The 10 Best Powder Foundations: The W&H Edit

Looking for a new foundation? These powder foundations are kind to skin but still cover

Powder foundations may not be an obvious choice when picking a foundation, especially if you’ve got problem skin that demands strong coverage. But the latest powder foundations and technology can create a flawless base for every skin type, tone and texture.

What are the benefits of powder foundation over other textures? If you don’t usually wear foundation, many make-up artists recommend starting with powder, as it’s often easier to apply and won’t leave any telltale streaks or visible lines. Powder foundations are also great for oily or combination skin types. The powder absorbs extra oil, and can easily be topped up on shiny bits throughout the day.

Often women worry about looking old-fashioned or cakey with powder. The key to achieving a lovely, healthy-looking finish with powder foundation, along with using modern formulas, is knowing the right shade and amount of product for you. A professional can help you find your perfect match, while dipping your brush or sponge into the powder foundation then immediately tapping it to get rid of excess particles will ensure you won’t look overly dusted.

Vichy Dermablend Covermatte Compact Foundation, £20

If you’ve tried Vichy’s Dermablend range, you’ll know these bases are built to last, making them a particular favourite of make up artists on shoots. This new powder foundation certainly stands the test of time – I got from 7am to 2pm before I felt the need to top up my oil-prone chin – and completely knocked any redness out of my skin tone for that time too. The finish is full, but not fake-looking, and melts nicely into skin without sitting on top like some powders can. The sturdy compact with inbuilt mirror and sponge will withstand any amount of handbag transit as well – important. Buy Vichy Dermablend Covermatte Compact Foundation, £20

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