8 Sep 2016

The Finishing Touch: Ready, Set And Puff

The Finishing Touch, Ready Set and Puff, image Tim Walker on vickiarcher.com

There is a finishing touch I can’t do without.
Can you guess? It’s powder.


I need a puff to not only feel made-up and ready to go but also to maintain my make-up during the day and evening.

Powder in the most part is essential but finding the right one can be downright hazardous. I don’t want to look as if I have seen a ghost and nor do I want to look like I have a veil of crepe glued to my skin.

Even when I write the word “powder” I conjure up images of powder caked women with tiny painted bow lips; who knows where my imagination found that one, but nevertheless it is real.

Powder can be perilous.

I have persevered with the use of powder because the right product can change the skin from ordinary to fabulous in a few sweeps of a brush or the pat, pat, pat of a sponge.

The Finishing Touch, Ready Set and Puff, on vickiarcher.com

I like both loose powder and pressed powder for different reasons.

The immediate benefits of a loose powder are the loss of shine and the minimisation of pores; powder when worn correctly can regularise the skin tone beautifully.

That’s where the Laura Mercier comes in; I adore this product. It is easy to apply and has a beneficial effect immediately. I puff it on my ‘T’ zone and that’s it. I wear it over the Giorgio Armani CC cream and a bit of blush. The days of wearing loose powder straight on my skin are pretty much done; even in winter I use the CC cream with sun protection.

The Chantecaille HD has revolutionised my make-up.

The light reflecting properties give a flawless matte finish; this compact is especially great in the evening for a more polished look and is very easy to use for touch ups. If you want to be camera ready, this powder is a winner all the way. Shine and facial photography are never our friends.

And the best news about these two? They don’t sink in and emphasise the facial lines. Win/win. xv

The Finishing Touch

chantecaille hd perfecting powder   //  laura mercier translucent loose setting powder

image tim walker

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Mimi Gregor

Powder is a must for me, Vicki. I don’t feel properly made-up without it. However, I don’t like all those “light-reflecting particles” that they put into cosmetics these days. I find that they actually magnify things that I want to hide (large pores, acne scars, oily skin). I don’t like to look “dewy”. Probably because I have had oily skin all my life, and I associate “dewy” with “greasy”. I use MakeUp Forever HD powder. It gives me a matte finish without looking “cakey”, and it helps my makeup to look fresh most of the day. If I need to “touch up” later in the day, I use one of those little blotting papers and apply a bit more powder on my T-zone, if necessary. It usually isn’t.

Lidy@ FrenchGardenHouse

I agree wholeheartedly, Vicki. I love both my pressed and loose powder, and have done since I began wearing make up at 16. { we won’t mention how long ago, exactly, that was} perfect to set fluid make up, and add a beautiful finishing touch to our face, sometimes neck and shoulders.

I’m going to have a look at that compact, I could use a pretty one. Happy autumn, my beautiful friend.


I am yet undecided wearing a powder (compact or loose) as I was always
told it makes the skin looking older. With your explaination, which I thank you for , I am going to try Laura Mercier and hope it will let my skin sparkling
in a matte teint.


I also know alot of people who don’t use powder, but I don’t feel complete or finished until I have powder. I still continue to use powder despite many who have given up the practice.

Michelle (à Detroit)

I absolutely agree that I don’t feel finished without my powder. I love Chantecaille and Laura Mercier, but my drugstore no color “shine control” compact powder fits the bill besutifully without spending the big bucks.


What is going on these days with everyone slathering Argon oil all over themselves leaving their faces all shiny and greasy looking? I agree that you should have a healthy glow and not look dried-out, but enough is enough. Thank-you for the suggestions on powder! I shall have to try them.


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