Do you have an oily complexion and can't seem to keep your makeup on throughout the day? If it seems like you constantly have to refresh your makeup every few hours, you may have considered investing in one of those popular face powders offered by most cosmetic brands. While these powders can help to set your makeup, they also come with an expensive price. For a more affordable alternative, consider using cornstarch as a setting powder instead. Cornstarch has a host of beauty uses, including a great substitution for loose powder. With just a few dabs of cornstarch gently pressed onto the skin, you can have a fresh face all day - no running makeup or oily complexion.
Benefits of Cornstarch
Although it's a little known secret, many people use cornstarch as a replacement for setting powder. It produces the same desired effect, absorbing the oils from your skin and keeping your entire makeup presentation fairly matte. Some women have claimed that using cornstarch provides better results than the traditional face powder. Ideally, you should only use a light application of cornstarch after you have applied your makeup.
Load a small amount of cornstarch onto your favorite powder brush and then tap the brush against the container to ensure that you don't have too much cornstarch present prior to application. You can then apply the cornstarch to your face lightly, just as you would with any other powder. Like any traditional loose powder, it's important to properly blend the cornstarch into the skin. Apply the cornstarch in small, round motions in small areas of the face until all of the skin has been covered evenly.
Tips and Tricks
Of course, because cornstarch is so white compared to most face powders, which are translucent, it can be more challenging for you to use them if you have a warmer skin tone. Thankfully, there is a way to make the cornstarch more suited towards your skin tone. One option is to take a small amount of unsweetened cocoa powder and mix it into the cornstarch until it matches your skin. Alternatively, some women also opt to mix the cornstarch with their own corresponding loose mineral face powder. Ultimately, both options will produce the same results, allowing you to have a flawless matte finish appearance to your makeup which will last throughout the day.