Is there a difference between the three powders? Do you know the difference?
If you don’t know the difference, that's okay. Most people don’t know the difference because cosmetic companies do not clarify the difference on the packaging. You might see words like “finishing,” “setting,” “perfecting” and “HD,” but you ask yourself. What’s the difference? Does it matter which one I use?
Some of the artists that work behind the counter in department stores don't even know. Even some of your favorite YouTube gurus don't know the difference. Video and flash camera makeup read off very differently. You wouldn't physically be able to see the difference.
What’s the difference?
What is a Setting Powder?
Setting powders come in two different forms. Loose and pressed. Some people prefer pressed powders because they feel like it’s easier to use and not as messy as a loose powder. Setting powders are to set in your foundation. People who use liquid foundations or have oily skin, most of the time prefer to use a loose powder. Setting powders are formulated to be used after applying foundation. A setting powder can absorb excess oil, reduce shine and set your foundation so that it won’t be rubbed throughout the day.
What is a Finishing Powder?
Finishing powder is a product you just dust on at the end after applying your setting powder. Finishing powders are softer and silkier in consistency and help soften and blur out any fine lines and wrinkles on camera. It will give you a “ airbrushed finish.” The are great for events where you’ll be photographed a lot or for special occasions where you’re looking to achieve a flawless finish (Like your wedding day). If you have dry skin try a finishing powder with a luminous finish or a hydrating finish powder.
What is HD Powder?
HD powders are almost the same thing as a finishing powder. They are marketed slightly different. HD is short for high definition. HD powders are mostly used by professional makeup artists. They are geared toward those looking to appear “flawless” on film or camera. Some companies use words like “photo-ready finish” on their HD powder packaging. This means that the product is meant to be used as a finishing powder over your setting powder to blur imperfections and soften the look of skin under harsh lighting. If youset your foundation with a HDpowder I guarantee you your face will turn white with flash photography. Some professional makeup artists didn’t how to properly use HD powders. They baked it on like a setting powder, and low and behold their poor celebrity clients end up looking like they had been slapped in the face with flour in pictures using a flash.
Tip: Make sure check the label before you buy a Setting Powder, Finishing or HD Powder. Take a picture of your client or yourself with the flash when your done so this won't happen to you or your client. Catch it before it happens!