2015 has been a year of make-up revelations for me. I realised how important bronzer was for adding definition to the face, how some lipstick colours don’t suit me and that the BeautyBlender might just be worth the hype. But one of the biggest revelations came when I started properly setting my makeup. It lasted longer, it looked more flawless and everything started coming together. My combination skin loves a bit of setting powder in the t-zone but this is a particularly awesome step for under the eyes because it can help conceal, it can brighten and it can make sure that your concealer doesn’t crease or disappear by time lunch time comes around.
My favourite brush for this step is the Models Prefer 104 Dual Purpose Powder & Bronzer Brush. It’s super fluffy, fits perfectly into the area required and it picks up just the right amount of product every time. For a more precise approach, the Real Techniques Setting Brush is an awesome little number. Nowadays I’ve got a fairly solid arsenal of favourites that I rotate through depending on what I’m after.
For super duper brightening power – If I didn’t get a good night sleep or I haven’t been drinking enough water, my under eyes make sure to let everyone know so adding a bit more brightness to the area is always helpful. The Savvy CC Powder in Brightening is my go-to for this. This is seriously brightening stuff and if you have anything beyond a medium complexion, this will be too stark, but for my pale skin a light dusting of this really perks up the area.
For a bit of extra coverage – When concealer just isn’t cutting it by itself, I reach for the Bare Minerals Well Rested Powder. It’s actually got some coverage to it to really up the intensity but it also sets the area really nicely. It’s not necessary every day but it’s nice to have for those days where my dark circles take up half of my face.
For serious staying power – If you’re after longevity and a flawless finish from morning until night I have a few options. The By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder sample I own is seriously luxe, it’s the softest powder I’ve ever felt, and is said to give a little bit of hydration too. The Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder is a cheapie and really serves the same purpose as the By Terry for a fraction of the price. But my favourite of all the under eye setting powders has to be Laura Mercier’s Invisible Loose Setting Powder. I’ve been using this basically non-stop since I brought it back from the U.S. There’s something about this one that’s seriously dreamy, it always makes my concealer look flawless and my eyes look more awake. It’s also a teensy bit yellow which helps to counteract any dark blue tones under the eyes.
It’s definitely worth mentioning how hard it was to write power in this post without adding in an accidental d between the w and the e, #beautybloggerproblems.
What’s your favourite under-eye setting powder?
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