I can’t tell you the handful amount of people who tell me they don’t set their foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, bb cream etc. with powder. Not setting your face with powder could be the main reason your makeup isn’t lasting as long as you would like it to, isn’t blending properly and is settling into fine lines and wrinkles. But, there is a such thing as using too much powder which in return will make your skin look dry and “makeup” like. So let’s dive into the school of setting powder 101 with Mia Mangino.
First, I would like to address that there are different types of powders. There’s compact powder, loose powders and even powder foundation. So which one would you choose?
Compact powder is pressed powder that comes in a pan. It can be “translucent”, which is colorless, per say, but more often than not it is tailored to different skin colors. In my personal opinion, I like using compact powder for touch ups throughout the day rather than directly after makeup. I personally prefer the look and feel of loose powder. Now, the only time you would need to touch up your powder is if oil was peeking through. In that case you would blot the excess oil and then re-powder. Compact powder can also sometimes provide more coverage which is not always necessary and can look “cakey”.
Loose powders are often marketed as setting powders and are often translucent but can also be colored to specific skin tone. Loose powders are extremely popular at the moment and personally my favorite powder to use. I use loose powder to set under the eyes and the whole face after I apply foundation and concealer. Because it is loose and messy, I would not recommend using it for touch ups throughout the day.
Lastly, there is powder foundation. Powder foundation comes in a compact and is pressed like compact powder. The only difference between the two is powder foundation is made to give coverage. Powders like compact and loose are made to “set” the face to prevent creasing, help other powders such as blush and bronzer blend better and aid to your makeup lasting longer. Powder foundation is meant to replace your cream or liquid foundation. You would apply powder foundation alone rather than on top of cream or liquid foundation. Although, you can apply it on top of your foundation if you were looking for more coverage. I just would not personally recommend that because in return your makeup could look heavy or cakey.
So where should you be applying your powder? The most common place to apply powder is underneath your eyes. Underneath your eyes is where you have small little wrinkles. Cream and liquid products will settle into these fine lines creating a crease. In order to avoid this you will apply a thin layer of powder to the area.
If you have oily skin, you will definitely want to set the areas of the face that your oil comes through. This will help ensure you stay matte and do not start to look shiny or greasy. Although, for the most part you will probably have your oil peak through eventually throughout the day so blotting and re-setting the area will be necessary.
Lastly, I would recommend lightly setting the rest of the face with your powder to ensure your bronzer, contour, blush and highlight go on and blend seamlessly. Powder sticks to cream therefore if you apply bronzer, for example, on top of a wet cream it’s going to stick to the area and not move. Unlike powder on powder where it will glide smoothly.
Like I mentioned earlier, using too much powder can give a dry, makeup-like effect. If you have dry skin you especially want to use powder sparingly. Powder will cling to dry patches thus accentuating them.
So even my guys and gals that wear the lightest bit of CC cream or tinted moisturizer on the daily should be setting their makeup with powder. I hope this information helped your makeup game! As always, let me know in the comments your questions, concerns and if this helped you!