Question of the Day: Do you always set your foundation with powder?

Kiko Milano Liquid Skin Second Skin Foundation, Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation, Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact, NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder
Kiko Milano Liquid Skin Second Skin Foundation, Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation, Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact, NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder

When the weather is so hot (and it’s 30+ degrees at my place) I question the amount of layers of makeup I put on my face. Normally I would skip any foundation or powder but sometimes you have to have a full face of makeup and here comes the question whether you should set your foundation with powder or not. Or maybe use a powder foundation instead. 

During colder months I always set my foundation with either loose or compact powder as it seems to work the best for my combination skin. Either it is a liquid foundation or a BB/CC/DD cream – I always get shiny on my forehead, nose and chin. A good combination of a primer and powder allows me stay shine-free for 8+ hours. My absolute favorite powders are NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder, Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder, MAC Pro Longer Powder/Pressed, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra-Definition Powder Foundation and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I believe these powders work wonderfully depending on the finish I want (from translucent and sheer to full coverage).

But such a hot weather messes things up. If I go with my usual makeup routine – that includes toner, face cream, primer, foundation and powder – I end up with five layers of product on my face. That means way more sweat and shine as a result. I can exclude toner and face cream but I just have to apply a primer to make sure my foundation stays in place. And I just can’t leave my face like that as it seems sticky and strange. I still reach for powder (preferable a loose one) to have it set. I personally cannot skip this step as it makes me feel secure and keeps oils at bay (for 6 hours, at very least).

So, I wonder whether you always set your foundation with powder? How often do you skip this step? Do weather conditions change your full-face makeup routine? What are your favorite powders to set a foundation? Share your answers, thoughts and ideas in the comments down below!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

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17 thoughts on “Question of the Day: Do you always set your foundation with powder?

  1. I never set my foundation with powder. My skin is very dry and Max Factor’s Pan Stik is the only foundation that doesn’t make me look like I’ve got snakeskin. My foundation clings to my dry skin and it lasts basically all day. I think if I were to use a powder, my dry patches would take over. But yeah, I can totally understand that someone with oily or combination skin can’t do without face powder.

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    1. I guess the powder is very drying for those with very dry skin. Long time ago, when my skin was dry to normal (or mostly very dehydrated) I was staying away from powders and I did prefer BB/CC creams, but nowadays things are different and I simply cannot imagine skipping the powder 😀

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  2. I almost always do, especially in the summer time. In the winter, I can get away from powdering. If I get shiny, I usually blot to remove oils and then reapply powder. Lately I’ve been alternating between the Shiseido SPF one and a cheapo one from LA Color which works surprisingly well.

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  3. I used not to set my foundation for several years but then I started and liked it. 🙂 My favorite powder is Avene translucent mosaic powder. After it probaby will go Dior loose powder in shade 012 rose and later Clinique loose powder, which already not transperent. I didn’t try too many powders so I’m not an expert:) But Avene powder I bought three times I think:) It;s so invisible but does such a great job I can even forgive it that when you hit a pan sectors from mosaic start to separate from each other :/

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    1. I yet have to try the Dior powder – I heard some really good things about it, I own the Clinique one but I am not as excited about it anymore. NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder is the best loose powder I’ve tried so far :/ Glad you’ve found your perfect powder! And thank you for sharing – I’ll add it to my wish list! 😉

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      1. Yeah, I also was more impressed by Clinique powder at first. I never tried Nars powders. Dior loose powder has several shades, beige ones but they are also quite transparent I’d say. But I wanted something with a bit of shimmer or illuminating effect and I was choosing between Guerlain meteorites and Dior 012 and Dior looked much better for my taste:) If you try it hope you will like it!

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        1. I am not a fan of Guerlain meteorites. These powders have no coverage, do not set the foundation very well and are more about shimmer than anything else. So, I think I’ll have to give Dior powders a go as these powders have some amazing reviews 😀


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