Archive for October, 2011

Korres Finishing PowderI just received this question from a reader who is confused about all the different types of powders, particularly the difference between setting powder, finishing powder, and translucent makeup powder.


What’s the difference between setting powder and finishing powder? and translucent powder too.
How am i supposed to use them? and are they necessary?
(i have very oily skin btw)

My Answer:

Setting powder and finishing powder are the same thing. They are meant to ‘set’ your makeup to make it last longer.

Translucent powder just means that it won’t add any color to your skin, so it won’t interfere with your makeup. It can also be used on its own.

If you have oily skin, a setting/finishing powder that has oil control is great for controlling shine during the day. You can also use a special oil-absorbing powder, however you need to be careful that you don’t keep adding more powder all day or it will start to cake up. Just carry around some oil blotting papers with you. You can get them in a regular pharmacy, such as the ones by Clean and Clear called Clean & Clear Instant Oil Absorbing Sheets.

For a more upscale brand, people love Boscia Blotting Linens.

When it comes to my favorite finishing powder, I love Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil.

Hope that helps!


How to Choose the Right Shade of Mineral Foundation

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation MakeupChoosing the right color makeup is always challenging, so in today’s post I’m going to give you some tips on how to choose the right shade of mineral foundation. Mineral makeup is an extremely popular makeup for acne prone skin, but picking the correct shade is more difficult because of the powdery consistency. Oily skin can make it look darker after it has sat on your skin for a little while. At the same time, the type of lighting in stores or at home can give a deceptively lighter or darker look.

Here are a few tips for making sure you get the perfect, natural look you want with your mineral powder foundation:

1. Pick at least 2 or 3 shades to test out, so that you can compare them.

2. Put the three colors next to each other against your jaw line. That where you will want to make sure that your makeup “disappears”, so that you avoid the dreaded mask look.

3. Use whatever moisturizer you normally apply underneath makeup and let it set first.

4. If you have sensitive skin and tend to get a little red, let it calm down after wiping off your existing makeup.

5. If your skin is oily, try picking a slightly lighter shade than your natural color. It can get darker as your skin gets oily.

6. If your skin is dry, pick a color that matches exactly. If you go too light, you will look chalky.

7. Don’t just listen to the salesperson’s opinion. Bring a friend to give honest advice on color.

8. Check the color in different parts of the store under different lighting. Take a mirror and look at it in natural daylight as well.

9. Whether you buy your foundation in a store or online, ask for a sample or two to bring home and try out. Online stores will often provide them as well.

10. If worse comes to worse, you can mix two shades of foundation to get one that  matches your skin exactly.

A couple of final notes:

  • Always try to let your foundation sit on your skin for an hour or so before you make a decision. Just go off and do some shopping or something else. Then come back and look again.
  • Remember to blend the foundation over your jaw line, otherwise you might still look like you’re wearing a mask – even if the shade matches exactly!

Even if you follow my tips on how to choose the right shade of mineral foundation, it’s possible that you won’t get it perfect the first time. So, make sure you keep all your receipts. I’ve never had a time where a store or website wouldn’t take back makeup that didn’t suit me.

Bare Escentuals Matte Mineral MakeupP.S. Here’s a few of my absolute favorite brands of mineral makeup for sensitive, acne prone skin:

Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation – for oily skin

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation – for more sensitive skin

Good luck and feel beautiful!