Once upon a time, all powders were technically just loose powders. This was the state of things until compact pressed powders were invented. However, loose powders remain part of every professional makeup artist’s kit, and they continue to find their way into the makeup boxes of beauty enthusiasts everywhere. Here’s why: 1.) Loose powders give a transparent look. If you like subtle makeup, there definitely is a place for loose powders in your makeup kit. The intensity of their effect is much more controllable than the usual compact powders, and it’s possible to be very precise in the effect you want to achieve. 2.) You need a separate set of brushes. While many loose powders come with their own applicator, you will get much more versatility if you have your own. This will allow you to use loose powders in a much more precise manner. 3.) They’re great for completing a look. Thanks to their smooth silky finish, loose powders are great as a final touch to even everything out and give your face a nice sheen.