Whether you use spray or powder, adjusting your make-up is an essential part of any make-up routine. However, if you don’t apply powder, you won’t get the most out of it. How many times have you resorted to a translucent powder and quickly applied it to your face to achieve a discreet white tint or powdery finish? That’s where tinted setting powders come in. In an interview with renowned make-up artist Robert Sesnek, we learned when and how to use a tinted powder. Follow these tips for flawless make-up every time.

When should I use a translucent powder?

Translucent powder is a translucent white powder that is applied to the face without pigmentation or coverage. “Translucent powders are colorless and are used to lighten, reduce shine and absorb oil,” explains Sesnek. Because of its brightening properties, the best areas of the face to apply a translucent powder are under the eyes, around the nose and in the middle of the chin. “In fact, I’d use translucent powder like a concealer – anywhere you want to lighten,” he says.

Applying translucent powder to the face often leaves a slight white sheen or causes a flashback when taking photos. To avoid this, Sesnek recommends always using a holding spray. “A few light mists take away the powdery finish and give the skin a glossy, more realistic, dew-like finish,” he says. If you need a recommendation for a translucent powder, we recommend NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder, as it’s a weightless powder that effortlessly consolidates your foundation while giving it a matte finish.

When should I use a tinted setting powder?

“I prefer to apply a firming powder that matches my skin color around the cheeks to sculpt the face,” explains Sesnek. Tinted setting powders are best for correcting tone and redness, and offer greater coverage that’s easier to contour and blend,” he explains. If you’re using a tinted setting powder, it’s best to use one suited to your skin tone, as too much light can detract from the brightening effect of a translucent powder. If you have a darker complexion and want to use powder to brighten the highlights of your face, Sesnek recommends a yellow or neutral shade like orange. “It gives the deeper areas of the skin a more balanced brightening effect,” he says.

However, the key to flawless makeup is to apply powder gradually, no matter what type of powder you use. “I think you should start slowly with powder, because you can always add more,” Sesnek explains. Another tip when using setting powder is to mix different shades to achieve a perfect match with your complexion. Sesnek swears by this tip: “Often, I take the lightest translucent shade and mix in a little yellow and neutral powder to get the perfect shade to bake and highlight for each client,” he says. “Each shade has a different quality. The translucent lightens, neutralizes and compensates for discoloration, and the yellow evens out and matches the skin tone.”

If you want to vary your powder, Sesnek recommends Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Glow Setting Powder, available in nine shades from lightest to deepest, which sets your makeup and gives you a radiant airbrushed finish.

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