How to Apply Finishing Powder

Mar/01/2023 / by Melanie Fourie
How to Use Finishing Powder
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Finishing powder is renowned for its ability to reduce pores and blur fine lines for a flawless, airbrush effect. For optimal results, carefully press it on your face and neck and voila – you’re good to go! 

When Is Finishing Powder Necessary?

If you plan on applying your makeup for an extended period of time, consider using a finishing powder. Even more so than setting powder or spray, finishing powder aids in the setting of your makeup. If you’re wearing your makeup for many hours, apply a finishing powder to keep it from creasing or making your face seem greasy.

Makeup will also last longer if you use it to protect it from smudging. If you have dry skin, apply it lightly or avoid it altogether. Reason being is that in addition to looking wrinkled, the powder may also cause further dryness to your skin.

If you’re going to be photographed, use it sparingly. In images, the flash may make your face seem whiter than it really is, since it is either clear or transparent. You should use finishing powder sparingly when photographing with a flash.

Choosing a Finishing Powder That Matches Your Preferences

For light coverage, use a loose finishing powder. A finishing powder may sometimes make your makeup seem cakey and heavy. Instead, choose a light-weight finishing powder that won’t cause your make-up to seem that way.

The majority of finishing powders are offered loose rather than in a compact, making them easier to apply.
Use a translucent HD finishing powder to keep your makeup in place and reduce shine. A matte, perfect finish may be achieved using finishing powders. If you want your makeup to seem flawless in photos, invest in High Definition finishing powder.

If you want to balance out your complexion, go for a tinted powder finish. If you’re looking for additional coverage, go for a finishing powder with a color to it, rather than a transparent powder. A hue that is as close to your natural color as possible is ideal. Translucent finishing powders tend to be heavier, whilst tinted powders tend to be lighter.


  • Apply all your makeup as usual. This implies everything from foundation to concealer to eyeshadow to mascara to bronzer to setting powder. Makeup may be as much or as little as you choose.
  • If you have oiliness and want to preserve your makeup, you may apply it atop setting powder.
  • Put a little bit of powder on the lid and close it. It’s simple to tap out the finishing powder since it isn’t compacted in the container. To make it simpler to handle, sprinkle a tiny quantity of powder over the container’s lid.
  • Take care while removing it from the container. It’s simple to spill the powder since it’s so loose.
  • Tap off any extra powder with a fluffy brush after dabbing it into the powder. 
  • Use a big, soft makeup brush to scoop up a little quantity of powder and apply it to your face. To remove any extra powder from your brush, just tap it on the container’s lid.
  • Alternatively, you may use a round brush or a beauty sponge to get a more concentrated effect.
  • It’s a good idea to tap the extra powder off your powder brush to avoid it dripping into your clothing.
  • Your face and neck should be covered with the powder. Use a gentle patting motion to apply your brush to the areas of your face and neck where foundation will be applied. 
  • Apply a little circular pressure on your face, starting at the center and going outwards. Keep an eye out for trouble spots, like as your nose and T-zone, where you want to decrease pores.
  • The powder should not be swabbed or rubbed into your skin. It’s possible that this will make your makeup splotch.
  • You should be able to hardly see the powder on your skin at this point. When you initially apply your finishing powder, it will be thick and difficult to mix with the rest of your makeup. The powder should be rubbed in gently until you can no longer see it.
  • Make sure you don’t touch your face after applying it. Makeup will become less effective if the oil from your fingertips is absorbed into it.


What is the difference between finishing powder and setting powder?

For the most part, finishing powders are used to make makeup seem smoother, while setting powders are applied to make makeup stay on for longer.