Thursday, April 07, 2011

Makeup for Absolute Beginners | Setting Powders and Finishing Sprays


A setting powder is a loose or compact sheer-to-medium coverage powder that “sets” your foundation so that it lasts  throughout the day. It adheres to any damp and/or sticky part of the foundation and creates somewhat of a seal. If you used a liquid foundation alone, you can usually feel a “damp” feeling on your face. You can combat this by using a loose setting powder. It can also help remove excess shine.

It’s really beneficial for us oily girls to use a setting powder so that the oils in our skin don’t break down our makeup to the point where it’s sliding and/or disappearing from our faces thus making touch-ups less frequent. It also can stop our makeup from getting all over our clothing or anything we touch throughout the day.

Translucent/Loose Powders~ provides a natural, virtually undetectable finish. In fact, you'll hardly know it's there. The fine-textured formula takes down shine without dulling and won't streak, cake or clog pores.Translucent/loose powders can be purchased in a color close to you skin tone or a white/off white color.

Pressed Powders~ also known as blotting powders provides a small amount of coverage. This powder usually comes in a compact and can be used throughout the day to control oil and shine. Pressed powder can also be used without foundation for minimal coverage.  Pressed powder are usual purchased in a color close to your skin tone. 

*A little goes a long way. If your face has a "casper the friendly ghost" look or your makeup starts to look cakey or you can flat out see the powder... you probably applied too much. 


Finishing sprays are usually applied by a spritzer on the face for a little 'pick-me-up'.  If you had a long day at work and don't have time to reapply for your after work festivities, a finishing spray works great. They are also perfect for the dewy look we all love. The spray is meant to resist the heat and humidity which causes smearing, melting and loss of makeup color. It is often used by make-up artists on models and actors for photo shoots and filming.

[I am not a reapply/touch-up girl, I don't even carry a makeup bag throughout the day. After applying my foundation in the morning I set it with MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish Natural, if I get oily I blot off excess oil with whatever I can find tissue. I use a finishing spray if I have something to do after work and don't want to reapply makeup.]


  1. great post hun,I prefer pressed powder over translucent always!Need the Mac Fix+ been on my wishlist forever

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