Is Powder Or Liquid Foundation Better?

by Sienna Fantozzi

There are so many different types of makeup products and brands out there these days that it can be borderline overwhelming to figure out what you should be using. But we'll start with the basics: foundation. You've probably noticed by now there's two main types of foundation, but is powder or liquid foundation better for your skin? Both are great products with different benefits, but which will be overall more beneficial to you depends on your skin type.

If you have oily, sensitive, or acne prone skin, powder foundation is probably better for you. In general, powder won't clog your pores, and it also has oil-absorbing properties, so it's amaze for reducing that shine that builds up throughout the day.

If your skin is dry, on the other hand, you're probably better off sticking with a liquid foundation. It can help give your dry skin a more fresh and dewy look, and it's much better than powder at filling in fine lines and wrinkles, which tend to be more visible on dry skin. Plus, since liquid is a bit heavier, it gives your skin a protective coating that helps retain moisture in dry environments.

If your skin is normal, you have the best of both worlds and can choose either one depending on if you need to reduce shine or cover up lines, etc.

Once you've figured out what's better for your skin, shop these seven powder and liquid foundations.


NARS Luminous Powder Foundation, $48, Nordstrom

This lightweight powder will give you all-day coverage.

2. MAC

Pro Longwear Powder, $27, Nordstrom

MAC's powder will leave you with zero shine.

3. Shiseido

Powdery Foundation, $32, Nordstrom

This powder has SPF in it for protection from the sun.

4. Urban Decay

Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup, $40, Nordstrom

Foundation can be heavy, but with this one, you'll feel like you're wearing nothing at all.

5. Estee Lauder

Double Wear Stay In Place Liquid Makeup, $40, Nordstrom

With 15 hour staying power, you won't have to worry about touch-ups.

6. Clinique

Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, $27, Nordstrom

This oil-free foundation will give you coverage while also fighting breakouts.

7. Lancome

Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, $40, Nordstrom

This foundation is perfect for normal skin types because it can be applied dry as a powder or wet as a foundation, so you can switch it up depending on the day and what your skin needs.

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Images: Nordstrom