Glowing skin starts with a consistent skincare routine, but sometimes we slip up (we're only human) or our trusted products don't stack up to the miserable glow-sapping weather. In these cases, you need something fast-acting that will veil your complexion with an uplifting, healthy-looking sheen. It also needs to be something that works fast and efficiently—a product you can rely on when the times are tough.
The answer? Switch your usual finishing powder for an illuminating version. Some blur, others colour-correct and then there are those that impart a hint of colour: Pink shades emulate a weekend spent outdoors, and soft, powdery bronze versions fake a few days in the sun with a quick swirl and a buff. Keep scrolling for our edit of the best illuminating face powders.
See all those colours? They are there for a reason. Green cancels out redness (a must at this time of year when it's so cold), peach conceals dark areas and purple hides yellow tones. Swirl them all together and dust over the face for a flawless and illuminated complexion.
While it might be unusual for a face powder, this illuminating powder contains shea butter to nourish dry skin, a must for anyone who works in an office with AC. Mica subtly reflects light to soften the look of imperfections.
This is a loose powder that stands out from the rest. It has encapsulated water so as you apply it feels refreshing (this also makes it a great office pick). The brightening particles of finely milled powder fool the eye by working like an optical illusion to blur out imperfections. It cuts shine, but won't ever leave skin looking flat.
If you don't want to add any extra colour to your skin but you still want an illuminated finish, then this powder is for you. The powder doesn't only reflect light, but it also adjusts to different light sources so that your skin looks great in any light. Plus, glycerin hydrates while vitamin E works to protect your skin's barrier.
A backstage staple, this powder is used by makeup artists who are working with paler shades to add targeted highlights to models' complexions. For darker skin tones, choose the shade Gold Deposit. This golden-bronze powder will leave your complexion looking radiant and polished.
The Ambient Lighting Powders by Hourglass are fast on the way to being cult classics. Inspired by how our skin looks under different light sources, choose from: Dim, Mood or Radiant. Ethereal Light imparts an otherworldly sheen onto complexions for a night out or when they really need a boost.
This subtle pink powder gives skin the same healthy glow that a weekend spent in the country would but without having to leave the city or embrace the mud.
Would you swap your usual face powder for an illuminating version? Let us know in the comments below.
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