Powder Foundation Done The Right Way

There are four types of powder foundations, there are mineral powder foundations, pressed powder-based foundations, liquid to powder foundations and cream to powder foundations. All of them work especially well for those with combination, normal and oily skin.

Pressed powder-based foundations – they come in a compact and perform much like any pressed powder. They are appropriate for those with oily or combination skin, since pressed powder foundations control the excess shine and provide a good coverage. They are easy to apply and blend on easily without clogging the pores.

Cream to powder foundations – they are a cross between a creamy foundation (or liquid foundation) and a pressed powder. Usually cream to powder foundations come in a compact and have a creamy appearance. In comparison with the pressed powder-based foundations, they provide much better, a semi-matte coverage. Creams to powder foundations are suitable for those with normal to slightly dry or combination skin.

Liquid to powder foundations – these foundations contain water as a main ingredient which makes them easy to apply. Liquid powder foundations feel light on the skin, creating a slightly matte finish. They work especially well for oily and combination skin since they provide a semi-matte finish with sheer to medium coverage. Liquid to powder foundations give the coverage of a liquid with a smooth look of a powder, providing long lasting wear.

Mineral powder foundations – they are made from gentle minerals that won’t damage the skin and cause irritation. Mineral powder foundations are ideal choice for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin since they provide a complete coverage, help heal and calm inflammation and trap moisture into the skin.

The powder foundations consist of a powder base mixed with coloring pigments, providing a good coverage for blemishes – pimples, dark spots, post-acne scars, dark circles under the eyes. A big misconception is that a powder foundation may clog the pores but that isn’t true – it cannot clog the pores. All powder foundations are easy to apply and don’t take as long to blend as liquid foundations for instance. They are a great choice for women with excessively oily skin, keeping it dry and matte all day long. One important thing you should remember is that powder foundations aren’t appropriate for dry or sensitive skin, as they can be too drying on the skin, making dry skin look more dry and flaky.


  1. Step 1. Cleanse and tone your skin
    A foundation should always be applied on a clean and toned face. Use a mild cleanser appropriate for your skin and cleanse your face thoroughly to remove all the impurities and oils that have accumulated during the night. Tone your skin with a toner that suits your skin.
  2. Step 2. Apply moisturizer
    The first step when applying makeup is the application of appropriate moisturizer according to your skin type. It will improve your skin quality and act as a protective layer to help trap the moisture in the skin and stop it from evaporation. It will eliminate any dry patches and will allow you to achieve a more even coverage. Apply the moisturizer and let it soak in at least 3 minutes before applying foundation.
  3. Step 3. Apply a concealer
    Apply a concealer to hide any imperfections. To hide pimples or spots, use thick concealer that matches your skin tone. Apply it using a small makeup brush directly on the spot and blend slightly till it disappears.
  4. Step 4. Start the application
    A powder foundation should always be applied with a makeup sponge or with a foundation brush, but never use your fingertips to apply it. If you want to achieve more coverage you should use a brush although a makeup sponge is also a great way to apply powder foundation.

    Wipe the sponge onto the foundation and apply it over the entire face or only to any problem areas, usually the T-zone (nose, chin and forehead).
    When using a brush to apply the powder foundation, swirl the brush to pick up the foundation. Tap the excess powder and brush onto your face with gentle, circular motions. Always apply the foundation in downward motions.

  5. Step 5. Blend the foundation carefully
    It’s essential to blend the foundation carefully, especially if you apply a powder foundation. Start blending at your forehead and slowly spread all over your face. Move in circular motions, ensuring there are no patches and hard lines. Make sure the foundation suits your skin tone.

    There is no need to set the foundation with a powder, otherwise your face may look too caked and unnatural.

    Do the rest of your makeup as usual.

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