How To Use A Setting Powder For Oily Skin? Get Ready For A Perfect, Shine-Free Look!

Applying makeup has become an essential part of who we are. Though you might not prefer heavy makeup look, a subtle or minimal look does suit every occasion you might have in mind.

Unfortunately, as much as most of us would want to reject the idea, there is such a thing called, “too much makeup.”

Albeit simple, makeup should always be put on after considering the kind of skin one must have. If you ignore the nature of your skin, it works counterintuitively.

Types Of Skins 

Healthy skin can be divided into 5 types based on their cosmetic appeal. One can have normal, dry, oily, mixed(dry+oily), or sensitive skin.

Setting Powder For Oily Skin

Each of these skin types is classified on the basis of skin balance, hydration, sebaceous secretion, and sensitivity. It is important that each skin is taken care keeping these factors in mind.

1. Normal Skin

This skin type falls into a category that is neither excessively dry nor overly oily. It exhibits a smooth and uniform texture, is free from imperfections, and boasts a clean, soft appearance. As a result, it does not demand any specific or specialized care.

2. Sensitive Skin

It is also known as irritated skin, and is more susceptible to reacting to stimuli that normal skin would not typically respond to.

It is characterized as delicate and often accompanied by sensations of discomfort, such as heat, tightness, redness, or itching.

In this skin type, the protective barrier function is compromised, making it easier for microorganisms and irritants to penetrate the skin, consequently increasing the risk of infections and allergic reactions

3. Dry Skin

It can present a range of signs and symptoms that are influenced by factors such as age, overall health, and underlying causes.

Typically, it is characterized by a feeling of tightness and roughness. The skin may take on an ashy grey hue and display flaking, itching, redness, and small cracks. In more severe instances, these cracks can deepen and potentially lead to bleeding.

4. Oily Skin

It occurs due to an overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands and is typically influenced by genetic and hormonal factors.

Oily skin is common among adolescents and individuals under the age of 30, often coinciding with the occurrence of acne.

5. Combination Skin

It exhibits characteristics of both dry and oily skin due to an uneven distribution of sebaceous and sweat glands across different areas of the face. 

What Is Setting Powder?

Specifically designed to be applied over wet or liquid makeup products, such as foundation and concealer, it typically contains ingredients like talc and silica, which help to set and lock in the wet makeup, providing a long-lasting effect.

By minimizing the appearance of oil on the skin, setting powder helps to achieve a smooth and matte finish. Long-lasting Finish, Shine Control, and flawless texture are all its added benefits.

How To Apply It On An Oily Skin?

1. Go For A Lighter Shade

When selecting a loose powder for your oily skin, opt for a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural skin tone.

This is because the powder can oxidize upon contact with the oils on your face, causing it to appear darker. To avoid this issue, it is advisable to choose a lighter shade of loose powder than your actual skin tone.

2. Say Yes To Powder Puffs

Make sure to forgo makeup brushes or sponges and utilize the powder puff provided with the product. If your loose powder does not include a puff, consider purchasing one separately.

Carefully dab the puff all over your face, avoiding any rubbing motions that may smudge your makeup. Fold the puff in half to ensure an even application.

3. Find The Center

The T-zone is typically oilier than the rest of your face, so that’s where you should start applying loose powder.

From there, gently buff the powder outwards, extending towards your cheeks and the corners of your face.

4. Look For Oily Spots

You can dot-setting powder on the nose, chin, or any areas prone to gathering grease or where you desire extended coverage. This targeted powder placement helps your makeup last longer and maintain a flawless appearance.

Now get the look you have always dreamt of!

Dr. Luna Rey specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin conditions, from common conditions like acne and eczema to more complex conditions like psoriasis and skin cancer. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Luna has a strong interest in writing and has published numerous articles on dermatology topics in leading medical journals. Her writing style is clear, concise, and easy to understand, making her work accessible to a broad audience.

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