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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

Formulated with a deeply nourishing cocktail of hyaluronic acid and larch tree extract, the No7 Airbrush Away Primer provides a smooth and velvety base, ideal for seamless makeup application. If you’re looking for an instant airbrushed effect, this primer will have you covered, regardless of your skin type or texture.

If you’re looking for a targeted primer for a specific skincare concern, look no further than the Pore Minimizing Primer or the Radiance Boosting Primer. If enlarged pores or dullness threaten the finish of your makeup, these will be your holy grails.

The oil-free formulation of the Pore Minimizing Primer will help to eliminate the appearance of fine lines, texture and enlarged pores for a flawless finish. The Radiance Boosting Primer – enriched with citric acid – remedies any dullness in your skin for a radiant, lit-from-within-glow makeup base.

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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

Once your liquid products have set, it’s time to reinforce your look with the No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Pressed Powder. Enriched with light-diffusing properties and available in four shades, it will set your makeup with a flawless finish that promises day-long illumination. With the silky, weightless formula and fine milling, the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores will be instantly diminished.

If you prefer something a little more matte, the No7 Flawless Finishing Loose Powder promises a shine-free makeup finish and all-day wear.

Formulated with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Kaolin, it instantly hydrates the skin while removing excess sebum and oils to ensure your makeup remains matte all day.



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