QUICK TIP: SETTING POWDER

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

We spend a lot of time and precision applying foundation and concealer exactly where we want the most coverage, only to take a powder brush and swirl the foundation away from where we placed it. Not good! I learned this technique from one of my idols, Mary Greenwell, whom I was lucky enough to go on an international press tour with in 2007 where she was working on Cate Blanchett and I was working on Geoffrey Rush for their movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Anyway, as you can imagine she was incredible and lovely enough to teach me a few things about makeup (and life!). This little trick has saved me time and again. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Setting Powder — I used Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder because it’s truly translucent, minimizes pores and is paraben and sulfate free. You can certainly use pressed powder for this technique but I prefer using pressed powder only on the go and using a puff with it.
  • A Foundation Brush — choose one that is flat with a curved tip like the  Lancôme Foundation Brush #2 so it really presses the powder into the skin, has densely-packed bristles and is synthetic and cruelty-free.

STEPS:

  1. Sprinkle a small amount of powder into the cap.
  2. Dip the brush into the powder to load it up on both sides.
  3. Target your T-zone by pressing (NOT DRAGGING) the brush as you move it repeatedly across the forehead.
  4. Continue down in between your eyes along the nose, on the sides of the nose and the upper lip.
  5. Finish by pressing the powder onto the chin.
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