Setting the makeup

Encouraging Longevity

Lilly Cole supermodel using a powderpuff setting her makeup
Setting with Powder

The long lasting ways

Make up can be fun and bring out the experimentalist in you but touch up is another thing. There is no product that can keep all of your makeup in place for the duration of 24hrs. The skin needs to breathe and produce natural oils inevitably moving the makeup – if it didn’t your skin would not be happy. However there are ways or products which limit the amount of times you need to touch up your makeup.

Woman applying setting loose powder with a brush
Setting Powder

Invincible Powder – Setting Powder

Notable Ingredients: Talc, Zinc oxide,  silica based (translucent).

Tools: Use a fluffy brush for specific areas and to avoid caking. Use For fuller coverage use a powder puff.

Setting powders come in different shades as well as translucent. Use mineral based loose powder when using mineral foundation.

T. LeClerc cosmetics setting loose powder
Setting loose powder. T. LeClerc cosmetics

Benefits:

-Helps set liquid or waxy based makeup which including foundation, lipsticks and eyeliners etc.

-Helps diffuse light reflected off product.

-Absorbs oil. Being warm, the skin melts the makeup and also has sebaceous glands which secrete oil.

–  Good for a matte makeup look.

-It is build-able. Use throughout the day.

-The finely milled particles can cover blemishes

Blotting powdered papers as a quick fix to reduce the oil

Downsides:

– Loose powder can be messy. Not recommended for when traveling about.

– Can make wrinkles more obvious

Pressed powder translucent in compact form with mirror cosmetics
Pressed powder translucent

Pressed Powder

Notable Ingredients: similar to above but one added binding ingredient, wax.

Tools: Fluffy brush or a setting pad which usually comes with the product.

Different shades of pressed powder in compact form cosmetics
Different shades of pressed powder in compact form cosmetics

Benefits:

– Similar to above loose setting powder.

– Handier to have when going out. Not as messy.

Downsides:

– Less full coverage. Less finely milled particles being the main difference with the loose variant.

– Added binding ingredient not suitable for those with allergies towards wax.

Cosmetics brand, Laura Mercier liquid primer with oil and oil free
Laura Mercier liquid primer with oil and oil free

Primer

Notable Ingredients: Silica, polymers, wax, salicylic acid,

Tools: Fingers or any type of foundation or concealer brush.

Benefits: 

– Only needed once during the day. Do not need to reapply.

– Being translucent easier to apply.

– Some act as  a moisturizer (decreases dryness) and offer SPF protection as well.

– The right primer can protect sensitive skin. Acts like a barrier.

-Smooths the skin and evens the skin tone.

Downsides:

–  It can block pores.

–  Can block sun nourishment and deny your skin vitamin D.

Makeup setting spray; Clarins, Kiko, MAC, Urban Decay, CHeeky, Diego Dalla Palma, NYX, Collection 2000 cosmetics
Makeup setting spray; Clarins, Kiko, MAC, Urban Decay, CHeeky, Diego Dalla Palma, NYX, Collection 2000 cosmetics

Setting Spray

Notable Ingredients: Water, acrylic, isoprophyl (various types), polymers, emollients, preservatives and ingredients for fragrance

Tools: None needed.

Tip: Hairspray can be used as an alternative setting spray.

Use hairspray as a setting spray

Benefits: Great as a quick fix.

Downsides:

-Does not offer full coverage.

– Contains alcohol which can be drying.

Aim: How oily are you? – Set it only where you need it.

Powder puff cosmetics blond woman advertisement Vogue 1949
Powder puff advertisement Vogue 1949

Image Resources:

http://dillydallas.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/few-glam-photos.html

flickr.com/photos/53035820@N02/6705393673/sizes/l/in/photostream

http://www.beautylish.com/a/vcgpg/best-pressed-powder

http://www.mfilomeno.com/

http://thegiftsoflife.tumblr.com/post/26758426950

http://www.barneys.com/t.leclerc-loose-powder-00456901000111.html

Makeup Kit Favourites: Primers

http://www.getthegloss.com/article/gloss-report-makeup-fixing-sprays

 

 

 

 

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