Whether it gives a matte finish or illuminates your look, a powder is an essential part of a flawless makeup look. But with so many options to choose from and not knowing what each one does, it is natural to get confused. If you have ever stood in a makeup aisle wondering whether to pick a loose powder or opt for a pressed powder, then this article is for you.

Are loose powder and pressed powder interchangeable or are they two different entities all together? Is one better than the other? And do you have to consider your skin type while buying makeup powders? No, we are not trying to confuse you; in fact, we will answer all these questions, so you can make a choice like a pro.

 

Loose powder

Loose powder

Loose powders are a great option if you want a luminous and even finish. Their silky texture means they work better as setting powders. They are not generally used on their own, you apply them after a foundation to set your makeup and make it last longer. Loose powder is also used for baking and offers light coverage. This finely milled powder contains less oil and is therefore a better option for combination and oily skin types.

How to use:

  • Shake the product to get the powder on the lid.
  • Use a large kabuki brush for a sheer look and a powder puff for more coverage.
  • Tap gently and apply so that the product settles in properly.
  • Start applying the powder in the centre of your face and then sweep the rest all over your face.
 

Pressed powder

Pressed powder

A pressed powder is ideal for the girl on the go and is perfect for touch-ups during the day. It offers far more coverage and can also be used to conceal blemishes and uneven skin tone. It is heavier and contains more oil, so it can look cakey on those with an oily skin type, but works well on dry skin.

How to use:

  • Take a small powder brush and swish the brush into the product.
  • Give it a tap so that the product settles in.
  • Focus on applying the pressed powder to the oiliest parts of your face, this can be your nose or forehead.
  • Gently sweep over the rest of your face for an even finish.