The Italian cosmetics industry is worth over 9 billion Euros, according to the copious and occasionally accurate source of all knowledge, Wikipedia. The entire European cosmetics industry takes even more money. Although the figures are not included, it is certain that men and women are using a lot of cosmetics. Cosmetics include deodorants, skin creams, nail polish, mascara, eyeliner, and liquid concealers. The final few items fall into the makeup category. The makeup category also includes liquid and mineral foundation. Mineral foundations are often referred to as powders, and they cannot be made without the appropriate powder processing.
American English speakers may hear or use the phrase to powder someone's nose. The euphemistic phrase is used to describe someone going to the bathroom. The actual meaning, that the woman needs to check her makeup, refers to the mineral foundation. Most people use two coats of this particular cosmetic before applying the other items in their repertoire.
Someone who is in the process of learning to apply makeup may wonder why two types of foundation are necessary. A practical person may think it is a waste of money to buy both products. Even if she thinks there is a need for one or the other, she may not see that there is a need to wear both at at the same time. The liquid foundation servers as the base coat. It allows the wearer to get a more even skin complexion. It can even cover up minor blemishes. The wearer must still use a concealer to hide the appearance of more serious blemishes.
After a cosmetics user applies the first coat of foundation, she should wait for it to dry. After it dries, she may notice that her skin has a gloss finish in certain areas. If she does not notice a gloss finish, she may notice that her skin is shiny. The powder foundation helps reduce the shiny spots. It also provides a water-resistant layer to her make up job. She will need to take out the pressed powder and the applicator to the shiny areas until they appear normal. When she finishes with this part of the process, she should apply the powder to the rest of her face evenly.
The powder processing should make the product come off easily onto the applicator. There are several reasons why this may not happen. Keeping the powder in a damp or high humidity environment may cause the product to clump. If the case is kept under high pressure, the product may cake together. The first problem can be solved by letting the product dry. The second problem is a bit trickier, but solutions all involve getting the powder to break apart.
The powder processing takes several hours to complete, but the factories have learned how to automate the process. Because they have learned to automate the process, makeup users will have plenty of liquid and powder foundation for years to come. They only need to go down to their local store.