If you have ever used cream contour, then you know that it is a lot more difficult to set than powder contour.
But did you know that there are ways to make it easier? The answer is yes!
By using a translucent powder or loose setting powder, you can set your cream contour for longer wear and help it look more natural on your skin.
Can You Set Cream Contour With Translucent Powder
You can set cream contour with translucent powder, but it’s not necessary.
Translucent powder is translucent and won’t affect the color of your cream contour in any way.
It will help set it, but it won’t add additional coverage or change the color at all.
If you want to use a translucent powder to set your cream contour, just make sure that you apply it using a fluffy brush in sweeping motions rather than patting or tapping.
How to Set Cream Contour With Translucent Powder
How to Apply Translucent Powder
- Using a powder brush, tap the bristles against the surface of your translucent powder to remove excess product. This will prevent overloading your brush and therefore make it easier to apply a lighter layer of powder.
- Pack your brush with as much product as possible, making sure not to wipe off any excess since this will ensure you have enough coverage for all-day wear without caking up your face (and no one likes cake).
- Starting at the center of the forehead and working outward in small circular motions, lightly sweep powder onto skin until desired coverage is achieved—this may require multiple layers depending on how heavy-handed you are in application!
Is It Easier to Set Cream Contour With Translucent Powder?
Yes, it is easier to set cream contour with translucent powder.
This is because translucent powder is a great base for cream contour.
Setting cream contour with translucent powder will make it last longer and look more natural.
How to Make Your Cream Contour Last Longer
1. Setting spray
A setting spray is your best friend when it comes to keeping your makeup in place all day.
You can use a setting spray before or after you apply your makeup, but I prefer to do it before so that my face is prepped for the rest of my routine.
I’ve used Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray with good results.
2. Setting powder
After you’ve sprayed your face with a setting spray, dusting on some translucent powder will help lock everything in place and make sure none of it rubs off as the day goes on.
I recommend Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder because it works well at controlling shine without leaving behind any residue or caking up powder on top of cream products (like foundation).
A primer can be applied under foundation to give better coverage and longevity—plus, if your skin tends to get oily throughout the day, using one underneath might help keep oil away for longer than usual!
The only downside is that there aren’t too many options outside of silicone-based ones which don’t work well with cream contour because they have an oily consistency similar enough in texture where they won’t mix together properly either way.
However, there are some exceptions like Smashbox PhotoFinish Lid Primer that work just fine!
What If You Don’t Want to Use a Setting Powder?
If you don’t want to use a setting powder, there are still ways that you can keep your cream contour in place all day.
Setting sprays are one option that work well for keeping makeup on your face all day.
They’re also helpful if you want to set liquid foundation and concealer under powder or mineral foundation, or if you just want an extra layer of protection against the elements (like sweat).
Setting sprays do have their drawbacks—they tend to be more expensive than powders and they might not offer as much coverage—but they’re still worth considering if you’d rather skip the powder altogether.
Setting spray comes in several forms: aerosol mists, pump bottles, and sprays that come out of an airbrush machine (if you have one).
You can use these products on top of your foundation or under it, but whichever route you choose will likely result in different degrees of success depending on how oily/acne prone/dehydrated your skin is!
What if I Have Dry Skin and Want My Cream Contour to Look Natural?
If you have a dry complexion, the best way to hydrate your skin and keep it from looking cakey is to use a hydrating primer or moisturizer before applying the cream contour.
If you want your makeup to last all day and night, spray on some setting spray first.
Then apply the cream contour over the top of that.
To make sure that your face doesn’t look too heavy with the product, use a hydrating powder on top of your foundation (or whatever other foundation method you prefer).
If you’re going for a more natural look with less coverage, then choose a hydrating cream blush instead of highlighter or bronzer in order to achieve this effect while still getting some definition in the cheekbones!
Should I Use a Loose or Pressed Powder for My Cream Contour?
The answer to whether you should use a pressed or loose powder depends on your personal preference.
Pressed powders are less pigmented than loose powders and can be used to set cream contour, but they may not give you the coverage that you want.
Loose powders have more pigment than pressed powders, so if you prefer a full-coverage look, use this type of product instead.
If you’re using a brush for applying your foundation and cream contour, use it again for setting the products in place with powder.
This way all of your makeup will blend together seamlessly!
How Do I Apply My Loose or Pressed Setting Powder with a Brush?
- Use a large, fluffy brush.
Don’t use a brush that is too small or too dense.
It’s better to use multiple strokes than only one stroke across the face if you are using a full-size powder like Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (this goes for any loose setting powder).
If you use a stiffer brush, it will pick up more product and deposit it on the skin in one go—but this can make for an unnatural finish in some cases.
- Apply the powder in two separate strokes.
One of my favorite ways to apply loose setting powders like Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is by tapping them onto my hand first and then blending everything together with my fingers before applying it all over my face with a large fluffy brush.
How Do I Apply My Loose or Pressed Setting Powder with a Sponge?
You can use your fingertips, a makeup sponge, or any other type of soft and short-bristled application tool to dust on loose or pressed-setting powder.
Just pat it on gently and in circular motions until you’re satisfied with the coverage.
If you’re looking to add some extra definition to your skin, then cream contouring is a great option.
It’s not just for makeup lovers either; anyone who wants a more natural look on their face can benefit from using this technique!
If you’re interested in learning more about how we use cream contour at our studio and what products we recommend using with it (or if you have any questions), give us a call today!
We’d love to chat!