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Powder Or Liquid Foundation: What Is Best For Your Skin?

Is powder or liquid foundation best for my skin?


This is the question that I was wondering about, a few years ago as a beginner. There are millions of brands and their options are available in the market. So I was really confused as there was no one to help me out.


Now I know what is best for my skin powder or liquid foundation. So I decided to share a blog about which powder or liquid foundation is best for your skin.


I know that choosing the right foundation can be really hard as I have experienced it a lot. It is like picking up the right lingerie for you, because it is going to be your base for the rest of your makeup. If you do it in a right way, it can make you look really pulled together.

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Last Modified on 2018-11-12
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In general it depends on your personal choices whether you go for a sheer coverage or a full coverage look. In one hand powder foundation is best for a sheer coverage and on the other hand liquid foundation is best for a full coverage look.


So let's discuss powder or liquid foundation, which will be best for your skin type and what the best ways to apply them are.


Powder Foundation


Best for skin types:


Best for skin types - powder or liquid foundation

Generally except dry skin all the other skin types (normal, oily, combination & sensitive) are suitable for powder foundation. But if you are someone who likes very light makeup then you might go for a powder foundation.


Benefits of powder foundation:

You won't break out because powder foundations won't clog your pores. It is very easy to go with powder foundation as it provides sheer coverage for a natural look. But it is always buildable if you want to go for a full coverage look, because there are lots of full coverage options for powder foundation available in the market.


Powder foundations have oil absorbing properties and have amazing power to kill the shine. You can retouch anytime with powder foundations during the day.


It contains less preservative ingredients which is great for sensitive skin.


Try to avoid talc based powder foundations as it goes into the lines and makes you look cakey.


Works best for:


Powder foundations work for young skin very well. If you are someone who has blemishes and wants to cover them but to feel lighter on the skin then go for powder foundations.


Who will avoid:


People with aging skin avoid powder foundations because it might settle into wrinkles & fine lines. Dry skin people also stay away from powder foundations as it could dry your skin more & more.

How to apply powder foundation:


How to apply powder foundation - powder or liquid foundation

Normally powder foundations come with a puff but applying with that puff is not hygienic. You might look really uneven if you don't apply powder foundation in a proper way. So the best way to apply powder foundation, is using a kabuki brush. It helps you to apply evenly all over the face and provides you a natural matte finish look.


Some best options for powder foundation:

1. NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation - powder or liquid foundation

This is one of my favourite powder foundations. As the name suggests it provides you matte finish. Texture is not too powdery and is super easy to work with. Pigmentation and staying power is very well. It is water resistant, which is a great thing about this foundation.


2. NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation

NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation - powder or liquid foundation

This is a very lightweight powder foundation, which lasts for a longer period of time. Blends really well and you can easily work with the coverage of this foundation. It has SPF 25 and that will also protect you from the harmful UV rays, so you don't need to apply sun protection before this.


3. MAC Pro Longwear Powder

MAC Pro Longwear Powder - powder or liquid foundation

The texture of this powder foundation is very lightweight and smooth. It provides sheer to medium coverage and controls shine. It brightens up the dull skin with just one layer.


Liquid Foundations


Best for skin types:


Liquid foundations suit almost every skin types, especially dry skin people.  Women who want luminous dewy look, liquid foundations are best for them.


Benefits of liquid foundation:

Liquid foundations come with different shades, formulas, coverage and finishes with millions of different products available in the market.


It can give you light and sheer coverage for everyday natural look and full coverage glam party makeup look as well. Liquid foundation can be both dewy and matte.


Works best for:


Liquid foundations work best for normal to dry skin people. It moisturizes and provides desired coverage.


Who will avoid:


People with oily skin try to avoid luminous liquid foundations and do not apply translucent powder after applying liquid foundations, because translucent powders are very lightweight which could make your skin oilier.

How to apply liquid foundation:


How to apply liquid foundation - powder or liquid foundation

There are 3 ways to apply liquid foundation.


1. You can just use your hand to apply liquid foundation. Take a little amount of product on the back of your hand. Rub the product with your finger; it will help the product to be warmed up. Now apply it in a dabbing motion using your finger.


2. A damp beauty sponge will give you a natural finished look. Press the product into your skin using a damp beauty sponge.


3. If you want a full coverage look go with a brush application. Kabuki brushes are the best brushes for foundation application.


I have a full article on how to apply foundation written on my website. To know more about foundation application read it out.


Some best options for liquid foundation:

1. NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation

NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation - powder or liquid foundation

This is a very lightweight liquid foundation that gives you medium to full coverage without feeling heavy on the skin. The texture is very thin. It has a velvety matte finish and is ideal for oily skin type.


2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - powder or liquid foundation

The consistency of this foundation is very lightweight; it is like silk as if you are wearing nothing on your face. The thin liquid texture absolutely makes this foundation unique. It stays for a longer period of time. This foundation just makes your skin look perfect.


3. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - powder or liquid foundation

The texture of this water based foundation is a little runny but a little goes a long way for sure. It gives you a smooth glowy finish, but you definitely need to apply a primer before this. The coverage of this foundation is light to medium but it can be buildable to full coverage.


Is powder or liquid foundation better for mature skin?


Is powder or liquid foundation better for mature skin? - powder or liquid foundation

Mature skin is normally seen in people over 40 years of age and you may notice wrinkles & fine lines on them. It is really hard to apply makeup on aging skin especially when it comes to foundations.


When you use powder foundation on mature skin, there are 90% of chances of foundation settle in to the wrinkles and fine lines. Then easily the wrinkles and fine lines will be visible and will make the skin more mature.


On the other side liquid foundation will fill the wrinkles and fine lines. The liquid foundation will work as a filler on your skin and provide you an even application.


Powder or liquid foundation for acne prone skin


Powder or liquid foundation for acne prone skin - powder or liquid foundation

Having acne prone skin is a real struggle and when you have acne prone skin you must use products which won't clog your pores. Choosing the right foundation can be hard. So I am going to discuss whether powder or liquid foundation is better for acne prone skin.


Powder foundation provides a very sheer coverage, so it cannot hide either acne or acne scars properly. Acne occurs due to the excess oil production whereas powder foundation does wonder to soak the excess oil from the skin.


Liquid foundation does a pretty good job in covering up the acne and acne scars. But some liquid foundations are comedogenic which may leads to break out.


Can I use liquid and powder foundation together?


Yes ofcourse, you can use powder or liquid foundation together. Using both of liquid and powder foundation together will ensure your makeup to be last longer. But applying powder foundation after liquid foundation could make you look cakey, so be careful.


Should I use powder or liquid foundation first?


If you use a powder foundation first, it might get in to the pores and fine lines and applying liquid foundation over the top would be a complete disaster.


So apply a layer of liquid foundation first. Give it a few minutes to get absorbed into the skin and then apply powder to set your makeup.


Powder or liquid foundation for large pores


Powder or liquid foundation for large pores - powder or liquid foundation

Foundations can hide the pores when you choose the right product for you. Both powder and liquid foundation can make your pores look visible in case you don't use any primer. Here, a pore minimizing primer will play the role of a hero. But nevertheless powder foundations can make your pores look bigger as it is more prone to settle in to the pores.


It would be better to use a liquid foundation if you have large pores.


So, I hope this article helped you and now you have a clear idea whether a powder or liquid foundation is better for your skin.


Do let me know in the comment section below what you prefer more powder or liquid foundation?





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  • Ratings: 5/5

    I have acne prone skin and have acnes all over my face. Can you please recommend me some non-comedogenic foundations. Thank you.
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  • Ratings: 5/5

    I have oily skin in summer but dry skin in winter. But I don't want to invest in 2 different foundations. Please suggest me one foundation that I can use both the seasons. By the this article is very helpful. Thank you so much.
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