Everything You Need to Know About Applying Powder Foundation

This versatile product is a game changer for light makeup days

byLauren Brown West-Rosenthal| PUBLISHED Mar 5, 2021 10:10 PM
Everything You Need to Know About Applying Powder Foundation
Reach for a powder foundation for a smooth, skinlike finish.

Powder foundation is the unsung hero of achieving lighter coverage for your skin. It gets a bad rap because some claim it will go on cakey, dry out your skin, or settle into facial lines. But if you know the tricks, you can have a smooth application every time—no matter your skin type or tone. Here’s your how-to guide.  

Long Lasting
Available in 16 colors and suitable for all skin types, including oily and irritation-prone skin.

As with any foundation, prep is key. Cleanse and moisturize your face before applying powder foundation, but make sure your moisturizer sinks in completely. Otherwise, the powder foundation will sit on top of it and might wear off faster.

Shine Control
Available in 30 “true to you” shades from fair to tan, and dark to deep.

To find the right color for your skin tone and be sure you’ve picked the right match for your skin, dip a Q-tip into the foundation and draw a line along your jawline. Is the line invisible? Voila, you’ve chosen correctly. Though if you can see this line, you’ll need to keep experimenting until you hit the right shade.

For Sensitive Skin
Made with a nourishing antioxidant blend, even for those whose complexions are irritated by makeup.

While it’s often okay to use your fingers to even out  liquid foundation, that technique is a big no no with powder foundation. For best coverage, apply with a dense makeup brush or a sponge. It's the only way to really spread out and dig into your skin properly.