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How to Keep Your Powder From Looking Cakey and Chalky on Your Wedding Day!

To the Rescue: Avoid Powder Problems on Your Big Day!

A common makeup mishap is visible powder marks. Many celebs have had it happen to them on the red carpet, including Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman and Ashley Judd, but chalky-looking makeup is something you definitely want to avoid on your wedding day. Here are our top tips for powder perfection . . .

Go sheer: In lieu of using a white or tinted powder, go with a translucent or sheer loose powder that's been finely milled, which is less easy to detect. Avoid anything too matte or with a full-coverage formulation. Remember: the purpose of a powder is to lightly set makeup and reduce shine, not mask the skin.

Soak it in: Before applying powder, apply any cream- or liquid-based items (moisturiser, foundation, etc.) first to avoid any clumping or caking, allowing the products to completely dry pre-powdering. Also, don't be afraid to use oil-blotting papers before and after your powder to soak up any excess moisture.

More tips . . .Getting it on: For the best results, use a fluffy brush to lightly distribute powder, tapping off any product overage to get a more even coverage. If you use a velour puff, lightly roll it over your skin instead of swiping or tapping it on.

In the zone: Avoid powdering the eye and mouth areas, which are areas that can cake easily. Instead focus the powder application on the T-zone, again using oil-blotting papers when needed.

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