7 best face powders for setting your makeup
Trust us, your makeup kit needs these
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 05 2018
Setting powders are one of the most underrated products in our makeup kits. While they might not be as pretty as a 12-shade eyeshadow palette, and they don’t tend to make you feel as powerful as a bright red lipstick does, they’re integral to keeping your complexion looking flawless and shine-free throughout the day. But as with any beauty product, there are some brilliant face powders and some that fall short. To find out which ones are worthy of your hand-earned dollars, we spoke to three of Australia’s top makeup artists: Rae Morris, Michael Brown and Nicola Burford.
Here are the seven powders they can’t get enough of.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Celebrity makeup artist Michael Brown says “this is a cult product with makeup artists for a reason”. He explains, “It sets makeup, controls shine, absorbs oil and blurs imperfections, all while looking incredibly natural.” He also loves how the lightweight translucent powder never leaves skin looking cakey or flat.
Note: While Laura Mercier is no longer available for sale in Australia, you can purchase their products online at Selfridges (they ship to Australia).
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
“I love this powder as it’s perfect for setting and stabilising any cream or liquid base without leaving a powdery finish,” says leading makeup artist, Nicola Burford. She adds, “It’s so clever – who’d have thought a powder could be moisturising? It almost melts into the skin. I love using it for all my high-definition work in my professional life as well as every day for me.”
Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Powder
This multipurpose perfector is a favourite of Rae Morris’s (the go-to makeup artist for celebs like Shanina Shaik and Jessica Mauboy), because it’s brilliant when used to set makeup as well as a velvety base under eyeshadow. “I also love how fine and light it is. Plus, it really does reduce the appearance of large pores, just like it claims,” she adds.
MAC Cosmetics Blot Powder/Pressed Compact
“This powder is my workhorse,” says Burford. “Compact and portable and perfect for touch-ups on the go, the colourless formula will never ‘muddy’ your makeup, even with layering throughout the day.”
Rae Morris Invisible Mattifier Powder
While it’s understandable that Morris would recommend her own mattifier, she’s not actually the makeup artist singing its praises. It’s Brown who told us it’s his go-to for creating a blurred and smooth skin surface. He says, “it creates such as seamless and invisible finish on the skin without changing its texture or settling into expression lines”.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes
In addition to stopping concealer from creasing, this “ultra-fine powder is lovely for stabilising under the eye, as the light-diffusing particles inhibit the look of lines and brighten the area,” says Burford.
Cover FX Blotting Powder
Whenever he’s after a powder that mattifies the skin while adding a hint of coverage, Brown reaches for Cover FX’s Blotting Powder. He says it effectively absorbs oil to minimise shine and nourishes the skin with the help of kaolin clay and green tea extract.
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What’s your favourite setting powder? Let us know in the comments below.
Main image credit: @lisaeldridgemakeup
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.