Setting Powder VS Finishing Powder – The Difference!

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What is the difference between a setting powder and a finishing powder, you ask?

Often times, a lot of people can’t tell.First, lets start by defining the terms.

A setting powder is used to set in your foundation while a finishing powder is generally used “after” the setting powder to blur the appearance of fine lines, pores giving you an extra-perfect look.



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A setting powder is an essential step in anyone’s makeuproutine; as the name implies, goes on after your foundationto get rid of shine and “set” it in place for a long-lastingeffect. It prevents your foundation from rubbing off andstops you from looking/feeling like a greasy pizza (lol),they also provide a smooth surface on which to applyproducts such as blush, bronzer etc. Lastly, setting powders come in different forms; looseor compact and are either tinted or translucent.



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On the other hand, a finishing powder is the finishingmakeup step but not necessarily an essential step foreveryday makeup. These powders are translucent and

come in compact or loose forms. It’s best for situationswhere you’re going to be photographed, however be sureto blend well because the light from the flashlight can be abit harsh, so you don’t look like you fell face flat in abucket of baby powder… (just kidding).

For your normal makeup routine, using a finishingpowder won’t have any consequences if properly applied and blended.

Credit: Zaron Cosmetics


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