No matter how many new trends and products are out in the beauty universe, one of the most common questions/concerns we hear remains how to set makeup effectively without the skin look flaky or dehydrated.

Unfortunately, there is no one perfect way to set makeup that suits every face. An individual’s complexion is as unique as their personal style, so we put together a guide to help you find the right products, tools and technique for you!

Choose a setting powder

Foundation powders are great to use as foundation, but they are too pigmented and bulky to set makeup. Choose a sheer loose powder that is translucent or slightly tinted (best for darker skin tones). The powder should feel light and silky giving a diffused finish without changing the color of your foundation.

Here are a few options for fair to deep skin:

+Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Translucent or Medium Deep (light to deep)

+Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder (fair to medium)

+Black Opal Finishing Powder (dark to deep)

Fully Blend Foundation into skin

Theres no point in “locking in” an uneven finish. Your foundation should be blended seamlessly into your skin, not sitting on top of it.

+For a sheer finish use a damp miracle face and body sponge or duo fiber brush

+For a medium to full coverage, buff liquid or creams into skin with your dual-ended expert sponge, expert face brush, or foundation brush

Light Layers in the Right Places

Be strategic about where you apply your powder and adjust the amount depending on the skin texture that you desire.

+Long-lasting matte finish for normal to oily skin tones. Bend your plush powder puff between your thumb and middle finger and use the index finger for pressure. Dip lightly into powder then use a rolling motion to press the powder into the skin.

+Light set to remove shine for dry to normal skin tones. Take small amount of powder on the tip of your soft powder brush and sweep over your face in large strokes using a small amount of powder to graze over skin.

+Spot set and remove shine for all skin tones. Blend loose powder in the T-zone with your soft finishing brush or use the soft shadow brush for focused setting under eyes, and around the nose and mouth.