Powder may seem like a one-dimensional product, but despite its simple use, it's definitely not a one-size-fits-all. Your skin type, for one, is a crucial thing to consider if you want to avoid looking chalky. If you're unsure of what to use, here's a guide to finding your perfect setting powder:


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Dry/Mature Skin

For skin that's prone to dry patches, a finely-milled loose powder with a skin-like finish would be ideal. Makeup artist Ara Fernando explains that compared to pressed powder, loose powders have smaller particles that can go in between your skin's creases preventing you from looking cakey.


IMAGE Sephora

TRY: LA MER The Powder, P5250, Rustan's; BECCA Hydra Mist Set & Refresh Powder, P2250, Sephora.ph

Sensitive Skin

Finding the right powder unfortunately takes a lot of trial and error if you have highly-reactive skin. You can either go with loose or pressed, depending on how oily your skin becomes throughout the day. However, do look out for ingredients like talc, silicones, fragrance, and parabens as these are the usual culprits for irritation. You can either be allergic to one or all four. Don't forget to clean your powder brush or sponge often, too!


IMAGE Shiseido, The Balm

TRY: SHISEIDO White Lucent Brightening Skincare Powder, P3250, SM Beauty; THE BALM Sexy Mama (talc-free), P925, Beauty Bar

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Normal/Combination Skin

When you have both dry and oily areas, try dual-powder products that you can use wet or dry. This gives you the freedom to mattify fully without dehydrating your skin too much. According to Ara, use a damp sponge to set your T-zone; for your dehydrated areas, simply swipe the dry sponge or a brush over.


IMAGE Zalora, Loreal

TRY: MAX FACTOR Facefinity Compact, P975, Rustan's; L'OREAL Mat Magique BB Veil Pressed Powder, P300, Lazada

Oily Skin

Most mattifying powders will set oily skin, but choosing the right one for you depends on how much oil control you need. If you need to stay matte all day, Ara recommends using loose powder in layers so your skin can absorb the powder gradually. If you're on-the-go, a mattifying powder that you can easily touch up will do the trick. Don't forget to blot before re-powdering to avoid uneven application!


IMAGE Zalora, Sephora

TRY: BYS Matte Loose Powder with Puff, P449, Watsons; FENTY BEAUTY Invisimatte Blotting Powder, P1700, Sephora.ph

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* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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