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One of the biggest questions I hear is “Do I really need a powder in my makeup routine?” Before answering that, we first must examine an even larger question, “What is the difference between a setting powder and a finishing powder?”

purepressed and amazing base setting powders in range of shades

Setting Powder vs Finishing Powder

Setting powder (the history of which can be traced back to ancient Egypt!) prevents complexion products from rubbing off, they reduce shine and increase longevity. Finishing powder (often translucent or sheer) offers a filter-like finish, blurring imperfections in the skin. Both can come in either pressed or loose formulas.

Setting powder prevents complexion products from rubbing off, they reduce shine, and increase longevity.  Finishing powder (often translucent or sheer) offers a filter-like finish, blurring imperfections in the skin.  Both can come in either pressed or loose formulas.

powdered boron used in setting powder

Key ingredients such as Boron Nitride make it so that jane iredale’s PurePressed Base and Amazing Base offer the best of both worlds. Both formulas come in easy-to-match skin tone shades, can lock any of our skin-loving foundations in place, and with their skin-like finish, both options offer that filter-like effect of a finishing powder.  

powdered rice starch used in setting powder

PureMatte and Amazing Matte are more like classic finishing powders, as both formulas are translucent and contain organic pulverized rice starch to control oil. PureMatte is a semi-matte finish suitable for oilier skin types, while Amazing Matte offers a more luminous finish, best suited for drier skins. PureMatte and Amazing Matte provide a filter-like finish that never appears cakey or dry.

Setting Powder Concerns

Make sure that your setting powder or finishing powder work with your skincare routine as well.  Powder use can also bring up a laundry list of skin concerns such as:

  • Will powders break me out?
  • Will powders make my skin dry?
  • Will powders enhance my fine lines and wrinkles?

Will setting powder make me break out?

Setting powder should not make you break out, but make sure to be on the lookout for ingredients like parabens, which are preservatives that are used to keep makeup germ-free that can affect your hormones, and any synthetic dyes or colorants that can cause skin irritations and acne breakouts.  Mineral oils in setting powders also coat the skin and clog pores which can increase the likelihood of break outs.  jane iredale formulas do not contain any of these ingredients.

Will setting powder make my skin dry?

Setting powder for oily skin can make your oily skin appear more matte but setting powder itself should not dry out your skin.  Keep an eye out for ingredients that could dry out your skin, including talc, which absorbs moisture, enhances the texture of the skin, causes flashback in photos, and has even been linked to certain cancers.  All setting powders from jane iredale are talc-free.

You can also use jane iredale’s gentle setting powders for dry skin, as our formulas do not contain these ingredients that will dry out your skin further.

Will setting powder enhance my fine lines and wrinkles?

Setting powder and finishing powder help to smooth the appearance of the skin, so they should not enhance any fine lines.  Be sure to avoid ingredients that could damage your skin though, such as synthetic fragrances that are highly irritating to the skin and can be endocrine disruptors.  Also avoid chemical sunscreens in your setting powder, as they work by absorbing light, which causes more damage to the skin rather than protecting it.  Avoid phthalates too, which are plasticizers used for spreadability but are reproductive and developmental toxins.  You won’t find any of these ingredients in jane iredale formulas.

Applying Setting Powder

Choosing the proper tools is equally as important to choosing the right setting powder formula; here are our current recommendations:

 

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13 Homemade Makeup Setting Spray

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These homemade makeup setting spray recipes are sure to replace chemical sprays. Most of these recipes are made using natural and non-toxic ingredients!

1. Witch Hazel Makeup Setting Spray

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This mildly hydrating makeup spray has Witch hazel that fights bacteria buildup from putting excess makeup and rose that rejuvenates dull skin, lending a youthful glow to it. Follow this hack by The Indian Spot

2. Homemade Makeup Setting Spray

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Loaded with skin-friendly ingredients like aloe, glycerin, and Witch hazel, this multi-purpose makeup setting spray keeps makeup from melting off your face while shielding you from sunburn on summer days.  Get complete instructions here.

3. DIY Green Tea Acne Homemade Makeup Setting Spray3

If you’re sensitive to most of the ingredients that go into making a setting spray, consider using the most skin-friendly beauty product ever-green tea bags! Get the step-by-step instructions here.

4. DIY Homemade Makeup Setting Spray Homemade Makeup Setting Spray4

For a non-greasy matte finish to your everyday makeup, consider finishing up with a DIY makeup setting spray without glycerin. Make your own with this recipe here.

5. DIY Natural Aloe Vera Setting Spray

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How would you like a setting spray that gives a cooling sensation with every spritz, smells heavenly and does wonders to dull skin! This aloe vera spray does all of that and more!

6. DIY Glycerin Setting Spray

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Refresh your makeup from time to time with the spring-like smells of this Witch Hazel setting spray which not also revives your beauty but also tightens pores, making it a staple for warm weather. Click here for the complete recipe.

7. DIY Rose Water Setting Spray

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With glycerin, rose water and Witch hazel, this lightly textured setting spray has a fine balance of oils that moisturize and liven up your face at the same time. Get the details here.

8. DIY Homemade Makeup Setting Spray with Alcohol

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Infused with scented oils and glycerin, this humectant-rich setting spray helps seal makeup and moisture in the skin, giving you a salon look at a frugal cost. Try creating it yourself with this DIY.

9. DIY Makeup Setting Spray With Essential Oil

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This neutral pH makeup setting spray keeps excess oil production in check, giving you a smudge-free, smooth look even when you’re traveling all day. Follow the instructions here.

10. DIY Lavender Makeup Setting Spray

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Enriched with lavender and Ylang Ylang oils that have proven benefits in mood elevation and skin rejuvenation, this makeup setting spray keeps you looking fresh all day. Make your own version with this recipe here.

11. Rubbing Alcohol Makeup Setting Spray

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This light, rose water-based makeup fixer is easy on the skin, highlighting your makeup naturally, and adding hydration without leaving gritty residues behind. Get more details here.

12. Homemade Makeup Fixing & Finishing Spray

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Using the all-powerful glycerin as the base, this two-minute makeup fixer makes your makeup last longer, giving you a dewy look. Get the tutorial here.

13. DIY Vitamin E Capsule Setting Spray

This mood and makeup enhancer spray have powerful anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that stop acne on its tracks, and hydrate skin, giving you a smooth and supple sheen that looks natural. Make your own bottle with these instructions here.


If you have any more homemade makeup setting spray recipes to share with us, comment down your suggestions below!

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DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Here we are with another beauty post! Can you tell we love makeup and skincare? And though we enjoy doing our makeup every day, it can be rough on our skin. So when we can, we opt for natural products that will nourish and moisturize our skin as opposed to some harsh ingredients that dry it out.

Makeup setting spray is necessary when you want your makeup to blend together flawlessly and last all day long. It tends to be costly, and since we use setting spray every day, we go through bottle after bottle. To save some money and our skin, we decided to make our own! Since we’re into DIY skincare, we had all of the ingredients at home, which is a huge money saver!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Supplies:
6 ounce spray bottle
funnel
vegetable glycerin
rosewater
witch hazel
-water
essential oil
vinyl stickers (optional)

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Step One: First, add two tablespoons of glycerin to your spray bottle using a funnel.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Two: Next you’re going to add 8 tablespoons of rose water to your bottle.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Three: Add two tablespoons of witch hazel to your mixture.

Step Four: Next up, add 4 tablespoons of water to your bottle.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Five: Last but not least, add 4 drops of essential oil to your bottle. We used citrus oil so the spray wakes up your face, but you can use lavender or any other oil you’d like!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Six: Now shake it up! Mix it all together so everything is cohesive.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Seven: This step is optional, but we added some vinyl letters to our spray to jazz it up a bit!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! This setting spray smells amazing, and it will make your face feel refreshed and hydrated! Which is all we really want in the morning, right? Try making your own and you’ll never go back to store-bought makeup setting spray! Britta & Carli Garsow

Credits // Author and Photography: Britta & Carli Garsow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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