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Best Powder Foundation

Best Powder Foundation

What are the benefits of a powder foundation? Which are the best powder foundation brands available today? Read on to know this and much more about powder foundations...
Aastha Dogra
The beauty of the face depends a great deal on the condition of one's skin. Not every woman is lucky enough to have a skin as radiant as some of the famous female celebrities have. This is where the magical cosmetic "foundation" comes in. Foundations have been used by fashion models, actresses and commoners like you and me, for decades, as they give the skin an unmatchable, flawless glow. Foundations that you see in the market come in three forms - powder, liquid and cream. Each of these have their own plus points and drawbacks. In this BeautiSecrets article, we will discuss some of the best powder foundations that are available today, as well as the advantages of using powder foundation over the other types.

Benefits for the Skin...
The greatest thing about using a powder foundation is that it is very light on the skin. Unlike the liquid and cream foundations, it does not clog the skin pores. This makes it ideal for those women who have an oily, acne-prone skin. Secondly, powder foundation is very handy and thus, can be carried and applied anywhere. If you opt for the powder foundation in pressed-powder compact form, you can keep it in your purse and touch up your face with it, every few hours. This will ensure that your skin looks good and fresh, throughout the day!

Another benefit of powder foundation is that it is very easy to apply. With a liquid and cream foundation, a woman should know how much of foundation has to be applied and how. On the other hand, with a powder foundation, all a woman has to do is to take it in the brush and apply in circular motions, all over the face, so that it blends with the skin. Thus, anyone can apply a powder foundation.

Famous Brands...
With so many advantages of powder foundation, it is no wonder that its popularity has increased manifold today. That's why, the market too is flooded with numerous brands, which sell powder foundation. Here is a list of some of the famous brands selling powder foundations:
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Shiseido
  • Laura Mercier
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation
  • Lancome DUAL FINISH - Versatile Powder Makeup
  • Dior DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless & Moist Extreme Wear Makeup
  • M.A.C. Studio fix Powder Plus Foundation
  • NARS Powder Foundation
  • Chanel Double Perfection Makeup
Powder based foundations, which these brands sell, are best for women with oily or combination skins. They provide light to medium coverage and let the skin breathe. They can even be applied on sunscreens, thus toning down the shine on skin that sunscreens usually produce on an oily skin. On the flip side, powder foundations can thicken-up on an oily face, making the facial skin look uneven. If a woman has extremely dry skin, powder foundations can make the skin look flaky.

Powder Foundation Types...
In the powder foundation category, there are two other variants of the same available too. The Cream-to-powder foundation, as well as the Liquid-to-powder foundation. The cream to powder foundation gives a semi-matte finish to the skin and is ideal for women with normal to dry skin. They score over the powder foundations in the amount of coverage they provide to the skin. Their only drawback is that they can make the face look a bit unnatural and made-up, especially if the skin is oily. However, this is the best for dry skin. Some of the famous brands who sell cream-to-powder foundations are Clarins Soft Touch Rich Compact Foundation, M.A.C. Studio Tech Foundation and Clinique City Base Compact Foundation.

On the other hand, liquid-to-powder foundations, which have a gel-like feel, give a matte finish, making them the best foundation for oily skin. They last longer than the powder foundations and are not as greasy as cream-to-powder ones. Some of the famous brands in this category are Borghese Molto Bella Liquid Powder Makeup, Vincent Longo and Cover Girl AquaSmooth Makeup. The only drawback of such a foundation is that you have to be careful about not to expose it to air, as the water content in it can evaporate, spoiling the quality of the product in the process.

As you can see, there are numerous brands and varieties of powder foundations available, for women to choose from. A woman should be careful and select the one which suits her skin type. If chosen and applied well, a powder foundation can make any woman's skin look youthful and attractive, within minutes!