Guide to Foundations – Setting foundation with Powder

It’s been a while since I have added to my Guide to Foundation series. If you have missed previous posts you can find them here – Types of foundation, What to expect from what coverage, Foundation finishes. This week we are looking at setting your foundation.

To make the most of your foundation you need to ensure you are using products to help it last and one of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are setting your foundation properly. There is still a big do we don’t we debate about whether we need to set our foundation. I personally always set my foundation, although people with extremely dry skin might be better off without adding powder.

Why do you need to set your foundation? 

Setting foundation with a powder will –

Help fix the foundation – Applying powder to slightly damp foundation helps fix your foundation making it last longer

Reduces Shine – Gives skin a smoother appearance, reducing areas of shine.

Absorbs grease – Ideal for people with oily skin as it absorbs any excess oil produced by the skin.

Helps conceal minor blemishes – adds an extra bit of coverage.

I really advise setting your foundation, if you find your makeup is sliding off your face. Also if you need your makeup to last a long period of time and still look flawless then setting your foundation is a must. Those of us with oily or combination skin will benefit from setting their foundation as it helps combat any shininess. You can use powder to help stop shine in specific areas or all over if needed. Setting your foundation also stops creases appearing. This added step can also help you if you find the need to reapply or touch up your base during the day.

Different types of powder used for setting

Pressed powder

– Can be purchased in your a shade correct for your skin tone and colour
– Adding extra coverage.
– Easier for touch ups on the go.

– If you get a tan or your skin colour changes throughout the year, you will need to purchase more than one shade.
– Can appear cakey and settle in fine lines as its not that finally milled as loose powder.
– Less hygienic as germs can harbour in the product
– More risk of cross contamination if used professionally on different clients.

Loose powder

– Loose powder is best for a natural looking finish as its finely milled.
– Translucent loose powder is the most versatile and is the preferred choice by most professionals. It is colourless, so it doesn’t affect the colour of the already applied foundation, so perfect for year round use.
– No risk of cross contamination as you can dispense the required amount, so perfect for use on more than one person if used professionally.

– Harder to travel with and more prone to spillage.
– Offers less coverage than pressed powder.
– Can add an ashen effect to the skin.
– Can cause flash back if high definition loose powder.

As you can see both have their pros and cons. However, I recommend setting your foundation with a loose powder after applying it at home as this gives the most natural effect. Yet I recommend a pressed powder for touch ups in the day and for use when traveling.

Do you set your foundation? Which products do you use? Do you find using a powder has helped with any of your foundation problems? Are there any posts you would like to see in this series? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x