Choosing the right compact powder for your skin tone and type
Why do you need compact powder any way?
1. Compact powder keeps the grease off and the glow on your makeup
2. Compact powder helps the foundation set and not run into lines and edges off your face
3. Compact powder acts as a great lasting base for blushers, bronzers and shimmers
4. Compact powder helps set creamy makeup to last longer
But one compact powder does not suit all. You should choose yours based on your skin tone and your skin type.
1. To match your compact powder to your skin tone, test it on your cheek or jawbone. Never on your hands.
2. Blend your chosen compact powder into your skin to make sure the shade remains the same even after it.
3. Choose a yellow based shade if your skin tone is fair. This will make you glow and not look chalky.
4. Choose a copper-based shade if your skin tone is tan. This will make your complexion look brighter.
5. Choose an apricot based shade if your skin tone is medium. This will prevent your complexion from looking darker.
6. If your skin tone is dark, choose your compact shade very carefully. Take into consideration the undertone of your skin while trying out various shades to see which suits you best.
How to choose the right compact powder for your skin type
For oily skin
Choose a compact powder that has added oil control and an extra matte finish. Don’t use those that enhance radiance or glow, enough of which you already have. Also, look for compact powders that are waterproof and hence sweat proof. Some other things to do to help your compact powder work better is to apply an extra layer on your T-zone and using a primer under it.
For dry skin
Choose a compact powder that is oil-based. Go for a translucent type of compact in order to make your skin look less flaky. Avoid a matte finish powder. Some other things to do to help your compact powder work better is to start with moisturisation, not use too many layers of foundation, and using less compact on your T-zone.
For sensitive skin
Choose a compact powder that is mineral-based. Make sure it does not have waxes, oils, fragrances or preservatives on its ingredients list. If you find words like non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic on the pack, all the better. Choose carefully, and test-try on a patch of skin before using it on your whole face.