Powder Application: Brush or Puff?

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Makeup Tools, Video

Whether to use a brush or a puff to apply powder depends on the kind of coverage you’d like (click here to see the video).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 28 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Sarahc says:

    Yay! More videos Karen. Keep them coming. πŸ™‚

  2. Luv J says:

    Oh man, I’m scurrrred of those puffs! The one time I used it, I walked out of the house got in the car and my hubby says “whoa what’s on your face? Flour?” I guess I don’t know how to blend with it.. so I stuck to my good ol’ brushes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Luv J,

      Don’t be scurred of the puffs! They are your friends, LOL! πŸ™‚

      Oh — one thing you could do to reduce the heavy look is to lightly dust off the excess with a brush.

  3. YadiQ says:

    wow karen your tan is so awesome!

    send me a suntan please lol

    cool vid! very informative! i usually just use brushes cause i tend to be heavy handed

    • Karen says:

      Hi Yadi,

      I will put you at the top of the list should tan transplants ever been available. πŸ™‚

      I tend to use brushes, too… I’ll go for puffs for big events with pics, like weddings and the like.

  4. Dao says:

    I’m lovin’ the powder puff recently. As you said, it covers everything and my face stays matte a lot longer. What kind of camera do you use to film these videos? They look sharp and nice πŸ™‚

    Dao´s last blog post..Eyeko Face Off Cleansing Wipes: Cute and Toteable!

  5. Anne says:

    I love watching your videos!!!
    You’re so fun to watch and the way you talk… you grab this attention that everybody should just listen. *smiles*
    Thanks for this info! it is really helpful.

    Anne´s last blog post..My summer must haves

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anne,

      Aww, thank you! I am always happy to help! πŸ™‚

      How’s your day going? Mine’s pretty good for a Tuesday… I’m getting sick though, boo!

  6. This might be a stupid question but can you apply pressed powder if you are not wearing foundation? Like would it help at all?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Caitlin,

      That’s a great question!

      You can apply pressed powder without foundation. I actually do that all the time, like if I’m just tooling around town or hanging out. Colored pressed powder (like MAC Select Sheer) evens out skin and cuts shine. Translucent (like MAC Blot) cuts shine. If you don’t need a lot of coverage (ie, your skin is in good shape) or if you don’t like the heavy feeling of foundation on your face using powder only is a great option.

  7. Gee thanks for the makeup tips, Karen. Watching you is so much fun than flipping over beauty mags. I love it!

    HaNNa_HuLLaBaLoo´s last blog post..BENEFIT Some Kind-a Gorgeous Deep; I’m deeply in love!

  8. Heather says:

    What happens if you switch them? Brush with loose and puff with pressed? I think puffs with pressed can give a chalky, cakey look though.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather,

      You’ll get a chance in coverage. Using a brush with loose powder will give a more sheer look. A puff with pressed with create a heavier look.

      I rarely use puffs with pressed powder; I usually opt for brushes.

  9. shontay says:

    I use my kabuki brush with my loose powder. It really covers everything without feeling heavy. Thanks for the videos, Karen.

  10. Anastasia says:

    hmmm now more decisions… HD Hi-def powder or Mineral Veil?! LOL

  11. Lily says:

    Hi Karen!

    I have the MAC blot powder too, but I didn’t really like the puff that came with it πŸ™ So I started using a circular sponge instead to apply the powder to my face. Do you think using a brush would be better than using a sponge? And if so, what kind of brush should I get? Thanks so much for all your help!

  12. Solé says:

    I feel like such a dork right now. I have a Canon PowerShot, and I never knew it could take videos like that. I just assumed the videos had no sound so I never even tried out that function. I should have read the instruction manual more carefully!

    I love your videos by the way. πŸ™‚ You’re so bubbly!

    I too use MAC Blot in Medium Dark, even though I am quite a bit paler than you. I wouldn’t have thought to get that shade, but the girl at the MAC store said it would work for me, and since it’s so sheer, it doesn’t deposit a lot of color. I also have it in Light, but I only use that one when I’m going for the porcelain pale look (usually smokey eye winter looks, or when I wear super bright lipstick).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole!

      Aww, thanks! πŸ™‚

      Yup, your Powershot has a mic. You will have to try recording video sometime. πŸ™‚ Just hold the camera really still so you don’t have too much shakiness in the shot.

  13. Amber says:

    Ah fab, thank you πŸ™‚ I always wondered what the difference was an puffs scare me haha!

  14. Carmen says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love the MAC blot powder as well and I like to use it with my ecotools kabuki brush when I’m on the go (just like you). However, I feel that it’s hard to pick up the product with the ecotools kabuki brush. Do you have this same problem? I’m not sure if it’s because my blot powder is almost finishing, as I bought the kabuki brush well after my blot powder was on the halfway point. Right now, I can see the middle gray part of the compact. Let me know!

  15. alni says:

    love that your video is brief without being boring. nice personality by the way!!:)

  16. Sissy says:

    Nice, Thank you for the tips! πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge