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
This one is a bit of a cult favourite and offers and instant blurring affect to the skin and is
- Best for all skin types
- Not ideal for on the go touch ups
Best compact powder
A firm favourite of many make up artists and professionals, this finishing powder really does give
- Good coverage
- Layers well throughout the day for touch ups
- Limited colour range
This very smart powder uses the latest light-diffusing technology to achieve a flawless looking
- Suitable for all skin tones
- Can flashback in flash photographs
Best shade range
Fenty are the leaders when it comes to impressive shade ranges, and their powder is no exception
- Great shade range
- Doubles as a foundation and powder in one
- Some found the coverage wasn't quite enough
Best for oily skin
If you're someone with oily skin, then you’ll want a powder for mature skin that can quickly
- Comes with a powder pad
- 7 shades available
- Some found the sponge it came with removed their make up
Best affordable powder
For a budget friendly option, try the Elf Perfect Finish HD powder. It’s translucent making it
- Vegan and cruelty free
- Isn't as long-lasting as others
Best SPF powder
- Suitable for all skin types
- Contains SPF
- Those with paler skin tones found this too dark
Best lightweight powder
If you prefer a matte finish that you can top up on the go then this affordable NYX powder is a
- Good shade range
- 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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