HD Powder: The Secret to Looking Glowy (but Not Greasy!) in Pictures
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HD Powder: The Secret to Looking Glowy (but Not Greasy!) in Pictures

03.18.2015    |    
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If you know me, than you know that I am a ‘glowy skin’ lover and follow the less is more theory when it comes to makeup. I have written numerous times about how to ‘get the glow’ or the  ‘no makeup’ look, detailing my daily makeup essentials and routine. My love of the glow has recently gone so far, that I even stopped wearing my favorite Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, which I typically reserved for the evenings, for fear that my powdery bronzer would block the glow and make me look dull. For the past year or so, I have solely relied on cream based products, ranging from concealers, luminizers and cream foundations to cream bronzers, blushes and brighteners. (RMS Buriti Bronzer is what I have been using in place of the Guerlain, which I love).

My glowing ‘no makeup’ beauty routine has certainly been working during the day, but at night, I started to notice something. I would be out with friends, taking pictures (duh), and I would look at myself in the camera, and noticed that I looked shiny (not glowy). The glow was actually translating to grease, and from a photo standpoint, this just wasn’t good.

I needed a solution, which is when something magical happened. I (re)discovered HD powder (otherwise known as setting powder), and the entire glow game changed. What I learned is that you can still get that glowy ‘no makeup’ look, but with a hint of HD powder, your glow is kept in tact and you are photo ready all day or night long. These are the 4 best non-powder powders that I have come across. I use these babies as the final step in my makeup application, and in place of a bronzer. (Note: you can use this on top of powder bronzer too).

Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder is the ultimate complexion-perfecting powder. It sets makeup in place all day, helps mattify skin (so use sparingly), minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce excess oil, leaving skin with a soft-focus (photo ready) finish.

Make Up For Ever’s cult-classic HD Powder is one of the most well known because it’s perfect for powder beginners and you just can’t go wrong or overdo it. It does a little bit of everything—cutting down shine, blurs, marks and dents, and preps your face for flash photography. Score!

Nars’ Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder actually enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color, extending makeup wear. Soft, silky and luxurious and totally undetectable on the skin, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. One of the best parts? Fine lines, wrinkles, and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed.

Lastly, RMS Beauty “Un” Powder softens skin, minimize pores and removes excess shine for a polished, fresh finish. It’s all natural and made to work in sync with RMS Living Luminizer and Concealer, which are my favorites too.

As far as application goes, here is my quick tip: To minimize shine and set makeup for the day, lightly dust your skin with powder using a powder brush. This should be the last step in your routine. Concentrate on the T-zone area, and on the corners of the nose and under the eyes. But, don’t over do it. A little goes a long way.

Trust me, you can thank me later.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

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  • I’ve been having the same issue! Loved this post. I’m using the Chanel Les Beiges in a pale shade and really love it. I’m also a fan of the RMS “Un” Powder. xo

    • anabel_atkinson

      I love anything RMS right?

  • Katie

    do tell what under eye concealer you are wearing here!

    • anabel_atkinson

      I’m wearing Lorac concealer actually!

  • the_subtleknife

    Ooh, I was about to get rid of my MUFE powder and now I’m glad I didn’t! Question: Can you still use cream products (blush/highlight)? If so, do they go on before HD powder or after? I always get a little confused in the final sprint of my makeup routine. :/

    • anabel_atkinson

      You apply all cream products before and under the HD powder. The HD is like the final step!

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