It seems like so much of life lately revolves around the temperature. My skin, no matter what sort of treatments I try, never looks as radiant in the winter as it does in the summer. Once I add powder to the equation, it just looks sad. So, lately I’ve been doing complete looks using only liquid and cream products. It’s amazing how much younger and healthier my skin looks without powder, which can emphasize the fine lines and wrinkles that may already be a little more prevalent when your skin lacks moisture.
Interestingly enough, one of Kim Kardashian’s make up artists (Mario Dedivanovic) recently uploaded a picture of Kim fully made-up without powder. Based on pictures of her without makeup, her skin isn’t dry so I’m not sure how he makes this work. My best bet is a good setting spray. Who else follows him on instagram? He’s amazing.
Here are some of my personal picks for a powder-free face.
The natural and dewy finish on this, combined with the coverage, is amazing. It feels very lightweight on the skin, which is good for prolonged wear. This is offered in 26 shades by Sephora, which is great for the people who have a hard time finding a shade to match their skin. It’s also very easy to find the right shade for contour if you’re going for a subtle look. Mario uses this on Kim also.
This is by far my new favorite product. The glow it gives is amazing, not too cool but not too golden either. It’s also super pigmented, so you only need the tiniest bit. I mix it into my foundation for a natural look, then also dab it onto my cheekbones and eye lids. The best thing about this product is that once you mix it into your foundation, there’s no need to spot-highlight; the highest points of your face will automatically catch light. This is what gives your face a natural look, compared to carefully placed powder with often looks fake. I also like Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector which comes in more shades (Josie Maran only offers one). My shade is Opal. The Josie Maran Illuminizer is a bit thinner, though, and I love the golden bronze shade so it’s still my #1 choice.
Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo $4.99 – $6.99
Cream shadows are another way to achieve a younger, glowing look, since you won’t have to worry about powder settling into fine lines. Chanel, Armani, Smashbox, and Bobbi Brown also have cream shadows in their lines. The important thing to remember is that cream products have a shorter shelf life than dry products. Also, these shadows are usually applied with fingers (the heat from them actually allow a smoother application) making them less hygeinic. So there’s no point in stocking up on bold colors that you may not even have a chance to make a dent in before they dry out. The Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows are incredibly long wearing and creamy. Their selection of neutrals is not amazing, however, so you may want to spring for a more expensive shade that you’ll use every day from the brands above.
Mac Fix+ $22
For those who don’t want to over-dew it, Mac’s Fix+ is perfect. If you do use powder, a few sprays of this will help with caking. It also gives a dewy finish and hydrates skin, which is a win-win. For more heavy-duty setting sprays, I also like Scandinavia ‘s Makeup Finishing Spray and Urban Decay‘s All Night Spray.
Did I miss any amazing cream or liquid products in this post? Comment and let me know!
All The Best,