Powder Vs. Liquid Foundation Makeup: What’s Best For My Skin Type?

Updated: 4/22/16. When it comes to wearing makeup, many people wear either liquid, cream or powder foundation makeup to even out their skin tone and give it a smoother look. Some wear it every day and others will wear it just for special occasions. Since this is considered a beauty staple, it’s important to purchase the right kind of foundation that is most compatible with your skin type so you can get the best skin benefits.

POWDER FOUNDATION:

Who it’s best for: Normal, oily, combination, sensitive and acne prone skin, and those who don’t like to feel anything heavy on their skin. (Such as skin types #1, #2, #3, and #4.)

Benefit to the skin: Powder foundations shouldn’t have a pore clogging effect since they don’t use emollients or oils. Since powders have a dry feel, they have excellent oil-absorbing properties to lessen shine during the day. The downside of a powder foundation is that they don’t give as much coverage as a liquid foundation will. If you have discoloration from breakouts or the sun, you’re best off using a concealer to create an even-toned look in those areas and then apply powder over it…

What to look for: I suggest mineral-based powders since they give a smoother, luminous look to the skin and usually have SPF-protecting properties. They also don’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles as much as traditional talc-based powders.

What to avoid: Talc-based powders, as these may accentuate lines and wrinkles and give a chalky, dull look to the skin.

Tip: Be sure to wash your powder brushes regularly. Once a week is ideal if you’re using it daily. Read: How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

LIQUID FOUNDATION:

Who’s it’s best for: Normal and dry skins, and those who like a dewy look to the skin. (Such as skin types #5#6#7#8 and #9.)

Benefit to the skin: Liquid foundations can fill in lines, wrinkles and pores, making them less noticeable so the skin appears smoother and they do also provide excellent coverage. They also help to create a layer of protection to help retain moisture in the skin, especially in drying environments like during the winter months and while on an airplane.

What to look for: There have been amazing advancements in liquid foundations, so there are many good ones available. Look for one that is lightweight and contains the ingredients dimethicone or silicone, as they do an excellent job in making the skin look exceptionally smooth. A liquid makeup should also contain sunscreen to give added anti-aging protection. (However, makeup with sunscreen should NEVER take the place of a sunscreen moisturizer like Daily Protection SPF 30.)

What to avoid: Ingredients such as mineral oil, petrolatum and isopropyl palmitate may cause clogged pores in the skin due to size of the molecular structure and the heavy, oily texture they can give – especially when used in large quantities and listed as the first few ingredients of the formula.

Tip: More so than powders, liquids must be an exact color match to avoid an obvious color difference with a demarcation line on the jaw.

What do I wear for makeup on my own skin?On my working days, I wear Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and then I dust the surface every few hours throughout the day with ColoreScience SPF 50 Mineral Powder to ensure proper sun protection. When I’m not working, I use my own custom-blend mix of three powders.

Is wearing foundation makeup daily bad for your skin? Absolutely not. The fact is, wearing makeup (appropriate for your skin type) offers a barrier of protection against harmful UV rays. UV rays from the sun is the #1 reason for skin aging. It’s not genetics, smoking, and believe it or not, even age. The sun is the skin’s WORST enemy. Most types of makeup contain sunscreen and even if they don’t indicate an SPF number, most have UV-protecting ingredients like Titanium Dioxide. Based on this benefit from wearing makeup, I never leave my skin bare and never suggest my clients to do so either. So do your skin a favor and start wearing makeup NOW, to protect your skin from wrinkles in your future. What’s your skin type? Find out here.

Read: 10 Nighttime Skin Care Tips
Read: In Your 20s? The 10 Best Ways To Prevent Wrinkles— Starting NOW
Read: I Share My Favorite Skin Care Ingredients On The Dr. Oz Show

Which skin care products are best for you? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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  1. I wish they sold their mineral powder online, i don’t live near any rennee rouleau spas and have no way of trying it. I struggle to find makeup that doesn’t make me breakout.

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  2. Are your products cruelty free, are they tested on animals?

    Posted By: Priscilla  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Hi Priscilla,
      Our products are definitely cruelty-free–they are not tested on animals. You can see our company listed here at Leaping Bunny as a company that has pledged to be cruelty-free! > http://www.leapingbunny.org/skin.php

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  3. I’m wondering what foundation is best for covering large pores.. Any tips, tricks, and products would be appreciated!

    Posted By: Michelle  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      I think a primer is something to consider to use before a foundation to make pores look smaller. There is one from Benefit called The Porefessional that I have heard is good.

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  4. How do actresses get shining effect on their cheeks and forehead?

    Posted By: Preksha Nair  | 

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  5. Hi! I just found your blog and LOVE it! I was wondering…I currently use Dior BB cream or MAC foundation-and I am prone to break outs. My skin is a #3 and Im sure powder would not be as hard on my skin however I need extra coverage from my acne scars….any recommendations for a powder that has great coverage or a gently but full coverage foundation? Thank you in advance!

    Posted By: Tiffany  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      I really don’t have a recommendation as every skin type responds differently. It’s truly trial and (hopefully not) error.

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  6. I have #4 skin and would like to know if powder foundations that do not claim to be oil free are okay for my skin type.

    Posted By: Lisa  | 

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  7. Actually after taking your quiz, it seems that I have skin type #2 – therefore my question is should I be using a powder foundation and if so does it matter whether it is oil free or not?

    Posted By: Lisa  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      I’m not really sure what the difference about oil-free powder vs non oil-free powders are. Powders tend to be oil absorbing and usually don’t contribute any oil. It just might be a marketing term that a company uses to gear a powder towards oily skin. Generally all powders should be safe to use.

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  8. Hi! Firstly your website is just amazing.
    I have skin type 6, but quiz said that with this type of skin people are usually 30-40 years old, but actually i am much younger. Another thing have been bothering me a long time- i have some sort of “mark” on my forehead after i had allergy split up on my face (allergy on my face is gone but mark is still on my face). I what to blemish it and make my skin more glow. What should i use- BB cream, liquid or powder foundation??? I just heard that liquid and powder foundations are harmful for skin. I want to use any of these foundation every day!

    Posted By: Jasmine  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Hello Jasmine, That’s fine if you’re younger than what the age says. Those are just some guidelines. Foundations are fine to use, they are not harmful so covering it will help. However, in the skin type #6 routine (and all of the skin type routines, for that matter) there is an exfoliating serum to use at night (either the AHA Smoothing Serums or the BHA Clarifying Serum depending on skin type) and all of those are very helpful for fading discoloration like the one you have on your forehead, as well as getting the skin to look clear and glow-y!

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  9. What are the differences in a serum vs a moisturizer?

    Posted By: Carol glasgow  | 

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