When you need your makeup to last, reach for the best drugstore setting powder and the best drugstore pressed powder. Tinted, translucent, loose and pressed, powders are great for any event where you need your makeup to stay in place all day long - music festivals, proms, or that all day career fair. Setting powder is a miracle cure to seal up your makeup and stop melting, fading or fine lines in their tracks. Tinted, translucent, loose and pressed, powders are great for any event where you need your makeup to last - music festivals, proms, or that all day career fair. Whether you are interested in the best drugstore setting powder (or the best setting powder full stop!), our MUAs @Revelere offer recommendations for formula, shade, products and five simple steps to keep your makeup fresh all day.
‘When’ and ‘where’ you use a powder will have an impact on ‘how’ you achieve your desired look. Since pressed powder comes in a compact, it’s perfect as a ‘to-go’ staple in your bag. When you are using pressed powder as a foundation, use a large powder brush or kabuki brush with dense bristle. Sweep up some of the powder from the compact and apply to your face in large strokes. Buff the powder into the skin. If you are using the powder as a setting powder, use the powder puff in your compact for more precision, use a smaller powder brush. Start by applying powder on the oily areas of your skin such a the T-zone, and then lighter amounts on the rest of your face. Again, buff the powder into your skin.Loose Powder
Loose powder is packaged as a pot, and therefore you will need a brush. Shake a bit of powder onto the lip of the pot, and then dip the brush into the powder. Tap out any excess powder and then sweep across face, starting in the center and moving outwards. Buff. Buff. Buff.
PRO Tip: Never store your powders in a bathroom where steam from showers and bath can wreak havoc on the texture and shade. Store them in a cool, dry cabinet away from moisture.
When deciding between loose and pressed powder, you have some decisions to make:
As always, we have made some product reccomendations of the best setting powder and best pressed powder options available at the lowest prices.
To Tint Or Not To Tint? Tinted vs Translucent Powders
If you want that “no-shine, I’m not wearing any makeup cause I am naturally gorgeous look” you need to use a translucent powder to set your makeup. Translucent powder kills shine and is an alternative to blotting your face all day. Each time you blot, you are applying layer upon layer of powder, which can result in a cakely look. Since it’s translucent, the powder will work well with **most** skin tones when blended well.
Translucent powders can be an issue for darker toned skin, leaving an ashy face. Tinted powders are your answer, but consider your skin type. If you have oily skin, the powder will change a slightly different color when it comes in contact with your natural oils. We recommend a bit of trial and error with a shade or two lighter to see what makes you feel most comfortable. If you have dry or combination skin, a tinted powder that matches your skin should work.
Don’t think setting powder is only for setting foundation. A banana setting powder instantly correct redness, while a peach-toned powder will hide dark circles on light skin.
Translucent and tinted powders will kill shine, and tinted powder will also give you a little evening-out power. If you want medium or full coverage, look into powder foundation instead.
How To Apply Setting Powder
Unsure how to fix your makeup to keep it fresh all day? Our MUAs @Revelere have broken down when and how to use powders in 5 simple steps.
Is your selfie obsession at risk from hi-def finishing powders?
We will admit to taking the odd selfie a few times a day. To ensure you are always ‘ready for your close up,’ we always take a test shot before leaving the house. You can then see if your powders is creating the dreaded flashback with white patches across your carefully applied makeup. These white blotches are caused by the amount of silica in your powder. Silica is a naturally occuring mineral and reflects light. If you've been caught out by this, remember your mother's advice: 'an ounce of prevention if worth a pound of cure!' When buying a translucent powder, check out the ingredients and choose a product with little or no silica.
Finishing Powder vs Setting Powder
Finishing powder is generally used after setting powder to blur fine lines and pores, giving an airbrushed look. If you see a powder with an HD or High Definition in the product name, these powders are usually finishing powders. When working in films and TV that shoot in high definition, MUAs found that other powders appear too heavy on film - heavy as in literally right out of a cartoon, face-down in a bag of flour. And so finishing powder was born. But caution: start with a little amount and blend. blend. blend. Then take a selfie or two to check for any white blotches. If you are heading to a special event where lots of photos will be taken, this might be an extra step to add to your regular routine.
Trend Alert: Not Your Grandmother’s Baking
This trend can be described in 3 words: blend. cream. sponge. You’d be forgiven for mistaking this as a recipe. If you want a creaseless, flawless complexion that looks great under the lights of a selfie, ‘Baking’ might be for you.
Baking refers to the application of concealer followed by a layer of translucent powder to ‘bake’ for 15-20 minutes. Concealer and translucent powder are applied to areas of your face that you want to reflect light - under your eyes, on your chin or along the bridge of your nose.
Who said baking was hard?! Maybe leave the ten layer cake to grandma.