All females are aware of the fact that no makeup is complete without the application of setting powder and they use it regularly.
But what not many girls and women are aware of is the fact that there are more than one types of powder for the face. There is not just the setting powder, but there is fixing powder, baking powder, and many others as well.
So, what is the difference between the baking, setting and fixing powder? A baking powder is not actually a powder but rather a technique which is used to bring light to the face while a setting powder is the one which sets the makeup in its place and also holds the foundation and oily spot so that makeup stays intact and the fixing powder is that type of powder which makes the makeup waterproof and long-lasting.
But interestingly, the difference is very limited, so females are bound to get confused. We went through a survey and found out that many girls were using fixing powder in the place of setting powder.
That is because they were not aware of the difference. For instance, baking powder is often confused with setting powder because they both come in light tints and have opaque versions as well but fixing powder does not have color and it is mostly opaque.
This is what brings us here today as we are going to give you detailed information about these different types of powder and we will explain how you should apply them. Once you get to know them, it will become easy for you to apply them in your makeup routine and you will enjoy a much longer and beautiful look.
What Is Baking Powder?
Many of us have heard the term, but we are not fully aware of it. Some say that there is nothing like baking powder in makeup and that is true to some extent. In reality, there is, in fact, no powder which is known as baking powder.
It is a technique which is used to bring light to the face. It can be used during or after the makeup has been applied to the face. A light brush of powder on certain parts of the face such as forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin will make your face shine in a good way.
You will allow the baking powder to sit on your face for about 10 minutes after the application of foundation and it will bring light in your makeup and on your face.
This shine does not look oily as there is no oil involved in it. Interestingly, it comes in various colors as well as opaque. Colour of the powder comes to personal preference. Some like the shine to stay translucent while some prefer a light yellowness as in banana powder.
A fact worthy of being mention here is that this technique was developed long ago by the drag community as they wanted to bring a smoother look with a shine to the face. How the application is done depends upon the usage of the powder by oneself.
If one is going with the simplest and lightest shine then a light touch is enough while for a bright light, one must apply a good amount.
Ever since it became a thing, cosmetics companies have launched their own set of baking powder which comes in both forms that is loose powder and compact form. Both types of powder have a different form of application, so their effect varies as well.
But the common point here is that baking powder is used to bring light and shine to the face which can sometimes die while makeup is layered upon the face and we get that matt look.
What Is Setting Powder?
A setting powder as per the name does what it is named after. It sets the makeup in the right order and prevents it from getting disturbed. It also comes in various color tints and opaque form is also available in the market.
A setting powder is usually applied after the foundation, and it sets the course of the foundation firmly. It blocks away the oily spots and prevents the oily surface and saves the makeup from oily look. Also due to the application of this powder, the foundation stays in its place and does not crack or flake.
About the tones of this powder, the color is obviously upon the user’s choice and their taste. Some girls like to have a translucent look while some prefer some light tints on their face.
A setting powder is a must accessory in the list of makeup because it is what makes the makeup stay in its place and without it, many girls complain about the makeup being flaky or cakey. Many companies who are producing makeup items have launched their specialized setting powder.
Branded powders are expensive than those which are manufactured by local companies. But one must remember that face is something not to be toyed with. So always purchase the best powder and read the ingredients properly.
Many girls complain about the allergic reactions they have against certain makeup powder. That is because some of the ingredients such as silicon is used in the manufacturing and it does not suit everyone so get aware of the elements used in the making and then make the purchase.
What Is Fixing Powder?
A fixing powder is a type of powder which fixes the makeup and makes it waterproof and long lasting. This is rather an expensive item, and it is used to get that professional look on your face.
For any makeup, it must last long, and we go through so much different daily routine that our makeup is bound to get upset. Using fixing powder, not only the upsetting can be controlled, but also the finishing look is amazing.
Fixing powder has such ingredients in its making that it makes the makeup waterproof and that is the best thing that can happen to any girl. Of course, when makeup accessory has such qualities, they become expensive, and that is why most girls don’t use it.
But tell me to assure you that fixing powder is so important to have that final and finished look and once you use it, you will be surprised what amazing finish you will get. There is also a lot of confusion among females regarding the usage of it.
Those who are fully aware of its functionality, they use it accordingly. But many use it in between the makeup routine.
That is not wrong, but that is not correct as well since every item has its timing to be used. But again, if your skin is not reacting to it and supporting it whenever you use it, then go ahead. Use it and enjoy the look you get. Interestingly, it also comes in spray form as well, so people use it more often and easily.