Friend or Foe?: Setting Powders | 2011

Have you guys heard about the HD powder curse that's going around? If not.. keep reading! If so.... still keep reading ")


Let's address the problem, find out what the cause is... & of course find a solution!

Addressing the Problem:
Obviously celebrities are scrutinized far more harshly than us common folk, so when a celebrity has a make-up meltdown, mishap, or what have you it's a big deal!


Makeup Forever's HD Powder has continuously been blamed and scrutinized as being the culprit behind this unbecoming "trend"

My take on the whole thing is this:
It doesn't necessarily have to be the product- it could be the application that's causing this hideous trend! Also, MUFE is not the only brand that carries a translucent HD setting powder! So lets just give Makeup Forever the benefit of the doubt here..

When ANY setting powder is overused/abused it will give you these results in high definition photographs (which is not visible to the naked eye!)

***Concealer should be placed under eyes like a triangle***

Finding the cause:
Let's first talk about the different types of loose setting powders and what they are commonly used for:


a) Most make-up Artist use a loose powder under the eyes of their clients in order to easily sweep away any fall out eye shadow.


b) Setting powder is also used to set concealer in order for it not to crease or cake up into any fine lines & wrinkles under the eyes. (with a smaller fluffy brush) it also adds to the longevity of your makeup.

c) Setting powder is used for just that, setting your foundation! That final step in the makeup process, locking in all the goods, keep oiler areas under control & in some cases give a tad more coverage

Let's get into some of the most popular setting powders:

MAKE UP FOR EVER
HD Microfinish Powder $30


Made of only micronized Silca (100% mineral), has absolutely no pigment and absorbs only excess oil shine. When activated by contact with oil or surface moisture, it becomes completely invisible (clear) so it can be used on any skin color ...yes, I said ANY skin color!
**Do Not use this powder on dry skin**

Cover FX
Setting FX $32


Talc-free, contains minerals and micronized mica that acts as an optical diffuser, softening the appearance of fine lines, flaws and blemishes. It sets any foundation or concealer beautifully without ever leaving a dry or cakey looking finish.
**Even though it contains mineral ingredients (mica, silica)this powder is "photo safe" and won't strobe in flash photography**

E.L.F
High Definition Powder $6


Very similar to MUFE HD Microfinish Powder. For those that are on a budget this powder is very affordable but you must keep in mind a little goes a long way!
E.L.F's powder unlike the MUFE has an additional ingredient, silicone, which does not change the effectiveness or total transparency of this product at all.
**Do Not use the big fluffy puff that comes with the E,L.F powder (especially for beginners) It applies far to much to the skin and will leave a white residue.** I do not recommend this powder for baking under eye area.




Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
$37
Hands down, one of my favs and should be in every makeup artists kit! Great for baking under eye area. Melts down into skin beautifully when applied with a damp sponge.




Ben Nye Banana Powder
$15
Another one of my favs, this powder made famous by Kim Kardashian's Makeup Artist has a yellow tint and always gives off a soft airbrushed finish that helps to brighten the skin and smooth pores- another mua must have! Great finale to complete color correction. Another amazing powder for baking.

Solution:
a) If you notice an ashy or greyish hue over your skin, this is an indication that you've used too much!

b) Before going out take a couple of pictures of yourself to be on the safe side!

c) Use a big fluffy brush! (put a small amount in the cap, swirl brush around, tap off excess) then buff (slightly dust) onto skin working on t-zones first! Works like a charm ♥ This buffing method is the easiest and fastest way to set your makeup in my opinion.

d) Stay away from anything with talc in it, will make you appear grey in photographs. Instead look for powders with silica or cornstarch.














“Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry”






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