Musings of a Muse

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Mar 26, 2009

Musings of the Day: Set It and Forget It?

I'm curious how everyone will answer this Musing today! Do you set your foundation with powder? I know many if you that have oily skin will answer a solid yes but what about those of you with dry skin?

Find out my answer below!

I have dry skin a majority of the time and sometimes a little oily come Summer. For a rather long time I always applied my liquid or cream foundation and didn't bother setting with powder aside from a teeny tiny amount down the sides of my nose. Just the last few months I started setting with powder and love the results. I still hate the fact that powder makes my dry skin all flaky in certain places but I love the fresher, cleaner look of my makeup thanks to the powder and the fact that it makes my foundation last a bit longer.

What about you?

Do you set with powder?

I'm especially curious about to hear about those with dry skin!



Blogger Shefali said...

I was setting with powder every single day...until my love affair with Benefit's Hello Flawless started on Sunday. Now...that's the only thing I wear as foundation. It's just so amazing. It is my true HG foundation and is absolutely perfect for my oily skin!

March 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi shefali!

omg that's awesome. I freaking love it too :-D it's amazing isn't it?! and can totally use it as a primary foundation!

It's so pigmented and gives such a great airbrushed appearance!

Hehe I hope it was my review that turned you on to it :-D!!!!!!!

March 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger asiyakei said...

I don't... although every time I get my makeup done they always suggest it, but I've been fine just putting a primer underneath my liquid foundation... right now I'm either using Lancome Photogenic Lumessence or DiorSkin Nude; and they usually last me right through a 12-hour shift at work!

March 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Laura R said...

hey muse, i actually have a question about this. i love using powder to set my foundation, but a) it takes the "dewy" look off and b) it often makes my foundation colour seem to change to a less natural shade. do you have any recommendations for a good translucent powder? i love hello flawless but it's almost too matte because of the pigmentation. (and i'm thinking i shoulda gone one shade lighter. but it will match my sumemr skin just right!)

March 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Laura R said...

whoops, forgot to mention- i have an oily nose but the rest of my face tends to be dry. so i definitely powder the t-zone but sometimes pass on the cheekbones and forehead. my blush pops better without all that powder- but i like the 'finished' look.

March 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger S said...

I have quite dry skin and I always set my foundation with just a little bit of powder. I find that liquid foundation looks too shiny if you don't set it.

March 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I have very very dry skin, and the cold English weather doesn't help, but I set my foundation every day with a light sweeping of Lily Lolo's Porcelain mineral foundation. I've never had a problem with it exposing dry patches and love how you can build coverage up. I wear different foundations every day, sometimes liquid/mousse/cream etc and it sets all nicely :)

Have you tried Lily Lolo before Muse? Hope you're okay! XX

March 26, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi asiyakei!

I never did for a long time just a very light app on the sides of my nose until recently.

I've used primer for years and it's always worked :D!

March 26, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey laura!

I really love hello flawless at the moment as a setting powder but you're right it is matte and does take away the dewy aspect. In order to keep that "dewy" fresh look try using Hello Flawless or any loose powder with a small brush to apply down the sides of your nose, under your nose, on the sides of your face, etc...but not ALL over the face :-D I've done this for years and it always keeps my makeup looking fresh without making my face badly matte!

I use this great Japanese brand called cineora that a friend got me as a gift...I highly suggest their loose powder it's really good! Try Adam Beauty he may carry it :-D
Also the la mer powder I recently reviewed is divine :-D

March 26, 2009 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi laura!

I hear you I love my blush to pop too :-D Also another suggestion would b Morgen Schick Loose Powder, very good stuff!

March 26, 2009 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi s!

I just started setting my face with powder again recently :-D even with dry skin I noticed I still look more polished :D!

March 26, 2009 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi katie!

Oooo I loe lily lolo! They make incredible minerals and I love the simple packaging :D

thanks for sharing this one, hope everyone reads it as Lily Lolo deserves some good've inspired me to write a review:-D!


I'm great love and you?

March 26, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Bella said...

I absolutely do!!!
I prime first, then foundation, and powder before blush. After I'm all done, a bit more powder/highlighter@!@@

March 26, 2009 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Katelyn said...

Hah...I just use my Korres tinted moisturizer and that's it. I guess I just like the natural look.

March 26, 2009 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger jackieg02 said...

I have oily skin and I always set my foundation with a powder. My favorite being Prescriptives Magic Loose Translucent Powder. It really is magic...I love it!

March 26, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Nicky said...

I have dry skin and use Prescriptives photochrome foundation which seems to make my skin need less powder to set it, I use a little loose translucent powder by Boots no 7 in the UK and for a bit more of a pro finish use some Prescriptives Magic powder at the end

March 27, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

i do because i do have oily skin, but it always come out very uneven. the surface of my skin is bumpy and i did use primer beforehand. i also sometimes have dry patch and it comes out very badly when i powdered

March 27, 2009 at 8:12 AM  
Anonymous aretha said...

Yes I set my foundation with powder everytime. I know what you mean by the powder making your face look dry and flaky but i think that means you have to be careful what type of powder you use and how much you use! Start dusting sparingly and build up depending on how matte you like it to be. Im sure by doing that it will not/be less cakey!

March 27, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

I do usually set with powder. I am totally trying Hello Flawless. Must read about it in the archives since I am new to the musings of the Muse. :)

March 27, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey bella :-D

I've been doing the same lately. It seems to make my foundation last so much longer.

March 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Katelyn!

oooo! I haven't tried Korres TM yet! I tried the foundation and it's awesome :-D

March 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey jackie!

Add that to my list :-D Best try it out :-D Sounds good!

March 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi nicky!

funny you mentioned magic powder as someone above you was saying it was good :-D Must try it out. I've been using hello flawless the past week to set my foundation, love how it makes my skin look!


March 27, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Bonnie!

Welcome as a new reader of Musings :-D Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit often!

Omg Hello Flawless is simply awesome! I think you'll really like it. My review was a raving one!

Thanks for the comment!
Looking forward to speaking to you again soon!

March 27, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi aretha

I noticed after I started using steam cream my powder applied way nicer :D! No more patchy dry spots! But good advice I def need to learn to apply with a lighter hand as I always use a heavier hand :P

March 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi christine

me too! I always have dry, patchy problems :P yak! But since using steam cream I thankfully haven't had any problems lately!

March 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

Hey babes! I know its been ages but I've definitely missed talking to you~!

For me, setting my foundation with powder depends on the day. When I am using Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish (my HG!) that gives truly dewy, flawless skin, I don't want to ruin it at all with powder. But with other less amazing foundations, I can set them with Paul and Joe's loose powder in 04 Iris which has the most gorgeous glow.

Just my two cents. Love your fab blog as always!! Except you always cause more new lemmings!!! :)

March 29, 2009 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I always set with powder even though I have dry skin. It gives me a much more finished look and keeps my foundation on much longer.

March 29, 2009 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi mel!

Miss ya babe :-D

Thanks for stopping by!

I really need to try the Sensai FF it looks amazing!

LOL sorry about the lemmings :) I cause my own if that's any help lol!

March 30, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi kathleen!

I've been doing the same lately too as it works at keeping my foundation fresher all day particularly bb creams!

March 30, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

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