5 Translucent Setting Powders That Won’t Give You Flashback

The Best Setting Powders for Avoiding
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* Setting your makeup with powder is a must in the beauty world
* Translucent power is white and sets makeup in place for an all-day hold
* Avoid “flashback,” or pigmented bright areas on your face by using these powders

If you have oily skin – and even if you don’t – setting your foundation and concealer with powder is an absolute must for so many makeup lovers out there. Some setting powders, however, are a little too dense and can leave people with splotchy patches or much “brighter” or sometimes even white-looking areas that show up dramatically in photos. It’s a big burden and an even bigger problem among beauty gurus and makeup brands.

Whether you are going for the full on “baking” method to reverse-contour your face, setting your under eyes and smile lines to avoid creasing, or simply giving your face a quick swipe to avoid shine, these 5 powders will keep your face in place — without leaving that dreaded white sheen.

1. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

Known as a great dupe for the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (more on that product later) this product can be ordered right off of Amazon for a huge fraction of the cost. It works by minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, acne or even scarring on the face for a more even, fresh-faced looking matte finish.

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2. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock

Another extremely reliable and affordable loose powder that can be bought at any drugstore is from L’Oreal. The Pro-Sweep and Lock powder goes on white, but leaves zero white residue behind. Use it to lock in your makeup for an all-day, shine-control wear that never looks cakey. It can even be used to bring a matte finish to any lip products that are a little too glossy. Bonus!

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3. Dermablend Loose Setting Powder

Dermablend has been around since 1981 but has really blown up just over the past few years. Their entire brand is focused around being dermatologist-tested for allergies and those with sensitive skin. It is ideal if you have problematic skin that needs a little extra help. This setting powder promises to keep makeup in place and your face oil-free for a whopping 16 hours.

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4. ILIA Soft Focus Finishing Powder

ILIA is a brand that is 100% natural, vegan, cruelty and gluten-free, which is incredibly appealing to those who are conscious with where they get their makeup from. This product uses a mix of powders and oils that are organic that go on smoothly for ultra-soft and shine-free looking skin in a simple swipe of powder.

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5. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Lastly, this Laura Mercier setting powder is by far the fan favorite in the makeup world. It is used by celebrity makeup artists like Patrick Ta, who does Gigi Hadid and Rihanna, and Ariel Tejada, who does Shay Mitchell. It is also used avidly by famous YouTubers like Jeffree Star, MannyMUA and Laura Lee. The bottom line: people swear by it, and I’m sure you will too after trying it.

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