A light dusting of face powder is the perfect finishing touch to a flawless made-up face. This little, often ignored product, is in fact very versatile: it sets your makeup, helping it last longer, evens out the skintone, hides minor imperfections, can absorb excess oil and even boost sun protection.
But to get all of these benefits, you need to choose the right powder for your skin colour, type and needs. How to find it among the thousands of face powders on the market? Here’s what you should look for in a good powder:
A powder should be the same colour of your skin or you’ll like you’re wearing a mask. Avoid shades with too orange or too pink undertones and opt instead for neutral beiges, rich browns or tan browns. If you can’t find an exact match for your skintone, opt for a translucent powder.
Choose a powder with a subtle shiny finish that will give a nice, natural glow to your complexion. If you have oily skin, a matte finish would be a better option. Instead, avoid very shimmering powders as these can make you look like a disco ball.
A good powder has a lightweight, silky texture that glides smoothly on the skin and blends evenly without looking cakey nor accentuating fine lines. Powdery textures should instead be avoided.
If you have oily skin you should opt for powders with absorbing ingredients, such as silica or talc, that will help keep the oil and shine at bay.
It doesn’t matter what the label says, powders aren’t moisturizing. Because of this, many women with dry skin prefer not to use them, fearing they will accentuate every dry patch and fine line they have on their skin. To avoid this from happening, you should use a powder with a satin, almost creamy texture.
Although you shouldn’t rely on your powder as your only source of sun protection, it can help touch up your sunscreen throughout the day (if you don’t spend too much time outdoors, that is). Make sure you choose one with broad-spectrum sun protection (ie one that contains one or more of these ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Mexoryl SX and Tinosorb).
Although there are lots of good loose powders on the market that give skin a beautiful flawless, porcelain-like finish, they can be somewhat messy to apply. Because of this, if you plan to carry your powder around with you for touchups or to bring it on holiday, choose a pressed one. Pressed powders are both mess-free and travel-friendly.
Some powders come with sponges that absorb too much product or brushes, but these tend to be either too small or too scratchy. That’s why it’s best to invest in a good powder brush. It should be big, fluffy, very soft and pick up just the right amount of powder (not too much to make skin look heavy and unnatural but not too little not to get enough enough product on your face).
Do you have any more tips on how to choose the right powder for your skin?