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Beauty Tips: Amabie 101 – What is Loose Powder Makeup & How Do I Use It?

Have you ever experienced runny foundation and wonder why your face makeup isn’t staying? This is when setting powder comes into play – for this article, the focus is on loose powder. The main function of loose powder is to set your makeup and ensure that everything you put on your face including BB cream makeup, foundation makeup, etc., stay on the whole day. In Korean makeup (and of course all Asian makeup), there are many options for loose powder. Here are some common questions that occur frequently when it comes to loose powder.

Q1: How does loose powder work?

Loose powder is a dry powder that can stick to the excess oil that is on your face so that your foundation makeup doesn’t wear off throughout the day. Have you guys ever tried kneading dough? If you add more flour to the dough the dough becomes less sticky. It’s the same concept on your face.

^ Examples of powders on

Q2: Are loose powder makeup and pressed powder makeup the same?

Yes, loose powder and pressed powder are the same formulation with the same makeup purpose. One of the main differences is that pressed powder is placed into a compact so it’s easy to take it around with you. Another difference between them is that pressed powder has a heavier coverage than loose powder. So if you are looking for a full coverage look, it would be a great choice to use pressed powder to set your makeup. Also, those with oily skin generally prefer pressed powder.

Q3: Do I have to use loose powder or pressed powder to set my face makeup?

The rule of thumb is that “People with dry skin should use LESS powder.”

Since people with dry skin have really patchy skin already, the dry powder layer will make the skin looked cracked and uneven – usually the powder will get stuck in between the fine lines of your skin and it just looks like broken concrete on the streets. Therefore, generally people with dry skin should refrain from using powder. If need be, use an extremely small amount to set the makeup in places that tend to get oily throughout the day such as the T-zone. Conversely, if you have oily skin, you should set your face makeup with powder and take it with you to reset your makeup if you need to throughout the day. Finally, it’s really important to blend and not overdo the powder! It should not be overly obvious. We want to save you from makeup disaster!

Examples of Powder Don’ts: (Photos from Google, We still Love these Actresses!)

Q4: Why are there so many colors for loose powder and pressed powder makeup? How do I choose?

The purpose of colored loose powder is that different types of color can reflect light onto the skin. This will make the skin appear brighter, but not pale. If you look at many Japanese makeup brands, they have loose powder that is lavender color. This shade is actually formulated for Asian skin with a yellow undertone. The purple will counter balance the yellow to make the skin look more brightened and “white” You can choose this type of pressed powder if you want an “Asian” white / pale look. But if you have a darker skin tone, these types of pressed powder would be a little bit too pale for you.

(Photo from Google) This is a classic purple loose powder / compressed powder by an Asian beauty brand.

Q5: What if I really don’t know how to choose loose powder or pressed powder? What do I do?

If you don’t know how to choose powder, it’s OK! There are so many skin tone shades of loose powder it’s understandable that one could feel overwhelmed. Choose a transparent loose powder instead if you’re feeling that way!

Have you seen those white loose powders that look like a marshmallow? Some people might think that they’ll look like a ghost if they use those powders. But those loose powders are actually translucent, so regardless of your skin tone, it would blend in seamlessly with your skin to set your face makeup.

For example: The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Loose Powder – this will set your makeup without looking like a cake! (It also has 5 hearts!!)

Q6: How do I apply loose / pressed powder? Should I use a puff or a brush?

This depends on your preference. But the rule of thumb is

If you like a more finished/porcelain look→ Use a powder puff

If you like a very natural, no makeup look→ Use a loose powder brush

Powder puffs come in different types too. Usually they’re differentiated by the length of the fur. A puff with longer fur will load more products so it will give it a heavier finish. You can press the puff against your skin to let the powder set in between the fine lines of your skin. This will SET your makeup and you can bet that your foundation or BB cream won’t budge, but you have to be careful not to get cakey look.

If you’d like to have a very natural finish, you can use a loose powder brush or a kabuki brush. Load the product on your brush and tap off the excess. Then lightly swipe the product onto your whole face to set the makeup.

Here are some highly rated Asian makeup powder products on

Neuve - Neuve UV Shield Shine Oil Control Pressed Powder

Skin Food – Peach Sake Silky Finishing Powder

Beauty Maker Brightening Loose Powder

Loose powder is a very essential makeup product for the perfect look! Every girl should have a loose powder or pressed powder in their makeup bag if you use foundation, BB cream, or any other face makeup!

Original Source: Famous Taiwanese Makeup Artist Kevin’s blog post

Article Published: December 9, 2016 is a review site for Korean makeup, Korean skin care, and other Asian beauty products. It’s the best way to blog and share your Asian skincare reviews!