Ashley Kowalewski
Ashley Kowalewski

Why Pressed Powders are the Unsung Heroes of Your Makeup Fix

From primers to makeup setting sprays, there’s no end to products that claim to keep your makeup in place and your face looking flawless all day long. While those products are all well and good, and I swear by some of them, I’m here to shine some light on the unsung hero of our makeup bags: pressed powder.

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How often does 3 p.m. roll around only for you to look in the mirror and see that your foundation has either faded or you’re rocking a high shine on your forehead? A lot of people skip using pressed powder, especially when the humidex rises, for fear of looking too cakey or too “done” since the less-is-more trend is sticking around (and we’re totally into it, but when you have an after-work dinner, you want your makeup to stick around).

Hot tip: We know that most pressed powders come with a sponge, but if you want to keep your powder looking less chalky and more transparent, ditch the sponge and go for a brush instead.

After I apply my foundation and my blush, I sweep my go-to pressed powder across my entire face (yep, even over my blush) with a brush to help set my makeup. For an easy fix (some days makeup just doesn’t want to stay), I carry pressed powder and a retractable powder brush (like this one) for a quick sweep over my forehead and the bridge of my nose to dull any shine that has crept up over the course of the day.

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Here are some of my new favourite pressed powders:

Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder
Adding to the Better Skin line, Maybelline created this salicylic acid-infused powder that blurs imperfections and helps to repair your skin while you wear it.

Joe Fresh CC Translucent Pressed Powder
If you don’t want to fuss with trying to find the right colour to match your foundation, this clear, colour-correcting one will set your look while neutralizing your skin tone.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Powder Foundation
Not only will you get all-day wear out of this makeup setter, but you’re also going to get shine-free, buildable coverage that will even stand up to water (because fall always brings the rainy weather).

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