Makeup brushes are the best tools for creating a smooth, finished look. Once you’ve applied your foundation, powder helps to “set” the look for lasting coverage throughout the day. When you apply powder with a sponge or your hands, you not only expose your face to bacteria, but you can also get an uneven finish. A powder brush helps you even out tone, correct blemishes and improve the look and feel of your skin.

Select a brush with natural goat or horsehair bristles or choose a synthetic nylon brush. Look for a larger-sized brush with densely packed bristles. Choose a short handle for travel or a long brush for home use.

Select cosmetic loose powder, mineral powder or bronzer. Loose powder is often used to create a finished look and to set the makeup. Mineral powder is an all-natural loose powder that may be worn as a foundation. Choose a bronzer to bring a warm glow to your face.

Dip the brush into the powder and swirl. Don’t press hard or gunk up your brush with tons of powder. Tap the brush on the side of the container to shake off excess powder.

Brush powder onto face using light pressure. Use a small circular motion for the best possible coverage. Start at the jaw line and work your way in to the nose area. Then move to the chin area and the forehead.

Apply a small amount of powder to the neck area to create a natural, finished look. Don’t forget this step or your face may end up looking like it’s a different shade than your neck, especially if you use a darker shade of powder.

Check your face in natural sunlight before you head out the door. Use your powder brush to even out areas where makeup is uneven or thick.


  • Moisturize your face before you apply makeup for the best possible absorption rates.

  • Consult with a makeup artist or a dermatologist to find a powder that matches your skin type and complexion whenever possible.

  • Keep your brushes in good shape and prevent bacteria build up by cleaning them every 2 weeks. Use soap and water and set brushes on a clean towel to dry.