Setting the Make-up with HD Loose Setting Powder

HD Loose Setting Powder information

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Setting any cream make-up with Loose Powder performs two very important tasks; first of all it sets the make-up, and secondly, it prepares the skin for the dry products to be applied, such as; eye shadows and cheek colours.

Setting the make-up is extremely important. This aids in keeping the make-up on the face and helps to prevent moisture from evading the Foundation through humidity or perspiration. Done correctly, with the right product, setting the make-up is easily accomplished.

Setting prepares the make-up for dry products. A clear layer of powder, worked into the cream Foundation, will give the dry colour products a powdered layer as a base rather than a cream layer. A powder layer will enable the client to have smooth application of the dry product rather than ‘colour grabbing’.

DMK Cosmetics has three types of finely milled Loose Powder. Its granule size is about 2.5 microns, as opposed to larger powder particles that are 6 to 12 microns. This means you use less powder and the powder particles are able to penetrate the Foundation rather than lay on top of the Foundation, which can result in a caked appearance.


All DMK Cosmetics HD Loose Setting Powders come packaged in a .2 oz./.16oz jar (boxed with directions). Each jar has an 11mm sifter fitting.

Tech Tip: DO NOT use a pressed powder to set any make-up. Pressed powders contain oils called binders that assist in holding the make-up together in a cake. When you use pressed products, you are actually adding oils back to the face to eliminate shine (oil) you are trying to loose.

Ingredients and what they do in the DMK HD Powder formula

Kaolin (CI 1332-58-7)
Kaolin is a highly water insoluble mineral and is not absorbed into the skin systematically . There is no known toxicity. This clear base used in DMK Cosmetics Loose Setting Powder provides an emolliating base while acting as a moisture-absorbing ingredient. DMK Cosmetics use Soft Vision milling to make our Kaolin transparent.

Mica (CI 77019)
Mica is a group of silicate minerals that are widely distributed in different types of rock. Mica often occurs as flakes, scraps, or sheets, and has been used by humans since prehistoric times. Because Mica comes from the earth it may contain trace amounts of heavy metals. The FDA regulates the levels of heavy metals in Mica, and the small amounts that may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products do not pose a risk to human health.

Mica is a mineral. When milled in larger microns it adds opalescence to pressed and loose powders, and adds iridescence to eye shadows and cheek colours. Ground very small it adds ease of application. DMK Cosmetics uses Mica in loose powders to add slip as well as add a natural sheen without looking completely matte like the talc bases.

Polysilicone 11 (CI 63394-02-5)
Polysilicone is a silicone encapsulation done over pigment and powder granules in DMK Cosmetics. This adds ease of application, and acts as a moisture barrier/protector for the cosmetic.

Laureth-12 (CI 9002-92-0)
Laureth-12 is a raw mineral that acts as a moisture hydrator to the skin. This keeps the powder from looking dry and provides protection to the DMK Powder for less maintenance.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate (CI 29806-73-3)
Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a mineral that is used as a binder in the DMK HD Loose Powder formula. This binding holds the raw materials together in a balanced field. This enables the properties of all the raw materials to act together creating the great feel, ease of application and the moisture absorbing, rich, setting powder that DMK HD Loose Powders offer.

BIOCENCE™ (CI 7732-18-5, 85085-48-9, 8001-79-4, 84604-14-8, 64-17-5, 84929-51-1, 84012-43-1)
BIOCENCE™ Botanical Complex is a globally approved, Paraben and Formaldehyde free preservative system for the personal care, OTC and toiletry industries. This proprietary complex of ingredients is based on a carefully balanced blend of highly effective natural and organic green biocide flavonoid components in an emollient base for optimised preservation for use in a variety of applications and products. BIOCENCE™ Botanical Complex provides comprehensive protection from microbial contamination, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi, yeasts and molds. As a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, BIOCENCE™ Botanical Complex can be used alone as the primary preservative in a product as well as a preservative base formulation for OTC products. This minimises the total amount of preservative and formulation needed to ensure proper preservation while simplifying the formulation process. It is non-toxic and non-irritating and there is no evidence that it causes skin or eye sensitization. BIOCENCE™ Botanical Complex is compatible with most personal care, OTC and cosmetic ingredients, including complex molecules such as proteins and surfactants. BIOCENCE™ Botanical Complex is a versatile, easy to use liquid, highly stable and effective over a broad pH range. BIOCENCE™ Botanical Complex is a unique, and economical preservative complex, which helps provide safe and stable finished products for the health, personal, OTC, and beauty market. In the DMK Cosmetics Foundation formula BIOCENCE™ is used as a preservative.

*BIOCENCE™ has a separate ingredients listing of: Aqua, Alcohol, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Melaleucs Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil.

Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
Iron pigments are also widely used in the cosmetic field. They are considered to be non-toxic, moisture resistant, and non- bleeding. Iron Oxides graded safe for cosmetic use are produced synthetically in order to avoid the inclusion of ferrous or ferric oxides, and impurities normally found in naturally occurring Iron Oxides. Typically, the Iron (II) Oxide pigment is black, while the Iron (III) Oxide is red or rust-coloured. (Iron compounds other than Oxides can have other colours.) In the DMK Cosmetics Foundation formula Iron Oxides are used as colour pigments. They are all minerals.

May Contain:

Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499)

HD Loose Setting Powder comes in 3 variations

HD Clear Loose Setting Powder A finely milled powder that can be applied over any Foundation colour. This powder is ‘Perfectly Clear’.

HD Light Translucent Loose Setting Powder A light skin tone, translucent colour for Caucasian and Asian skin tones.

HD Dark Translucent Loose Setting Powder A rich tan powder, especially designed for darker skin tones. Dark Translucent contains no heavy red or orange pigments and will not change the colour of the Foundation.

Steps for the correct application of ALL Loose Powders

Materials needed:
DMKC HD Loose Powder
Powder Puff
ƒPowder Brush

  1. Open up the powder container and place a small amount of Loose Powder directly onto the centre of the puff.
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  2. With both hands on each side of the Powder Puff, gently fold the puff together and roll the puff edges so the powder is distributed evenly throughout the Powder Puff (similar to working soap to a wash cloth).
    Step 2Step 2
  3. Hold the Powder Puff to your face and gently roll the Powder Puff across the entire face. This pushing-rolling motion pushes the powder into the make-up thus setting the make-up. As you use Loose Powder from the Powder Puff, rotate the Powder Puff for additional product. For a regular application, you should only need to load the Powder Puff once.
    Step 3Step 3
  4. Continue powdering until the entire face is covered. Don’t worry about the excess Loose Powder you see on the face; this excess means the make-up has absorbed as much Loose Powder as it can. This is a very important step especially when you are powdering other cosmetics that do contain oil or petrolatum based ingredients.
    Step 4Step 4
  5. Remove the excess with the Powder Brush. Take a DMKC Power Brush and remove the excess Loose Powder by gently Brushing away the Loose Powder on top of the make-up. Never use a powder Brush to apply powder to the face.

Tech Tips

Tip 01: Sometimes your client does not want to wear a Foundation, but does want to wear a little cheek colour or blush to promote a healthy appearance. Before the dry cheek colour application, powder the face correctly and then apply dry products. The dry products will go on smoothly and last longer.

Tip 02: Always remove excess powder, from the face, with a powder Brush, not a Powder Puff. The Powder Puff was invented my make-up artist to “press” powder into the Foundation to set it (and the oils in your skin). The powder Brush was invented to remove excess powder the make-up and oils would not absorb.

Note: Powder Puffs cannot be cleaned and sanitised. Sometimes you can gently clean by placing in the wash (in a delicate bag) or by hand soaking and washing with the correct cleaner. Most professionals discard used puffs – under no circumstances re-use a puff from one client to another.

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