What Is Translucent Powder and How To Use It

I know you read that title and automatically thought of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder. But do you know how to use it and what its purpose is? Think of it as a shield, it locks in your foundation and concealer. So what’s the point of it? To mattify oily skin, smooth out fine lines for photographs and to make sure that concealers don’t start creasing under the eye area. But make sure you know the difference between setting powder vs. translucent powder! According to Beau Nelson (celebrity makeup artist),

“Mineral powders are meant to actually replace medium-coverage foundation. I don’t generally recommend covering foundation with mineral powders unless you’re going for a full-coverage look, since it tends to cake up when applied over foundation. When it comes to loose setting powders, they come in two forms: translucent and colored. Colored works to correct tone, brighten the face, and correct redness. Translucent powders are probably the safest bet since they don’t change the color of the foundation and don’t add coverage. Pressed powders add slightly more coverage than loose ones because they contain binders, and they can add a polished look to the skin when applied with a buffing motion to the face”.

Make sure you blend your foundation very well! If you put a translucent powder on top it will only enhance your streaky face. You can also bake your face with it. To do this, you press the setting powder into your skin while your foundation is still wet. You should press powder onto your skin with a flat-shaped brush or powder puff. Pressing it on will prevent the foundation from moving around or streaking in the process. Also make sure you blend it in well!! You don’t want to look like these celebs:

So which translucent powders are my fave? My go to is obviously Laura Mercier, both pressed and loose powder. I carry the pressed in my bag, for when my skin is a bit oily mid day and I just need to mattify my skin. I also like BECCA cosmetics. It pairs very well with her highlighters. 

Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Powder ($38)

Laura Mercier’s Mineral Pressed Powder ($42)

BECCA Cosmetic’s Blotting Perfector Setting Powder ($38)


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