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At QC Makeup Academy we’re always asked questions about beauty products and dilemmas by our students. One of the most common questions has to do with the problems of setting powder. Even young women can find it settling into fine lines, and making them look much older than they are. We decided to put the question to celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson. Read his tips below!

QC: As one gets older is less often more with make-up? I am having trouble with “setting” powder being too obtrusive, especially around the fine lines of the eyes. Sometimes I avoid the powder all together there. What am I doing wrong? Please help!

Nathan: This is truly an excellent question. Powder and makeup settling in and around fine lines is an issue that professionals and women at home deal with.

Your question is tricky because with liquid or cream foundation, setting powder is necessary. Without it, your makeup will run, crease, and have a lot less longevity. There are a few things that may be at fault. So let’s look at them one by one until we find the culprit.

First of all, regardless of a woman’s age, when it comes to foundation and setting powders, less is ALWAYS more. Skin is a beautiful thing and you should not hide it. Perfect it, yes. Hide it, no. I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing only the level of coverage that you need. If you have chosen a texture of foundation that is too heavy, it’s going to look even heavier when you set it. Believe it or not, the weight of your powder may be the fault of your foundation or concealer. If you are using cream, have you tried liquid or tinted moisturizer? We usually need a lot less than we think to create the illusion of perfection.

If you find you’re using the right texture of foundation, then setting powder is probably the culprit. Talc powders can grab onto the foundation and force everything into the fine lines giving you the look of an ancient paper maché mask (I’m being a bit dramatic). And the problem only gets worse when your oil starts to come through the makeup.

There is one sure-fire way to combat this. Use a setting powder that is silica or mica based. Setting FX Setting Powder and Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (pictured at right) are both 100% talc free. Both powders have absolutely no texture, so when you rub them between your fingers they disappear like a fine silk. And, no texture means no settling into fine lines. Put a touch on the end of a fluffy brush and lightly tap it onto your skin. The foundation will grab only what it needs. The formulations are 100% mineral based, non-drying to the skin, and the reflectivity of the mica picks up the light and makes the skin look even more luminous. Is that not awesome?

Solve the problem by following these steps and I have no doubt you will look flawless all day long.

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Written by Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson is a film, television, celebrity, and real women’s makeup artist with 18 years experience in the industry. Nathan believes in education and empowerment – his personal mission is to make America more beautiful one woman at a time. He brings product reviews, makeup tips, and personal experience to the QC blog


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