The 6 best setting powders - for even the driest skins!

nath_knath_k
Aug. 26
Many of us never use a setting powder to finish our makeup look - perhaps you just haven’t found the right product, perhaps you’re worried that it will make your skin look powdery and cakey, particularly if your skin is dry to start with.
But a good setting powder can really help give your makeup all day staying power, particularly when it’s wet or humid outside. And if you’re worried that it won’t work with your dry skin, think again - we’ve done the hard work for you and identified the seven best setting powders that work with your dry skin, leaving it looking hydrated, bright, smooth and finished without feeling heavy.
1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder
If you’re new to setting powders, this pressed powder from Neutrogena could be a good place to start as it’s easy to apply. It’s lightweight formulation is designed to mattify while not caking, and it contains pro-vitamin B5 and vitamins C and E to hydrate, brighten and smooth dry skin, as well as containing light-diffusing particles to minimise the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.
2. Tarte Shape Tape Setting Powder
This vegan translucent setting powder from cult brand Tarte Cosmetics won’t gather in creases, cracks or wrinkles on dry skin. Instead it blurs the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, while diffusing light to make your skin look radiant. It’s formulated with Amazonian clay for additional staying power, and is suitable for dry and sensitive skins.
3. NYX Professional Makeup High Glass Finishing Powder
This ultra-fine setting powder is a fundamental step in achieving that coveted glass skin effect, working to fix your makeup in place while enhancing a polished, natural-looking radiance. It’s a great choice for dry skin as it is formulated with special moisturizers to protect, hydrate and nourish the skin.
4. Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder
This talc-free loose setting powder from Cover FX blends well - it sets makeup and prevents shine, without settling into fine lines, making it suitable for drier skins. It gives a natural looking, soft-focus finish, and is kind to skin, being formulated with green tea leaves and Vitamins C, E and F to soothe skin and help protect against free radicals.
5. bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder
This mineral based finishing powder from bareMinerals can be used to set makeup, or even just on bare skin to give it a more ‘finished’ look. As with all bareMinerals products, it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free, making it suitable for sensitive skin types. Its lightweight mineral formulation helps blur lines and imperfections, without settling or caking, making it ideal to give dry skin an airbrushed look
6. Onomie AHA! Perfecting Setting Powder
Innovative makeup brand Onomie are known for their makeup meerts skincare products, and this is no exception. This lightweight translucent setting powder is infused with Lactic Acid for hydration and exfoliation, peptides for collagen boosting, and time-released Vitamin C to block free radicals, even skin tone and smooth fine lines, and its encapsulated formula means that not only is it long-lasting, but it provides nourishing nutrients to the skin all day, making it ideal for dry and dehydrated skin types.  It has a sheer and silky formulation, which blends smoothly to a fresh finish.
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