I just received this question from a reader who is confused about all the different types of powders, particularly the difference between setting powder, finishing powder, and translucent makeup powder.
What’s the difference between setting powder and finishing powder? and translucent powder too.
How am i supposed to use them? and are they necessary?
(i have very oily skin btw)
Setting powder and finishing powder are the same thing. They are meant to ‘set’ your makeup to make it last longer.
Translucent powder just means that it won’t add any color to your skin, so it won’t interfere with your makeup. It can also be used on its own.
If you have oily skin, a setting/finishing powder that has oil control is great for controlling shine during the day. You can also use a special oil-absorbing powder, however you need to be careful that you don’t keep adding more powder all day or it will start to cake up. Just carry around some oil blotting papers with you. You can get them in a regular pharmacy, such as the ones by Clean and Clear called Clean & Clear Instant Oil Absorbing Sheets.
For a more upscale brand, people love Boscia Blotting Linens.
When it comes to my favorite finishing powder, I love Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil.
Hope that helps!