Set Your Foundation Like the Pros Do; Best Professional Setting Powders

Since the 90’s powdery revolution, matte skin has been a thing of the past. Don’t confuse those old powders with today’s versions which invisibly set foundation and can even be used on dry skin. If you want your foundation to last hours longer, look into a setting powder that’s used by Makeup Artists for a professional looking result. Here are a few I carry in my kit.

KohGenDo has a big celebrity following (I hear it’s a favorite of Sarah Jessica Parker) and I like everything I’ve used from the line. In my kit, I have their Maifanshi Face Powder which lightly sets makeup, reduces shine, and matches all skin tones since it’s invisible on the skin (an important thing for a setting powder to be). This loose formula even works with dry skin because it’s infused with hyaluronic acid so it mattes and sets without creating dryness.

If it’s good enough to be used with airbrush foundation, it’s good enough for your foundation too. Kett has a generously sized Kett Sett Powder that was designed to maintain the integrity of foundations under hot lights and tell-all HDTV cameras. It’s invisible on the skin and keeps even the creamiest eye concealers from creasing and sliding around.

It’s a common marketing tactic for mainstream lines to announce their products to be for Makeup Artists, but they rarely are. MAKE UP FOR EVER is an exception. M.A.C isn’t a line that I would suggest women (or Makeup Artists for that matter) use, and most Makeup Artists I know agree it’s not that great.

But I digress.

The point is, MUF’s HD High Definition Powder is a solid choice for setting makeup because it lightly mattes out shine without looking powdery on the skin and it allows the natural texture of the face show through so you don’t look like a corpse. It gives the face a soft focus look that’s so pretty, women wear it solo on days when applying foundation isn’t in the cards.

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  1. I share the same favorite with Sara Jessica Parker. I love Koh Gen Do.

  2. Maureen says:

    Carissa, I'm getting the Kett powder at your recommendation. When setting airbrush foundation with powder, do you use a standard fluffy powder brush or stippling brush, or a fan brush or puff… ?

  3. Hooked On Beauty says:

    Talk to Eva at and see if she'll ship abroad. See also what she has in stock and what she'd suggest for you.

    Thanks for reading!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don't like MAC either. I thought most make up artists did. I've been using a yellow one from Bobbi Brown that I'm not crazy about. I think I might try the Koh Gen Do in the pressed version I saw on their site. It has a pinkish hue to it which is supposed to brighten up the face.

  5. I use Christian Dior poudre invisible in 600
    and Cinema Secrets Loose Powder.
    What I love about Christian Dior is that it's triple milled and the scent is lovely.
    As for Cinema Secrets, well, it was made for cinema and has shades to match skin tones.

  6. Aureolis says:

    Setting my concealer is a main issue I struggle with.
    And so far I have the MUFE, it does not work for that purpose maybe just on my skin. So I would ask, if you have any suggestions where I can get my hands on the other powder´s you mentioned? The only problem is that I would need a store that would ship international (Germany) I hope you have any suggestion for me…fingers crossed.

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