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The Best Powder Foundations for Every Skin Type

The Best Powder Foundations for Every Skin Type
IMAGE Clinique, Sephora, NYX
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Some people believe that powder foundations are only for oily skin, but the hundred different formulations out in the market beg to differ. A natural-looking matte finish won't ever go out of style, and every skin type can rock it on occasion. Check out our quick guide below to find the one for you!


You wouldn't expect powder foundations to exist for this skin type, but they do! In fact, powders are great alternatives if you want a naturally matte skin over a wet, dewy complexion. Use a very light hand and pick products with finer pigments and a silky finish to avoid a dull and chalky look.

IMAGE MAC, Happy Skin

MAC Next to Nothing Powder, P1700, SM Makati; Happy Skin Let It Glow Brightening Powder Foundation, P1499, SM Aura


Although combination skin can be more forgiving to powders than dry skin, avoid those with an ultra matte finish. Remember, you still have dry areas to pay attention to, so semi-matte formulas that won't accentuate them are your best option.


IMAGE Bobbi Brown, NYX

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, P2400, Glorietta; NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, P620, SM Makati


Going for a mattifying formula is the obvious choice for oily skin, but be careful to never apply too much. Overloading powder for this skin type tends to accentuate large pores and texture, or worse, force the skin into producing more oil. So when using powder foundations, don't forget to moisturize and build coverage in layers!

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IMAGE Sephora, Beautymnl

Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation, P2042,; Sooper Beaute Tinte 2-Way Foundation, P450, Beautymnl


Wearing liquid foundation all day can be a tad overwhelming for reactive skin, so opt for a light layer of powder foundation if you need more coverage. For best results, look for mineral foundations or mild formulas that'll give you light to medium coverage.

IMAGE Jane Iredale, Pixi

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, P1650, Rustan's Makati; Pixi Colour Correcting Powder Foundation, P995, Zalora


Powders in satin finish are ideal for mature skin to achieve natural radiance. However, for those with slightly oily skin, choose a a blurring product with a soft matte finish.


IMAGE Maxfactor, Clinique

Maxfactor Facefinity Compact, P895, Watsons; Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup, P1950, SM Megamall

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