For my last article in my Makeup Basics series, finishing touches seemed appropriate. So this week I’ll be discussing setting your makeup. This is a pretty important step in your makeup application – It sets your foundation and other products to both finish the look, and to increase the longevity of your perfectly applied makeup.
There are 2 basic product types used for setting your makeup, powders and sprays.
There are three main types of powder. Coloured pressed or loose powder needs to be purchased in a shade matching your skin-tone, much like foundation does. This type of powder sets your makeup, as well as adding additional coverage.
Translucent powder, again, either pressed or loose. Although Translucent powder is typically flesh-coloured in the packaging, the level of pigmentation is so low as to provide a completely sheer, or translucent effect. Translucent powder will set your makeup, and make it appear more matte, however it is not designed to add any additional coverage.
The third type of setting powder is a modern formulation of silica based setting powder. Most often packaged in a loose powder form designed and marketed especially for setting makeup, these powders significantly extend the wear time of your makeup without drastically changing the finish. So a dewy foundation will somewhat retain it’s dewy finish when set with one of these formulas like the Australis Setting Powder.
The other option for setting your makeup is a spray. There are a number of brands now that make a makeup setting spray that acts as a “hairspray for your face”. Urban Decay and Skindinavia both sell very popular setting sprays, and more locally, ModelCo and Australis also produce setting sprays. Apparently you can also get spray foundation that I have been assured does the same thing as a powder, but I have never tried it. I do however keep the Australis finishing spray at my door to spritz my makeup on the way out the house.
This particular product smells fab, like rosewater, and feels refreshing.
Choosing the right item to set your makeup will be (as with so much in makeup) a personal preference: loose powders can be messy, spraying your face can make your mascara run and pressed powder can sometimes look a little caked on. But with a little trial and error you will be able to find the right finishing technique for you.
What are your makeup setting tips? Have you tried any of these products? Do you always set your makeup? Let me know in the comments below.