Power Powder: #givegoodface Series, Part III

If you missed them...
Part I: Foundations
Part II: Concealers

Part III of my #givegoodface Series reveals my favorite setting powders. I don't typically set my entire face with powder on a regular basis, I reserve that for when I am going out and need my makeup to last all day/night. Since my skin type is on the normal side, I don't get too oily, therefore a powder also isn't that necessary and can tend to make my face look a bit dry/cakey. BUT, that said, I do use a setting powder for my undereye area every.damn.day. After applying concealer, I have to set with a powder otherwise the concealer will crease like crazy. It's this really fun part about getting older... Keep reading below if you want to find out my favorite undereye setting powder and what I use the rest of these for!

1. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder // This stuff is fantastic for "baking" or "cooking" your makeup, as is the trend these days (although drag queens have been doing it forever). It's a way of setting makeup for a super smooth finish that lasts all day. Some people love it, some hate it, some have no idea what it is, but this powder is perfect for it and it's super affordable! I like to dip my damp Beauty Blender into this powder and press it onto the skin.

2. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder // Another budget friendly drugstore option, this powder is simple and clean and gets the job done. It's a pressed powder, so you can use a big fluffy brush to buff it onto your skin, or you can use a smaller brush to concentrate on the T-zone or areas of your face that tend to produce more oil throughout the day. This powder is also good for mid-day face touch-ups.

3. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation // This one is a classic. It is technically meant to be fuller coverage, i.e., used as a foundation, but I have never used it that way. No joke, I have been using Studio Fix since I was in high school. I used to use it to cover up my undereye circles, even though that is definitely NOT what it was intended for. Now I use it from time to time just as I would use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, as a makeup setter or for spot touch-ups throughout the day. Sometimes I even use a damp Beauty Blender to apply this to blemishes and whatnot as a spot concealer.

4. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder // I don't know what kind of sorcery is at play here, but this stuff is pure magic. It actually does make your pores disappear when applied on top of your makeup. I like to apply this with a denser brush around my nose and in my T-zone area where my pores are more prevalent. This is a newer discovery for me, but I really love this powder and it is quickly becoming a Holy Grail product.

5. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder // Laura Mercier is a big name in the beauty game, and her powders are beautiful. This one is very finely milled and it's virtually untraceable when applied to the skin. For me, this one does the same job as the Coty Loose Powder, so I would save your pennies and go for the drugstore version.

6. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder // This is the one. This is the powder that I truly could not do my makeup without. This is THE BEST undereye setting powder I have ever used. It has the most subtle shimmer to it (don't let the word shimmer scare you, it's not sparkly) that really brightens your undereye area while also setting your concealer so that it does not budge or crease all day. I will be a loyal user of this powder for a long time to come. My favorite way to apply this is to dip a damp Beauty Blender into the powder and then press it onto the skin in a noticeable layer, let it sit there while I do the rest of my makeup, then brush the excess away with a fluffy brush. This is actually how you would achieve the "baking" technique.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed. Let me know if there is anything specific you'd like to see in the #givegoodface Series. Next up: BRONZERS!
~m.