Tuesday’s Tip: Loose Powder

The final step of a good makeover is one that often women dismiss, and seldom do routinely. It is the loose powder application. This product may be translucent, have a bronzing effect, or even give a bit of shimmer, but it’s effect is essentially to blend together the artistry you have just created and to give it a flawless appearance with staying power. It is mostly made of micro-fine talc, which absorbs the oils your skin produces as you go throughout your day and controls the shine so you look fresh longer.

There are no separate tips for the various Img.IDs on this finishing step, although I have found that the women who do not like makeup tend to resist giving it a try, until they do… then it becomes their favorite product and the often the only one they wear because it has great benefits, is simple and quick to apply, and it actually feels good on your face.

Remember when I blogged about blush lines and eye color, and I told you not to erase anything, but to wait til the final step? Well this is it. Applying loose powder over all your face, including your décolleté, brings it all together so the lines you have created have their effect in creating illusions you want, but are now much more natural in appearance. To do this, fill your largest, fluffiest brush with the powder and then tap the excess off. Stroke your face downward to avoid causing the peach fuzz to stand up. (If you have extra oily skin yo

u may want to use a powder puff to pat the product onto the face, creating a layer of product versus a dusting.)


Waa laa, you have completed your makeover.


One final reminder: loose powder is actually done before lip color, but I blog about it last to accommodate those who only do the simple makeovers. Also, remember that if the powder dusts your mascara, another application to your lashes is appropriate. (see Tuesday’s Tip: mascara)

About Catrina

Catrina Welch has been helping others with their image for more than 30 years. As a licensed cosmologist, certified image consultant and Biblical life-coach, she is well aware that image issues are far more difficult for some styles than they are for others. After her first husband left her while pregnant, she learned first hand that the greatest antidote to Confidence Conflicts is to know who you are, including your personal image identity. She developed a systematic way of doing image assessments for large groups, which she calls a “Supreme MakeOver.” Catrina is the author of five books, including “Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul.” She is the mother of four children. Catrina and Ron, her husband of twenty-five years, live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For more information about Supreme MakeOvers or having Catrina speak at your next event, email her at catrina@catrinawelch.com

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