Unless I'm wearing a very light layer of tinted moisturizer, I always set my face with powder. If you're new to makeup or just want some pointers on what tools and products to purchase, I hope this post teaches you something new about setting your makeup.
Why should you set your makeup?
Setting powders help keep your makeup in place and reduce shine by absorbing excess oil. Generally speaking, there are four main reasons why you should set your makeup:
1. You have oily skin and want to control shine throughout the day.
2. You experience creasing in certain areas of the face, especially under the eyes.
3. You prefer a matte look, especially for photography.
4. You want your makeup to last longer.
If you identify with any of these statements should be setting your face.
What tools should you use to set your face?
You should set areas of the face where your makeup becomes oily throughout the day, breaks up, or creases. The tools that you use to apply and blend powder depend on where exactly you're setting.
My favorite beauty tool of all time! I use the pointed end to apply a hefty amount of powder under my eyes and down the bridge of the nose and the blunt end to apply powder to my forehead and chin.
This can be used to apply powder with precision under the eye, around the nose, etc. with a patting motion. I personally use a brush like this to sweep off the powder that I apply with my Beauty Blender.
Use this to set very small areas of the face such as around the nose, areas where you have added additional concealer, or under the eyes if you experience minimal creasing. I use a rolling or patting motion.
This brush is ideal for setting large areas of the face and applies powder very lightly and evenly. If I'm going for a matte look, I use this to apply powder to the rest of my face after I dust off the under eye powder.
What products should you use to set your face?
There are a TON of setting powders on the market and at this point most major brands carry setting powder in their lineup. There are two forms of setting powders you will see - loose and pressed. Since I get the best results when I use a Beauty Blender to apply powder under my eyes, I always opt for a loose powder. However, If you don’t experience a lot of creasing then you can probably get away with a pressed one. Just know that a container of loose powder almost always lasts longer than the pressed version.
Setting Powder vs Finishing Powder
Finishing powder is different than setting powder. It is used after setting powder and can help blur imperfections and alter the color or finish of your base makeup purposefully. For example, illuminating finishing powders such as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders will add some glow to the skin. You can still "set" you face with them, but your results may not be ideal.
How do I set my makeup?
When I'm going all out, I like to use a banana powder to set under my eyes and on my T-Zone. I find that the yellow tint brightens my face nicely without having to use concealer to highlight. I pack it on because I have a ton of fine lines under my eyes - this technique is commonly referred to as "baking".
I like to use a tinted setting powder to set the rest of my face. When the shade is just right it not only serves to set the makeup, but it also adds a little bit more coverage. The RMS Tinted Un Powder is incredible, but I never use any tinted setting powder under my eyes… the color is never just right.
This is a high performing, decently priced, all-natural setting powder made from rice starch and silica. I use this both under my eyes and all over my face when I'm going for a more natural look. It's also the only powder I take with me when I travel.
Applying yellow setting powder under eyes and on T-zone.
Sweeping off excess yellow powder.
Finishing off the face with RMS Tinted Un Powder in shade 3-4
After spritzing some Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray on my face, these are the results!
I'm wearing Chantecaille Fure Skin Foundation, Anastasia Brow Definer on my brows, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in brown, Kiko Cream Eyeshadow in 03, Buxom Mascara, Zuzu Luxe Blush in Samba, Alima Pure Highlighter in Dolce, Urban Decay Bronzer in Bronzed, and Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie.