Beauty Tip: Transluscent Powder Obsession

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By a show of hands, I'd love to know who has known about this glorious thing called Transluscent Powder

Okay, just what I thought. We all kinda know about transluscent/setting powder and maybe even some of us have it in our arsenal of must-have products, but I truly didn't realize how effective and essential this powder was for me to look natural and flawless without too much makeup.

So let's rewind for a sec. I have been modeling a long time as many of you know and really feel like I have been introduced to almost every product under the sun. I have technically known about translucent powder/setting powder/finishing powder (so many names for it, they might all be different, but for me they essentially deliver the same results, flawless smooth matte skin) for a long time, but truthfully didn't quite get what it did... Like, does it cover up zits? Is it foundation? Is it powder? Why is there no color to it? Why do I need to "set" makeup anyway? Cant I just use bronzer over my foundation without this step?

Okay so here is the skinny:

I spoke with my sister in law who is a makeup artist (well I have two, but this sister is 19 and in the middle of training so is super knowledgeable on certain things because she is in the middle of her schooling and retaining lots of useful info! And she does the MOST AMAZING makeup, I am obsessed)

1. So setting powder is not like typical makeup. You don't use it to cover up like you would a foundation. You "set" the makeup with it, meaning its a finishing step. However, you can also use between foundation and bronzer/ blush to mattify and tone anything down.

2. You use it after liquid foundation or even foundation powder, to absorb oil and help mattify the face.

3. You would also use it to make the makeup last longer, blur fine lines and wrinkles, and get rid of any greasy looking shine. I feel like it really helps give a flawless cohesive look to my makeup when otherwise it can be randomly good, and then randomly a little too shiny which turns to grease midday. 

4. This type of powder is also great for using on the lids! I have the hardest time putting on eyeshadow evenly because, with the skin products I use prior to makeup application, my skin gets moisturized but also a little slick with product. I love dewy skin, but I don't love that my lids stay greasy and make any pigment impossible to look evenly distributed.  Setting powder is awesome for this purpose. It smooths and mattifies the lids so pigment is smoothly and evenly brushed over for a flawless and clean lid.

5. Minimizes spots and scars. My foundation does this for the most part, but when I evenly brush on my setting powder, any underlying color fades evenly and smoothly. I love this because it truly feels like the powder is doing its work by setting my look.

6. Setting powder isn't meant to be cover-up or foundation so it's not going to give strong coverage for things like zits or scars on its own, but paired with a cover-up or foundation, it will do a great job in blurring these imperfections.

7. You can use bronzer or blush immediately after foundation, but it might have a more dewy look and won't last as long. I love the dewy skin look but my skin starts dewy and ends greasy with mascara running down the side of my face. No good. I need setting powder.

I hope this helps you to have more clarity on what the heck this stuff actually does and why it's so useful! I was skeptical for a while thinking it was one more thing that we were being sold at makeup stores that were useless but I was so WRONG! 

I love this Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and apparently so does a lot of people because it's the number one selling powder! Highly recommend.

If you guys are looking for a great transluscent powder to set your makeup and blur imperfections, this one is a great one! I linked ot throughout the post and you can also buy below by clicking on the link. I got you:) 

xo,

Kim

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Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, Translucent, 1 Ounce
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