Finishing Powder vs. Setting Powder

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There are so many face powders out there, but it’s hard to know what each one really does for your skin. A case in point: finishing powder vs. setting powder. What is the difference? Is it just marketing or do they really serve other purposes when it comes to makeup? To clarify, we turned to makeup artist and beauty blogger Ivy Boyd.

Finishing powder vs setting powder

The Verdict: You are different. According to Boyd, it’s simply a matter of function and form. “A setting powder does exactly that — it sets your makeup,” she says. Finishing powder, on the other hand, is more like a filter. “Often translucent, it’s used to blur pores, soften texture, and even add an overall glow to the skin.” Basically, finishing powder is for looks, while setting powder helps you get more hours out of your concealer, foundation, and other face makeup.

How to use fixing powder

When applying setting powder, Boyd recommends using a wet beauty blender to press the loose powder under the eyes and into the T-zone for an airbrushed look. Remember: push and roll; do not mix or rub aggressively.

Use of finishing powder

The finishing powder should be dusted lightly. “Think of it like a veil,” says Boyd. She recommends a big, fluffy powder brush for applying finishing powder, but she says you can still use a damp beauty sponge on your cheeks, where pores are larger.

Ready to shop? Here are some of the best finishing and setting powders on the market.

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