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10 best face powders for dry skin that set make-up and keep shine at bay

These loose and compact formulas will keep your make-up in place, while also giving you a more hydrated complexion

Natasha Patel
Tuesday 22 September 2020 22:50 BST
According to make-up artist Krishnaa Sodha, opt for a lighter or translucent shade
According to make-up artist Krishnaa Sodha, opt for a lighter or translucent shade (The Independent)

For those who are well acquainted with dry skin, the search for products that create a luminous and dewy base can be an extremely trying one.  

Despite the rise in serums and foundations for dry and dehydrated skin in recent years, there are fewer powders on offer that are marketed towards keeping shine at bay while hydrating the skin and helping make-up last longer.

Face powders come in many forms: there are translucent powders, powders for baking and brightening areas and powders that are pigmented to provide light to medium coverage.  

Make-up artist Krishnaa Sodha shares her top tips for using face powder on dry skin: “Whether it’s full glam or a natural look you are going for, powder is needed to ensure that make-up lasts a long time, as well as giving your complexion a flawless finish.”

“Those with dry skin can skip setting the entire face with powder as it absorbs the oil that dry skin lacks and this can dry out your complexion,” says Sodha.  

She advises that make-up wearers with dry skin should set their make-up with a loose powder in a lighter or translucent shade, this should be applied under the eyes and around the nose. While those using powder as a base should pair it with a hydrating spray.

If those with dry skin invest in the wrong powder, it can result in accentuated lines and dry patches, which can ruin the work of hydrating primers and foundations.  

Armed with a prepped and moisturised face we tested out a range formulas to see how they fared on dry skin – looking out for the those that would set make-up in place and keep shine at bay without any of the over-mattifying properties typical of powders.

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The verdict: Face powders for dry skin

Kevyn Aucoin’s loose powder was a clear winner thanks to its ability to leave skin hydrated and looking brighter, as well as softening fine lines. For those after a little more coverage you can’t go wrong with Too Faced’s born this way complexion powder coming in a few pounds cheaper. If you’re looking for a powder that will purely set your make-up, then Huda Beauty’s easy bake loose powder is a must try. 

If dry skin is a problem area of yours, take a read of our review of the best moisturisers that will hydrate without causing breakouts 

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