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When to use pressed powder? What is the difference between this and the rest of the face powders? How to get the best results? If these are the things you are searching for, this article is for you. 

One of the most confusing cosmetics which remains in most people head’s out there are face powders. They are also one of the most important ones, and we see people misusing them every now and then, and the brand gets the blame. To answer some of the fundamental questions about face powders, let’s first go through the basic theory and then dive into more of them.

Pressed Powders: Face powders come in two types; Loose and pressed. The first ones are not recommended for beginners as they can become a bit messy for them. They are known for their finely milled texture and are feathery and light in weight. Pressed powders, also called compact powders are one of the oldest cosmetics. As the name suggests, they are in “compact form”, and you will mainly find them in small pan-like containers.

When to use Pressed Powders?

1. It can be when one needs to set liquid makeup foundations in their makeup routine. They can also set the concealers one may use before the foundation.

2. They can be mixed with foundations to become an entire base for the makeup. They can mimic a foundation and provide smooth coverage.

3. They can be used when dealing with oily skin. They can replace loose powder and provide extraordinary sebum-absorbing abilities. 

4. The best practice is to apply after concealer, moisturizing, and before the foundation is laid. 

 How to Apply Pressed Powders?

1. Prep your face by washing it with a mild cleanser.

2. Mosituirze and, once again, moisturize.

3. Make the canvas for the later cosmetics using a suitable primer. Ensure that the primer you use is according to your skin type and is made from nutrients nourishing your skin. 

4. Apply your foundation with a rounded brush or kabuki brush with short back-and-forth movements. Tap the brush before applying. Also, ensure that your foundation is according to your skin type. 

5. Build the coverage where you need it and start with layering. For heavier coverage, use a makeup sponge.

6. Use a quality setting spray to ensure that the makeup-wearing time is extended. 

7. Finish off by using rice paper to absorb excess oil. 

Pro Tips:

 1. Don’t use pressed powder over liquid foundation; this will give you a cakey look. 

2. Limit the powder you apply on your face and try small amounts. 

3. Pressed powders are great and are very convenient to use but try out different combinations of loose and pressed powders to get the best results on your face.

4. Looking for a reliable and premium pressed powder? Try our recommendation of the Silky Featherweight Pressed Powder Shine-free Version from Perfect Diary. It was love at first sight with this pressed powder. It performs excellently with its perfect matte finish and is sweatproof/waterproof too.

5. To use a primer under the foundation, use a soothing primer that will be great for those with large pores.

6. When applying pressed powders, you can use fluffy or kabuki brushes to get different looks. The first one will give you sheer coverage, while the second will provide you with more coverage with each stroke you make. 

7. When applying your pressed powder, make sure that the composition it is made in suits the look you intend to get. For example, they are made in matte texture, which packs oil-absorbing ingredients. Others come with glycerine and are made in lightweight composition. These are meant to keep your skin hydrated and fresh looking.

This was our take on one of the most frequently asked questions “when to use pressed powder.” We have tried to answer these questions, and other matters related to the pressed setting powders. We hope you do exactly what’s needed for your particular skin type next time.