Loose Setting Powder: A Makeup Game-changer!
If you are someone who is really striving to make makeup last longer, stay in place better, or take away the shine that develops throughout the day, you may not have considered this one amazing solution- loose setting powder!!
Obviously many people use pressed foundation powder either as their entire foundation routine, or to set a liquid foundation in place. If this works wonderfully for you, that’s wonderful! But if you’re looking for something a little more, or to try something new, you may fall in love with some of the many uses for loose setting powder!
Choosing Your Setting Powder
Loose setting powders are taking over the complexion-makeup world! You can find most setting powders in “translucent” shades, in that they don’t add any color or coverage to the foundation. Laura Mercier’s translucent setting powder took the world by storm and is still a cult favorite that is definitely worth testing out for your first one! However, more and more brands have come out with loose powders in a range of shades, such as Fenty Beauty and Huda Beauty. If going for a shade, it is recommended to go for a slightly lighter shade than your complexion, to brighten the skin (especially when baking, which we’ll get to later!). Pale-complected people tend to reach for translucent, white, lavender-toned, or other light-toned ones. People who are of a medium or deeper complexion often reach for various “banana powders” which are phenomenal for brightening areas such as the under-eye of these skin tones!
Starting with translucent is often a safe choice, but it never hurts to experiment! Colourpop has a very affordable but good quality loose setting powder if you’d prefer to experiment!
Set Your Foundation!
The difference between loose setting powders and pressed powders is obviously the consistency, but often times, loose powders can provide a more blurred, less cakey look while still keeping your makeup intact all day. They also are extremely easy to build up, depending on how oily your skin tends to get, you can apply more! A large, non-dense brush will work the best for this application!
Bake! (We’re Not Talking about Cakes!)
You may have seen beauty guru videos on Instagram and Facebook putting a large amount of powder in certain areas on their face, looking crazy, then brushing it off. There is a purpose and a method to their madness, and it’s called BAKING! This process involves laying down a heavy layer of loose setting powder on the skin, letting it sit on top, mixing with your body heat for at least 5 minutes, then brushing it off. This method can be used in areas where you tend to get oily, or your makeup tends to not stay in place, such as the under-eyes or the T-zone area perhaps. You can judge the length of your baking based off of how oily your skin gets and how mattified you like your face makeup. This method is also an extremely effective way of brightening areas! Under the eyes, it can keep you looking bright, awake, and flawless with no creasing in your concealer! It can also be applied under your contour to sharpen the definition you have added to your cheekbones and prevent that shading from moving around and looking muddy. If applied on the bridge/tip of the nose and around the sides, this can narrow out your nose contour, adding a highlight as well, thinning and narrowing the appearance of your nose! To apply a “bake,” a dampened or dry beauty sponge tends to be the most precise and efficient, but many people like a large, domed, loosely-packed brush as well!
Loose setting powder can be a whole new world for many, and perhaps even a small challenge at first for some, but it often ends up being a real lifesaver in the long run and is ABSOLUTELY worth trying out! We hope this helped you learn about the many amazing uses of loose setting powder and sparked your interest in trying it out for yourself!
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