This one is by Bobbi Brown and is new for Spring. It has a slight iridescence which gives the skin a lift, without looking like you’re doused in glitter. The value of a good face powder is not to be underestimated. Its mask-like, complexion-dulling predecessors have given it a bad name. Not to mention heavy handed application. A good face powder is there to take the gleam off nose, forehead and chin with a whisk of a powder brush (go for a smaller brush for greater control). I advise spending a bit more on a better quality powder, for the most natural finish; they last ages.
Still think it too close to dowdy, over powdered, maiden aunt? Then one of the new-gen ‘no-powder’ powders, which hale from Japan are just the ticket. They’re made from a colourless, silicone powder and seem to suit all skins. Suqqu does one in a compact, Laura Mercier does a loose one in a pot, which you apply with a fan brush (literally, shaped like a fan, to achieve a really light application).
The powder in my kit is by Givenchy – I like the Prism packaging, with its brush hidden in a drawer at the base. The version I have linked up to here is clever: it’s half matte and half shimmer, which means you can do both – tone down shiny areas and add gleam to cheekbones. Liz Earle has just brought out a lovely, lightweight loose powder, which leaves skin like velvet. And for those who suffer from redness or rosacea Clinique has just introduced a compact version of their yellow tinted, soothing face powder. That’s the beauty of the new face powders, many are laced with skin loving ingredients too, thanks to new, hi-tech powder coating technology.