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How to Choose a Setting Powder

Selecting the ideal setting powder is essential for your makeup look, as it keeps foundation and concealer in place all day long. But with so many options out there, finding one that works best with your skin tone and finish can be overwhelming. Here’s what you should consider when searching for the ideal option:

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How to Select a Powder

Powder comes in two main varieties: loose and pressed. Loose powders tend to be lighter weight and can be dusted onto skin quickly, making them ideal for those with oily complexions who struggle with controlling shine or slipping foundation. They may even be used as makeup setting sprays for an even dewy, radiant finish.

Pressed powders are typically thicker and can be applied with a sponge or brush. They’re more mess-proof and come in various colors so you can find one suitable for your skin tone. Although pressed powders can also be used to concealer or set makeup, they won’t absorb oil as well as other powders do.

Applying Powder

After applying your makeup, use a quality powder brush or puff to gently tap it into your skin in order to blend it in and set your foundation and concealer. Be sure to only use a small amount as too much can leave skin looking dry.

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How to Use Transparent or Tinted Powder

A translucent setting powder, such as Laura Mercier Transparent Loose Setting Powder, is usually sheer and adds a natural glow to your skin. These formulas are suitable for oily skin types; they help balance shine without looking dull or flat, according to New York-based makeup artist Jas Doyle.

She says she prefers this type of powder over tinted ones because it helps sculpt and blend your face better. Additionally, the lighter shade allows you to bring out more prominent features on your complexion instead of leaving a white cast from tinted powders that may be too light and leave behind white spots.”

How to Apply It

Brushing or sponge application of powder is the ideal method, as it allows for more coverage with fewer strokes. However, if you’re on-the-go and don’t have access to a brush or sponge, pressed powder comes in many shades and can also be used.

What Color Powder Is Best for My Skin?

When selecting a powder color, match your complexion as lighter shades may make your face appear grey or muddy. For an even brightening effect, try using either yellow or neutral tones that complement your cheek color.

For those with deep brown skin tones, a hazelnut or medium-deep shade is ideal. These colors are more accurate than fair and light shades which may not suit darker complexions well; thus they’re essential if you have a darker complexion.