The sole reason why one applies a setting powder right after foundation is to ensure that it stays on until you remove it. It’s a no brainer — its purpose is obvious and oily skin users treat it as a life-saver. But for people with dry skin, using setting powders could be a horrifying experience. As setting powders are traditionally formulated to give a matte, shine-free finish, dry skin’s texture will be emphasised even more: pores, flaky skin, bumps, fine lines. Many would then steer away from them and opt for just a foundation base, that is in the risk of getting smudged by the end of the day.

While it sounds like all hope is lost, it’s not — just look for hydrating setting powders. These are the ones that are infused with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, shea butter and more. You’ll still be able to set your makeup while the powder continues to nourish and inject hydrating benefits into your skin.

Hydrating setting powders can also be an option for people with oily or combination skin, or anyone that wants a dewy finish instead of a matte one. Excited to dive right in? Here are five for you to try.

Jolin Lee
Senior Writer
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.