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Too much powder not only makes your skin look chalky and flat, it can make you look older. This doesn't mean you have to stop using your favorite powder -- you just need to learn how to make your makeup look less powdery and more natural. To avoid powder overkill, you'll have to master the tools and the technique.
Using the Right Tools
Ditch that old powder puff and use a powder brush instead. It'll give your more control over how much powder you put on your face, and a brush blends powder in better so you won't look like you have a chalky film on your skin. Ideally, you want a brush that's big but not too soft. Loose bristles will pick up too much powder, making it even easier to overdo it -- so stick with a large kabuki-style brush with firm bristles.
Putting makeup on right after you've applied moisturizer can cause powder to cake up and look obvious. For a smooth, natural finish, give your skin a little time after moisturizing to let the cream sink in. After a few minutes, your face should be ready for powder. Before you start, though, take a tissue and blot your face to soak up any remaining moisture.
Mastering the Technique
When you put on powder, just dipping a brush in and immediately sweeping it on your face is total powder overkill. You want a light dusting, not a powder blizzard. After you've loaded up your brush with powder, give it a few taps to shake off the excess. Next, swirl it around a little on your hand or wrist so the powder gets worked into the bristles of the brush instead of just laying on top. Use small circles to apply powder products to your face, and remember to always start small. You can always add more powder if you don't get enough coverage the first time around.
Tips and Tricks
If you went a little overboard and your face is looking too powdery, don't fret. Just sweep a clean makeup brush over your face to whisk away the excess. If you don't have a clean brush, you can also use a tissue. Also, don't use powder that's too light for your complexion -- it'll make the powder look even more noticeable. When in doubt, choose the darker shade. And if you still feel too powdery no matter what you do, ditch powder altogether and opt for creamy makeup formulas with moisturizers for a softer and more dewy look.