A proper makeup routine requires several steps, and loose powder is the ultimate step. The final touch for a flawless complexion that lasts all day or all evening, loose powders come in a variety of designs and compositions.
Here are our tips for choosing your loose powder to enhance your look.
Why use loose powder?
A loose powder should be part of any makeup routine for several reasons.
The first of these is the universality of such a powder. Indeed, a loose powder is characterized first of all by its lightness, its subtlety. Most of the time, it is white in its container and transparent when applied, so that it can be adapted to all skin tones.
Moreover, a loose powder has the great advantage of matifying the skin, by erasing the shine of the whole T-zone of the face. It is compatible with both normal and oily skin types and provides a certain softness to the skin.
Choose your loose powder according to ... your skin tone
The first criterion for choosing a loose powder is your skin tone. Using your natural skin tone to select a compatible loose powder is a foolproof way to avoid choosing the wrong shade.
Some loose powders are transparent and therefore suitable for all skin tones. However, other loose powders are coloured. These are designed to either match your skin tone or to enhance the healthy glow effect by adding a halo of colour.
For example, T. Leclerc's Translucide Loose Powder 14 is universal and perfect for all, while Loose Powder 01 Abricot or 09 Chair Rosée give a fresh and radiant complexion with specific shades, always with the aim of accentuating the healthy glow effect.
Choose your loose powder according to ... your skin type
In addition to skin tone, skin type is also an important consideration. On this point, the choice of the ideal loose powder will be different depending on whether your skin is rather dry, oily, with redness, or if you have marked dark circles.
If we take the case of skin that is easily bluish or purplish, particularly in the area of dark circles, T.LeClerc's Dermophile Loose Powder in shade 02 Banane has been specially designed to cancel out the bluish and purplish highlights of dark circles.
In the case of skin with more or less intense redness, Dermophile Loose Powder in shade 13 Tilleul is an excellent choice for effectively camouflaging this redness while allowing the skin to breathe freely.
The ingredients are the most important factor
The ingredients used to make loose powders play a key role in their benefits and limitations, yet they are not always scrutinised.
Looking at the ingredients in each loose powder is a good way to select the best quality powder for your needs.
Here, we need to distinguish between loose powders with good quality ingredients and those that are more basic. The more expensive the loose powder, the more likely it is that it will be of high quality, and vice versa. Be aware, however, that high price does not necessarily mean high quality. And it is precisely in this sense that the analysis of the ingredients should be given priority over the price alone, because the ingredients reveal the quality of the product much more than the price alone does.
What about the quality-price ratio of its loose powder?
Building on what has been said about the importance of ingredients, price is another factor to consider when selecting your loose powder.
This is not to guarantee quality, but to find a product that will fit your budget. The ideal is to choose a quality loose powder with many benefits, but within the price range you can afford so that you never run out of loose powder due to lack of budget.
Keep in mind that a loose powder is an integral part of a makeup routine, and that a realistic budget for it is very important.
Tips for an ideal application of your loose powder
Once you have selected the perfect loose powder for you, the question of application remains. There are various tricks to obtain an optimal final result and thus a perfect complexion.
The first tip is to use a large brush, which will allow you to apply the loose powder over the entire face, but in a light way.
Then, the trick is to measure out the amount of powder you take. A small amount will suffice, and don't hesitate to tap your brush in the air before applying it to your face, in order to avoid any clumps or deposits of powder in your fine lines. This is true even if you have particularly oily skin. A small amount of product will be more than enough to mattify your face.
Finally, one last tip: don't forget the order of application. A loose powder should only be used after your moisturiser, foundation, and concealer. It sets these previously used products and evens out the complexion. However, once you have applied your loose powder, you can continue with a blush or