It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there’s always one thing we want our makeup to do and that’s for it to last all day… A difficult task when we’re in the warmer months of summer. As the temperature and humidity rise, our makeup has more of a tendency to slide off our faces – this is when we need to reach for a trusty setting powder. Below, we’ve collated some of our best for you to choose from.
Top tip: apply with a smaller, fluffy brush for more targeted application and place the powder just in the areas where it’s needed, rather than the whole face, to avoid an over-powdered finish.
Jeffree Star Magic Star Setting Powder
If anyone knows how to do show stopping makeup, it’s Jeffree Star. The makeup mogul recently launched the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Magic Star Setting Powder – which banishes creasing and patchiness in just one swipe of a brush. The ultra-fine texture is designed to blur imperfections and lock makeup in place for the ultimate airbrushed effect. Available in eight shades, there’s a hue for everyone (all without the dreaded photo flash-back). If it’s good enough for Jeffree, then it’s good enough for us.
Revolution Bake & Blot Powder
Looking for a more purse-friendly option? Revolution always has our back with top quality formulas at a low price, and the Bake & Blot Powder is no exception. The pressed powder is finely milled and ideal for setting oilier areas of the skin, resulting in makeup that lasts. The formula diffuses the appearance of pores for a flawless finish, without settling in fine lines and creases. Available in ten different shades, there’s a tone to suit every skin shade. It also comes in a handy-sized compact, meaning it’s perfect to put in your handbag for any mid-afternoon touch ups.
Nabla Close Up Baking & Setting Powder
Sometimes, a translucent powder is the best option when it comes to subtlety. The translucent shade of the Nabla Close Up Baking & Setting Powder is suitable for all skin tones, so you won’t have to deliberate over which shade will suit you best. The loose powder helps to smooth, set and mattify makeup, resulting in a perfectly airbrushed finish. The lightweight powder reduces the look of pores and lines as well as refreshing the skin and reducing shine. If you have an oilier complexion, then this one is for you.
RCMA No-Colour Powder
It’s earned a coveted status and is one of the most well-known setting powders – and all for good reason. The RCMA No-Colour Powder is like an Instagram filter for your face. The powder works to blur out imperfections without feeling heavy or cakey and the finish is the perfect soft-focus look that we all want to achieve. The formula is enriched with vitamin E, meaning that it cuts through shine and soaks up oil without drying out the skin. When it says no colour, it means no colour – this powder works for all skin tones.
Illamasqua Loose Powder
We get it – if you’ve spent time and effort on your makeup, then you’re going to want it to last. Loved by makeup artists (so it must be good!), the Illamasqua Loose Powder is the setting powder you need to be picture perfect. Another loose compact, the formula is super fine, so in just one sweep, pores are concealed, skin is mattified and makeup is locked in place. The translucent shade suits a variety of skin tones and won’t sit in fine lines or crease around your nose and eyes.
Milani Prep Set Go Face Powder
Who doesn’t love a multitasking product? The Milani Prep Set Go Face Powder is developed to prime your face for makeup, as well as setting the skin for a long-lasting finish. The two-in-one product can be used before foundation to blur pores and fine lines or after you have completed your makeup for increased longevity and a shine-free finish. Available in a classic translucent shade, as well as an illuminating version, so if matte isn’t your thing, you can set your makeup whilst still achieving a glow.