The question: How do I get a flawless look if I have large pores, oily skin and acne?
The Answer (and another question!): Have you ever taken pictures under perfectly soft lighting where everybody looks like ethereal beings, with nary a flaw in sight? Well THIS is what blurring powder can do for you! Regardless which type of foundation you use, or what your skin type, blurring powder provides an airbrushed finish that looks impossibly flawless.
Blur powder is designed to float over pores, fine lines and scars – offering an even finish that diffuses light. Regardless of the type of lighting you’re under (from horrible fluorescents to beaming strobes), skin will have a soft-focus look when you use blurring powder.
When applied alone, blur powder allows your natural skin tone to show through, while distracting from flaws. When used over foundation, pores practically disappear, and skin has a uniform natural looking finish. Most blur powders are very light weight and transparent – so they provide a natural look without adding excessive amounts of color or texture. Now let's take a look at the different types of blur powder.
Best Blurring Powder for Oily Skin & Acne Prone Skin
Matte powder is your best bet. Products that contain shiny ingredients like Mica and Pearl Powder have a tendency to accentuate flaws such as large pores, breakouts, and acne scars. In addition, these ingredients can become lodged inside of pores – enlarging them even more, while also causing blackheads and breakouts. Especially when oily skin is a problem, it’s best to opt for a matte formula; then add highlighter to carefully selected areas of the face, if you want a natural looking glow.
Oily skin types should use Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder, as this product not only blurs pores, but also absorbs more oil than any face powder on the market. Intended to be used both before and after foundation, the feather light formula protects pores from getting clogged by liquid makeup, plus provides an airbrushed finish when used as setting powder. And did we say oil absorbent? Oily skin has never seen a product that controls oil like Mattify ULTRA Powder. It prevents shine for hours, and stops foundation from feeling sticky when oil starts to emerge.
As an added benefit, this powder is 100% natural and Vegan, and does not contain other common skin irritants such as Bismuth, Dimethicone, or Talc.
Best Blurring Powder for Dry Skin
Dry skin types can look washed out and dull if the right powder products aren't used. What's more, completely matte powders can cling to dry spots, making them stand out even more. In contrast to oily skin types, dry skin does well with products that contain a bit of sheen, as it adds an overall brightness.
If you’re in search of face powder that does not absorb oil (because your skin produces minimal amounts), try Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. This blend contains Mica, and will add subtle hints of shimmer. Dry skin types often have small pores and are less prone to acne, so these ingredients are generally safe to use without fear of breakouts.
Best Blurring Powder for Combination Skin
Women with this skin type are lucky and can get away with using any type of blurring powder – but you may want to avoid excessively shiny powder if you have an oily T-Zone. Try No Sebum Blur Powder, which will take care of random oiliness, without over-drying other areas. This product does contain Dimethicone, which can settle into pores and trigger breakout for some - so beware of using it if you have large pores. When using any type of product that contains Dimethicone (liquid primer, foundation etc.) you should always exfoliate during cleansing. Try Mattify Cosmetic's Exfoliator Face Scrub, which contains Apricot and Bamboo to flush out pores, and Green Tea, which firms the skin.
Another good selection for combo skin is Bye Bye Pores, by It Cosmetics. This one provides a beautifully airbrushed look over foundation, and feels very light. Silk Powder (one of the main ingredients) is designed to hold and release moisture when needed, making it perfect for combination skin types – who will love the satiny feel and look of this product. Its barely-there sheen helps skin look slightly luminous, without looking overly shiny. This one isn’t suitable for Vegans though, as the product does contain Collagen.
Of these two brands, neither offer massive oil control - so if your combination skin has an annoyingly oily T-Zone, you might want to use Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin on select areas first, and then finish with Bye Bye Pores or No Sebum Blur Powder.
Blur powders should be every girl's best friend - because they're like an Instagram photo filter you can wear in real life. They get to work filtering out harsh light, while providing an amazingly even skin tone.
Three cheers to blurring powder!!