Choosing the right foundation for your skin type can be a mammoth task. With so many options on the market to choose from, it can be difficult to know which product will work best for you. We’ve got all the info on one of the lesser-known formulations, powder.
What is a powder foundation?
Powder foundation was first introduced to the market in 1937 and since then it has evolved immensely. Gone are the days of “cakey / chalky” powder foundations. Today’s top market competitors offer a formula that provides light to medium coverage for a more natural finish. Powder foundation comes in two varieties: pressed powder and loose powder.
Who should be using it?
Most powder foundations contain minimal oil or emollients (moisturiser) and are therefore not suitable for dry skin / mature skin, as they may exaggerate dryness and settle in fine lines / wrinkles. If your skin is especially dry, invest in a good quality liquid foundation that will provide additional moisture. Powder foundations have a matte finish so they are ideal for combination / oily skin as they will assist in masking shine. If you require foundation to conceal discoloration or blemishes, then a denser cream or liquid foundation would be better suited.
As powder foundations aren’t as concentrated as cream and liquid formulas, they are ideal for creating a natural, no make-up look. The lightweight formula provides light to medium coverage and reduces shine. Powder foundation doesn’t clog pores and allows your skin to breathe which is ideal for skin that is easily aggravated by make-up.
How you should apply it?
Powder foundation can either be applied with a dry sponge (most powder foundations come with a sponge) or a powder brush. When using a sponge to apply powder, be sure to blend it in to avoid a “cakey” appearance. For a more natural look, use a large powder brush and only apply the powder in the areas that require coverage. Start in the middle of your face and moving outwards, lightly dust powder where you require it. If you have oily skin, be sure to apply powder to your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) to mask excess shine.
Knowing your skin type is the first step to finding the foundation formula that is best suited to you. To assist in your quest for the perfect powder foundation, here’s a list of our current favorites:
The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base, R170
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder, R149.99
Clarins Skin Illusion Mineral Loose Powder Foundation, R375
Tip: When choosing a powder brush, opt for one with natural bristles rather than synthetic bristles. We recommend MAC 129 Powder Blush, R355, which comes in two varieties: A short handled and a long handled version.