Powder foundation, in my opinion is always the easiest and fastest to apply. It’s my favorite form of foundation because it’s so incredibly easy and quick to put on. Mom Sass uses powder foundation and it was the first type of foundation I ever learned how to use!
However, even though I’ve used it for many long periods of time, I didn’t know how to use it properly until recently.
Isn’t that sad? I used it for a majority of my teenage years and for some long stretches in college (every summer during college, most springs too) and now retrospectively I think I looked like a hot mess.
(Me as a teenager…. don’t laugh, you probably were awkward too!)
During my teenage years I only used it on a few occasions and used it sparingly, so I didn’t encounter the problem that I had in college… where I looked dusty.
As you can tell by the various hair lengths and styles… numerous times in college, same mistake. A dusty, chalky, flat-looking face.
My face makeup is significantly more fresh, natural, and nice looking! Still using powder foundation… but I have a few tricks and tips for you all! So keep reading, if you don’t want to look dusty and cakey.
- If you need more coverage, use concealer. A problem that I had in college was random spots and dark under eyes (I’ve since learned to embrace my face’s quirks and to wear lighter face makeup as a whole). Instead of wearing concealer ortinted moisturizer under my powder I would just use a crap-ton of powder. It’s not a cute look and settles into fine lines in excess.
- You only need a bit. I used to grab tons of powder, which of course led to me looking like someone chucked a chalkboard eraser at me! You probably don’t need as much powder as you think, so start with some and really buff and blend it in before you grab some more.
- Blend your powder. This is so important! Buff the foundation into your skin and really blend it in. Don’t layer unblended powder on top of unblended powder.
- Tap off the excess. A really good powder won’t have tons of kick-back or a huge powder mountain on your brush. Tap off the excess before you apply it to your face.
- Brushes matter. Okay, confession. I used to use really thick, hard, coarse random blush brushes to apply my powder foundation. This was problematic because it picked up WAY too much product and did not blend into my face properly. Use a soft, good brush that will buff, blur and blend your powder into your face. It will make a lifetime of difference, I swear.
- Use a moisturizer or primer beforehand. Don’t put dry powder on dry, patchy skin! Powder foundations work better if there’s a little something that it can adhere to. I personally don’t like face primer so I use a moisturizer so that my face is smooth and soft!
- Be extra sparing on your nose. Powder foundation is particularly unflattering on the nose, so I only brush on a tiny bit with whatever is leftover from applying to my face!
- Apply a bit of highlight and bronzer. Slightly contouring or even applying bronzer to warm up your face makes a world of difference. It gives your face depth and makes it look less flat and one-dimensional. Highlight will brighten up your face and make it seem less pancake-y. I don’t do a full on contour but I just apply a bit of highlight, and some bronzer to my cheeks!
- Make sure your powder matches. I used to use too-light powder for a long time. It wasn’t a problem when I was younger and didn’t apply much on, but when I was in college and making all these mistakes it was super obvious and not very flattering! Make sure your foundation matches your skin.
- Cream products on top of powder are no bueno. They combine and create a really strange texture. A bit of highlight will probably be fine, but cream blush or contour will be weird upon blending.
- Just because you’re using powder doesn’t mean it has to be dry af. There are some powders out there that are dry as sand, and some that are buttery smooth and blendable. You just have to be looking out for the right product! I’m going to do a post on drugstore powder foundation recommendations soon!
- Flash photography isn’t your friend. Just be careful for me, okay?
I currently use the MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix in NC 25. I used to not like it, because I didn’t know how to use it properly!
I hope that this post was helpful to you all! Face powder is truly super easy and fast to apply. But sometimes, when something is super easy we end up making mistakes (like I did in college!). Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you out, if you’re going to give face powders a go!
Have you tried face powders? Do you like them? What’s your go-to foundation type?