Setting powder is a godsend; when used correctly, it locks the foundation and concealer in place to keep it from creasing and budging throughout the day. Adding one to your vanity will definitely elevate your makeup experience. It controls excess oil on the face, smoothes fine lines and prevents your concealer from creasing, making it an essential in every makeup bag.
However, to reap all of its amazing benefits, it’s necessary to learn how to use it right. And we’re about to show how to do just that in 3, 2, 1…
- Step 01: Pick the right product and tool
- Step 02: Focus on specific areas
- Step 03: Finish with a final dusting
Step 01: Pick the right product and tool
Setting powder can be translucent or tinted; it is important to choose the correct shade, or you might end up ruining your look completely. Translucent powders are your best bet as they work on every skin tone. And while the colourless powder won’t give you any coverage, it will definitely set your look in place. Next, pick the right tool to apply the setting powder. Both powder brush and makeup sponge can be used for this — pick one that you are more comfortable using.
Step 02: Focus on specific areas
After applying your foundation, give it a few minutes to settle and then apply the setting powder. If you are using a brush, swirl it into the product, tap off the excess product and then apply it on your t-zone. Focus on the forehead, nose and chin as these areas tend to get oilier. Then, apply a generous layer under your eyes to prevent the concealer from creasing. If you are using a makeup sponge for application, press the sponge on the back of your hand to remove excess powder before applying it to the face.
Step 03: Finish with a final dusting
After you’ve applied your eyeshadow and the highlighter is in place, lightly dust the powder all over your face with the brush. Keep your eyes closed and avoid making any expressions like laughing or smiling for 3-5 minutes as it can lead to the powder settling into fine lines. The correct application will leave you with a natural-looking, matte complexion.