The ultimate guide to powder makeup puffs
Sucker for powder? So are we. It’s lighter than liquid foundation and easy to transport in your bag. It’ll make it through airport security, which is another advantage over liquid makeup products when you’re off on holiday. Despite its tendency to break and spill, powder is an undeniable makeup must-have.
Hoping for smooth makeup application when using powder products? A powder puff is one of your best options. Many powders come with one ready-included but if yours doesn’t, don’t despair. The Sephora Collection has lots of easy-to-hold powder puffs for use with loose powder and compact powder products. These useful devices are great for smooth makeup application in the first instance, and just as expertly-equipped to touch up powdered makeup as the day goes on.
Ready to buy yours? We're going to talk about the top powder puffs in the Sephora Collection, then share a few tips on how to achieve the best results while using them...
The Power Pocket Puff from BeautyblenderThe folk at Beautyblender have developed the perfect-shaped puff for smooth powder application. Unlike round makeup application tools which can often prove messy, the Power Pocket Puff is shaped like a teardrop in an effort to expertly hold and apply your powder products. The extra-soft fibres pick up and deposit just enough powder to set and bake your makeup for a flawless, matte finish. Whether you’re out to chisel cheekbones, boost blush or set concealer, this powder puff is a must for smooth makeup application. Scrunching up to the smallest possible size when needed, this puff takes up next to no space in your bag. You’ve got every reason to snap one up!
The Petal Skin Cushion Puff from Shu UemuraThe secret feature of the Petal Skin Cushion Puff? Its four handy layers. Giving the puff the ability to retain more powder than your average sponge, it’s highly advanced when it comes to gently distributing your favourite product onto your skin. Releasing powder slowly through the layers, it gently builds smooth, even coverage sure to last the day. With a textured exterior for extra grip, this easy-to-hold puff can’t be beaten. Simply use it with your favourite powder product!
The PowderBleu Plush Powder Puff from Real TechniquesElegant ladies will meet their match with this stunning black powder puff. Complete with a deep navy ribbon for extra grip, this puff boasts the best of both worlds: effortless style and expert application. You’ll be able to tap on just enough powder to set any makeup look. One additional benefit is that the dark-coloured puff can apply powdered makeup without collecting or showing stains. It’ll look fab even after countless uses!
The Baby Puff from Natasha DenonaWhile we haven’t tested every powder puff in existence, we’re confident you won't find one softer or smoother than the Baby Puff. International makeup artist, Natasha Denona, has fine-tuned the smooth makeup application process with this innovative device, designed with even the most sensitive skin in mind.
Tips for smooth makeup application with your powder puffWhether you’re using loose powder or compact powder, the trick to a flawless finish is choosing a shade as close to your skin colour as possible. If you’re unsure which to choose, test the shade on the inside of your wrist prior to purchase. Before you apply powdered makeup, consider using a primer first. Just a pea-sized dollop is enough to ensure a smooth canvas and longer-lasting results. Always remember that less is more: it’s easier to touch up powdered makeup than it is to remove and redo your whole face if you apply too much!
Don’t forget that powder puffs aren’t just for applying foundation. Any type of loose or compact powder can be applied thanks to their versatile nature. Once you’ve applied your base makeup, you can use them to apply your favourite blushers and bronzers. Whether you’re a fan of pretty pink tones, warm oranges or golden glitters, use your powder puff in the same way as would your foundation.
Our final tip is to remember to wash your powder puff regularly. Simply dip it in a diluted detergent mixed with warm water. After rinsing well, squeeze out excess moisture and allow it to air dry. This is important to ensure a hygienic makeup application, free from germs and bacteria.