Okay y’all…I know what you’re thinking…it’s been two damn months since my last post. I will be the first to admit that I am a piece of trash so let’s just move on like nothing ever happened. Thus far in the back 2 basics series we’ve covered primer, foundation and concealer. The next steps would be finishing complexion products: setting powder, finishing powder, and/or setting sprays. I decided to lump these into one because theres not as much to say about them, and it would be useless to separate them into their own articles. So let’s do it up. A finishing product is one way to ensure your makeup lasts all day. Whether it is a powder or a spray, this step is meant to lock in your complexion makeup and set everything in place. Now you probably have a few questions; what is the difference between a powder and a spray? Which is better for my skin type? Is this step really necessary? Or maybe you’re not asking yourself any of these questions because I’m actually just talking to myself on this blog since I’ve probably lost all my fans from not posting for 2 entire months…………..well on the slight chance that there is someone actually reading this, let me break it down.
Let’s talk about setting powders first. There are two types: translucent (clear) and tinted. Translucent/tinted powders are meant to set the makeup in place. Most of these powders will also mattify shiny foundations or oily skin, however, there are a select few setting powders that will give a luminous or dewy finish. So, the big question is, is this step necessary? Not always. If you have a problem with your makeup sliding around, settling into fine lines and wrinkles, being too shiny, rubbing off, and/or separating due to oily skin, a setting powder will definitely save you. If you do not have any of these problems, feel free to skip the powder. I prefer a translucent setting powder myself, because I know if i switch foundation shades I won’t have to bother finding a new tinted setting powder to match. I also find translucent powders to be more versatile and multi-use; I can use a translucent powder to set my face, to ‘bake’ (a makeup technique), to set my eyelids and create a smooth canvas for eyeshadow, etc. – a tinted setting powder can only be used in one way. If you are interested in a setting powder that will set the makeup and mattify the skin, Kat Von D Translucent Lock It powder is my go-to; this product uses a more finely-milled powder than most others which leaves a smooth, flawless complexion. A dupe for this is the CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder (comes in a luminous finish version!) and a drugstore dupe is the Maybelline MasterFix powder. If you want a tinted setting powder for slightly more coverage, I love the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Setting Powder (Tarte, y’all need to get the length of the names of your products in check).
A setting spray has the same function as a setting powder, but in a spray form. So, when should you use a powder and when should you use a spray? Well, sometimes you should use both! A setting powder is great for targeting specific areas, or for all over the face. A powder can set the little nooks and crannies and more stubborn areas that a spray cannot exactly target, for example, the under eye. I typically set my under eye directly with setting powder on a brush/sponge to ensure I am covering the entire area and product is applied specifically to the places I need it most. I then go in with a setting spray all over the face. As mentioned, you can use setting powder all over the face if you are more oily or prefer a matte look. If you need to set your makeup but don’t want to lose that dewey glow, a spray is best. If a dewey look is your goal, again, I would advise using a powder for any small areas that crease or move, and then setting the rest of the face with a spray.
A lot of people confuse a setting powder with a finishing powder, or think they are the same thing – honestly, I only learned the difference very recently, so you’re not alone. As mentioned, a setting powder sets the makeup in place. A finishing powder will add a flawless, airbrushed finish to the skin. A finishing powder is typically applied after a setting powder to blur fine lines and fill in pores. A finishing powder perfects the skin and creates a smooth base for further powder products (i.e. blush, bronzer, etc.). My favourite product for this is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder (comes in pressed and loose, and comes in tinted options for brightening!). A pro tip from my girl Tina (@tinaleemakeup on Instagram) who works with Makeup Forever is to only put finishing powder where you need it – typically more porous areas of the skin or areas that have fine lines.
Alright that’s all I have for you tonight. I’m not going to promise more consistent posts, because we all know how well that’s worked out in the past…but I will say that I’m excited to get back into posting and I will do my best to get into a routine. As always scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe to the blog and throw me some support.
Until next time,