Is Your Powder A Foundation or Just Coloured?

Anonymous wondered what the difference between a powder foundation and a powder that contains pigment is.

Colored powders are meant to set your makeup. They have very low levels of pigment (usually less than 12%) which serve to color correct (which is why many of these often contain yellow {to combat redness}) or to neutralize tones present in your foundation that are in contrast with those of your actual skin.  Many makeup artists use these to contour and highlight, as the low pigment levels ensure a natural application which mimics the soft focus effect of shadows and reflected night.

Powder foundations contain between 15% and 30% pigment, and are meant to cover.  They come in a much wider variety of shades and undertones, and may contain more fillers (bismuth oxychloride, mica, etc.).

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