Face powders are such a quick-fix product; they can quickly set your makeup, make you look fresh with a touch up and help control excess oil. Peep into any girl’s bag and you will find at least one type of makeup powder sitting there to rescue her from one problem or the other.

Now every face powder is made for a specific purpose, but it is natural to get confused between the various types. HD, finishing, translucent, tinted, compact, phew! How do you differentiate between this endless list of face powders? You don’t have to, because we did it for you!

 

Setting powder

Setting powder

As the name suggests, setting powder is used post concealer and foundation to even out skin texture, blur fine lines and pores and give you a matte finish. This powder comes in both tinted and translucent types depending on your preference. Those with oily skin or those who prefer using liquid foundation generally opt for this type of powder for a flawless finish.

 

Finishing powder

Finishing powder

Finishing powders are more often than not translucent, but can also be found in different shades to match your skin tone. They have a finer and softer consistency as compared to setting powders. It is difficult to say which might be better for you, so we suggest trying both and deciding for yourself.

 

Pressed powder

Pressed powder

This powder generally comes in a compact form and is used on top of a liquid foundation to get an even finish. It is perfect for quick touch ups during the day but do not expect too much coverage from these. In fact, if you pick too much product or use it for coverage it might end up looking cakey. This happens because the ingredients used in pressed powders turn the foundation into semi-solid form.

 

Loose powder

Loose powder

Loose powder might be a little tricky to carry around because of its fine consistency. However, this light-weight coverage formula is perfect to be worn over foundation as well as to correct makeup mistakes. To ensure you don’t use too much of this powder, dust it lightly over your face with a soft powder brush.