Powder foundation, as a concept, is not as new.
However, it is in the past couple of years that the trend has made a comeback. They are more available than before, taking up a substantial space in the makeup aisle. With more and more high-end and drugstore brands formulating their versions of powder foundation, the hype is real.
As people have started to take interest in the product, many questions have been emerging. Not just related to powder foundation, but also related to prepping for it.
If you do not correctly prep your skin with a primer, chances are that your powder foundation may act up. To avoid that you need a base that can facilitate a smooth and flawless application. Remember, good skin prep helps you avoid a cakey mess!
Keeping all these in mind, I have counted 10 best primers for powder foundation! And I am super excited to share them with you!
10 Best Primers for Powder Foundation
01. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
What it is: A clear, pore blurring primer within budget.
I know that many of us are scared that a good primer may cost a lot. And to change that misconception, I am here with this!
Powder foundations tend to enhance your pores, which in turn enhances texture. If you want to avoid that, you may want to go in with this primer first. This primer is easy to apply and glides on like a moisturizer for even application.
Mainly to minimize pores, this is a great option. It is a drugstore alternative for many high end brands that do the same thing. Once used, you will be astonished by the instant result you will notice!
The packaging says instant pore eraser and that is exactly what it is! After applying this, wait for a minute and go one with your powder foundation. You will have a flawless, natural look without having to take the extra steps for it!
I recommend this for your everyday, go to look on a budget!
02. L’Oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base Face Primer
What it is: A pore blurring, lightweight primer.
Which one of you has never used a Loreal product? I need a show of hands! None of you? I assumed so!
It is nearly impossible to be in the makeup industry without ever using a product by L’oreal. As someone who has been in this line for so long, I have seen how popular Loreal is. And when they came out with this primer, I was blown away!
This is a super lightweight primer that will just go on like a moisturizer. The texture is silky which makes way for a silky smooth appearance of your skin. Bases as such allow your powder foundation to sit without looking cakey.
Other than that, its pore minimizing capabilities ensure that no texture is enhanced. So you can go with a powder foundation on top of it easily! Takes little effort and the results are stunning! Such a budget-friendly way to get your makeup right!
03. e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer
What it is: A smoothing, hydrating primer.
When my friend told me that e. l. f. came out with a putty primer, I was like, what? What in the world is a putty primer and why do I not have it?
Needless to say, I rushed online and got me one. And my oh my, it was one of best purchases of 2019! It has been over a year since I purchased this, and I have reached for it too many times! And that too, over some of my high end primers!
It feels very lightweight on the skin and is quite hydrating. Because of that, the powder foundation does not make your skin appear dry. If you have extremely dry skin, you can use a moisturizer or facial oil before the primer!
Overall, it smoothes and blurs pores, and is also hydrating! I enjoy its silky texture that blends like a dream. Also, because it comes in a putty form, it is easy to go overboard. So be careful to use the amount you need!
04. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
What it is: A silicone based, mattifying and pore blurring primer.
The Ordinary does not only have its expertise in skincare. Its foundation is one of the nicest I have used, so it was pretty obvious why I got this. I think even if you do not like the silicone-y texture, you need one silicon primer in your collection.
Because in all honesty, silicone based primers do a terrific job of filling in your pores. That leads to a super blurred, smooth looking skin. Dab on some powder foundation on top of it, and you will be stunned at how amazing it will look.
This primer also helps you have a longwearing glam because it adheres to the foundation strongly. For those who are having trouble making their powder foundation last, this is a good option!
Also, I have also used this under compact powder and loved the results! Another reminder, this is quite mattifying, so prep your skin accordingly if you have dry skin!
05. TOUCH IN SOL No Pore Blem Primer
What it is: A lightweight, pore perfecting primer
Category: Middle Tier Range
No Pore Blem. I just love saying it over and over again, cracks me up so bad.
But yes, the fun word play suggests that you will have no problem with pores. I have said this way too many times already but I will say it again. With powder foundation, your biggest enemy is your pores.
This primer by Touch In Sol is a wonderful solution to that. I have recommended this to so many of my friends and they all have loved it. Be it powder, cushion or liquid foundation- you can rely on this!
I personally love the lightweight texture that settles into my skin nicely. It is quite blurring- even the worst of my powder foundations looked decent with it. If you have slightly mature skin with fine lines and wrinkles, you can try this out too!
Additionally, the green tea extract refreshes your skin and makes it look healthy. The price point is good so why not give this a try?
06. bareMinerals Bare Escentuals Good Hydrations Face Primer
What it is: An oil-free, hydrating primer
Category: High End
Flaky skin is one of the most stubborn skin to handle. It makes your base look terrible, and with foundation you end up looking older. If this is something that you have been facing, I have the solution for you.
Before you go with foundation over your flaky skin, take your time to prep it. Exfoliate, tone and moisturize. Then go with this bareMinerals primer and let it work its wonder!
This primer nourishes your skin with its hydrating properties, making way for a smooth skin. Your flakiness will be reduced greatly with this. Additionally, any fine line or wrinkle will be taken care of in a swipe.
If you want to use powder foundation but have been scared about your dry skin, I say no more! Give this primer a chance and you will see for yourself! I think the pricing is fair too!
07. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
What it is: A hydrating and smoothing primer.
Category: High End
The name could not have been more fitting for this baby. This has been the cure on my countless back to work Mondays after a hell of a weekend.
Replenish is truly what it does. It hydrates your skin beautifully that allows your skin to let out a beautiful glow. You will surely notice that your skin will look much more alive with the help of this.
If you do not face any issues with your pores but just want something smoothing, go for this. I think you will really enjoy how it hydrates your skin, because that is a major factor. Because with powder foundation, you really need well moisturized and hydrated skin.
Gone will be the days of your powder foundation looking cakey. Just put this on, go with your powder foundation and spritz some setting spray! And voila, you are a glowing goddess!
08. Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer
What it is: A smoothing and blurring primer.
Category: High End
It is uncommon to find a makeup enthusiast that has not heard of this primer. It is a cult favorite, holy grail primer.
For an instant airbrushed look, you do not need to opt for your liquid foundation any more. Your powder foundation will give you all easily. All you have to do is- use this primer beforehand!
This primer tackles two things specifically- pores and texture. And these two are the things that you need to take care of for powder foundation. Smashbox really had a breakthrough with this primer, for all the good reasons!
The texture is quite nice, not heavy at all. You can apply it with your fingers or even a brush. If you have dry skin, I suggest that you moisturize beforehand. Once done, proceed with our powder foundation and be ready to turn a few heads!
09. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer Face Makeup
What it is: A lightweight, hydrating and blurring primer.
Category: High End
I have seen countless people eye the powder foundation rack, hesitant to make a choice. And most of these people had mature skin.
Honestly, powder foundations are a great choice for mature skin. They are much more lightweight and easy to handle. However, mature skin has certain concerns that make it hard to work with powder foundation.
But with this primer, you can tackle all that and more. This primer is specifically designed for mature skin. It hydrates while blurring the looks of fine lines. Also, if you do not enjoy silicone based primers, this is a great option for you!
This antioxidant rich primer will make your powder foundation sit one your skin beautifully. If I were you, I would not wait to get my hands on this! Juice Beauty has a tremendous reputation in the beauty industry, so do not worry about the quality!
10. MILK MAKEUP Hydro Grip Primer
What it is: A makeup gripping, hydrating primer.
Category: High End
Need your powder foundation to last longer? Looking for something that will grip your makeup strongly?
Then I have no better candidate than this highly raved about, cult classic primer by MILK Makeup. This will grip your makeup, no kidding.
Want your powder foundation to have a better coverage and not lose it over the hours? Then you have to try this. There is not enough time in the world for me to talk about this primer. I love it so much!
And not only will it make your powder foundation to last long, it will nicely hydrate your skin too. I highly recommend this for all sorts of foundations, not just the powder ones! It is a little pricey, but that is the price you pay for something as good as this!
Why Do I Need To Wear Primer Under Powder Foundation?
Powder foundations are most popular because they act as a one and done product for many. This means, for a quick no makeup makeup look, people opt for powder foundations. And when such is the case for someone, one may want to skip the usual steps to makeup.
That is great, you do you. But if you want your powder foundation to look and last as long as liquid foundation, gear up. Especially under the mask, it is essential that your makeup does not wear off. This is where primer comes in!
A primer firstly ensures that no texture is enhanced by the powder foundation. Powders that are quite texture enhancing and drying. So a hydrating and smoothing primer will help you avoid a gritty, textured based.
Also, for your makeup to be longwearing, primer is a must. Powder foundations will not sit well on your skin if something does not grip them. While for a simple everyday look that may not be a factor, for long shifts it is imperative.
So in short, to tackle the cons of powder foundation, you should use a primer. There is not one alternative to skipping it if you want your foundation to look flawless!
Now that you have heard me blabber for a while, let us jump straight into the primers I have for you!
How Can I Properly Apply Powder Foundation?
Have the right primer, but your powder foundation has still not been perfected? Well, let us take a look at the proper steps to apply a powder foundation!
- Firstly, moisturize your skin. If you have oily skin but are using a mattifying primer, I would still suggest moisturizing beforehand.
- Make sure not to over apply your primer. Too much primer can make your powder foundation look patchy and hard to blend.
- Once primer has been applied, give it a minute.
- Take a medium to highly dense brush according to your preference. Swirl it in the pan to pick up the product, and apply it on your skin.
- Make sure to either use a swirling motion to blend it in on your skin. If you need extra coverage in places, go with some more foundation in dabbing motions.
- All done? Not yet! Use a damp sponge to gently press in the foundation to your skin. This will help the foundation to look more natural.
- Spritz some setting spray! Do not skip out on this!
And remember to always use clean tools for a perfect application!
I think this should help you to perfect your powder foundation routine! I have recommended all these products to my friends and family for a long time. So I am hoping that these best primers for powder foundation work for you!
Hi, This is Aleksandra Ambrozy. I am a professional makeup artist and stylist based in Philadelphia who wants to spread my love for makeup around. With years of experience in the area, I am a makeup enthusiast both professionally and personally. This blog is solely focused on makeup as that is what I love writing about- quite a passion of mine!