#TBT Face Powder
Almost every woman has used the phrase “excuse me while I powder my nose” as a way to politely dismiss herself from the table and book it to the bathroom. The saying is rather old-fashioned and rarely actually means what it implies: that said woman is powdering her nose. She’s probably taking a tinkle or reapplying her lipstick, or powdering her nose in that other way (kidding!). Especially considering that the complexion to covet this season is one of dew and glow, not matte or cakey, face powders seem rather obsolete; a product adored by grandmothers who slept in pin curlers and chain-smoked using fancy cigarette holders a la Daisy Buchanan. But it’s almost summer, and that means that our faces are bound to get sweaty, so perhaps a powder is just what we need to bring us back to neutral?
Are we, as women, simply overlooking the usefulness of a powder? Let’s investigate.
Makeup artist Robby Nelson doesn’t shy away from applying powder to his clients. He explains that it is ideal for providing a slight matteness to a complexion or setting foundation. Sometimes, he will “even use it in place of foundation as a skin diffuser to subtly soften any imperfections.” A product that basically works like Photoshop? Sign me up.
Robby favors NARS Light Reflecting Powder ($35) in loose crystal translucent. He describes the product as “incredibly fine and lightweight with just the smallest hint of sheen.” Don’t let the color fool you, Robby explains that the shade is translucent and therefore can work on practically every skin tone.
Today’s powder formulas are far different than the cornsilk ones used many years ago. Robby describes old-school powders as “too matte and dense, leaving a chalky appearance, whereas today’s are sheer and weightless.”
“The biggest mistake people make with powder is not blending it in. After application, use a powder brush or puff (my favorite!) to remove any excess and blend it into the complexion…PERFECTION!”
Go ahead ladies, excuse yourself to powder your nose. And this time, you can actually mean it.
Alternate Powders To Try:
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($37)
Ilia Fade Into You ($34)
Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder ($45)
Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder ($36)
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com