How to Choose the Right Powder for Olive Skin


Before powdering up your olive skin, do your homework. White and light dusting powders make your skin look washed out and dry. The pale powder settles into the lines of your skin, highlighting every wrinkle. Instead, choose a powder that gives your olive skin a healthy glow that appears sun-kissed, but without the risks of sun exposure. Your skin's moisture level also determines the type of powder that flatters your complexion. Women with dry skin do best with creamy powder formulations, while women with oily skin reduce shine but maintain a natural, dewy look by wearing mineral powder.


Turn the spotlight on your skin. Examine your complexion in daylight or under bright light in your bathroom. Study the undertones, typically green, as well as the darkness of your skin tone. Light olive skin often has warm undertones, meaning your skin looks golden in daylight. Darker olive skin tans before burning and glows with makeup and clothing in metallic and earth tones.


Warm up. Whether you have fair or dark olive skin, your green undertones mean you look best in powders that have warm elements such as orange, bronze, yellow or brown. Cosmetic companies typically name foundation powders in this skin tone category as golden, warm or medium.


Audition your contenders. Those sample counters exist for a reason. Swipe three different colors of stripes on your jawline to compare which powder color complements your olive skin best.


Blend the makeup before judging your final look. Use your fingers, a clean cosmetic sponge or a cotton puff to gently rub the powder into your skin.


Inspect your results under bright light to see which color of powder gives you that natural but finished look.


Spend some time with your color. If you have oily skin, your base powder may oxidize and look darker. Either go lighter with your foundation powder or use a mineral powder formulated for your skin type.

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Olive skin changes dramatically with the seasons, getting dark or ruddy with sun exposure, so adjust your powder color accordingly.


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