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Breaking Down Beauty: Color Correcting Loose Powders

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes down to choosing a powder to use on your skin, the choices can seem a little bit intimidating. Between loose and pressed varieties and a myriad of colors, how do you pick what’s best for you?

Let me break it down: The difference between loose and pressed is that pressed powder includes a binding agent that makes it easier to transport. It’s not so easy to carry a tub of loose powder in your purse! 

As far as shade selection, it’s best to either use one that’s close to your foundation color, or a translucent/clear powder. The powder will set your foundation and help it from running away from your face!

So, what is one to do with color correcting powder varieties?

For this example, I’m using two loose powders: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Neutralizer (L)  and MAC Pro’s Peach (R).

Remember this Breaking Down Beauty?


Just like when I broke down how to choose a concealer, yellow and peach powders serve to correct specific skin situations. Yellow powders help conceal rosacea or any redness.

If you have brown hyperpigmentation, reach for peach!

Peach also works wonderfully as an alternative for transluscent/clear powders for olive and dark skin tones. I use a dash of MAC’s Peach loose powder under my eyes and it helps shoo those dark circles away!

For another post on color correcting products, look here!  

*Sally Hansen product provided for consideration.

  • Amber

    Oooh! I didn’t know there was a peach powder. I need to try and get a sample of this. I’m not sure if it would work, or would be too dark on me. Great post! :)