Stand The Heat: The Best Face Powders

As the weather heats up, reaching for your face powder to blot off any unwanted shine becomes as natural as brushing your hair in the morning. But when we’re faced with multiple humid situations throughout the day, we need a compact that won’t cake – and for that matter, one that will stand the heat.

Aside from the lightweight formula, application is key. You want to concentrate on the centre of your face and in particular your T-zone.

We scoured far and wide in search of the best face powders for summer…

The glow booster
This lightweight powder has a sheer, light transmitting base to brigthen and illuminate your complexion – all while reducing any excess oil. The best part? It’s totally undetectable, so whenever you feel like your face is getting a tad on the shiny side, you can dab as much or as little on as you wish on, without it looking ‘caked’.
Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder in Pink, £26 at Bobbi Brown

The redness reducer
Designed to reduce the appearance of redness as well as promote clearer, healthier skin, Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy has a medium coverage and matte finish that’s ideal for the heat!
Bareminerals Blemish Remedy Foundation, £26 at Bareminerals

The mattifier
Creating the perfect canvas, this clever powder is designed to ward off any chance of shine. Plus, it’s infused with vitamin e to help protect against environmental aggressors.
Barry M Flawless Matte Perfecting Powder, £5.99 at Boots

The makeup fixer
A feather light powder to take you through summer with a bright, lit from within glow. The micronised pigments don’t settle in any creases – so caking won’t be an issue – and it keeps your skin looking matte and bright.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder, £19.50 at Selfridges

The SPF skin balancer
With SPF 15 to help boost your protection against the suns harmful rays, this mineral powder provides a great, lightweight coverage. What’s more, the built in skincare ingredients ensure your skin stays plump, firm and even.
Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder SPF15, £24 at Look Fantastic

The oil-controller
The oil controlling properties in this little hero ensure any unwanted shine is eliminated, leaving your skin fresh and your foundation perfectly in tact all day.
RMK Translucent Face Powder, £33 at Selfridges



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