You’ve spent a good 30 minutes — maybe even an hour — strategically applying concealer, blush, eye shadow, highlighter, and bronzer to your face. While walking away from your vanity before setting powder wouldn’t necessarily qualify as a tragedy, it certainly wouldn’t be in your makeup's best interest. Setting powder is the go-to product for making sure your makeup stays where you put it and doesn't slide around once that midday oil-slick hits. Not to mention, it's a staple for every beauty photo shoot to combat shine from bright lights. Now that there are so many setting-powders that don't give you the telltale caked-on effect, they've become one of the most versatile and hardworking makeup products. Whether you’re new to setting powders or are looking for a killer deal on one that lives up to its packaging promises, we’ve asked makeup artists to weigh in on their favorite drugstore options. Here are their top picks.
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Powder
“This powder provides glowing skin that looks and feels soft and natural. It’s never cakey or heavy. For me, it mimics a second skin,” says Leah London, a makeup artist who works on Iskra Lawrence and Maddy Zeigler. She added that she usually only applies finishing powder to the T-zone, nose, and chin using a light, fluffy brush. This creates a lighter, more natural finish that isn’t weighed down or matte.
$12 (Shop Now)
CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder
Lydia Sellers, makeup artist for Meghan Markle and The Bachelorette’s Becca Kufrin, says CoverGirl’s Professional Loose Powder is one of her favorites. “I love this as an alternative to one of my favorite high-end loose powders by Laura Mercier,” she tells us. “I'm a huge fan of loose powder because it goes on light and fluffy and you have more control of your application. I love this specific powder because of its fine-milled, silky, and buildable texture.”
$6 (Shop Now)
Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
“This product sets makeup and doesn’t disturb the foundation [underneath],” says makeup artist Clarissa Luna, whose clientele includes Camila Cabello and Jane Krakowski. “It makes any foundation formula long-lasting and matte. If you have oily skin or need to stop the shine this summer, this is your best bet.” We love that it comes in eight different shades and costs less than a Venti Frappe.
$6 (Shop Now)
Black Opal Velvet Finishing Powder
“For deeper skin tones, this powder is everything,” says Luna. “It has a fine-milled texture that glides over any formula of foundation. I also use different shades of this powder for contour and highlight. It’s a genius product!” Dust it onto your T-zone to nix excess oil or over your entire face to help makeup stay put.
$9 (Shop Now)
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
“This one is the OG of loose powders, and it is simply flawless. Women have been using this since 1935, and one of the best parts of this powder is its original packaging,” says Sellers. “Not only is it charming to look at, but it's blended with air, which gives it a ‘light as air’ feeling on your skin that's similar to velvet. I truly love bringing this one out of my kit.” She added that it comes in a translucent shade that works for many skin tones and it provides full coverage with a lightweight finish.
$6 (Shop Now)
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
“I love this pressed powder because it's so lightweight, yet gives strong coverage,” says Sellers. “It's small, which makes it easy to take along — stashed in my touch-up bag or purse — and you are able to build this without feeling like it's caked on. It also works well with most skin types, from oily to combination, to eliminate shine.”
$4 (Shop Now)
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Translucent Finishing Powder
Time and again, Drew Barrymore’s beautifully packaged and affordable line of cosmetics has proven to be a makeup artist favorite. “This powder has a true matte finish and it’s great if you are into the ‘baking’ trend,” notes Luna. “No creasing, flaking, or separation. If you are looking for an airbrushed finish, this powder is it.”
$14 (Shop Now)
NYX #NoFilter Finishing Powder
This powder, available in 15 shades, promises a filter-like effect on your skin, so instead of messing with your phone's image-editing apps, you can just brush this over your makeup for an instant wash of flattering lighting.
$8 (Shop Now)
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