Powder is an integral part of make-up. It is also something we use daily in body care, especially in humid weather. There are three kinds of powders - loose face powder, pressed powder (also known as powder compact) and of course, talcum powder.
Loose powder is generally a translucent powder which allows light to pass through. It can also mean clear and should allow the colour of the skin surface to show. Powder should not be applied heavily on the face. Loose powders are available in a range of colours to suit different skin tones. They are usually translucent and provide a smooth, matte finish to the make-up. It should be one shade lighter than your foundation. Pressed powder or compact powder is thicker.
Get the tone right
Beige goes well with Indian skin tones. Some shades of peach may also look good. For a sallow and more yellowish skin tone, avoid pink shades. For very fair skin, pink tints may be suitable.
Step by step
Loose powder is usually applied with a powder puff. A large brush, which has an oval shape at the top, helps to brush off the excess powder. It should not be wide at the top, you can also use cotton wool. In your step-by-step make-up, powder comes after applying foundation. It helps to set the foundation. In hot and humid weather, powder can be applied by itself, it helps to absorb oil. You can even try a light, colourless, baby powder during summer. Carry some wet tissues and powder compact in your handbag during summer.
Applying it right
After your foundation, apply loose powder with a powder puff. Press with the puff and use a downward and then outward motion. You should not use an upward movement while applying powder especially if you have facial hair. So, press and roll downwards and slightly outwards. Be careful not to apply too much, especially near the eyes. Blend the powder well at the jaw-line and apply on the neck too. There should not be any line of demarcation between face and neck at the jaw-line. Blending is so important for a smooth look, without lines and blotches. Then, brush off excess powder with a large brush, or cotton wool, brushing downwards. Actually, loose powder can be used again, to tone down the make-up, if required. For instance, if you have applied too much blusher, just take a little powder on your puff and go over the area. It will immediately tone down the blusher.
In hot weather, a powder compact can be used instead of foundation. You can refresh your make-up in the middle of a hot summer day. Wipe the face with wet tissues or cleansing pad and then apply pressed powder from your powder compact. In no time, you will look and feel fresh.
I'm 15 yrs old having white hairs and dark circles too. Please suggest me some ayurvedic remedy with no side-effects to improve my skin and hair colour.
— S. Sylvia Navachdar, Bangalore
You can add amla to henna and apply on the head. Soak a handful of dry amla in about 2 to 3 cups of water overnight. Next morning, strain the water, but do not throw the water away. Grind the amla and mix with henna powder, 4 teaspoons lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, 2 teaspoons oil and enough amla water to make a thick paste. Keep the paste for two to three hours and then apply it on the hair to cover the entire head. Wash hair off with plain water after at least two hours. For dark circles, daily apply very little pure almond oil around eyes and massage it