Choosing the right foundation formula for your skin type can be tricky. The right base sets the stage for smooth, flawless skin. So how do you know when to opt for a powder foundation versus a liquid foundation? Welcome to Armani's powder foundation 101, our expert guide to knowing the ins and outs of powder foundation for truly flawless skin. From understating the different formulations (think: pressed powder and loose), to discerning the best powder foundation for oily skin and the best powder foundation for dry skin, we've covered it all! Read on as we also reveal Armani's best powder foundation edit. Bonus: For all the makeup primer lovers out there, be sure to check out our pro tip for using primer with powder foundation.
Powder Foundation 101 | What is Powder Foundation?
The primary factor that sets a powder foundation apart from a liquid - aside from the obvious - is that unlike liquids and creams, the best powder foundation formulas don't get absorbed into the skin, but sit on the surface. Thus, coverage tends to last a bit longer when using powders. The best powder foundation all-stars are also especially good for oily, acne-prone, or sweat-prone skin types thanks to typically being an oil-free foundation formula, and their ability to absorb excess moisture while simultaneously offering complexion-evening coverage. Whether you're after a full coverage powder foundation or lightweight powder foundation, these fine formulas are available in both matte foundation and luminous foundation finishes.
Powder Foundation 101 | Pressed Powder Vs Loose Powder
Powders come in either a pressed powder or loose formulation. The difference? Finely-milled loose powders act more like a lightweight powder foundation since their pigments are sheerer, and are ideal for setting your makeup look. If it's full coverage powder foundation you want, reach for a pressed powder compact. Another plus for pressed powder: They're not messy like loose formulas, so they're a smart choice to carry on the go for midday touch-ups.
Powder Foundation 101 | Best Powder Foundation For Oily Skin
What's the best powder foundation for oily skin? For some top-notch, shine-absorbing action, look for a velvety soft, oil-free foundation - both full coverage powder foundation or lightweight powder foundation are fine depending on preferred coverage - in a matte finish that promises to keep skin clear and shine-free throughout the day, but without sucking moisture out of your skin in the process.
Powder Foundation 101 | Best Powder Foundation For Dry Skin
What's the best powder foundation for dry skin? The best powder foundation for a thirsty complexion is one that's made with hydrating powders that are blended with ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin. You also want to keep an eye out for pressed powder foundations, as loose powders tend to latch on to dry flakes more than pressed ones. If you're dry yet acne-prone, go for a hydrating, oil-free foundation formula. Parched skin tends to look dull, so a best powder foundation for dry skin should also deliver a luminous foundation finish.
Powder Foundation 101 | Armani's Best Powder Foundation Formulas
Meet our pressed powder heroes! A luminous foundation, Armani's Neo Nude fusion Powder (available in 12 medium-coverage shades) contains advanced color-matching technology, meaning color stays true no matter how many touch-ups you need. Our semi-matte Luminous Silk Compact Powder - an award-winning, oil-free foundation - is available in 8 shades, and its buildable coverage captures the natural glow of flawless skin. It effortlessly mimics real skin.
Ready, set, go. Flawless skin is just minutes away with Armani's best powder foundation formulas!
Powder Foundation 101 | Using Face Primer With Powder Foundation
It's not secret that a good makeup primer prepares the skin for your favourite foundation, giving your base makeup something to hold onto to so that it will last longer throughout the day. When is comes to using a primer with powder foundation, a hot tip is to wait a few minutes once you've applied your primer before sweeping on your loose or pressed powder. Allowing your primer to fully set will help you avoid having your favourite best powder foundation cling to any wet spots.
Introducing our best powder foundation. Luminous foundation + oil-free foundation = an Armani pressed powder. Our full coverage powder foundation formulas deliver a lightweight powder foundation finish. Discover the best powder foundation for oily skin and best powder foundation for dry skin, plus why combining primer with powder foundation = flawless skin.