How Do I Choose the Best Powder Foundation?

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There are many benefits to using powder foundation instead of liquid or cream foundations. There are many different types of powder foundation, and some are better for some skin types than others. Someone with oily skin might benefit from a pressed powder-based foundation, while someone with dry skin should choose a cream-to-powder foundation. When buying a powder foundation, it is important to match the skin tone as closely as possible. Consumers should also consider buying foundation powders that provide protection from the sun.

The type of powder foundation a consumer chooses will depend largely on her skin type. Pressed powder-based foundation is good for those with oily skin because it blends quickly and cuts down on shininess. Cream-to-powder foundation is good for those with normal to dry skin, as it provides a little extra moisture, and a smooth, matte finish. Mineral powder foundation is ideal for those with sensitive skin, as well as acne sufferers. Not only will mineral foundation not irritate the skin or cause further breakouts, it can actually heal blemishes and reduce inflammation. Liquid-to-powder foundation is long-lasting, so it won’t need to be reapplied as often as some other foundations.


When choosing a powder foundation, matching the skin tone as closely as possible is extremely important, especially for those going for a natural look. Powder foundations are often lighter on the skin, and provide or more natural, less “made up” look. With proper blending, the foundation should disappear into the skin.

Consider going to a department store with a beauty counter and beauty consultant. Not only will the beauty consultant help select a matching foundation, she will usually let customers try out the makeup before buying. After the foundation has been applied, take a mirror outside so the results can be viewed in natural light. If it has been well-blended, the foundation should disappear into the skin, and there should be no conspicuous line where the foundation ends and the uncovered skin begins.

Many people use face creams and lotions that contain sun protection, but choosing a foundation powder with an sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 will provide added protection. Those who don’t use face creams or lotions that provide sun protection, using a foundation with an SPF of at least 25 is especially important. While mineral foundations usually contain ingredients, like zinc, that provide natural sun protection, it isn’t always enough. Before buying a powder foundation, try to find out exactly what its SPF is. If the foundation doesn't provide sun protection, consider using a moisturizer that does.


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