Powdering one’s nose seems like an antiquated beauty routine, but in reality powder is truly your best friend when putting on your face. Powders play an integral role in both prepping your skin for make up or setting in all your hard work. However when going out shopping for powder there are too many options to choose from between pressed and loose or what functionality you would like for them.
Base: Loose powders can be an excellent tool as a base powder. After cleansing skin there can be trace amounts of oil left behind which the base powders can eliminate. Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base ($42) is a full coverage foundation that has sunscreen to help protect skin. Jane Iredale is available at Nordstrom locations throughout New York. If you are just looking to even out skin tone before applying foundation, Aubrey Organics Silken Earth natural Translucent Base ($24) is a great option. Combining cinnamon and silk powder plus aloe vera and henna, the powder is a light option to prep skin for foundation. Aubrey Organics products are sold at Whole Foods outposts in New York.
Setting: After you have spent so much time applying makeup it is best to use a loose powder to set that hard work in. With a light dusting the powder will help to keep your flawless look set for hours. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder ($30) is ultra lightweight powder that delivers anti aging benefits all day long. Elizabeth Arden products can be found at all major department stores. For an added little shimmer which is great for night try out the KORRES Wild Rose Finishing Powder ($18). The sheer powder illuminates skin because of the reflective minerals which give one a natural glow. Korres products are available Sephora locations in New York and online.
Base: The pressed powder foundation is much easier to travel with. There are no worries that it may spill all over your make up bag and make a mess. VMV’s Antioxidant 2-Way Foundation ($40) is vitamin infused and moisture rich. You would not think a powder could pack moisture, but this one is able to. The sheer powder finish helps to camouflage those imperfections. It can even be applied dry or wet depending on the desired finish. VMV Hypoallergenics products can be purchased at their store in Union Square or online. Vincent Longo always provides that flawless look and the Velour Pressed Powder ($28) does not disappoint. Multiple shades are blended upon application to enhance the skins natural appearance. It is a great compact to slip into your purse for easy touch ups. Vincent Longo products are available at Beauty Bar at Americana Manhassat and other fine retailers.
Correcting: Women grapple with uneven skin tone on a constant basis. There are some excellent powders out there which use color technology to even out one’s skin tone. Physicians Formula Correcting Powder ($14) blends together pink, green and yellow to correct those imperfections we undoubtedly hone in on. The pink brightens dull skin, the green balances out the redness and yellow warms up skin tone. Physicians Formula items are available at drugstores throughout New York. Laura Geller’s Baked collection offers the Balance-N-Brighten ($31) that self-adjusts to everyone’s individual skin tone. Swirls of various colors combine to correct ruddiness, and brighten complexions. Laura Geller products are available at her studio on the Upper East Side and Ulta locations.
Whether you choose between pressed or loose adding powder to your beauty regimen will be well worth it.