So for those of you who read my blog you know I’m not a huge fan of powder. I think most women overuse it and it usually leaves their skin looking dull and older. Why older? Check out your face a couple hours post application and you’ll see that the powder has probably gravitated to every little fine line and crease, bringing extra attention to what you were hoping to hide.
When I was preparing for my recent segment on Sacramento News10, I reached out to several makeup artists for hints on how to look good on camera. Across the board, they all recommended Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder ($32). The word “powder” made me hesitant but how could all these makeup artists be wrong? I went to Sephora and bought the powder along with their recommended Kabuki brush ($40) and did a practice run at home. One word – WOW.
Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Before the “WOW” it should be noted I tried applying the powder like a pressed powder by stippling it. My first clue that this was the wrong way to apply it should have been the fact that I was using a domed Kabuki brush and not a flat-topped brush. With the first stipple, the powder became airborne and I was sneezing and coughing – not exactly the desired effect. Once the cloud dissipated I tried the right way – dipping the brush into the loose powder and brushing the powder onto my skin in downward strokes, concentrating on the t-zone and large pore minefields.
Of course, because I’m me, I only did half my face first. When I saw the powdered half next to the un-powdered half is when I had my “WOW” moment. I could hardly see my ugly enlarged pores and pesky fine (or not-so-fine) lines. Talk about airbrushed! While the powder was mattifying it certainly didn’t dull my skin. I also didn’t apply the powder along my cheekbones since that’s where I want shine (think about where you put highlighter).
One word to the wise –if you have any dry, flaky patches make sure you exfoliate and use a good moisturizer and primer before applying. Flaky dry skin seems to be like kryptonite to this powder, making it lose all its camouflaging superpowers, leaving you with flakes that weren’t even visible prior to applying the powder.
Okay two words to the wise – DEFINITELY invest in the Kabuki brush. It’s super soft and the brush head size is perfect – it’s a bit smaller than usual Kabuki brushes, which means you can be more precise with your application. It also comes in its own zippered case to ensure it stays clean.
Take my word for it — this powder will lock your makeup in place and give you a flawless face (yeah, I can rhyme), just in time for holiday party season!Janna Posted by janna