Last Updated: May 1, 2023 @ 4:16 pm.

What is the best powdered foundation? We tried out a dozen different brands to find the best bets. Then we interviewed three makeup artists with a combined 34 years of experience to get their insights. Which is the best lightweight option? Best for a natural look?

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Powdered Foundation 101: Our Advice & Tips

Let’s talk foundation!

We interviewed three makeup artists to get their insights on the best foundations—and then asked our parent readers for their real-world results.

Yes, there are two basic types of foundation makeup: powdered and liquid. Either way, the goal is to create an even skin tone—and to cover any blemishes.

Liquid foundation is best for dry skin types, although it can work with combination skin. And yes, some liquids have moisturizers and SPF protection. 

When it comes to powdered foundation, here are few things to keep in mind:

• Powdered foundation is best for light to medium coverage—a more natural look. Liquid foundation is better for medium to full coverage.

• The powder can be pressed or loose. Each has its pros and cons . . . and is up to personal preference. In this article, we recommend both pressed and loose powders.

• Live in a hot climate? Powdered foundation is best for summer . . . or if you sweat a lot! 

Ok, enough of the tips! Here are the best powdered foundations from our hands-on tests!

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Best Lighweight

So easy to apply
We love how well this foundation blends—great coverage for uneven skin tones. This reader favorite is great for a mature skin.
$31.00

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Best Natural Looking

Great coverage
Excellent choice for folks with sensitive skin, this pressed powder gives your face a natural look with even skin tone.
$52.80

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Best Long Lasting

Blends nicely with skin tone
This reader fave doesn't feel like you are wearing makeup—it's our favorite loose powder. And yes, there is SPF protection as well.
$39.00 ($139.29 / Ounce)

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Best Smooth Look

Great for sensitive skin
So silky smooth! The texture of this foundation is luxurious, thanks to the shea butter. Also nice: a wide variety of shades.
$32.00

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When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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