Choosing a powder can be confusing. So here is what you need to know about powder, how to apply it, along with some product recommendations.
Setting powder is known by many names (finishing powder, setting powder, translucent powder, and HD powder). While used interchangeably, they each have different meanings.
Setting powder goes on top of your foundation, and can be tinted or translucent. They are designed to set makeup and provide a matte finish. These tend to be on the heavier side, and not look as natural on the skin.
Finishing powder goes on top of the setting powder to further enhance the finish. These are white and are translucent on your skin. This powder is not recommended for daily use, as it requires perfect blending to create the desired results. Failure to blend properly can leave white splotches on your face, and cause something called flashback in pictures which is caused by the flash from the camera reflecting off the powder.
Translucent powder is sheer and colorless, and normally used to set makeup, control shine, and/or give your skin a matte finish.
HD powder is just a fancy way of saying finishing powder. It’s also sometimes called retouching powder.
Apply setting/finishing powder after your moisturizer, foundation, and concealer. First, apply it with a loose bristled powder brush, then blend it with a stiffer bristled kabuki to make your skin look picture perfect. Once applied, you can proceed with blush, highlighter, bronzer, and eye shadow.
For touch ups, never use a powder puff. Keep a small kabuki brush with it to press the powder into your skin rather than dusting the powder on. This will eliminate oil and shine without making you look cakey.
Here are some awesome powders for you to try:
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder
Translucent finishing powder that covers pores while setting your makeup, perfecting your skin. Works on EVERY skin tone, and has no flashback.
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
Mineral based, controls shine, smooths skin, tint of color.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Said to be the leader in drugstore powders. It’s a lightly tinted, lightweight, sheer, long lasting, non-cakey, natural looking setting powder.
NYX Professional Makeup Studio Translucent Powder
Finishing powder designed to control oil, seal your foundation, and give you a photo finish.
MAC Blot Powder
Very sheer with a light tint, and can be reapplied without giving you an overdone appearance.
I Want Kandee Banana Pudding Brightening Face Powder
Too Faced I Want Kandee Banana Pudding Brightening Face Powder locks your foundation in place and gets your skin ready for makeup. It includes color correcting pigments to brighten your skin and hide imperfections. Get a flawless finish with the scent of bananas.
Revolution Luxury Baking Powder
Helps to stop oil buildup to provide an all-day matte finish. Use to set or bake your makeup. Very affordable price point. During September, 2018, receive $5 off any purchase of $50 or more with the code ZW868Z at Revolution Beauty USA.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder
Available in translucent or tinted, smooths skin, great blendability, helps conceal uneven skin tones. Also available in pressed powder form.
NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder
Despite saying it’s a setting powder, it is definitely a finishing powder. Gives you an airbrushed finish with a hint of shimmer to give your skin a radiant glow.
Which powder you choose is truly a matter of preference. A good setting powder is best for daily use, but a finishing powder can be handy if used properly.
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