Loose powder and pressed powder both have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. Learn about loose powder versus pressed powder with help from a celebrity makeup artist in this free video clip.
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Hi, my name is Taylor Babaian. I'm a celebrity makeup artist and today we're going to talk about loose powder versus pressed powder. So in the past loose powder gave you a lighter application. So it was used for finishing the foundation. It was just to reduce shine. It didn't give you too much pigment but nowadays with foundation like loose powders, they're both pretty much the same. But what I like about the pressed powder is that it's really easy to travel with. It's something that you can put in your purse. It doesn't destroy your purse. It's something that can be pigmented and can be used instead of foundation. So I'm going to show you what great coverage a pressed powder can give Bianca. To get that look I'm going to use L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Powder. So on Bianca I'm going to use Natural Buff. As you can see it's actually looks like it's a little bit slightly lighter than Bianca's skin but when you're using a pigmented pressed powder you want to choose a color that's pretty much a shade lighter because the moment it hits the skin it will actually look exactly like the skin color. So I'm going to use a powder brush just so that I can control my application. It mattifies the skin without looking too dry. I like to put the powder all over the face when I'm using it instead of a foundation. If you're just using it to basically take off a little bit more redness but you have foundation underneath, you could just choose spots on the face and since I'm using it instead of a foundation, I'm just going to apply it all over so that we get a nice even look. So areas that you need a little bit more coverage like Bianca needs a little bit extra right in here because she gets a little bit pinker in here like most of us do, you can add a second layer just to cancel that out as well as the chin, the nose area. You could even look it a little where there's a little redness underneath the eye. So if you really see the difference between the two sides of Bianca's face, the skin looks so much more even. It really works with the rest of the body. She just looks like she has flawless skin. So when you're applying powder you can use that big brush just to get an overall finish. I am using a little bit of a smaller angled brush just because I want to really get in underneath the eye which you can't really get to with like the big roundness of a big powder brush. So what's great about a compact pressed powder like this is that you really can travel with it. You can take it to work, you could take it out, you know, on red carpet. Everybody always has pressed powder in their purses. So loose powder stays at home, pressed powder goes with you. So I've finished Bianca's foundation using pressed powder. As you can see it really smoothed out her skin tone. It minimized all the redness. Her skin is matte without looking dry and it looks flawless. One final tip if you do have acne that needs a little extra coverage you want to put the concealer on after the pressed powder because what that does it will minimize the cakiness effect that you get sometimes when you put too much powder on top of concealer. So there you have it, loose powder versus pressed powder. I'm Taylor Babaian. Thanks for watching.