Where to Put Setting Powder

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If you’re a makeup enthusiast, then these days there’s an abundance of products you can use to create your amazing face art. You may even have setting powder in your makeup bag! And if you don’t, then this wonderful makeup enhancer is worth checking out.

Wondering why?

Setting powder does more than just keep your foundation in place. Yes, setting powder has the ability to make your skin look absolutely flawless. And who doesn’t want that? But it can offer so much more.

So your next question may be: where to put setting powder? In this article, we’ll set things straight on setting powder and give you a few advanced techniques!


Setting Powder Basics

Honest Beauty Setting Powder

Yes, setting powder is usually applied on top of your foundation to make sure it stays in place.

But did you know, that for starters, it can also be used on a makeup-free face to give your natural skin a flawless appearance?

This is because setting powder can also control shine, conceal fine lines, and reduce the appearance of open pores when you want to look more natural.

When you use setting powder on top of your makeup and foundation, then it does the job of softening your creation while keeping it set in place.

So say goodbye to your mascara and foundation sliding off your face by the day’s end.

Your setting powder will even keep highlighter in place.

Oil Clean Up

This wonder beauty product works particularly well for those with oily skin, although setting powder can be used by all skin types. Regardless, it will help those with oily and combination skins most.

This is because it can be used to make oily areas look matte by absorbing any excess oils produced by your skin.

Where to Put Setting Powder

Maybelline Setting Powder

Adding setting powder to your finished makeup look can make all the difference between having a flawless face that lasts all day or the usual caked effect or greasiness that can cover your face after a long day at work or a good night out.

A simple dusting is all you need to create a look that will give your skin an energy boost to keep you feeling confident for longer.

Other places to put setting powder are under the eyes, jaw and chin, and your nose, where you would otherwise use baking.

Baking makeup is a 5-10 minute process of applying concealer and loose powder with a damp sponge. Using setting powder will reduce the time and effort needed for baking your makeup.

Setting powder also has a unique versatility that normal face powders can’t do because they don’t provide the same coverage.

You can use a setting powder to suit different weather conditions like high humidity, which would make you sweat your makeup off without it.

You can even use a setting powder to create different makeup finishes like full matte, semi-matte, soft and dewy glows. This is similar to setting sprays, which also are available in different finishes.

A simple dusting is all you need to create a look that will give your skin an energy boost to keep you feeling confident for longer.

What Else Can Setting Powder Do?

Hourglass Veil Setting Powder

And it doesn’t stop there — this is a wonder beauty product after all. Besides using setting powder to set your made up or makeup-free face, there are couple of other application techniques that can help enhance your overall look:

Lash Effect

A makeup artist secret that will add drama to your lashes is to apply translucent setting powder to your lashes between the first and second coats of your mascara. This technique will work whether you’re after the effect of longer or fuller eyelashes.

Lips Stick

Sick of lipstick on your teeth or losing it on your coffee cup every morning? Well, worry no more, because you can use translucent setting powder to keep your lip color in place so that they look flawless all day.

What Setting Powder Should I Use?

Elf Tinted Setting Powder

Setting powder comes in loose powder and pressed forms, and in either translucent or tinted shades. Whether you use the pressed or loose form depends on your preference of technique. As far as whether or not to use translucent or tinted powder depends on the coverage you’re after.

Translucent Setting Powder

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
  • Super-fine powder instantly glides on
  • Enhances makeup for longer wear
  • Formulated with light-reflecting...

Translucent setting powder such as the Hourglass Veil powder  is used to give your skin a matte appearance and soften your skin, with the minimal amount of coverage.

This means it’s also more suited to a wider range of shades of skin, which makes it easier to work with, especially for beginners who’ve not used setting powders before.

Tinted Setting Powder

e.l.f., Halo Glow Setting Powder, Silky, Weightless, Blurring, Smooths, Minimizes Pores and Fine Lines, Creates Soft Focus Effect, Medium, Semi-Matte Finish, 0.24 Oz
  • FLAWLESS FINISH: No Filter—because you...
  • SMOOTH & SOFT FINISH: Infused with...
  • BEAUTY TIP: Lightly dust loose powder on...

Tinted setting powders like , on the other hand, is used to match your skin tone.

It will give your face more coverage by helping to correct any variations in skin tone or to reduce redness.

Tinted setting powder can also be used to either cool down or warm up the color of your foundation.

Loose Powder

Honest Beauty Talc-Free Translucent Loose Setting Powder | Invisible, Matte Finish | EWG Verified, Vegan + Cruelty Free | .56 oz, white
  • Lightweight loose powder
  • Helps to blur and keep unwanted shine...
  • Mattify and set makeup
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Vegan & Cruelty free

Honest Invisible Blurring Loose Powder  is a lightweight setting powder that helps to blend in any blemishes to give a matte effect.

It will also set your makeup without creasing or caking. The soft-focus finish it provides even minimizes unwanted shine.

This loose setting powder is also dermatologically tested, vegan, and cruelty-free. And it doesn’t contain any parabens, silicones, mineral oil, talc, fragrance, or other nasties that are usually found in most makeup brands.

Final Tips

In order to keep your setting powder from creasing or caking, make sure that you use any liquid foundations or other wet products, like concealer or skin tint, first. And don’t allow them to fully dry — this is a mistake that many newbies to setting powder make.

The wet-dry bond needed to completely set your setting powder will only work if any liquid formulations are used beforehand.

So now that you know where to put setting powder, you can play around with the application techniques that will work for the specific look you’re after — whether it’s a matte effect, a soft focus finish or a dewy glow over your makeup.

Or you can use your setting powder to just enhance a makeup free face that will make you feel more beautiful in the flash of a dusting.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).