18:51 | September 3, 2020
I have always loved setting powder! Literally no foundation sits all day without a setting powder on top, I found that out pretty early, and whoooaaa I was matte the first years of wearing it! (loved it a little bit too much)
I know many people that are literally scared of using powder, this is mostly the older generation who grew up with thick and cakey powders that really dried out the skin and made the skin look really, really dry.
A setting powder is not the same thing as a foundation powder, or a regular colored compact face powder. It’s usually a very very fine powder that you don’t feel on the skin.
The mission of a setting powder is to hold the foundation in place all day, to set it, like a primer, but on top instead of underneath.
When you apply a liquid foundation and a setting powder on top you “lock” the foundation. It lasts longer and will be harder to rub off if you or anyone else touches your face. It also controls shine, or can provide more glow if you prefer a dewy powder.
A setting powder can come in different colors (usually slightly tinted) or be translucent. I prefer using a setting powder that it either translucent or a color that is a bit lighter than a persons skin tone because when the pigments in the powder melts together with the foundation they often gets darker than when the powder is dry.
I prefer to apply setting powder with a powder puff on people with oily skin, and with a fluffy brush on people with more dry skin.
I also use setting powder on a bare face to mattify.
There are different types of setting powders, there are powders for oily skin, for combined skin, dry skin, powders with skin caring properties for mature skin, or powders for color correcting.. so make sure to know your skin type and look for a powder that suits YOUR skin type, because all setting powders does not work for everyone.
Are you a powder person?
Above I have listed three setting powders I really like.
1. Paris Berlin Ultra HD Loose Powder – A great setting powder that will even out your skin tone and set the foundation. Available in two shades.
2. Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Infinity Filter – This award winning mineral based powder will keep the moisture in your skin and provide a natural matte finish with a little bit of glow to the skin while blurring out fine lines and pores.. It’s paraben and talc-free. It’s literally an Instagram filter in a jar! Available in three shades.
3. Danessa Myricks Evolution Powder – Can be used as an oil control primer under your foundation, as a setting powder or applied with a damp sponge for more coverage. Minimizes fine lines and pores. Available in nine shades.