Behind the Beauty

An Expert’s Guide To Setting Powder Brushes

Mar 8, 2024

4 min read

Set it and forget it – that’s our standby beauty motto when it comes to Morphe setting powder. It’s true that this complexion must-have essential for achieving a flawless, long-lasting finish – it’s why we developed the best-selling Bake & Set Soft Focus Setting Powder.

This innovative little wonder not only comes in five shades to brighten, set, and smooth, it is also meant to color correct when used correctly. It’s the complexion essential for many, and the secret to unlocking its ultimate potential lies in all the ways you can apply it. If you’re wondering what makeup brush to use with a setting powder, we’ve tapped an expert in the field to give us the lowdown on your setting powder glow-up.

Morphe Head of Education Ryane Michaels explains which setting powder brushes and setting powder tools will ensure your look stays locked and your beauty game just keeps getting better with each swipe of your Bake & Set

So, whether you're a seasoned makeup pro or just starting out, get ready to transform your setting powder routine and experience the power of the right tools.

What do I use for all-over and under-eye setting?

Here are Ryane’s top picks for our best setting powder makeup brushes to set your whole face.

Morphe M536 Under Eye Bullet Powder Brush: This precise, rounded blender brush is perfect to set your complexion softly and seamlessly.

To set under eye: Pick up some setting powder, then press and roll under your eyes. Tap excess powder off your brush and then use the top of the brush to sweep away any extra powder from under your eyes. For a lighter touch, pick up product and lightly press and sweep it under your eyes.

To set full face: Pour a bit of setting powder into the lid of the component, press and roll the brush into the lid to pick up powder and tap the brush to remove excess powder. Sweep the brush all of your face to set your complexion.

Morphe To The Point Dual-Sided Powder Puff: Pour a bit of setting powder into the lid of the component, press the puff into the powder and tap it onto the back of your hand. Press and roll the pointed tip of the puff under your eyes to set. 

 

Morphe Vegan Pro Series Luxe Powder Puff: This ultra-plush precision puff is designed for a comfortable grip and maximum product pickup – ideal for baking and setting the full face.

How do I get a soft matte finish with setting powder?

In order to get a soft matte finish with a setting powder, you’ll want to bring in its bestie – a setting spray. Hold our Continuous Setting Mist at selfie distance and spritz your face to emulsify the layers of your makeup and lock in your look.

Once your setting spray has dried, use the Morphe V112 Fluffy Fan Powder Brush and pour a bit of powder into the lid of the component, press and roll the brush into the lid to pick up powder and tap the brush to remove excess powder. Sweep the brush all of your face to set your complexion.

How do I get a radiant finish with setting powder?

Looking to get a radiant finish with a setting powder? Use the Morphe V112 Fluffy Fan Powder Brush and pour a bit of powder into the lid of the component, press and roll the brush into the lid to pick up powder and tap the brush to remove excess powder.

Sweep the brush all of your face to set your complexion. Once you’ve set with powder, hold Morphe Continuous Prep & Set Mist+ at selfie distance and spritz your face to emulsify the layers of your makeup and lock in your look.

How do I get a dewy and natural finish with setting powder?

For that easy, everyday makeup look where you want to look dewy and natural, Ryane suggests setting your under eyes, T-zone, chin, and under the cheekbones with the pointed tip of the Morphe M536 Under Eye Bullet Powder Brush or the Morphe V106
Precision Blush Brush
.

Finish the look up with a dewy setting spray like Morphe Continuous Prep & Set Mist+.

"…whether you're a seasoned makeup pro or just starting out, get ready to transform your setting powder routine and experience the power of the right tools."

How do I set a full glam face with setting powder?

For that full glam face that’s going nowhere, Ryane suggests using the pointed tip of the Morphe To The Point Dual-Sided Powder Puff to press setting powder under your eyes and under the cheekbones.

Then set the rest of your complexion with Morphe M536 Under Eye Bullet Powder Brush, and sweep away excess powder that was baking under your eyes and cheekbones with the tip of the brush. Finally as always, seal your look with Continuous Setting Mist.

Show us all your best setting powder techniques and tag us! @morpheofficial on TikTok and @morphebrushes on IG.