Go With the Grain When You Apply Powder (and Foundation)

Published in: Face, Makeup Tips/How To


Facial hair.


Unless you don’t mind sitting in front of the computer for the next four hours, let’s not even go there…

OK, let’s go there anyway. 🙂

In my years on the road to Mrs. Chewbacca-ville (it’s been a good ride!), I’ve made a few fur-related observations, like that it helps to go with the grain when applying face powder or foundation.


Whenever I apply powder or foundation with a brush, I always apply in the same direction that the hair on my face naturally grows, as opposed to brushing against the grain and literally lifting the hairs up to make them stand at attention.

Sure, sweeping a big ol’ powder brush willy-nilly all over my face feels great, and it’s fun, especially when I sweep in huge circles (SO FUN!), but it also exacerbates the facial fur situation — i.e., it makes the hairs look more obvious.

For the hirsute ladies and gents among us, go with the grain next time you apply powder or foundation! You’ll see a difference.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chelsea says:

    I find this to be super important with mineral makeup where you really have to buff. It’s really easy to emphasize the facial hair, which no one wants!

  2. Kwmechelle says:

    Upper lip facial hair here. I really have to wax regularly or whatever lippie I’m wearing emphasizes my hair-y situation, even though it grows back really fine. Boooo!

    • Rachel says:

      Fellow mustachioed lady over here. Once in high school a guy I liked told my friend that I would be hot if I only shaved my mustache. Still remember and I’m 32! Needless to say, I wax regularly at home! (Oh and that guy is a total loser car salesman now!)

  3. Angela says:

    Hirsute! A botanical term! As a botanist, I love it.

  4. Rachel R. says:

    Excellent tip. Even with light colored peach fuzz, going against the direction of hair growth can really make hairs stand out. My upper lip hair is dark, so I wax or shave that stuff, though.

  5. Amy says:

    I have fine hairs and shave my entire face with my husband’s self-cleaning electric razor. Daily. Exfoliates and no more hair issues!! In the usual places plucking is also regularly needed. But i love the smooth makeup canvas!! (And no, it doesn’t grow back thicker or darker, or even blunter, with baby hairs that doesn’t seem to be an issue.)

  6. Aditi says:

    Great tip! I always go with the grain as I have a lot of facial hair and otherwise its just crazy land on my face 😉
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  7. As a fluff-faced gal (ugh) I definitely notice a difference when I go with the grain!
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  8. Emmy says:

    Yes it makes a difference and I ALWAYS do it! xx
    Emmy recently posted … MOTD: Everyone Has A Dark Side!

  9. Tatiana says:

    Hirsute ladies say “hooooo”….HOOOO!!!

  10. samantha says:

    Hi there, please could you tell me what blush and lipstick are used in this pic. It’s absolutely beautiful!

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