Types of Setting Powders And When To Use Them

Stymied by setting powders? We have tips. Here are the different types of setting powders and their uses

Types of Setting Powders And When To Use Them

The lowdown on when to use each type of setting powder

The awesomeness of setting powder almost cannot be described. It is such a vital part of any makeup routine because it is so functional and versatile in its ability to accomplish so much for your ultimate beauty goals.  Adding setting powder ups your makeup game significantly. It can lock in your foundation smoothly, it minimizes greasy shine, it evens out skin tone and helps hide blemishes, it can even buff out some of those fine lines that plague us as we begin to age.   If you want to get the most out of your setting powder, make sure you are wearing the right one for your needs.

How To Choose The Right Powder

Setting powder can come in a more condensed compact form or it can be loose powder.

  •  Loose Powder: Terrific for feather-light full coverage and as it is made up of very fine bits.  The finer the better as far as weight, for those that don't like to feel like they are wearing makeup you will barely feel lighter powders on your skin.  This type of powder is not going to act as another level of concealment, more so as a swift cohesive coat.
  • Pressed Compacts: This works wonders for touching up blemishes and uneven skin tone and is a great option in place of liquid foundation for those with normal and dry skin textures. It is a bit heavier than loose powder because it is pressed. A product to keep on hand that can be used as needed throughout your day, a word of caution is that you should use it sparingly. This type of powder can offer a caked-on look if you overdo it.  Those who have allergies and skin sensitivities may have face some irritation with this product because many options are formulated with silicones and wax.
  • Translucent Powders: If your skin tends to shine and is oily, the translucent powder will help minimize and cut back on the sheen.  If you have a good mix of colors from your foundation and concealer and you just need to keep things matte, this is a valid option.  It has variability coming to you in a pressed compact or loose powder. It works nicely for natural skin as well as a part of your beauty routine over foundation.
  • Tinted Powders: If you like to wear as little as possible and are more of a natural girl, a tinted powder can help give you a quick skin tone evenness and correction as well as a reduction in shine without the addition of any other makeup.  These are either in a compact or loose powder.  They work just fine alone or over other makeup and they can brighten as well.  The most important aspect of a tinted powder is ensuring, just like you would with foundation or concealer, that you pick the right color tone for your skin so it blends in well. Those with oily skin should always choose a shade a half to 1 bit lighter as it will darken when it hits oil.  Dry skin that doesn't have this concern should stay true to the color of your skin tone.

Ingredients In Setting Powders

  • Talc: Best used for oily skin because of its natural oil-absorbing properties.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: This ingredient pulls in moisture so it is best used for dry skin.
  • Silica: For normal skin that doesn't fall on the extremes of oily or dry, this ingredient goes on evenly.  Those with mostly normal skin but can have dry patches are still going to benefit from silica in the formulation. If you get oily skin from time to time, silica is not recommended due to how it reacts with the skin, it can accumulate quite a bit.

Application of Setting Powders

Once you have chosen the right powder for you, it is important to apply it properly. The first thing you need to do is put on your foundation. Then using your choice of a sponge for full coverage, a powder puff to obtain a matte look or a powder brush for a softer appeal.  Always start lightly, you can add more as you need.  A more natural and dewy finish will do well with less powder.  For those who have shine issues and need to absorb as much oil as possible to keep a matte appearance, adding a heavier layer is the way to go.

The area where most of us have trouble, the T-zone, is where you should begin adding the majority of powder and then just a quick dusting on the outer edges will work.  Watch your hair, as the powder can get into it and be unsightly, let alone hard to remove.  After you have the powder where it needs to be, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, also known as "baking."  Then finish with a light and fluffy brush to blend throughout.  Add the rest of your makeup, eyebrow pencil, mascara, blush, etc. to finish your look.

Resources— Marie Claire, Science Direct, National Institute of Health

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