I’m trying really hard to not start this with a comment about setting yourself up for success. Really though, you put in all of that time (even if it’s 10 minutes) to put yourself together, then when you leave your house your makeup is a virtual slip and slide if there’s even slight humidity. Not this summer, though. This time you’re prepared with these setting powders.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $24.99. A bit pricey, but a little goes a long way with this powder. It gives the skin a beautiful poreless effect without looking cakey. It’s great for setting concealer, or setting your entire face. It has a lot of fancy ingredients in it, too, which has to count for something.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, $32. While this is similar to Laura Mercier’s setting powder, this one is baked and pressed making it easier to work with. It also has a mirror so it’s great to bring along for touch ups and I find it has a brightening effect on the skin. This is another lighter powder, so don’t expect it to do any serious setting.
E.L.F. High Definition Powder, $6. This is the stuff those celebrity photos with white patches on their faces are made of. This stuff is white, and like sunscreen, it will reflect the light causing flashback. Don’t use too much and (if you buy E.L.F.’s version which is just as good as the well known MUFE H.D. powder) keep the sticker over the holes where the product is deposited. Otherwise, this stuff will get all over the place. Hopefully E.L.F. will improve the packaging on this one, but if you can put up with that this will set your face beautifully.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder, $7.99. Bulky packaging and no mirror makes this kind of a drag for people who want to set on the go. The extra bit of coverage is great for summertime, though. With this, you can use less liquid foundation (always a plus in the heat) and the powder you would use anyway can pick up the slack. I really like that, but I also think E.L.F.’s option is an all around better option.
E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder, $3. I talked about this in my Favorite E.L.F. Makeup post (here) but I want to mention this again because I think it’s a sleeper in the beauty world. Now, you can’t use too much of this. It’s not very finely milled and it will look terrible. The coverage it gives is fantastic, though. I usually skip an under eye concealer and just set that area with this and it works really well. It’s also slimmer than the Maybelline Fit Me, half the price, and comes with a mirror. Even if you just carry this in your purse for touch up, I think it’s a great product.
To cut down on your powder use altogether, make sure you’re using an astringent if your skin is oily. This will help eliminate the excess oils that are causing your makeup to fade in the first place. Then, dust yourself with some setting powder and you’ll be ready for countless hours of summer fun! In the picture above I’m wearing Nyx’s Intense Butter Gloss (read here for more) in Tres Leches and MAC’s Costa Riche eyeliner. Check back tomorrow to read about how to turn your foundation into a tinted moisturizer!
All The Best,