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Life S tyle Raving Beauty


By Janet Flora

Good Time to Take a Powder Some women fear it, others swear by it, and many just don’t know how or where to use it. Powder – used correctly can give your skin a flawless finish – used incorrectly, can settle into lines and make you look flat and dull. Whether you are using pressed, loose, dual finish (those that can be used wet or dry), or the newer mineral formulas, before applying a speck read this. Powders can be applied with the traditional puff, or sponge (which are sometimes packaged with the product), or a fluffy brush. The thing to remember is, if you use a puff you will always get a heavier concentration of powder, and thus more coverage. Using a brush will give you a lighter application, since you are literally dusting it on the surface of the skin. To discover the best powder for a specific result, I turned to Sephora Pro Beauty Team Member, Nikki Oxley and asked the following questions: Q: Who should use loose powder? And, when should we use loose powder? A: Loose powder can be worn by anyone! When to use loose powder depends on the actual type of the powder. If it is a foundation powder it can be used for flawless overall coverage. However, if it’s a finishing powder, it will set the foundation and mattify the skin. Some of my favorite loose powders include Cover Effects Mineral Powder, Smashbox Halo and Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals.

Q: Is translucent always best with loose powder? A: It really depends on customer preference. A translucent powder is usually used as a finishing powder, which will give your skin a gorgeous glow. In some cases, a translucent powder also comes in the form of a compact, which is great for travel. I recommend using a loose powder first, then touching up with a compact powder throughout the day. Q: Who should use mineral powder and, when should we use it? A: Anyone can use a mineral powder. However, this type of powder is great for people with sensitive skin as well as any eco-friendly shopper. Just remember to use this product over your daily moisturizer. Q: Is mineral powder for those who need minimal coverage? A: Mineral powder is very versatile and can be applied for minimal coverage as well as for maximum coverage. Q: When is it best to use dual finish powders? Is it better to use it alone or over a foundation?

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A: An advantage of using dual finishing powders is the option of coverage. This powder can be applied dry for a more natural, lighter look or with a damp sponge for fuller overall coverage. A dual powder can be used alone or over foundation. When applied lightly over a foundation, it will take the place of a finishing powder. For more coverage, I recommend applying this powder with a dry sponge. While keeping in mind the great advice of Nikki Oxley, also remember to keep whatever applicator you’re using clean. Keep your blush and powder brushes separate. If you’re using a sponge or a puff, replace it every month. Also keep all the tops of powder jars and compacts closed tightly after use to avoid debris and bacteria. If you’re still unsure about using powder experiment with less expensive drugstore brands or ask the advice of a professional in Sephora or your favorite cosmetic counter. Tell the pro exactly what you’re trying to achieve, or any problems you’ve had with using powder in the past. This is a sure way to take your powdering to the next level.




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Dan's Papers May 1, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers May 1, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...