Our recommended powder foundations are as follows—hopefully, you’ll find one that suits you!
|Powder type||Loose; mineral-based|
|Finish||Customizable, sheer to full coverage, wet or dry, matte or radiant|
|Powder type||Pressed: mineral-based|
|Powder type||Pressed; mineral-based|
|Powder type||Loose; mineral-based|
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP
Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
Smooth Finish Foundation Powder
Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder Makeup
True Match Super-Blendable Powder
Mineral Sheers Compact Powder Foundation
Mineral Powder Foundation
Dual Finish Multi-tasking Powder Foundation
Skin Weightless Powder Foundation
Controls Shine for 12 Hours
Bare It All With Sun Protection
Stunning and Lightweight Coverage
Fully Customizable Coverage With Two Ways to Apply
Drugstore Brand Used to Stay Affordably Matte
Matches With Any Skin Tone
Oil-Free Formula Backed by Dermatologists
Smooth Out Wrinkles With Mary Kay
Versatile Foundation With Many Shades
Start the Day Feeling Weightless
|Volume||0.52 oz.||0.21 oz.||0.26 oz.||0.3 oz.||0.29 oz.||0.33 oz.||0.34 oz.||0.28 oz.||0.67 oz||0.38 oz.|
|Powder type||Pressed||Loose; mineral-based||Pressed||Pressed||Pressed: mineral-based||Pressed||Pressed; mineral-based||Loose; mineral-based||Pressed||Pressed|
|Finish||Matte||Natural||Matte||Customizable, sheer to full coverage, wet or dry, matte or radiant||Natural||Natural||Sheer||Matte||Matte||Sheer; natural|
A matte finish gives your face a smooth, blank canvas-like look. However, applying too much matte foundation can cake up and emphasize your pores, so thin layers work best. This finish is best used for oily skin types, as it can help control oil flow throughout the day.
Dewy finishes are perfect for when you want healthy, glowing skin. These types of foundations can cover pores and fine lines while giving you that bright-eyed, fresh-faced look. Since this adds shine, it is usually recommended for those with dry skin.
Many powder foundations these days will moisturize or protect your skin from the sun. Depending on the type of skin you have, there are a range of formulas to choose from.
Powder foundations don’t contain much oil. On top of that, they absorb sebum, which are the oils produced on your face. For those with dry skin, this is less than ideal, as you want to keep all those great oils to balance out your skin type. Choosing a powder foundation that has moisturizing ingredients, such as collagen and ceramide, can help keep skin looking hydrated.
Nowadays, many foundations boast SPF for people who are constantly outdoors. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause spots on the skin and premature wrinkles. In addition, it can also make skin dry out and become sensitive, which’ll result in acne. If you don’t wear sunscreen daily, getting a foundation with SPF can give your skin the protection it needs.
The best way to use a makeup sponge is to pick up product using one-third of the sponge, then putting it to your face. With a brush, you can swirl it in the foundation and tap off the excess before applying. If you miss a spot, you can always add more coverage. But if you add too much foundation at once, it will look cakey, so you'll want to be careful.
When using a powder foundation, the best way to apply it on your face is to first cover the cheeks, then the forehead, and lastly, follow up with the nose and chin. And since the center of your face is where you apply the most foundation, you should start there first.
Work your way from the center to the rest of your face to create a more three-dimensional look. Makeup tends to crease and fall apart around the eyes. Instead of adding more foundation to your brush, use the leftover powder already on there to work your bags, crows feet, and eyelids.
Now that you've got your mineral foundation, it's time to find products that complement it! There are so many brand out there that it can be hard to find something that actually works. That's where we come into play. Check out our other buying guides when you need help choosing makeup!
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