My Favorite Setting Powders & Tips For Avoiding Cake Face

Hey Guys,

So today I thought Id talk a little bit about setting powders (in the context of using a liquid base). Setting powders do wonders, they can help set your cream under eye concealer so it doesn’t crease, it can help with oil and shine control, give a radiant look to the skin, and it can help prolong your foundation and make up. The following products are some of my favorite setting powders with rather varying finishes and purposes.

IMG_9514For shine control and longevity look for a transparent powder like the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. This particular translucent powder works on all skin tones, sets the make up for maximum longevity, and does an amazing job at shine control. Not to mention this product looks amazing in pictures and on camera by controlling the white cast that can appearĀ  in photos.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDPowderAnother great powder to get you camera ready is the Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Translucent Setting Powder. The finish on this is a little less matteifying then the MUFE HD powder and has more of a skin like quality. It doesn’t create flash back and makes the skin glow in a natural way. Love this product but definitely don’t care for the packaging. The sponge is super annoying and impracticable, I just take it off when in use and replace when its stored away to avoid a loose powder catastrophe. (side note: I wouldn’t recommend this product to dark skinned guys and gals as it does have a light flesh tone color, which may create an ashy appearance).

UrbanDecay_razorSharpUltraDefintion_finishingPowderThe Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder in Fair is a wonderful setting powder for the under eye area. Its almost translucent but has a slight pale-pink tone to help brighten under the eye area (Its like the Banana Powder for light skinned folks!!). It doesn’t cake up or dry the area and helps my concealer be crease free all day long.

bennye_facepowderIf your not worried about flash back in photos and your going for a more natural look then I highly recommend the Mac Mineralized Skin Finishes. The finish of this product is gorgeous, it makes the skin look so radiant and fresh. It helps my make up last and helps with minimal shine control without completely mattifying the face. Plus the shade range is extensive. I like to use it either to set my foundation and to add a bit more coverage (as its not translucent yet is on the sheer side) or in the summer on its own just to create a fresh and even skin tone. It lasts all day long and never fails.

Mac_MSFAnother similar product is the Mac Select Sheer Loose Powder. It has the same type of light reflecting properties but also does a slightly better job at oil control. There is a small shade range but due to its sheer nature the possibility of finding the right shade is high. The only down side is that its loose and thus prone to making a mess.

mac_selectSheerLossePowderThings To Keep In Mind When Working With Setting Powder:

  1. When applying powder remember to tap the brush to remove excess product. Its better to apply thin layers and easier to correct then applying too much!
  2. Use a light hand and a large fluffy brush to disperse a sheer wash of product (the denser the brush the more product transferred onto the skin!!). This will help avoid and/or minimize the chance of cake face.
  3. When applying powder try to push the brush and product into the skin, rather than swiping, to avoid moving or disturbing the make up underneath. Another option is to use a large fan brush or a powder puff to roll product onto the skin to minimize disturbance.
  4. Use a setting spray, whether for oil control or dewyness, to further set make up and to sheer down powder if you accidentally went over board.
  5. If you lean more towards oily skinned avoid heavy dewy or light reflecting powders whereas my dry skinned girls should go for the opposite.
  6. When choosing setting powder consider what you want it to do as well as your skin type and shade: are you looking to look flawless on camera, control oil, maximize longevity or all of the above?

I love all these powders for different reasons but one thing they have in common is their ability to stand up to their individual claims and their ability to adapt to skin for a flawless long lasting finish. What do you guys think, are any of these your favorites too?

Hugs from Beauty Land