Cream vs. Powder: When & Why?

Although no one really knows what goes on in "the powder room", we can only assume it involves nose-powdering or gossip or whatever else our grandmothers might have done in there for ages. This must mean we all need a good powder right?

Not so.

There are so many options available in the makeup world today that it can be a bit overwhelming, to say the least. However, there are many benefits to different types of products--even if it's something you've never used before. Hopefully this can be a mini guide when you're trying to choose, or at least help you understand why your artist may have chosen one over the other.

Why? Many cosmetics come in different formulas; foundation, blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner are a few examples. Each comes with its own list of pros and cons and can be used to achieve different looks and textures. This is not to say one is "better" than the other, simply more suited for the outcome you want to achieve. After all, you can't just walk in to a store and ask which line is "the best", can you? Not really. Some also compliment each other, like blush. A cream or liquid blush is beautiful when applied right after liquid foundation, and can serve as a base for a powder blush later. It will help to stain the cheeks and keep the colour vibrant all day.

When? First, what skin type am I [working on]? The answer to this can help steer you in the right direction. For example, normal to dry skin types usually do better with cream and liquid products. BB creams, cream blushes, stains and liquid highlights are going to be your friend. This can help with a more dewy, natural finish that doesn't leave your skin begging for moisture. If you feel like your powder is settling into fine lines and making your skin feel like it's on a vacation in the Arabian desert, it probably is. 

On the other hand, normal to oily skin types usually prefer a more matte finish, so this is where you would want to go with an oil-free or cream to powder foundation, matte finishing powder, etc. These are not rules by any means, but something to keep in mind when you start with the skin. 

While this is just a very brief touch on a million possible combinations, remember that everyone's skin is different and don't be afraid to experiment with different textures! Just because you've been doing the same thing for twenty-five years does not mean that it's perfect for you, and switching to something else isn't necessarily going to add an extra hour to your morning routine. You can always switch it up--you aren't married to your makeup!