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Last Updated: 5th January, 2017. Hey, gorgeous ladies out there! Bringing you a very important topic, that we believe you would be wanting to know since long! Here, we are gonna tell you all that you need to know about compact powder. Ready? Let’s begin then:

What is a compact powder?

  • Solidifying loose powder into a solid, pressed powder by use of waxes and silicones as binding agents is a compact powder or a pressed powder.
  • Compact makeup – is a foundation that is compressed into a compact case. This is to use as a regular foundation.
  • Pressed powder – is a loose powder compressed into a compact case. This is to use as a regular face powder and setting powder on top of foundation.

What is the use of the compact powder?

I know all of you are smiling. Is it possible that a woman doesn’t know why she uses a powder? Yeah! Compact powder is necessarily used to check oiliness of the face, keep it fresh and glowing, even out the skin tone and give a nice, smooth finish to the make-up.

History of Compact Powder:

Face powder in general has a very ancient history. Dating as back as pre historic era in Egypt, people used chalk & lead to paint their faces. Cleopatra used dried poo of crocodile to beautify herself. In 16th century Geishas in Japan used to use fine rice flour to paint their faces white. That was the sign of noble and aristocrat people back then.

Modern compact powder made its entry in 1900s. That was the time when the concept of make-up hadn’t caught up as a socially accepted practice yet. Early compact powders were disguised in jewelry, hatpins or walking sticks by the manufacturers. As ladies in the western world gained more liberty to come out and made themselves present in the social scenes, compact powders started gaining acceptance & popularity. Before that, the loose face powder was carried in any kind of containers that women found in the household, to carry their make-up ingredient from tin cases to cigarette/ snuff boxes.

In 1914, Houbigant, tossed the term ‘poudre comprimee’ meaning compressed powder. To compress the loose powders binders were used like –karaya, Arabic, carragheen, tragacanth, and quince seeds. Later sugar, soaps & aromatic tinctures were used. As the industrialization and technology gained pace, by 1930s the compact powders that came out in the market were free of any binders at all. They were softer than the earlier ones too.

How to select the right compact powder?

Make sure you buy yourself a compact powder that contains SPF. It should have SPF 30 or more with PA. This is the one that protects your skin from UV rays.

Shade test:

Dab little compact powder on your neck, inner wrist (the skin color on the inner wrist is closer to skin tone of the face to a larger extent than any other part of the body) or on to your jawline and blend. If it blends naturally with your skin tone, then that’s the one for you.

The purpose of the compact powder is to avoid greasiness and freshen up the face, that looks naturally beautiful. It is not meant to change your skin tone, so choose the closest shade to your natural tone. Otherwise, the look would be disastrous.

You can either use translucent or tinted compact powder. Translucent is good for setting up and taking some shine off your face. Frequent touch ups of this doesn’t look cakey or heavy. Whereas, tinted compact gives some color to your face and covers minor spots & fine lines and stays longer than translucent compact powder. But, frequent touch ups of a tinted compact powder, is a strict no-no.

One luminescent compact powder in your kitty can make wonders. It’s like a magic wand that can transform a dull, tired looking face to a fresh, naturally glowing one.

Here, select the kind of compact powder that suits your skin tone:

  • Dark skin tone– Choose dark brown shade with bronze tinge, that enhances the natural look.
  • Dark Skin tone with grey undertone – Choose copper shades, these add freshness to your skin.
  • Medium skin tone – Choose yellowish orange shades, popularly called as apricot colors, that gives face a healthy and warm feel.
  • Medium skin tone with tan – A little darker shade than the above with slight orange undertone works best on such skin tones.
  • Fair skin tone with grey/yellow undertones – Choose pink shades, that add little blush and life to the rather pale tone.
  • Fair skin tone with pink undertonesYellow shades suit such skin tones and maintain the natural look.
  • Tanned Skin tone – A fair skin tone that is tanned, would look good with the use of copper shades.

[Read Our Post on Best Compact Powders in India here]

Now, acquaint yourself with the right way of applying a compact powder:

  1. You can use a sponge applicator or a puff or a powder brush.
  2. For lighter tone, dip the compact powder brush on the compact powder and tap a little to shake off any excess powder. You don’t want to look overdone or patchy, right?
  3. Then spread it with light strokes starting from center of the face to outwards with swift & smooth circular motion on forehead, nose, under eyes and entire face.
  4. If you want a little extra, to slightly conceal the marks or open pores; you can use a puff or a sponge. Dip the puff or a sponge on the compact powder and press it against the skin, don’t rub in or spread. After you evenly applied the compact powder with puff, use a powder brush again to dust off any excess powder.
  5. If your face is excessively oily, press some compact powder on T zone with sponge or puff and dust off the excess with powder brush. Remember, do this only on excess oily patch not on the entire face.
  6. If you have a dry skin, then include this routine in your make-up regime – clean your face & apply toner. Toner is known to balance your skin’s pH level and close the open pores. Apply moisturizer on it and let it dry. Now you are good to apply the compact powder and enhance your looks. This way the compact powder doesn’t dry your skin and make it look cakey.
  7. Make sure you blend the compact powder perfectly especially at the end of hairline and jawbone. They are very obvious places to be missed at. Result? You might look like a roughly painted picture.

Tricks, you would love to know while using a Compact Powder:

  1. If your lipstick doesn’t stay at one place and wears off easily, dab a little compact powder on to it. Voila! Its matte finish lasts longer than you dreamt of!
  2. Apply compact powder on the eye lids, with the help of an eye shadow brush & spread gently & smoothly. This trick highlights your eye make-up and lasts longer too.
  3. Want thicker looking lashes, here’s the trick – apply some compact powder on the eye lashes with an eye shadow brush and apply mascara on top of it. Now look in the mirror! Your lashes are instantly thicker & attractive.
  4. If you are in a hurry but want to look like diva, here is the trick – Wet the sponge or puff applicator “little” and press it against the compact powder & spread it across your face & neck. This gives you a foundation like smooth & matte finish. It conceals soft marks & open pores, if any. And lasts longer as well. Isn’t that great?!

A video that shows you how to apply compact powder for the best effect 😉

Know these pointers as well, they are important:

  1. Compact powder wears off after couple of hours. You need to touch up your face as & when required.
  2. Overuse of compact powder gives layered & made-up look. Use concealer instead for effective coverage of your marks and blemishes, if any. Concealers are meant for that.
  3. Some of the compact powders make your skin look tired, greasy, dark, greyish or orange that is called oxidized effect. This especially happens with those who have oily skin type. Such people should choose suitable compact powder carefully.
  4. Even though compact powders have sunscreen in them, make sure you apply a sunscreen lotion before that. Only compact powder cannot protect from the harsh UV rays, you need something more.
  5. All in all – compact powder is to make your face look fresh not to conceal the blemishes or to protect from sun rays.
  6. Generally, some compact powders contain cosmetic talc, that scores 0 on a comedogenic test. If you are allergic to this ingredient you better don’t use that product.
  7. Clean the compact powder applicator regularly for hygienic purpose.
  8. Don’t go for compact powders that have mineral oils like paraffin or petrolatum. They paint the skin with a fine layer and doesn’t allow the skin to breathe.

We have shared our best kept tricks & information with you. Will you share yours? Let us know in the comments below.

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