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When you find the right setting powder for your skin down, the formula will be able to seamlessly lock down your foundation in place for all-day wear, without leaving an age-exaggerating powdery cast or downright cakey finish. For those of us with oily skin types, topping off your foundation with a finely-milled, shine-controlling setting powder is absolutely essential if you want your makeup to stay in place for more just a couple of hours.
Not only do these powders evenly help to extend the wear of your complexion products, but they also offer oil-controlling properties—-all without leaving the skin looking parched and textured. After all, the goal is to set your base and give the skin an Instagram filter-mimicking soft-focus finish—-not emphasize imperfections.
It’s important to find a non-drying matte finish if you have oily skin but you also don’t want a product that’s going to leave your skin feeling parched and tight either. Fortunately, finding a mattifying setting powder that diffuses the light and leaves the skin looking shine-free and photo-ready without the cracking and tightness if indeed, possible. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite loose finishing powders for oily skin.
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1. Coty Airspun Setting Powder
This powder has a slight hint of color, but goes on more or less translucent once dusted over the skin. The super soft formula diffuses the light and leaves the skin with a filter-like look.
2. Maybelline Fit Me Setting Powder
This finishing powder will add a bit more coverage and color to your base, however, while not entirely translucent, it doesn’t change the color of your foundation underneath.
3. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Mineral Finishing Powder
This deluxe setting powder gives your finish a matte yet skin-like finish that never looks cakey or over-dry. This formula adds just a dash of extra pigment for a more full coverage finish.