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How to Apply Powder Foundation Like a Pro

These tips will make powder foundation look good on all skin types.
October 26, 2022

We get it — liquid foundation isn’t everyone’s go-to for a flawless face, and if it isn’t for you, you might feel like there aren’t enough light to medium coverage foundation options out there. And we can attest that if you have oily skin, you should be opting for a powder foundation that absorbs oil and gives you a fresh matte look. But if you have dry or combination skin you might shy away from this lightweight option for fear that it will appear cakey or heavy. 

Before you count it out, read on to get some tips and tricks on how every skin type can correctly apply powder foundation for a fresh-faced finish that lasts all day. Ready to master this formula like a pro? We thought so!

Start With Moisturizing the Skin

Prepping the skin for powder foundation is a must so start by applying a thin layer of moisturizer onto clean skin. Moisturized skin will grab on to powder, leading to a longer-lasting, seamless makeup look. Reach for a lightweight option to do the trick no matter your skin type, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream.

Use a Blush Brush

When it comes to applying a powder, your traditional foundation brush may not be the best pick. Rather, a blush brush has a wider circumference that allows you to seamlessly blend your powder foundation around the nose, chin and hairline with ease. 

Pick up a powder foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear in a Powder Foundation and tap off the excess. Then, slowly begin buffing it in gentle circular motions onto the face, forehead, cheeks and chin. Avoid applying powder foundation close to the eye area. 

When Applying, Don’t Bend Your Bristles!

When you’re buffing in your powder foundation, the best tip to minimize heavy caking is to avoid pressing the brush too hard into the skin. If the bristles are bending, you're applying too much pressure. Instead, use a light hand to help stipple the product into the skin.  

Remove Oil From the Skin Before You Touch Up

Throughout the day, if you need to touch up, take a dry sponge or blotting paper and absorb spots of oil on the face before applying another layer of your powder foundation. Powder on top of oil is the perfect recipe for oxidizing makeup. To avoid this, blot oil from the skin before touching up with your powder foundation. This method will also help your powder foundation last hours long. 

Next: Powder vs. Liquid Foundation — Which One Is Better?

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