To correctly apply pressed powder, you need a pressed powder foundation and a large powder brush. With a bit of practice, you achieve a smooth powder finish that seamlessly blends into your skin.
Dip a brush into the powder compact
For the best results, use a large powder brush. Hold the brush at a horizontal angle and gently brush the bristles over the compact until they are saturated with pigment. Make quick strokes with the brush, as though it were an eraser rubbing out a word on a piece of paper.
Press the brush into the skin
Deposit the powder onto your skin with soft, rolling brushstrokes. Press the powder into your skin repeatedly, until you achieve your desired look. This technique can help to even out rough, patchy skin and diminish the appearance of acne or blemishes. Powder can be built up until the appropriate coverage level has been reached. Begin with thin layers and increase until all blemishes, redness and dryness have been concealed. The powder should not look flaky or caked on.
Set with translucent powder
To finish the look, dust on a light sheen of translucent powder. This helps to set the look and preserve it throughout the day.