“What is the difference between a setting powder and a finishing powder”?
Often times, people don’t know the difference. First of all, we will start by defining the terms. A Setting powder is used to set in your foundation and a Finishing powder is generally used “after” the setting powder to blur the appearance of fine lines, pores giving you an extra-perfect look.
A setting powder is an essential step in anyone’s makeup routine; as the name implies, goes on after your foundation to get rid of shine and “set” it in place for a long-lasting effect. It prevents your foundation from rubbing off and stops you from looking/feeling like a greasy pizza (lol), they also provide a smooth surface on which to apply products such as blush, bronzer etc. Lastly, setting powders come in different forms; loose or compact and are either tinted or translucent.
On the other hand, a finishing powder is the finishing makeup step but not necessarily an essential step for everyday makeup. These powders are translucent and come in compact or loose forms. It’s best for situations where you’re going to be photographed, however be sure to blend well because the light from the flashlight can be a bit harsh, so you don’t look like you fell face flat in a bucket of baby powder… (just kidding). For your normal makeup routine, using a finishing powder won’t have any consequences if properly applied and blended.