Hundreds of foundation formulas line the shelves in your local drugstore, which means choosing the right fit for your skin type can feel monumental. While liquid and cream foundations tend to go on smoothly, they sometimes leave behind a heavy or greasy feeling. Powder foundations, on the other hand, can be applied in stages for a light, airy finish, especially for oily or combination skin.

Thorough skin preparation helps powder foundation last throughout the day and look smoother and more even. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Apply a smoothing moisturizer to your face with an SPF of at least 30.

If you have particularly oily skin finish off your preparation routine with a dime-sized amount of mattifying skin primer. This step creates a smooth, matte surface for the powder foundation to adhere to and minimizes shine.


Apply a cream-formula moisturizer if your skin is dry. If you have oily skin, opt for a gel formula that hydrates without weighing down the skin.

Powder foundation can also double as a concealer and a quick shine touch-up tool, especially if you purchased a full-coverage formula. Dip a small concealer brush into the loose or set powder to load the bristles. Press and stipple the brush onto the problem area to work in the product.