I often get asked what is the actual difference between setting powder and finishing powder? Let’s discuss.

Setting Powder vs. Finishing Powder: What’s The Difference?

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Setting Powder

  • Can be tinted or translucent, which means it has no color
  • Mattifys your face, keeping oils at bay
  • Sets your makeup in place to ensure it lasts longer

Finishing Powder

  • Typically applied after setting powder to blur fine lines and pores
  • Best for photographing
  • Typically a white powder
  • Extra step for special occasions, not necessary for daily use

Setting Powder vs. Finishing Powder: What's The Difference?

The tricky thing to keep in mind is a lot of brands use these terms interchangeably – meaning confusion for the consumer. It’s best to educate yourself on what products you’re looking into prior to buying to ensure it will deliver the results you’re looking for.

Another thing to be aware of is if you’re using these powders in flash photography to use a light hand and blend very well. If not, you’re risking the dreaded chalky-white-cake-face look…and no one wants that.

Bonus tip: HD powders are typically finishing powders that are used in tv and film now that we have super high definition cameras that pick up every hair and pore. These help to give you that silky, soft look!

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