Precision Powdering

Anyone who’s had a flick through these pages will know that I’m not the biggest fan of powder; it rarely crops up in an ‘OMG, I can’t stop using it, obsessed’ kind of way. But recently, thanks to the discovery of new tools and textures, I’ve found a way to set everything in place without compromising that glow I strive to achieve each morning come application time. Now it’s not something I employ everyday; tardy and ‘I don’t give two hoots‘-ness gets in the way but for occasions where it’s a requirement that I look socially acceptable here’s the trick I whip out.

The technique? Precision powdering. Using a small amount of powder only where you need it. For me that’s around my chin and nose where makeup tends to magically disappear at ‘blink and you miss it’ speeds. Everything else is skipped, but those two areas get a light dusting to set and check my oil levels.

Now onto tools and there are two that I like to use; both small and fluffy in their appearance and feel. Charlotte Tilbury’s Sculpt and Powder Brush feels like it was made for this exact purpose and is the one I bring in to see to larger areas. For smaller tasks like under the eyes or concealed spots I use the Zoeva 228 Crease Brush, which is very much like MAC’s 224 Brush – both are very much the little sister to Tilbury’s brush.

The two textures of powder that I actually like will come as no surprise to you as they are the ones that get dredged up all the time when this topic comes around. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light is all kinds of fabulous. Slightly glowy and with a yellow-ish hue that counteracts my ruddy complexion, it’s my kind of powder. When I need something more heavy duty, out comes By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra Powder which layers the skin with a velvety veil, but without a moisture sucking finish.

So there you have it. Precision powdering, a.k.a) the non-powder loving peeps cheat to wearing it.


  • Charlotte Lucy Philpotts

    This is a great idea, because my oily skin means I have to powder but I don’t want to compromise a glowing finish to my skin! Thanks! x

  • Zazie Bibi

    this post has reminded me that i must get some new powders! xx

  • Sarah Beth

    Coming from a fellow girl with powder indifference syndrome, I don’t mind a teeny bit of precision powdering either! xxx


  • Anna Jezewska

    have u tried nars light reflecting setting powder?its really nice

  • PeonyandPeach

    I do this too, except I do a bit in the centre of my forehead as well. Really want to try the hourglass powders!

  • Really taken notes on this post, I’m always wanting nice glowing skin but it is also super oily so finding the right balance is a mission I can tell you :p xx Emmi


  • jezebel

    Absolutely nothing to do with powdering – but have just stocked up on L’oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara (Black) from £5.99. I didn’t buy them out:)

  • klaudia m

    I get really oily so this was great as when I do powder I don’t want to be completely matte so basically have a nice glow!

  • Marleen

    I also use a smaller brush for applying highlighter, else I will end up glitterbomb and I don’t want that!

  • sarah

    I’d love to be able to do this as I love a semi matte finish to my makeup. However my skin is really oily so I have to use a powder puff to apply my powder or else I’ll be shiny in half an hour! Also I’d just like to say that I really enjoy reading this blog and its helped me a lot!
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  • Sarah

    What are you wearing on your lips in the Photo? 🙂 It looks so natural but amazing at the same time 🙂

  • Bernadette

    I agree with what you’re saying, the makeup brush really makes or breaks the product. I took prefer the more glowing look as opposed to the matte finish. x

  • Cassie

    I really want to try one of the Hourglass powders, but I’m not really sure which one to choose!

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    I love my Nars light reflecting pressed powder for just this, I pop it under my eyes and around my nose. I normally use a sponge and press it in but I might try it with a brush and see if it sets better, thanks!

    Ineffable Beauty

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  • Rachel

    I’m also not a huge fan of powdering but am definitely going to try out some of the powders you mentioned!

  • Nice! You’ve featured so many great powders here- I love the Hourglass ones. I have Dim Light, which is a bit dark for my fair skin but it works wonderfully for a wintertime bronzer/contour 🙂

  • cassandramyee

    Gosh I really want to get my hands on the Ambient Lighting Powder!! Great post x

  • So keen to get a hold of the Hydra Powder. The Charlotte Tilbury brush looks lovely x x