These days, there’s a huge choice of powders, and like so many things in modern life, this can become confusing (I’m thinking parking apps… don’t get me started). Stripping it back to basics, you find two main types of powder: setting and finishing. If it’s a setting powder, its primary job is to set the liquidy nature of foundation and creamy concealers, extending the life of make-up and stopping it migrating down your face. A finishing powder is designed to finesse make-up by refining the appearance of pores and blurring imperfections, much like a camera filter. That said, there are many multi-benefit hybrids out now.
Whatever your goal – setting or finessing (or a bit of both) – if you don’t want to banish greasiness at the expense of glowiness, loose powder is a good choice because it tends to be airily light. A cult standout is Laura
Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder (£36.50), which smooths without settling in lines. Roll a little on with a velour puff or dust with a brush.
Another loose setting powder that also fulfils the finessing brief is Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder (£26), available in various shades and undertones, from a cool lavender that brightens to a warming banana shade (banana powders have become a category all their own, so-called because of their yellow tones, great for cancelling redness and flattering mid-to-dark complexions).
As pressed powder has been rendered semi-solid, it is more dense, which can give greater oil-grabbing action as well as more coverage, especially if it’s tinted. That said, those that are milled finely enough manage to mattify without masking. A great budget buy is Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless (£5.59).