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Drugstore Pick: Powders

February 24, 2015

I was scarred by powder when I was in High School. Back in the days of non-digital cameras... (YES, I am a dinosaur,) we could only rely on disposable cameras to capture all of our memories at dances like Prom or Homecoming. I would be SO excited to get to Target a day later and wait for my photos to print to see just HOW good I looked the night before at the dance.

 

Annnnnd nope. Turns out NO ONE told me that I was Powder Face Mcgee that night. 99% sure I don't remember putting baking Flour on my face before the dance but from the looks of it, that's what had happened. My stark-white face on my overly tanned 17 year old body looked like a Halloween Costume more than a High School dance.

 

DRY? If you're super dry like me, you've got to be super careful on where you apply powder. Applying a liquid foundation all over and then packing a layer of powder all over it will often make you look chalky, turning normal parts of your face into all-of-a-sudden textured trouble areas. And if you've got breakouts? Forget it. Powder can be the jerk that only brings MORE attention to pimple-patches when applied too heavy.

 

OILY? On the flip-side...if you're oily, shiny or have TOO much glow going on, powder can be the cavalry that rides in on a white horse and wipes out all of those overactive pores! Keyword: CAN. Too much of the wrong powder can make the oiliest of girls look TOO chalky, TOO powdery, and even create more drama on your skin's surface. Think about it like this: if your skin is producing a ton of oil, you want it gone. (Duh.) But applying more and more product to absorb it is still only adding layers to your skin's surface vs. eliminating the problem. Tip: Soak that oil up with an oil-blotting sheet OR a toilet seat cover in any public restroom before applying a new layer of powder.

  

Tips: Apply light powder to your T-zone, (middle of your forehead, down your nose, and chin.) using a large Powder Brush. The larger the brush, the less congested you will put it on! If you are PUMPING oil through your lower cheeks, it's ok to put some there but know that the cheeks are an easy place to notice when you've got too much powder on. I swear cheeks are a dead-giveaway for the girl wearing way too much makeup. No thanks. 

 

 

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: Retails for $4-5. Talk about natural. Using all natural-minerals, this powder will absorb/prevent shine and set liquid foundation with ease. The natural minerals are also pore-shrinking. (WHAT?!) Yes. I’m all for shrinking those little jerks. Verdict: Like it. Awesome when paired with any liquid or for oil-control on its own. This is definitely a lightweight powder for anyone who doesn’t want their coverage too think. Want it thicker??

 

 

 

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder: Retails for $7-9. 

It's WHIPPED...which means it settles into your skin and looks like YOU vs. looking like you put too much makeup on while still absorbing oil and setting your foundation. annnnd...it has 90% less Talc than others like it which means no powder-face!! I like this one for coverage, a lot. As I said earlier, the one I've used for years is loaded with Talc. I get away with using it because I apply so little, but who wants to worry about taking a photo with a flash and looking like the Ghost-version of yourself?? Verdict: For thicker coverage, this is a no brainer. 

 

Powder doesn't have to be a struggle. Or a photo-ruining makeup product. Hope this helps on your Drugstore quests!

 

Try it, love it, tag me @makeupwithme_!

 

Xx

 

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ARIANNE KRAKER // MAKEUP ARTIST // EDITORIAL // COMMERCIAL // WEDDINGS // SEATTLE, WA