily skin needs mattifying and soothing ingredients that mattify shiny areas on the face. Antibacterial agents also reduce the risk of pimples, blackheads and inflammation.
Pressed Powder For Blemished Skin
Oily and blemished skin in particular often tends to have an uncomfortable shine. A pressed powder, with which the corresponding areas can be slightly matted, seems to be the perfect helper in an emergency. Often one hears or reads, however, that pressed powder would worsen the problems of blemished skin and thus only provoke more pimples and blemishes. However, this is not correct. The high-quality powder available today no longer contains substances that stick together or clog the pores and promote the development of new skin impurities. On the contrary, many powders contain appropriate antibacterial agents especially for blemished skin, which specifically counteract the development of pimples, deposits and the like.
Usage of Pressed Powder by Make Up Artists
Makeup artists often choose pressed powder when creating a retro-themed face, along with black liquid eyeliner and red lipstick. For a more natural look, loose powder is best used in lieu of the pressed type, as it’s swept over the face lightly with a brush rather than patted in place. Due to the matte finish it gives the skin, pressed powder is ideal for theater makeup, which usually requires oil-absorbent cosmetics that require minimal touch-ups under hot stage lights. This powder is also effective at camouflaging blemishes when applied on top of concealer or cover up. Although pressed powder can provide a long-lasting cover for blemishes, it’s not recommended for covering fine lines and wrinkles, as its dry texture can settle in the skin’s creases and emphasize these areas rather than minimizing them.
Pressing Powder Shades
Choosing the right color also depends on what you want to achieve. A matt pressed powder, which corresponds as closely as possible to the skin tone, can be used to mattify the entire complexion or to occasionally apply make-up on the go. Due to the slightly higher coverage of the matt powder, even small flaws in the foundation can be evened out on the go. If you want a tanned complexion, you can also choose a pressed powder in a slightly darker, summery shade and thus skillfully accentuate the complexion outside of the holiday season.