Loose powder foundation is a miraculous type of makeup to have in your cosmetics bag. Unlike other types of foundations and concealers, this powder is super versatile. Maybe you’re running late and just dust a light layer of the foundation powder to smooth over some of your skin’s imperfections. Loose powder foundation is great for people with oily skin, because the powder soaks up the oil your skin produces and ensures that you don’t end up shiny. 

Flash forward to two nights later, you’ve put on your liquid foundation, contoured your face and now you’re reaching for your loose powder foundation to set your makeup look for the night. The loose powder might also soften the harsh look of your liquid foundation slightly to make you appear more natural—even when your smokey eye is not.

Loose powder foundation is a must-have. You can use as little or as much as you want. It acts as an effective concealer while evening out your skin tone—but without clogging your pores and causing you to break out. If you’re intrigued, we rounded up the best loose powder foundations, which have options for different skin tones. One of our picks even has SPF, so you’ll be able to take a step out of your skincare routine.

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