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But don’t be fooled: talcum powder (also known as body powder, or baby powder) is actually a sophisticated solution to many a beauty woe, and can also add a retro flair to your bathroom vanity. I dare you to apply clouds of talcum powder all over your body with a giant, fluffy powder-puff, and not feel like a glamorous, old-school movie star.
Talcum Powder Hacks
1. Dry shampoo
Look, I love a spritz of dry shampoo as much as the next beauty editor – but sometimes that slightly stiff texture and chemical scent just isn’t for me. For a clean feel with a soft fragrance, try using a body powder in your hair instead. But hold up – you don’t just shake all the powder into your hairline like salt on a boring meal. You don’t want your hair looking dusty and grey, after all.
Instead, pour a small amount of body powder into your hand and swirl a fluffy face brush into it. Then lightly dust it into your roots under the top layer of your hair. Massage it all in with your fingers. Ta-da: sweet-smelling, clean-feeling hair! For this, I like using Burt's Bees Baby Dusting Powder ($19.95). It's made from cornstarch rather than talc, which means that if a little bit lands in your mouth (which is what always happens to me) you'll be fine.
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On a hot, sticky day a dusting of body powder can make you feel refreshed in no time. It won't stop the sweat but the powder will definitely help bring back that smooth, dry feeling to your skin. Before getting dressed, I love to apply body powder with a powder puff to my upper body. Estee Lauder's Beautiful Body Powder ($80) is ideal for this - it even comes with its own pretty, pink puff - and its subtle sparkle can be especially alluring when applied lightly to the upper arms and décolletage.