With the arrival of summer, it seems like everyone is looking for a perfect sun-kissed glow. But there’s a big difference between a lit-from-within luminosity and oily shine. When you’re feeling the heat (literally), it’s time to add finishing powder to your routine. Made to be applied after your foundation and before eye makeup, blush, bronzers and highlighters, it’s a bit of summertime magic that will will keep your look beautiful and bright while controlling excess oil. In fact, you’ll probably keep this step in your routine year-round.
The Difference Between Setting & Finishing Powders
Although some confuse setting powder with finishing powder, they are distinct products that can even work well together—it just depends on your desired effect. A setting powder is applied after your foundation and before your makeup and its purpose is to absorb excess oil. Finishing powder is meant to be applied after a setting powder and its purpose is to lock your foundation in place while providing a subtle blur of pores, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin texture. Like our oh-so-popular Mineral Veil® finishing powder, it can be completely translucent or come with a hint of tint which can give just a smidge of additional coverage. If you want to mix up your finishes, try the Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo that gives you matte and luminous finishes in one palette.
When to Use a Finishing Powder
Ideal for occasions where you’ll be photographed a lot (but also pretty perfect for everyday wear), finishing powder is a weightless miracle that will give your complexion a lasting soft-focus finish. If you are looking for an on-the-go option, our bareSkin® Perfecting Veil Finishing Powder is a mineral pressed powder that comes in a convenient compact with an included puff and can be worn on bare skin for a fresh, feather-light finish or after you apply foundation. For days where you will be in the sun, we recommend using Mineral Veil® finishing powder with SPF 25 that gives you a gorgeous, soft matte finish with broad spectrum protection.
Can You Use Mineral Powder over Liquid Foundation?
Yes! You can absolutely layer mineral finishing powder over liquid foundation or powder foundation. Just wait until your foundation has fully dried for the best results.
Watch as Jaclyn, Manager of Global PR for bareMinerals, learns how to best apply finishing powder to her combination skin.