Every beauty junkie knows that a makeup look is never complete without a final dusting of setting powder — and if you’re as obsessed with makeup as we are, you also know that some of those powders come with a pretty hefty price tag. After years of trying every setting powder on the market, we discovered that some of the best ones are from the drugstore — so we rounded up our top five favorites. Not only are these babies under $12, but they’re also so good they may just convert you away from high-end powders for good.
Hands down, the translucent NYX HD Finishing Powder is one of our OG favorite drugstore products. We love this powder for two reasons: its fine, translucent qualities brush over the most colorful of makeup flawlessly and we love its lightweight, airy finish.
When it comes to a daily setting powder, Maybelline Fit Me! is our go-to. We love wearing this over Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation in a corresponding shade. Not only will it leave your makeup smooth and flawless, it will lock it in place all day.
It’s no secret that L’Oréal Paris is one of the most well-known and trusted drugstore beauty brands on the market and the Pro-Sweep & Lock Setting Powder doesn’t disappoint. It provides you with a matte, soft-focus finish to your makeup and controls shine all day.
The Maybelline Master Fix Setting and Perfecting Powder is another awesome option for an every day, translucent powder. It’s super fine and soft and excellent for baking under the eye or applying all over.
Loaded with skin-loving ingredients like watermelon, vitamin C and natural minerals, the Pacific Crystal Rays Luminous Translucent Powder is a favorite of ours because it provides us with a natural, illuminated complexion.
If you experienced an endless winter (and a sunless spring), chances are your skin hasn’t seen the light of day in a while.
While most of us are preoccupied with dodging puddles and waterproofing our makeup routine against another torrential downpour, we might be ignoring the skin we have trapped beneath layers of fleece and PVC.
The harsh reality is cold weather severely reduces blood circulation and inhibits sebum production, resulting in dry, dull skin that makes it a little hard to shed come summertime.
Luckily dry brushing helps revive sallow skin, so you don’t look like a zombie from The Walking Dead in your bikini. All you need is a hand held body brush and six minutes of your time!
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing involves sweeping a densely bristled brush over your body to slough off dead skin cells, boost blood circulation, and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Simply apply slight pressure and use stroking motions to exfoliate build up and unclog pores uncovering smooth, clear and awakened skin.
Similar to the effects of a cardio workout, the sturdy bristles help stimulate blood circulation, break up fat deposits, and reduce the appearance of cellulite over time. Due to its circulation-boosting properties, we noticed that dry brushing also gives our bodies a natural burst of energy to help kick start the day.
Aside from its many aesthetic benefits, many compare dry brushing to a massage that goes beyond the skin’s surface to stimulate lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting the white blood cell-infused fluid called lymph, which is responsible for removing toxins, waste and other harmful substances from the body. Brushing your skin encourages lymph flow to enliven your body’s natural detoxification processes.
How to Properly Dry Brush Your Skin:
Dry brushing can be completed daily depending on skin tolerance. It’s completely normal for your skin to be slightly flush after a brushing session. However, if it becomes inflamed, consult our tips for proper technique.
- While brushing can be completed at anytime of day, we recommend skin brushing in the morning to invigorate your body for the day ahead. Make sure that your skin and brush are completely dry before beginning.
- Prior to showering, sweep the brush over your body starting at your feet and stroking upwards toward your heart to activate lymphatic drainage and completely exfoliate from head to toe. Brushing should be performed in long, firm strokes. Apply increased pressure to the bottom of your feet, elbows, and trouble spots to help smooth out tough skin, lumps, and bumps. Soften pressure on more sensitive areas like your abdomen, chest, and neck.
- After 3-6 minutes of brushing, shower to rinse off dead skin cells with a hydrating shower oil and then apply a restorative body lotion.
Be sure to follow these three steps everyday for soft, healthy, and glowing skin this summer!
Dry skin is probably one of the most unpredictable complexion types out there. Some days you might have minimal flaking and others you’ll be wrestling with all-out alligator skin.
As someone with skin that becomes parched whenever it pleases, I’ve researched and sampled countless moisturizing products. Here’s a basic dry skin regimen complete with my favorites, so you can enjoy more supple skin days.
Reach for an ultra-hydrating cleanser
Face feeling chapped or tight after washing? It’s time to switch up your soap. Go for a moisture-inducing, pH-maintaining cleanser that gently cleanses without stripping your skin of necessary oils.
My recommendation: Avène Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar , $10
I recently ditched my facial wash for Avène’s moisturizing bar and I’m officially hooked. Made with healing thermal spring water, this miracle soap infuses skin with a wave of deep hydration while thoroughly cleaning pores. I like to suds up a loofah pad, gently exfoliate, and watch as dryness virtually disappears.
Don’t skip out on toner
If you think toners further exacerbate flakiness and irritation, you haven’t met “the one” yet. As long you avoid drying ingredients like alcohol, toners can be great skin hydrators. After cleansing, swipe on water-based toners that remove leftover debris and moisturize dehydrated skin.
My recommendation: Bioderma Hydrabio Tonic Lotion , $14.90
Formulated with skin-balancing niacinamide and nutrient-rich apple extract, this soothing toner keeps skin hydrated and radiant-looking.
Pat on a reparative eye cream
Stick with eye creams packed with essential fatty acids such as avocado oil as well as nutrient-rich ingredients like moisturizing argan oil and skin-repairing echium. These healing components will delicately treat dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles.
My recommendation: Pai Skincare Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream , $54
This is my Holy Grail of eye creams. Pai Skincare’s feather-light formula quickly absorbs onto my eye contour without that greasy residue that makes your concealer slip and slide. The silk-textured formula is packed with essential fatty acids for comfortable nourishment that lasts all day.
Add hyaluronic serum to the mix
Hyaluronic acid is a dry skin savior, plain and simple. It’s best known for drawing moisture into the skin to protect against dryness, plumping the outer layers of skin, and offering long-lasting hydration—so definitely make this ingredient a staple in your routine. Add it to your daily moisturizer or apply directly for softer skin.
My recommendation: Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum , $6
I’m still shocked that this super potent hyaluronic serum only costs six dollars. Great skin takes time, but after just a couple days of use, my skin felt softer, plumped and hydrated. Instant results at that price? I’ve definitely found my go-to serum.
Consider using a moisturizer/sunscreen hybrid
Dry skin needs both SPF protection and a rich moisturizer to help combat dryness throughout the day. But layering foundation over heavy lotions and SPF might set you up for a makeup meltdown. Go for a lightweight moisturizer that contains skin-saving ingredients like essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E, and SPF to avoid foundation fails.
My recommendation:COOLA Classic Face Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 , $32
Infused with vitamin E-rich safflower oleosomes and anti-aging açaí oil, this SPF 30 moisturizer quenches extremely parched skin while delivering UVA/UVB protection. The sheer, weightless formula makes it great for wearing underneath makeup without ruining foundation.
Wear a rich facial oil to bed
Pick a moisturizing facial oil and apply directly to your skin before catching some Z’s. This overnight treatment will quench thirsty skin, so you can wake up to a soft and hydrated complexion. So start incorporating facial oils into your nightly routine—it’s a dream come true.
My recommendation: Good Molecules Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil , $10
Made with a highly concentrated blend of antioxidant-rich camellia oil and nourishing sea buckthorn oil, this fast-absorbing potion revives parched skin while you rest for a dewy glow come morning. Did I mention it’s only $10?
Use a weekly hydration mask
At least once a week, make sure that you treat your complexion to a moisture-replenishing facial mask. Think of this as your time to relax and deeply rejuvenate your complexion so you can start over with a clean slate. Much like those deep conditioning hair formulas, complexion-conditioning treatments improve texture, prevent dryness and strengthen skin against damage from free radicals.
My recommendation: Farmacy Honey Potion Antioxidant Hydration Mask , $38
This massage-activated formula nourishes and repairs skin in just fifteen minutes. Infused with a healing cocktail of locally sourced honey, royal jelly, and potent antioxidants, the gel-to-cream mask warms up when gently massaged into the skin (that’s how you know it’s working) for hydrated radiance after rinsing.
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