- Start with liquid foundation to even your skin tone.
- Set your foundation with loose powder.
- Use a pressed powder for any touch ups.
Now we live in a world of BB and CC creams, liquid to powder foundations, mineral powders, pressed powder foundations and more. Ugh. And that’s not even including primers or concealers. It’s complicated! If you want perfect looking complexion and have some time and money, the best way to get it is still the traditional route of liquid foundation, followed by your loose setting powder, and carrying a pressed powder for touch ups. Maybe even add a primer before all that and a concealer for any imperfections. But very few of us have the time or money for that, or honestly… it’s just too much work and we don’t care enough. Right? So what to use?
The first step is to decide between liquid, cream, and powder foundation. The top choices:
- Liquid foundation: There are the widest range of options with liquid foundations. From a matte to dewy finish, full to light coverage, and oil-free to moisturizing options, there is something for everyone. From my experience, this is also the best in evening out the skin tone and giving a smooth look. BB creams fall into this liquid foundation category. MY PICKS: Clinique (for fair skin tones), Bobbi Brown (for everyone else), or BB creams here
- Mineral loose powder foundation: For a long time, loose powders were merely setting powders. That is until Bare Escentuals introduced a loose mineral foundation, which is a powder that feels creamy, applies silky, and finishes with a natural look. It doesn’t even out the skin tone as well as a liquid and it doesn’t provide as much coverage, but it does give a pretty natural look. MY PICKS: MAC ‘Mineralize’ Loose Powder Foundation, bareMinerals Original Foundation
- Pressed powder foundation: Similarly, pressed powders evolved from being only a touch up powder to a foundation. These have the lightest amount of coverage. Pressed powder foundations can also give a very chalky finish for dry skin types and cakey finish for oily skin types. So the bottom line – pressed powder foundation works well for combination skin types who need minimal coverage. If you have that type of skin and prefer the pressed form, go for it! MY PICKS: Benefit ‘Hello Flawless!’, NARS Powder Foundation
If you prefer the powder options, you can start with a primer for the powder to apply smoothly. Then you can apply the powder foundation and you’re done.
If you prefer liquid foundation, you probably want to follow that with a setting powder. A setting powder seals your foundation so that it’ll last throughout the day. The choices:
- Loose powder: A loose powder is the better choice if you’re looking for a natural finish. It is a true setting powder that maintains the smooth finish of your foundation. MY PICKS: MAC ‘Magically Cool’ Liquid Powder, Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder
- Pressed setting powder: This will give you a powdery matte finish. It also absorbs oil and can be used for touch ups through the day. MY PICKS: Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder
- Setting Spray: (more info here)
If you picked loose powder or even a setting spray, you may want to have a pressed powder on the go for any touch ups. MY PICKS: Dior Invisible Retouch Powder, Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
What kind of foundation are you wearing? Any other tips out there? Let me know in the comments below!