Do You Use Setting Powder Before or After Foundation?

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Facial makeup improves one’s appearance and makes one feel more confident in their skin. However, makeup can fade during the day, leaving you unpresentable. Setting powders can help keep your makeup in place all day. 

Do you use setting powder before or after foundation? Typically setting powder goes on after foundation, but not always.

We’ll explain this and give you some tips on using both effectively. First we’ll go over what setting powder is, then we’ll talk about the interactions between setting powder and foundation.


Setting Powder 101

Setting powder is a type of makeup used to help makeup last longer. Setting powder contains ingredients such as talc and silica to keep makeup products such as foundation and concealers moist and in place. 

Setting powders are classified into two types: loose powder and pressed powder.

They are also available in colorless or slightly tinted forms, which can be used to blend a wide range of skin tones.

Setting powder contains ingredients such as talc and silica to keep makeup products such as foundation and concealers moist and in place. 


How Does Setting Powder Work?

Sets makeup

Setting powders are used to “set” your makeup and keep it in place until you remove it. It keeps foundation and concealer in place and prevents cracking and rippling, giving you confidence when wearing makeup.

Absorbs oil

If you have oily skin or sweat a lot, setting powder will help absorb excess oil from your skin, giving you a smooth appearance. It can be useful if you have bangs and get oil on your forehead.

Hides pores

After applying foundation and concealer, setting powder is a great way to hide your pores, leaving your skin looking like a blank canvas.

Covers flaws

If you have skin issues such as pimples, conceal them with concealer and set them with a setting powder to ensure the concealer stays in place. 


Where Do You Apply Setting Powder?

Setting powder can be used on any part of your body where you want your makeup to look flawless and last longer.

It is applied all over the face on most occasions, but it should be applied strategically for the best results. Avoid applying it to oil-prone areas such as your nose or chin.

It is applied all over the face on most occasions, but it should be applied strategically for the best results


Do You Use Setting Powder Before or After Foundation?

Setting powder is used to help the foundation set properly, so you usually apply setting powder after foundation. This allows the foundation to last longer on your skin.

Setting powder is used to help the foundation set properly, so you usually apply setting powder after foundation.

However, some people prefer to apply the setting powder before the foundation. 

Going with setting powder first works particularly well for people with oily skin. It provides a long-lasting finish by reducing excess oil production. Those with extremely dry skin should avoid this method. 

When you apply setting powder before foundation, it improves coverage and allows you to use less foundation. As a result, it is an excellent way to save money.

This method also makes other makeup products appear much more pigmented, such as blush and highlighter.

Going with setting powder first works particularly well for people with oily skin. It provides a long-lasting finish by reducing excess oil production.


How To Apply Setting Powder After Foundation

  1. Wash and moisturize your skin to remove dirt and oil 
  2. Cover your face with foundation or concealer. You can use a brush, a sponge, or your fingers. After that, dab your brush, sponge, or finger into the setting powder and sweep it over your foundation or concealer.
  3. Avoid rubbing the powder. Instead, let it sit on top of your makeup for two minutes to absorb any excess makeup.
  4. After the two minutes are up, gently blend in the powder. You will notice that your makeup is still in place on your face.
  5. Your makeup application is now complete. You can add a setting spray if you want and enjoy your long-lasting flawless makeup.

How To Apply Setting Powder Before Foundation

  1. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin as usual.
  2. After the skin has absorbed the products, apply a setting powder of your choice all over your face. You can apply the powder all over your face, paying special attention to oily areas.
  3. Apply your foundation and concealer of choice.  Cream or liquid foundations and concealers provide a smooth finish on top of a setting powder. On the other hand, Powder foundation can be dusty and dry when applied. 
  4. Set your foundation and concealer with setting powder. Apply setting powder once again to ensure that your foundation will stay in place.
  5. If desired, finish with a setting spray, and enjoy your long-lasting flawless makeup.

Conclusion

Usually, you use foundation before setting powder, but if you’ve got particularly oily skin, you may want to flip it around. You can always experiment and see which works best for your skin.

Always ensure that you choose a setting powder in the right tone. A wrong tone will negatively affect your skin and cause blemishes. The best color for a setting powder should be a color slightly lighter than your foundation or concealer.

Avoid applying too much setting powder on your face. This causes flashbacks, which makes all of your powder makeup show in a photo.

Written by Kayla Young

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