Professionals will tell you that a high-quality setting powder is an essential part of any makeup kit, especially in summer when heat and humidity can destroy a makeup look. Delina Medhin, a New York City makeup artist, tells us that setting your makeup is one the most important steps in your makeup routine. It’s important to set your makeup so it lasts. Who wants to take a touch up kit with them everywhere?
Medhin says that setting powder can be applied strategically in the T-zone to absorb excess oil and help products stay in place for longer. Tommy, a fellow New York City makeup artist, says that setting powders can also be used to prolong the life of your products. He explains that setting powder is used not only to lock in makeup, but also to “finish” the makeup look — to make it smoother, poreless and more texture-less.
Both artists agree that powders are best for oily or dry skin. Medhin states, “This allows you to have more control over the product.” You can then use your brush to apply the powder. Once the powder is completely dry, tap the brush gently until the powder appears clean. Tommy applies face powder to the sides of the mouth, the nose, and the chin to “help mitigate excess shine or oil breakout that could lead to a porous appearance.”
These top setting powders are a great way to get rid of all the makeup creasing and flashback.
Flawless finish by Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush
Najor uses the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless finish to create a second-skin effect. He says that the Airbrush Flawless Finish is lightweight and feels great on the skin. It doesn’t cover the skin in powder. Oquendo also calls it his favorite powdered. He says, “It’s not talcy or chalky.” It doesn’t weight down the skin.
Danessa Myricks Beauty Revolution Powder
Giselle Ali, a British makeup artist can rely on Danessa Myricks’ Beauty Evolution Powder to keep makeup put even on the hottest days. She actually applies it to her eyebrows using a Beautyblender, and then brushes it through before applying her favorite brow product. She says that it helps the brows stay on longer during heat. Ali claims that the product can be used all over the body and is available in five shades. It reduces the appearance pores and smoothens rough skin.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Powder
L’Oreal Paris’s Infallible PRO Sweep & Lock is the one loose powder that can prove drugstore formulas are as good as any others. This translucent powder, just like the Infallible line that also includes a setting spray and a concealer, impresses every makeup artist for its oil-absorbing, mattifying properties.
Glossier is synonymous with glowing skin and Wowder lives up the high standards. It is lightweight and easily buildable. This allows you to set your makeup and adjust the amount of shine. For a light-reflecting effect, diamond powder is used. Kaolin clay absorbs into the skin to prevent any caking.
Kosas Cloud Set Setting Powder
The Kosas Cloud Set Setting powder is a hero product. It contains bamboo stem extract to reduce shine and passionfruit leaf extract to smoothen the skin. This trio is effective in reducing excess oil but the formula retains an almost invisible feel that really justifies its “Cloud Set” name.
Blk/Opl True Colour Soft Velvet Finishing powder
Blk/Opl True Color Soft Velvet Powder Finishing Powder is a must if you are ‘gramming this weekend. It is lightweight and oil-absorbing, but it has a tone-evening formula that prevents flashbacks in photos. It is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. The cap costs only $12.
Saje Airset Radiant Loose Set Powder
Saje’s Airset Radiant Loose Setting powder may be a good choice if you are looking for a soft-matte finish but have a dry complexion. It has a hydrating, squalane-infused formula. For a radiant, fresh-faced look, the brand’s “aerated cream technology” is a trademark.
CoverGirl Fresh Pressed Powder
CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Pressed powder is one of the most popular drugstore products on the market. It’s all-vegan and talc-free, making it as safe for the environment as for your makeup looks. This powder is light in color and can be used as a setting powder or on its own to create a light foundation.
One/Size Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder
One/Size’s Ultimate Blurring Powder by Patrick Starrr is the product to have in your makeup bag if you are constantly on-the-go. It has a 14-hour lasting power and blurs fine lines.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Translucent Pressed Setting Powder
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Translucent pressed Setting Powder contains silk, collagen and antioxidants. This powder mattifies without adding texture or lines. The compact is lightweight and easy to carry, as it doesn’t explode when you open the lid.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting powder
Delina Medhin, a makeup artist and beauty editor alike will not hesitate to tell you that Fenty Beauty Pro Instant Retouch Setting Powder is the best they have ever used. It’s easy to see why with such a finely-milled formula and so many shades available, it’s not surprising.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Set Powder is a timeless classic that has been a staple in professional makeup artists’ kits for more than a decade. Emily Cheng is Yara Shahidi’s favorite makeup artist. It was 15 years ago that she first tried it and has never stopped using it. Cheng says, “It’s easy, simple, foolproof, it does the job.”
Rommy Najor, a New York City makeup artist, often uses it when she works with clients with darker skin tones. He says that it instantly mattes and sets makeup without looking heavy.
AJ Crimson AJC Universal Finishing Powder
Medhin’s long-standing favorite, AJ Crimson AJC Universal Finishing powder, is a silky powder that you can purchase in light, medium and dark shades. It also comes in a vibrant yellow shade, which is perfect for brightening your undereyes.
La Mer The Powder
Nam Vo, makeup artist on Instagram, is all about the glow. Or as she calls it, “dewy dumpling” appearance. She is very particular about choosing the right powder. She says that she loves La Mer The Powder because it sets makeup perfectly, is fine and silky smooth, while letting the natural beauty and glow of the skin shine through. It doesn’t make it look like it has been rolled up, as some powders can do.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
Hourglass Veil Translucent Set Powder is essential for all makeup artists Allan Avendano, Vincent Oquendo. Avendano says that the powder is finely milled and creates a beautiful, airbrushed skin finish. The diamond particles in the powder blur imperfections. He applies the powder to his face and then sets concealer under-eyes with it. Oquendo also agrees that the product’s reflective finish gives skin an even glow without making it look too flashy. He says, “It is hands-down my favourite loose powder.”
Givenchy Prisme Libre Finishing & Setting Powder SHO
Givenchy Prisme Libre Finishing & Setting Powder is more than just the lightweight feel and airbrushed finish. The unique thing about Powder is that each jar has four shades. This makes it easy to color-correct and add dimension to any look.
Nars Light Reflecting Powdered Setting Powder
A mess-free alternative that gives skin a matte but luminous finish is the Nars Light Reflecting pressed setting powder. This compact version of the Best of Beauty Award winner is clear on all skin types, yet gives skin a soft, filter-like glow.
Bobbi Brown Loose Powder in Sheer Finish
British makeup artist Adam Burrell has used Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Finish Loose powder for almost as long as he has been working. He says, “It has been tested on red carpets and TV and music videos, as well as everywhere else, and it’s not fault.” “I am wary of trying anything else, because if it isn’t wrong, don’t fix them, as they say. It is sheer and finely milled. The shade range is perfect.
Cover FX Perfect Setting powder
Stiles points to Cover FX as one of the most dark setting powders available. If the idea of applying a chalky-white powder to your skin makes you sceptical, consider the Deep Translucent option. It’s translucent and won’t leave skin feeling dry or cakey.