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what powder is best for a sheer smooth finish that doesn't go too cakey ? xx

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For a super velvety, silky finish I love translucent powders because they never look cakey, make you skin look more flawless and set your foundation so it lasts all day. It’s great for oily skin because it helps control oils yet great for dry skin because it’s so silky and finely milled it won’t catch onto dry patches and look dry. The only problem is they don’t add any extra coverage because translucent powders are white powders that go on clear. I even like to wear them over my normal pressed powder to make my skin look extra smooth!

Some of my favorite translucent powders are ELF’s Studio HD Powder, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (slightly tinted, great for darker skin tones or those who are afraid of a white cast), Tarte Smooth Operator Translucent Powder (best one for oily skin) and Makeup Forever HD Powder.

If you want a little extra coverage i’d stay away from “matte” powders because those are aimed for oily skin so they can be more chalky and look more dry on the skin. From my experience more matte, powdery looking powders look more cakey than ones that are a little more on the silky, “moisturizing” side.

  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder
  • Urban Decay Naked Finishing Powder
  • Benefit Hello Flawless 
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural
  • Maybelline Dream Wonder

Hey, looked in your FAQ and there is a similar but not exact same question. I want to get into more makeup looks, but I don't have a lot of tools/colors. What are the essentials you would start with?

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Hi there! :)

Check out my Makeup Tips link as well! It’s basically another FAQ but with in depth posts on one subject like how to fill in eyebrows, how to apply foundation so it looks flawless, etc.

I have a makeup starter kit guide including basic makeup must haves from drugstore to high end which you can view here.

I also have two posts on basic/must have eyes and face brushes and their uses! You can view the must have eye brushes here, and the must have face brushes hereThese posts will help you have the right makeup tools!