Best face powder for mature skin to set your make up

powder for mature skin

by Lorna White |
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Finding the right face powder for mature skin can totally transform the appearance of your make up, and it's an essential in any make up bag. Not only does a powder stop us from looking shiny throughout the day, but they also help our make up for mature women stay on longer.

The best face powder for mature skin at a glance

Best loose powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Buy now from Boots

Best compact powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder – Buy now from John Lewis

Best for oily skin: Maybelline Fit Me Matte And Poreless Powder – Buy now from Amazon

Although we're always telling you that mature skin needs hydration, a powder for mature skin doesn't have to necessarily be drying on the skin. These days, face powder formulas are very clever, and you can still achieve a poreless, matte finish without compromising on hydration.

Face powders tend to come in a range of colours or be totally transparent, making them suited to all skin tones. The type of powder you go for will depend on your skin type and what finish you're looking for whether it's on the dry side or on the oily side. You'll find there are mattifying options as well as more shimmery options for a shinier finish.

To help you find the best powder for mature skin to suit your complexion and skin type, we’ve rounded up some of the best on the market to help you find your perfect powder.

Best loose powder

Description

This one is a bit of a cult favourite and offers and instant blurring affect to the skin and is

Pros

  • Best for all skin types
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not ideal for on the go touch ups

Best compact powder

Description

A firm favourite of many make up artists and professionals, this finishing powder really does give

Pros

  • Good coverage
  • Layers well throughout the day for touch ups

Cons

  • Limited colour range

Best long-lasting

Description

This very smart powder uses the latest light-diffusing technology to achieve a flawless looking

Pros

  • Long-lasting
  • Suitable for all skin tones

Cons

  • Can flashback in flash photographs

Best shade range

Description

Fenty are the leaders when it comes to impressive shade ranges, and their powder is no exception

Pros

  • Great shade range
  • Doubles as a foundation and powder in one

Cons

  • Some found the coverage wasn't quite enough

Best for oily skin

Fit Me Powder
Price: £6.99
Alternative retailers
Boots£6.99View offer
Sephora£6.99View offer
JD Williams£7.00View offer
Secret Sales£8.83View offer

Description

If you're someone with oily skin, then you’ll want a powder for mature skin that can quickly

Pros

  • Comes with a powder pad
  • 7 shades available

Cons

  • Some found the sponge it came with removed their make up

Best affordable powder

Description

For a budget friendly option, try the Elf Perfect Finish HD powder. It’s translucent making it

Pros

  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Isn't as long-lasting as others

Best SPF powder

Description

Another powder that doubles up as a [foundation for mature

Pros

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Contains SPF

Cons

  • Those with paler skin tones found this too dark

Best lightweight powder

Description

If you prefer a matte finish that you can top up on the go then this affordable NYX powder is a

Pros

  • Good shade range
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Doesn't include an application brush or sponge

How to apply a face powder

There are a number of ways you can apply your face powder for mature skin. For dryer skin types, we'd recommend only applying powder to the areas you tend to get a little oilier or where your make up tends to crease. We'd recommend applying powder with a smaller sized powder brush to the under eyes, around the nose and lightly brushed over your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.

If you're needing your make up to last all day, for example if you're going to a wedding, you'll need to take steps to make sure your make up won't budge. You'll also want to follow these steps if you have oilier skin. We'd advise using a powder puff to set your make up, focussing on certain areas of the face. Apply some powder to your powder puff and press into the under eye area, around the nose, fore head, chin and middle of the face and leaving to bake for 10 minutes or so. This allows the natural heat from your face to oxidize the make up while the powder absorbs any oil. After baking, use a finishing powder on a large powder brush to brush away the heavy powder and a flawless finish will be revealed underneath.

We'd advise taking a compact pressed powder with you on the go to top up your make up and powder any shiny areas of the face.

Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer at Yours.co.uk. She was previously a writer at Yours Magazine writing features and news stories before joining the digital team. Lorna loves the great British countryside and likes to spend her spare time out and about in her home of Nottinghamshire walking her dog, Pippin.

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