The 13 Best Powder Foundations

Oily skin or dry skin—it doesn't matter. These powder foundations do it all.
The 13 Best Powder Foundations
The 13 Best Powder Foundations

Powder basis is the unsung hero of the complexion class. Not like denser liquid formulas, a powder base is Best if you have oily and even combination skin, since it complements both skin types. “I’ve combination skin myself and can use a powder basis to rapidly blur my imperfections,” says celeb makeup artist Allan Avendaño. “It will apply to the skin effortlessly and can take up any extra oil all through the day.” If you’re planning on making the change from liquid to powder—or simply need to know what the latest and best formulas are—we gathered up the cult-favorite and MUA-approved powder foundations, ahead.

Foxy Finish Mineral Loose Mineral Foundation

Foxy Finish Mineral Loose Mineral Foundation

For deep skin tones, Pezetta says to look for a powder that has buildable coverage or can be worn sheer. This one from Laws of Nature Cosmetics fits the bill, and we love that it’s formulated without silicones, synthetic fragrances, or talc.

Lock-It Powder Foundation

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.

Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

“This is my favorite powder foundation because there’s a huge shade range for all different skin tones and undertones,” says Avendaño. “It contains SPF, is made with five mineral ingredients, and is lightweight and buildable. It [also] has a natural luminous finish that blurs out all your pores; your face never looks dry but isn’t too shimmery.”

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Another favorite pick from Pezetta, this powder foundation goes on super smooth and natural for light-to-medium coverage.

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.

Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Longwear Powder Foundation

Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Longwear Powder Foundation

One of the top-rated powder foundations at Sephora, we love how this buildable and easy-to-wear foundation can be applied both wet and dry.

True Match Powder

True Match Powder

Made with micro-fine powder and pearl pigments, you get buildable coverage with a finish so natural no one will even know you’re wearing makeup.

Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

Great for any skin type, this powder foundation not only offers natural coverage, but it’s super hydrating, lightweight, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation

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

Bye Bye Foundation Powder

Bye Bye Foundation Powder

“A good powder foundation should even out the skin tone and create a seamless look to the skin,” says Pezzetta. One of her go-tos is this one from IT Cosmetics.

Wanderlust Powder Foundation

Wanderlust Powder Foundation

Swipe on this powder to get full coverage with a skin-like, natural finish. It goes on lightweight and the powder absorbs any excess oil, so it won’t clog pores.

Luminous Silk Compact

Luminous Silk Compact

“I choose something luminous, so the skin has a glow without being too flat,” says celebrity makeup artist Shannon Pezzetta. Her pick: the Luminous Silk formula from Armani Beauty.

Pressed Foundation with Rosehip Antioxidant Complex

Pressed Foundation with Rosehip Antioxidant Complex
Pressed Foundation with Rosehip Antioxidant Complex

This lightweight pressed mineral powder has a velvet matte finish and is made with a rosehip complex so that your skin stays hydrated all day.