Irrespective of whether you have dry, oily or normal skin, it is essential to set your makeup with powder in order to prevent it from creasing. Now, when it comes picking a powder for keeping your makeup in place, most women are torn between picking a translucent powder and tinted setting powder. You too? Well, guess what, you need them both. Yes, really.

Turns out that they serve two very different purposes other than just controlling oil and setting your makeup in place. Here’s the difference between the two and why you need them both.

translucent vs tinted setting powder

What is translucent powder?

As the name suggests, translucent powder is a sheer, colourless powder that is used on the face to set makeup, keep excess oil at bay and give your face a matte finish. Since the powder is colourless, it does not provide coverage of any kind.

When should one use translucent powder?

Use a translucent powder to set your makeup in place and brighten your face. You should apply this powder in areas where you would apply a brightening concealer — .underneath your eyes around the nose and around your mouth. A common mistake that a lot of people make is that they apply this powder all over their face. You shouldn’t do this because then it will leave behind a subtle white cast that looks ghostly, especially in pictures.

translucent vs tinted setting powder

What is tinted setting powder?

Tinted powders come in a variety of shades and therefore, you need to use one that is the closest match to your skin tone. These powders not only help set your makeup but also provide a bit of coverage, correct redness and help to even out patchy-looking skin.

When should one use tinted setting powder?

You can use a tinted setting powder all over your face, including cheeks, neck forehead, etc., except in the areas where you would use a translucent setting powder. Why? Because while translucent powder brightens those areas, a tinted setting powder will even everything out, thereby defeating the purpose of the brightening effect.