A face powder is basically a cosmetic product that has its prime function is to complement skin color by imparting a velvet like finish. It should also enhance the appearance of the skin by masking the shine due to the secretion of a sebaceous and sweat glands. Face powders both the loose and the cake or pressed powder, is a blend of white pigments, tinted and perfumed.
Characteristics of face powder:
The powder must be opaque enough to mask the shine but not so opaque that it imparts a mask like appearance.
It imparts a smooth velvet-like finish by masking any shine due to the secretion of the sebaceous and sweat glands.
It must possess reasonably lasting properties in order to avoid the necessity of frequent re-powdering.
It must be adherent to the skin.
Reasonably resistant to the mixed secretions of the skin.
Through intimate contact of its perfume-laden particles over a warm and relatively large area it should disseminate a pleasant odour.