How to Know if You Should Use Cream, Liquid or Powder Foundation


If you have a dilemma that can be difficult to figure out on your own. While cream, liquid and powder makeup formulas continue to evolve and change for the better, sometimes it’s hard to know which products work best on your skin and which ones work well layered. There are so many questions to consider. Do powders work better than liquids? Which one lasts longer? How do you layer products? If you have a makeup bag filled with cream, powder and liquid products, here is what you need to know about selecting the right products and how to use them together to get a long-lasting, flawless finish.

1. What is your skin type?

The pros and cons of liquid vs. powder foundations are very many, but a #1 rule to follow is to start with your skin type and texture. If you have oily skin, pick up a powder as they tend to provide a matte, velvety finish. “Powder foundations are excellent for combination, oily skin or those who prefer a matte finish. Powders also the easiest and quickest formulas to apply. If you are a novice or time-challenged, go for powder!

Those with dry skin, or mature skin, please opt for cream or liquid foundations, as they don’t tend to sit in fine lines or enlarged pores like powders can. Creams or liquids are more blendable and provide a fuller coverage than their powder counterparts. Liquid foundations can have a higher degree of coverage and contain ingredients that help pigments spread more easily on the skin. They also contain humectants and emollients that help hydrate and soften skin.”

2. How to layer products?

Layering powders and creams can seem difficult, but a simple trick to remember is that powders go on way better over liquids and not the other way around. Even if your favorite base is a powder, I recommend applying it after you’ve applied your creams or liquids. A good rule to remember is always to use creams or liquids first and then powder on top. If you love a cream blush, contour or highlighter, apply it first and then follow with a powder foundation on top. Note: Layering powders over liquids isn’t without its own set of issues. Some ingredients in liquid foundations that can be incompatible with ingredients in other gel, creams or liquids and can cause the products to form little clusters on the skin. When layering any type of makeup over liquid products, be sure to give your foundation enough time to dry otherwise it can streak and become uneven. If you have to test the products you want to use together on your inner arm please do so before applying them to your face to check for compatibility.

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