Setting Powders to Help You Beat the Summer Heat

Take your pick, according to your skin type.

Setting Powders to Help You Beat the Summer Heat
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Setting powder is one of the must-haves in your makeup routine during the summer to keep your makeup intact. Oftentimes, you can spend hours getting ready only for the sweltering heat and humidity to melt it all off. But when you set your makeup with setting powders, chances of your makeup melting off are way, way lower. That said, we compiled a list of the best setting powders to use this summer depending on your skin type, below.

For Dry Skin:

Those with dry skin typically forgo setting powders altogether, but a mid-day touchup is usually needed. As someone with dry skin, my fear of powder exposing all of my dry patches, skin texture, and fine lines is strong. But I still have the desire of wanting my makeup to actually stay in place during the blazing, hot summer. The key is to lightly apply setting powder where needed, like your T-zone.

Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

It’s in the name. This translucent powder is made with hyaluronic acid to blur fine lines and smoothen skin. This powder leaves a blurring effect while setting your makeup.

By Terry

Invisimatte Blotting Powder

This cult-favorite powder is perfect for on-the-go touchups. Use it with a beauty puffor with the Portable Touchup Brush.

Fenty Beauty

Perfect Setting Powder

This talc-free powder sets your makeup without settling in fine lines. Formulated with green tea leaves and Vitamin C, E and F, the powder helps soothe skin and fights against free radicals.

Cover FX

For Oily Skin:

For oily skin, setting powder is highly recommended. Look for a powder that controls shine, locks in foundation, and prevents makeup from slipping.

Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Everyone from makeup newbies to professional makeup artists know this product. It absorbs oil and reduces shine, creating a matte finish with no flashback in photos. This powder comes in three shades: Translucent, Honey, and Translucent Medium Deep.

Laura Mercier

Zero Sebum Powder

This loose powder is made with 80 percent minerals to keep sebum buildup and oils at bay, creating a clear, matte finish. Tip: You can use this powder for greasy hair as well—just apply it like you would dry shampoo!

Etude House

Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder

Created by MUA and beauty creator Patrick Starr, this super fine powder leaves users with a soft matte finish and has a 14-hour lasting power.


For Acne-Prone Skin:

Setting powders for acne-prone skin can get a little tricky, but the key is to avoid super harsh ingredients and lightly apply coverage.

Skin Clearing Acne Concealing Mineral Powder Compact

Infused with salicylic acid, this powder compact covers and treats acne all at once.


Loose Setting Powder

This powder mattifies makeup while producing a nice glowy finish. Formulated without parabens or fragrance, this is perfect for acne-prone, sensitive skin.


Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

This compact setting powder is a must-have! Featuring ingredients such as rose wax, almond oil, and light-reflecting pearlescent pigments, this powder gives all the right shinewhile providing slight coverage for touchups!

Charlotte Tilbury
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