A makeup artist's kit is never complete without powder. After all, we do live with perpetually hot and humid weather, so setting our makeup is a must if you don't want your look to melt off. You have plenty of options for sure—there are pressed powders, loose powders, and even powder foundations if you want more coverage. That said, when we asked industry experts about their go-to powder, there's one product that practically everyone mentions: Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
Undeniably one of the brand's best selling products, the TLSP (as the pros call it) sets makeup with a matte finish for up to 12 hours. It's well-loved for its finely-milled, flashback-free formula that softly blurs texture on the skin without caking, as well as its flattering, colorless shade suits all skintones, although it now comes in a deep shade, too!). As with all pro products, however, there's still some confusion on how to make it work its magic. To clear the air, we asked Laura Mercier Philippines' training manager Yciar Castillo to break down exactly how she uses the brand's best selling powder:
LAURA MERCIER Translucent Loose Setting Powder, P1950, Glorietta 3
1. Don't forget to prep your skin.
"As with any makeup application, you want to start with your favourite Laura Mercier skincare and award-winning primers. Also, use a foundation that is appropriate for your skin type. Remember that powder sucks up moisture so only apply where it is needed."
2. Apply the powder with the puff or a brush.
"As a general rule, less is more. The best way to apply TLSP is with the Laura Mercier Velour Puff. Pour powder onto the puff, work the product into your tool by folding and rubbing the edges together, then gently tap excess product off.
"Once this is done, apply the powder only where it is needed such as the T-zone (where you tend to get oily), corners of the nose, and under the eyes to set concealer. Of course, there are no strict rules. You may also use a brush to do this but when using a puff, make sure to fold it in half & apply in a rolling motion. Laura Mercier also has a Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow, which is lovely to set foundation on the cheekbones and cupid's bow to highlight those areas."
LAURA MERCIER Velour Puff, P600; Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow, P1950, Glorietta 3
3. Use it to set your blemish concealer.
"You can use TLSP as a final step in spot concealing. After applying the Secret Camouflage concealer onto a blemish that needs to be concealed, take a small brush such as the Camouflage Powder Brush and after tapping off excess TLSP, press it onto the area that was concealed."
LAURA MERCIER Secret Camouflage Concealer, P1850; Camouflage Powder Brush, P1400, Glorietta 3
4. Blot your lips with it to make lipstick last longer.
"You may also apply TLSP before lipliner and in between coats of the Rouge Essentiel Lipstick to make the color pop and last longer. Don't forget to blot lips with tissue before lightly applying the powder."
LAURA MERCIER Rouge Essentiel Lipstick, P1550, Glorietta 3