Anyone who wears makeup will tell you that they have certain measured steps when it comes to makeup application. There are things that they can skip – like primer – and others they cannot skip, such as using loose powders to set your makeup.

Sure, with the advent of makeup setting sprays, we have yet another product to lock our makeup in place for the entire day. But trust us when we say loose powder is not only an important must-have in your makeup arsenal — it’s also multifunctional. 

When you set your liquid foundation and concealer with a loose powder, you’re ensuring the longevity of your base makeup especially in our humid weather. All that sweatiness and excess sebum will make your foundation slip and slide into a horrid mess. Loose powders ensure that won’t happen.

Also, have you heard of baking? In makeup terms, baking entails patting a lot of loose powder over your under-eye concealer while working on the rest of your makeup. Your natural body heat will “set” your under-eye concealer, minimising the caking and creasing. Simply sweep it off with a brush after you’re done with your makeup.

Loose powders aren’t restricted to just your face — your lips can benefit from them as well. Press translucent loose powder onto your lips after that first coat of lipstick to set the colour, and then apply another coat of lipstick. You’ll find that your lip colour will last longer and still remain vibrant.

If we’ve convinced you enough to include loose powders in your makeup routine, here are the five newest loose powders to hit the market.



Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

Acne-prone people will love this loose powder from Cover FX, as it’s formulated without talc. It also does not contain parabens, fragrance, mineral oils, and gluten — great for vegans too. Sustainability aside, this setting powder does a pretty good job of setting your foundation without adding additional colour, and also has pore-blurring properties thanks to light-diffusing particles in the powder.


Too Faced Born This Way Setting Powder

Fans of the Born This Way foundation and concealer will be glad to know that the collection expands with the addition of a loose powder. Like its foundation and concealer counterparts, the Born This Way Setting Powder also contains coconut water, with an addition of Alpine rose water and hyaluronic acid to boost radiance and firms skin respectively. The loose powder itself is extremely lightweight, creating that perfect veil over your liquid foundation to last all day long.


Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

If you already have the iconic Lock-It Foundation from Kat Von D, the Lock-It Setting Powder will perfectly complement the foundation. The powder is formulated with the brand’s Micro-Blurring Technology, which softly diffuses pores with a blend of silky and non-drying powder. It also gives a mattifying finish to skin while smoothing imperfections.


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder

Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD line was initially created for the film and TV industry to suit their high-definition needs. Naturally, consumers found it equally as alluring for their personal uses. After all, who doesn’t want to look like the celebrities on TV? The Ultra HD Loose Powder is translucent without giving you a white cast, making it perfect for virtually anyone. It gives skin a light matte effect upon setting, while still remaining luminous.


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Powder

There’s a reason why they call this an anti-aging powder, and it’s because the product is formulated with collagen, vitamin K, and pure silk. The result? A silky, poreless, and airbrushed finish on skin upon setting your liquid foundation. Most importantly, the powder absorbs oil but doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. The last thing we want is makeup that accelerates the aging process.


PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.