I have a love/hate relationship with loose powder foundations.
They. are. a. mess. But the finish, at least with these two that I have, is so nice. It’s breathable, perfect for a hot (read: sweltering) summer day, and won’t wear off.
For medium, buildable, natural looking coverage, try bareMinerals Original foundation. I wear shade fairly-light. Shake a bit of the powder into the cap, swirl your brush around, then buff it into your skin. As the product warms up on your skin a bit it will smooth out and transform into a nice coverage! You can go as sheer or full as you want, but I’d say in general it will provide medium coverage.
If you are shine-prone, try bareMinerals Matte foundation. Same type of coverage, provides a matte finish, etc, but controls shine a bit more!
Finally, if you want FULL coverage with a loose powder, try Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush foundation. I have shade fairly-light-neutral, and while it is a touch dark for me, it’s as close to my skin as I can get with the color range offered! This product blew me away when I first used it a few years ago. The coverage was surprisingly full, which I didn’t expect out of a loose powder. It’s breathable, and it is what I would wear if I wanted full coverage on a long hot day when liquid foundation sounded like a bad idea.
The looser the powder, the tighter and more compact you want the brush to be. Tarte suggests this one for their foundation, and bareMinerals suggests this one. Mainly what you want to look for in a brush is short bristles!
If I’m wearing one of these loose foundations, and have some redness or problem areas I want to hide, I’ll buff concealer onto those areas with a foundation brush (not the same one to be used for the loose powder foundation) and then finish with the loose powder. I find that to be the best way to get a little extra coverage where you need it, without looking like you have heavy makeup in one area, and lighter makeup in another.
Do you wear either of these? If not, do you have another loose powder that you love? ALSO any tricks for keeping the mess at bay would be happily received below!