How to Choose the Best Powder Foundation

We hear a lot about dewy liquid foundation, but they aren’t our only option! Powder foundation is perfect for combating oily skin, allowing your makeup to last longer and quickly evening your skin tone. If you aren’t familiar with this makeup staple, get ready to learn all about it. We’re about to walk you through all you need to know about powder foundation, as well as our favourite products to use.

WHAT IS POWDER FOUNDATION?

Whether you’re obsessed with wearing makeup or prefer the ‘no makeup’ makeup look —no one wants to wear a thick, heavy foundation. This is one of the main reasons powder foundation is such a smart option. Powder formulas provide your skin with even coverage that’s breathable, buildable and mattifying. It’s a no-brainer—this is all you need for your makeup look! Finding the perfect foundation can be tricky,  Powder foundation comes in handy for covering up imperfections with a light-as-a-feather touch. We admit, we’re pretty smitten!

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIQUID AND POWDER FOUNDATION?

True or false: All foundations are basically the same. False! Liquid foundation is available in water, cream and oil-based formulas. These products do a great job of seamlessly blending onto the skin, hiding imperfections and can even hydrate your skin. They can also offer light, medium or full coverage, depending on the specific formula.

Powder foundation also provides light, medium or full coverage for a more mattifying look. It applies like a traditional face powder and can easily be reapplied throughout the day as needed. Powder foundation is more likely to stay in place during warm weather, absorbing oils for a fresh look that lasts all day.

IS PRESSED POWDER THE SAME AS POWDER FOUNDATION?

You may think pressed powder and powder foundation are the same, due to the similarities in their packaging and their names, but these two products are very different. Powder foundation combines the benefits of a powder and foundation, all in one easy-to-use product. It also has more pigment and provides more coverage than a pressed powder. Additionally, pressed powders are normally used on top of liquid or cream foundation, setting them in place.

CAN YOU USE POWDER FOUNDATION ALONE?

Powder foundation can be used on its own, as the base of your makeup look, or you can layer it over primer and concealer for more coverage.

DOES POWDER FOUNDATION CAUSE DRY SKIN?

You may have heard that powder foundation can dry out your skin, so naturally, you may have some concerns. It’s true that powder foundation works well with oily and acne-prone skin, due to its oil-absorbing properties. However, that doesn’t mean it’s bad for dry skin! Certain mattifying formulas can dry out skin more, but good news—there are powder foundations that can suit all skin types. Pick a formula that’s lightweight and hydrating, and you’ll be good to go.

OUR BEST POWDER FOUNDATION

So, you’re a powder foundation expert now. The next step: Choosing the best powder foundation product that is perfect for you! Opt for a formula that provides flawless coverage, without the cakey, greasy appearance. We can’t get enough of the Infallible Compact Powder Foundation. It’s a full-coverage powder foundation that works just as hard as a liquid foundation. Infallible powder provides ultimate hold with a non-drying texture, giving you a long-wear foundation that doesn’t fade or transfer. Say hello to an all-day perfect complexion!

If you’re after powder foundation for oily skin with a light, breathable formula, look no further than the True Match Mineral Foundation. Formulated with 95% sea minerals, including Kaolin and Zinc, this powder foundation offers flawless coverage whilst letting the skin breathe. Bonus points: Your skin’s texture will be improved, whilst oil is controlled throughout the day—leaving you with a fresh-looking finish.

HOW TO USE POWDER FOUNDATION

Now it’s time to put our best L’Oréal powder foundation to good use. Follow our step-by-step makeup tutorial for a look that will surely turn heads.

PRIME, PRIME, PRIME

In order for your makeup look to go the distance, you’ll need your loyal makeup primer. This primer creates a smooth base for a seamless makeup application. We recommend the Infallible Matte Priming Base, which acts like double-sided tape to grip to both the skin and makeup. Allow your primer to dry before moving on to the next step.

APPLY YOUR POWDER FOUNDATION

It’s time to perfect your skin! Nothing beats natural-looking makeup, and powder foundation couldn’t be better in helping to achieve this look. Use a makeup sponge or powder foundation brush, lightly applying the foundation to your skin and blending out toward your hairline, then down until even. Build the foundation until you reach your desired level of coverage.

REACH FOR YOUR BRONZER

Get ready for a sun-kissed glow, no matter what time of year it is. To prevent your makeup from falling flat, apply a bronzer like the Back to Bronze Bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks and temple.

BLUSH IT UP

For additional definition, grab a neutral blush to enhance your cheekbones. Use the True Match Blush in your shade of choice to give your cheeks a beautiful flush of colour.

PUMP UP YOUR LASHES

Turn up the volume on your lashes with a few coats of mascara. Take those lashes to the next level with the Paradise Mascara, which lengthens for super-sized, super-long lashes.

COLOUR YOUR POUT

No makeup look is complete without a burst of colour and natural shine. Get the best of both worlds with the Rouge Signature Brilliant Signature Lip Ink Liquid Lipstick painted across your pout.

SEAL THE DEAL

After all of your hard work, we would hate for your makeup to fade. Lock in your look with a setting spray, like the Infallible Magic Setting Mist. Spritz in “X” and “T” motions for makeup that looks freshly applied all day long.

Now that you’re truly a powder foundation guru, ready to perfect your everyday makeup looks, it’s time to get glowing. Check out our 5 Beauty Tips for an All-Day-Long Glow!