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How to Use Setting Powder for a Flawless Finish

The key to a long-lasting makeup look, setting powder is the secret to a flawless finish that stays put all day. Setting your foundation with a No7 setting powder helps to diffuse light and reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, leaving skin looking visibly smoother. Read on to discover how to use face powder and find the best setting powder for an airbrushed finish.

What is setting powder?

Setting powder, or finishing powder, is a makeup product used to ‘set’ your makeup look. It comes in a loose or pressed form, and in tinted or translucent powder shades.

What does setting powder do?

Setting powder helps to set makeup in place all day, keeping excess oil at bay and achieving a mattified look. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for a smooth-looking finish.

Finishing powder also works to avoid the tacky texture liquid and cream foundations can leave on the skin, creating a sealed base that allows for powdered blushes and bronzers to blend seamlessly onto the skin.

When to apply setting powder

Setting powder should be applied after foundation and concealer, but before blusher and bronzer, to help set your base makeup in place and keep oiliness at bay.

How to use setting powder

Step 1: Prime the face for a smooth canvas

After completing a full skincare regimen (cleanse, tone and moisturize), your skin is ready for your makeup routine. Start by priming the skin. A hybrid between skincare and makeup, primer helps to create a smooth base, working to fill fine lines, blur pores, and even out the texture of skin ready for makeup application.

Try No7 Airbrush Away Primer. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it helps to keep skin hydrated while also reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

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Step 2: Apply foundation or concealer

Foundation helps to even out skin tone and blur imperfections, while concealer provides extra coverage where needed and can help to brighten the under eye for a refreshed look.

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 Step 3: Apply powder

To ensure a cake free application of the No7 Lift & Luminate Powder, apply using a small fluffy brush.

1) Lightly swirl the brush into the compact

2) Gently tap the handle of the brush to remove any excess product

3)  Sweep the brush over the skin, focusing on the area’s most prone to oiliness, including the forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks

Makeup Tip: To prevent makeup from settling into fine lines and wrinkles, apply a light dusting of No7 powder to smile lines and the under-eye area for a crease-free finish.


The best setting powder

Known for being one of the best value for money setting powders, No7 Lift & Luminate Powder helps to set makeup for a seamless-looking finish, while evening out skin tone and visibly smoothing the skin’s appearance.

With a silky, weightless formula, the finely milled pressed powder helps to diffuse light and blur the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Use No7’s best setting powders for a makeup look that lasts all day and for skin that instantly appears flawless, as if airbrushed


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