How have I not blogged about this yet? So important! I talk about this in every seminar and 9 out of 10 times, students don't know the difference. This is normal though. Why? Because these cosmetics companies don't really clarify the difference on the packaging and some of the artists behind the counter don't even know. And unfortunately, some of the youtube gurus don't know the difference either because video and flash camera read off makeup differently, so again, you wouldn't physically see the difference. So, what IS the difference? Setting powders are to set in your foundation. Anytime you use a cream or liquid, you need to set it in with setting powder so that it lasts long and so that your blush and bronzer don't get spotchy and also to matte out the shine (oily shine, you don't want). Finishing powder is a product you just dust on at the end AFTER the setting powder. Finishing powders are softer and silkier in consistency and soften up any fine lines and wrinkles on flash camera. A typical finishing powder is HD powder. If you set in your foundation with a finishing powder, your face will turn white. When the HD powders first came out, a lot of makeup artists weren't really aware of the difference. They just thought, if it gets rid of fine lines and wrinkles, lets load it up! And long behold...poor celebrities looked coke-faced. I have attached some pictures below, eek! Note: the powder you buy will be labeled either "Setting Powder" or "Finishing Powder". In conclusion, HD powders are amazing for HD cameras, but use it minimally! You're welcome :)
Hi, I am Lilit...welcome to my colorful world! I have been a professional makeup artist for 13 years and I am based in Los Angeles, Ca. This is where I blog about all my favorite things, from beauty & fashion to travel & lifestyle. As a beauty educator, I run workshops at my own studio, here in LA. 2015 sees the launch of my own formulation, Elcie Cosmetics. Follow me on my journey...