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6 Best Setting Powders for Dry Skin That Won't Accentuate Flakes or Patches

January 11, 2021

6 Best Setting Powders for Dry Skin That Won't Accentuate Flakes or Patches

6 Best Setting Powders for Dry Skin That Won't Accentuate Flakes or Patches Dry skin who?  By Hana Hong December 11, 2020   ADVERTISEMENT best-powders-for-dry-skin  CREDIT: COURTESY OF MANUFACTURERS If you struggle with desert dry skin like me, chances are that matte makeup isn’t really your cup of tea. But while it’s relatively easy to shop for a dewy foundation, powders pose a challenge because, well, they’re matte by nature. So, why opt for a powder at all? Not only do they set your makeup so it lasts longer, they also help smooth everything over and keep your foundation in place, which is especially needed with the increased use of face masks this year.  But don’t worry—that doesn't mean all of the benefits of setting powders are lost to you. While the majority of powder formulas are made with oily skin in mind, they can still be incorporated into a dry skin routine. We compiled a selection of hydrating powder formulas infused with moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and vitamin E to help you set your face without making it glaringly obvious to the world that you have dry skin.  RELATED: How To Get Glowy, Post-Vacation Skin Without Actually Going Anywhere  best-setting-powder-for-dry-skin-koh-gen-do-natural-lighting-powder  1 Koh Gen Do Natural Lighting Powder $58, SEPHORA.COM Chockfull of super-hydrating ingredients like jojoba seed oil, shea butter, squalane, and moisture-retaining hyaluronate, this powder is specifically suited for dry skin sufferers. Believe it or not, I find that my skin actually feels softer (like velvety smooth) after I put it on.   best-setting-powder-for-dry-skin-becca-hydra-mist-set-and-refresh-powder  2 BECCA Cosmetics Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder $39, SEPHORA.COM Think powders can’t look dewy? Think again—this innovative formula is made with 50 percent water (read: super-hydrating) and glycerin, so it leaves behind a mist-like finish for a non-cakey set. To further drive home the mist-like sensation, it has a cooling effect upon impact that feels like a refreshing burst of moisture on your face.   best-setting-powder-for-dry-skin-mac-cosmetics-mineralize-skinfinish-powder  3 M.A.C. Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural $36, ULTA.COM This dome-shaped formula has a slightly luminous effect, thanks to the low-level pearlized pigments that subtly catch the light with every head turn. Slow-baked with Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate the skin, it leaves behind a natural, never-ashy finish.   best-setting-powder-for-dry-skin-laura-mercier-translucent-loose-powder  4 Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder $39, SEPHORA.COM Some loose powders tend to look flat and grainy on the skin, but because this blend has been so finely milled, it melts into your pores to be virtually invisible on application. The advanced silica microparticles have gained a cult following among beauty gurus for helping diffuse the appearance of pores without settling into fine lines.  best-setting-powder-for-dry-skin-maybelline-fit-me-loose-finishing-powder  5 Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder $8, ULTA.COM This drugstore gem is the closest thing you can get to scoring FaceTune-level skin IRL. The pore-blurring, patch-reducing effect is worthy of even the most unforgiving HD cameras—sans flashback. While it’s meant to reduce shine, it sops off lurking oil without going overboard and looking powdery.   best-setting-powder-for-dry-skin-hourglass-veil-translucent-setting-powder  6 Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Translucent Setting Powder $46, SEPHORA.COM This finely milled batch is formulated with light-reflecting diamond powder to instantly blur imperfections and give you a glowy radiance even Nam Vo would approve of. One reviewer even said that she “sat and cried for like...over an hour” with absolutely no running or breaking.  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The next time you’re looking for your perfect shade, take note of these reliable brands that have inclusivity embedded in their DNA.    1 Mented Cosmetics $30, MENTEDCOSMETICS.COM Nude shades are notorious for being selective, particularly against women of color who have long struggled with limited shades of beige. Mented Cosmetics co-founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson wanted to expand the nude dimension to fit all skin colors. "We created Mented Cosmetics because we believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty," the founders write on their website. "We know you'll love being put first—because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought." The brand's original nude lipsticks, blushes, and foundations are perfectly "pigMented" to match your individual skin tone.    2 Fenty Beauty $35, FENTYBEAUTY.COM We can’t talk about inclusive beauty without including RiRi. The queen of inclusivity in everything she does (her Savage x Fenty line also shattered the beauty norm by showing all body types), the singer-turned-entrepreneur has always prioritized a curation of foundation colors for all complexions on the spectrum, including the darkest of darks that often can’t find the right pairing.   pat mcgrath foundation  3 Pat McGrath $68, SEPHORA.COM Leave it to iconic makeup artist (and WOC) Pat McGrath to create one of the most luxe foundation formulas with the most inclusive shade range on the market. Her Sublime Perfect Foundation is comprised of 36 well-rounded shades that include just about every possible undertone (peach, pink, yellow, golden, red, olive, and neutral).   morphe foundation  4 Morphe  $18, ULTA.COM Morphe rose to fame when its Fluidity Full-Coverage Foundation launched in January 2019—and diversity was the reason why. The collection’s astounding selection of 60 shades turned the heads of influencers and beauty lovers alike—and customers have since raved about finally being able to locate their ideal shade swatch.   il makiage foundation  5 Il Makiage $44, ILMAKIAGE.COM While it might be easy to shop online for a lipstick or eyeshadow palette, foundation remains risky to buy virtually. Enter new tech-led beauty brand Il Makiage—you've probably seen their videos all over Instagram. What's the hype? The brand's comprehensive PowerMatch algorithm is alleged to be able to track your perfect shade of its signature Woke Up Like This foundation, which comes in a whopping 50 shades.  orce cosmetics foundation  6 Orce Cosmetics $89, ORCECOSMETICS.COM Orce is not meant for darker skin tones, but we felt we had to include it based on the brand’s forward-thinking philosophy. As an Asian woman with a naturally darker skin tone, founder Yu-Chen had trouble coming to terms with her shade as most Asian beauty brands only catered to the ideal of lighter Asian skin tones. (Traditional Asian culture touts the notion that fair skin is the only beautiful skin.) After years of applying bleaching solutions to her skin in order to lighten it, she decided to create a brand that celebrates the colorful diversity within Asian culture. The brand's carefully curated shade range is made with overlooked Asian skin tones in mind—and won’t look pasty or orange on your face.