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Translucent Powder

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s  series of how-to video tutorials based on his #1 international best seller
Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup

Translucent Powder: The Key to Enduring Makeup


Translucent powder is mainly used after foundation to set (dry) the makeup. This allows the foundation to set as quickly as possible to the skin to achieve the longest lasting finish.

Without translucent powder, the moisture content of the foundation will continue to move as it is warmed by the body’s natural temperature. For this reason, translucent powder may be used to set (dry) any wet makeup product such as concealer, corrector, liquid liner etc.

Most foundation will maintain for 4 hours without powder and 8 hours with translucent powder.

Powder Types

Powders come in either a loose or pressed form.

Translucent Powder
Contains skin tone pigments as well as powder.

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HD Powder
Pure powder without pigment usually white in appearance.invisible powder

Mineral Powder
Contains minerals along with skin tone pigments. Usually used as a foundation and not suggested as a setting powder. That said, there are some lightly pigmented mineral powders positioned as a setting powder.

mineral powder


Foundation Powder
High concentration of skin tone pigments. Not suggested to set makeup.


How to use translucent powder after foundation application

Powder (3)

• Fill up the sides of the powder brush with translucent powder and tap/shake to remove excess.







Powder (7)• Press/pat the powder on to the wet foundation with the side of the powder brush all over the face.


• Allow the powder to set/dry the foundation completely


Powder (6)

• Brush the excess powder off from the center of the face outwards leaving smooth, clean brush strokes to direct the traffic of light on the skin so that it will heighten skin brightness and luminosity.

Powder (4)

 • As a final powder step, put a little skin tone translucent powder on the edge of a wedge sponge and press the sponge right up to the bottom eye line and the under eye area. This will flatten and set the foundation closest to the eyes, and will prevent makeup from running under the eyes.

Powder Application Video Tutorial

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Note: This series of video tutorials is organized in a specific order of
application. It is not necessary to do every step when you do your makeup but I do suggest you follow the order of the videos and skip the steps that don’t apply to you.

Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

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Chris Scott

2nd of June,  2016

CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.

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