June 2, 2009 Powder Application: Brush or Puff? By Karen Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Makeup Tools, Video Leave a comment » Share this post » 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, Karen Makeup Tips/How To Makeup Tools Video 28 Comments Like this post? Tell your friends! twitter facebook pinterest googleplus MORE FROM MBB The Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture Limited Edition Flat Top Blush/Powder Brush Is Dressed for Success A Fan Brush to Apply Liquid Foundation? Sure, and Here Are 62 Reasons Why It Works MAC Face Brush Review – 182 Buffer Brush How Do You Apply Powder When You’re Out and About? So far, 28 people have commented on this article. How cool is that? Sarahc says: June 2nd, 2009 at 8:42 am Yay! More videos Karen. Keep them coming. 🙂 Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 9:26 am Hi Sarahc, Sure thing! I’m glad that you like them. 🙂 Reply Luv J says: June 2nd, 2009 at 9:41 am 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. Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:38 am Hi Luv J, Don’t be scurred of the puffs! They are your friends, LOL! 🙂 Oh — one thing you could do to reduce the heavy look is to lightly dust off the excess with a brush. Reply YadiQ says: June 2nd, 2009 at 9:54 am 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 Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:37 am Hi Yadi, I will put you at the top of the list should tan transplants ever been available. 🙂 I tend to use brushes, too… I’ll go for puffs for big events with pics, like weddings and the like. Reply Dao says: June 2nd, 2009 at 9:58 am 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 🙂 Dao´s last blog post..Eyeko Face Off Cleansing Wipes: Cute and Toteable! Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:36 am Hi Dao, I had been using an old Flip until it broke (BOO!). Now I’m just using my Canon Powershot, which has a record option. Reply Anne says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:05 am 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 Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:35 am Hi Anne, Aww, thank you! I am always happy to help! 🙂 How’s your day going? Mine’s pretty good for a Tuesday… I’m getting sick though, boo! Reply Caitlin Plavala says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 am This might be a stupid question but can you apply pressed powder if you are not wearing foundation? Like would it help at all? Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:34 am 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. Reply HaNNa_HuLLaBaLoo says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 am 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! Reply Karen says: June 2nd, 2009 at 10:35 am Hi Hanna, Thanks, my dear! I’m glad that you like the vids. 🙂 I hope you are having a good Tuesday! Reply Heather says: June 2nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm 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. Reply Karen says: June 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 am 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. Reply shontay says: June 2nd, 2009 at 12:56 pm I use my kabuki brush with my loose powder. It really covers everything without feeling heavy. Thanks for the videos, Karen. Reply Karen says: June 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 am Hi Shontay, Kabuki brushes are awesome! Which one do you have? I use the MAC one and I love it. Reply Anastasia says: June 2nd, 2009 at 1:53 pm hmmm now more decisions… HD Hi-def powder or Mineral Veil?! LOL Reply Karen says: June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 am Hi Anastasia, LOL! Decisions, decisions… I’ve never used Mineral Veil but I know a lot of women like it. Reply Lily says: June 2nd, 2009 at 3:20 pm Hi Karen! I have the MAC blot powder too, but I didn’t really like the puff that came with it 🙁 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! Reply Karen says: June 3rd, 2009 at 10:27 am Hi Lily, A circular sponge will give you heavier coverage than a brush. I’ve used both and prefer a brush for everyday wear. I like Sonia Kashuk’s Powder Brush. Reply SolÃ© says: June 2nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm 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. 🙂 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). Reply Karen says: June 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 am Hi Sole! Aww, thanks! 🙂 Yup, your Powershot has a mic. You will have to try recording video sometime. 🙂 Just hold the camera really still so you don’t have too much shakiness in the shot. Reply Amber says: October 13th, 2010 at 7:08 am Ah fab, thank you 🙂 I always wondered what the difference was an puffs scare me haha! Reply Carmen says: January 8th, 2013 at 1:57 pm 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! Reply alni says: April 7th, 2013 at 11:18 pm love that your video is brief without being boring. nice personality by the way!!:) Reply Sissy says: June 19th, 2013 at 5:57 am Nice, Thank you for the tips! 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Click to be notified of followup comments via e-mail. You may also subscribe without commenting.