The 13 Best Powder Foundations


Oily skin or dry skin—it doesn’t matter. These powder foundations do it all.

Powder foundation is the unsung hero of the complexion category. Unlike denser liquid formulas, a powder base is best if you have oily or even combination skin, since it complements both skin types. “I have combination skin myself and will use a powder foundation to quickly blur my imperfections,” says celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño. “It will apply to the skin effortlessly and will absorb any excess oil throughout the day.” If you’re planning on making the switch from liquid to powder—or just want to know what the latest and greatest formulas are—we gathered up the cult-favorite and MUA-approved powder foundations, ahead.

Lock-It Powder Foundation

Yes, you can achieve flawless full coverage with powder foundation. This vegan and cruelty-free pick delivers a matte finish that feels like you aren’t wearing makeup at all.

Diorskin Forever Extreme Control Matte Powder Foundation

If you don’t want a single bit of shine to peep through your foundation during the day, then it’s time to grab this Dior powder. It’s an intense matte formula with a pore-controlling essence blended in.

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation

Shiseido’s powder foundation is a blessing for majorly oily skin. The non-comedogenic and derm-tested formula will help wrangle in shine for an impressive eight hours.

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