My face can be quite oily, especially during the warmer months. To reduce that shine, I use face powder. Translucent face powder is a makeup used for oily skin to give it a more matte or non-oily look. It is also used to smooth out uneven textures.
So what is the best translucent rice powder?
The best translucent rice powder is the Palladio Rice Powder Sheets. Translucent rice powder is less irritating than conventional powders, so is more tolerable for most. Rice powders are also effective not just for those with oily skin, but also for dry skin, hyperpigmentation, or acne.
Read on to see which specific translucent rice powders I recommend and how to apply the powder.
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Standard Translucent Powders
The common ingredients in standard translucent powders include talc, Zea mays, silica, or mica. Mica is a mineral, and it gives a shimmery, kind of frosty look.
It is commonly used, not only in translucent face powders but also in blush, highlighters, and eye shadows. Just be careful with mica because if you inhale it over time, it has been linked to causing fibrosis in the lungs.
Another common ingredient is cornstarch. Cornstarch, which controls oil, is very common in a lot of mineral-based makeup. However, cornstarch has some sugar molecules and when it is in contact with moisture it can increase bacteria and yeast growth.
It is not recommended to people who are breakout-prone or have rosacea psoriasis or eczema. Standard translucent powders can be comedogenic (pore-clogging) to people who are breakout-prone or tend to have bumpy, acne-prone skin.
Translucent Rice Powder
There are some alternatives for these translucent face powders if your skin tends to be sensitive or you have acne or rosacea psoriasis or eczema.
The most common alternative for translucent face powders is translucent rice powders. Translucent rice powders are often blended in with chalk, mica, or cornstarch.
Regular rice powder ranges in shades, from a light shade, and all the way to opaque. If you’ve ever seen those Japanese Geisha women who wear white makeup all over their face, that is the opaque rice powder.
This powder originated in Asia and it contains phytic acid, which naturally lightens and brightens the skin. It also has a unique ability to absorb oil and release moisture back into the skin.
When used regularly it can treat age spots and hyperpigmentation, as well as moisturizes your skin and makes it translucent.
Type of Rice Powder Blends
Every time I communicate with company owners, I always ask them if it is a blend, filled with chalk or it is filled with cornstarch or mica. So, if you have hyperpigmentation or age spots, in addition to using lightening agents for your skin, the rice powder really helps increase that efficacy.
It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and can increase moisture in your skin. It has folic acid, which derives from rice bran oil and can be used as an antioxidant.
It can also increase the efficacy of vitamin C and vitamin E. When vitamin C is used alone, it will neutralize the free radicals. It needs to re-energize itself to continue fighting the free radicals and the folic acid helps boost the antioxidant properties of those two ingredients.
When looking for rice powder, one of the things that you need to do is to check if it’s blended with chalk, synthetic ingredients, or silica. These are the main ingredients that you don’t want to get blended with your rice powder.
One of the keys is when you’re looking at the ingredients list, if it says fragrance and “perfume” is indicated it means that the fragrance was derived synthetically.
If you have dry to normal skin, you want to avoid using the rice powder mixed with silica because that will overdraw your skin.
For those who have sensitive skin types or rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, you definitely don’t want to use cornstarch if you find the rice powder more beneficial to your skin.
How to Apply the Translucent Rice Powder
Here are my tips on how to use the rice powder for your specific skincare needs. For oily skin or breakout-prone skin, use a full-sized kabuki brush. Before you put on your foundation, lightly dust the rice powder all over your face.
Then apply your mineral makeup on top of it and do it again and again. Take your full-sized kabuki brush and lightly dust on top of the foundation and your blush. That will work as a setting powder.
For dry skin, add it slowly and gradually, bit by bit to your skin. After you put on your sunscreen and liquid foundation or mineral makeup, lightly dust the rice powder. You only have to do it once for dry skin.
Best Rice Translucent Powders
For those with very sensitive skin, I recommend a rice powder without much of the fillers such as Cleure Hypoallergenic Rice Veil Setting Powder for Sensitive Skin. It is more costly but you get what you pay for with the more natural and non-irritating ingredients.
I have started to use the Palladio Rice Powder Sheets which I’ve found has helped to reduce redness in my cheeks.
If you have very sensitive skin, this might not work for you but if you try just a small amount at first and then can increase if it does not irritate you.
Rice powder is a great option for anyone looking for a translucent face powder. It can help you avoid having a shiny face by absorbing excess oil. It evens out rough spots leaving your face looking silky smooth. Rice powder also helps set your makeup, so you stay looking fresh and finished all day long.
What is translucent powder used for? Translucent powder is used to set makeup or finish a specific look. It smoothes out uneven textures including blemishes, large pores, rough patches, bumps, or scars.
Actors and news anchors also use translucent powders to protect their skin from looking overly shiny under the bright lights.
How do I choose translucent powder? To choose a translucent powder, consider the following features:
- A shade that matches your skin color
- A finish that gives you a subtle, natural glow
- A fine, not coarse, texture that blends into your skin
- Specifically for dry skin or for oily skin
- SPF value if you want it to protect from SPF
- Packaging and whether it comes with a brush or not
What color translucent powder should I use? Translucent powder colors can range from translucent to white to tinted to match your unique skin color. It is best to choose a powder that is tinted closer to your specific skin color, otherwise, it will look like you’re wearing a white mask.
Test different tinted powders over multiple days to determine which tinted translucent powder color is closest to your skin.