How to choose compact powder

How to choose compact powder

How to choose compact powder

Compact powder is the ideal way to set makeup. They’re versatile and practical, but it can be difficult to choose compact powders in the perfect shade that suits your skin tone. Compact powders are the best cosmetics if you don’t want to use foundation. They’re great for touch-ups or when you’re too lazy to put on makeup. Compact powder is also a great way to add radiance to your skin if your face looks dull or oily. These powders come in low to full coverage and you can choose them based on your skin type. Read on to find out more.

How to choose compact powder

Choose the perfect shade of compact powder

Regardless of the brand, always choose a shade that complements your skin tone.


If you end up using a powder compact that’s a few shades lighter than your skin tone, your skin may turn gray or ashen over time.

Before you buy a compact powder, find out about your skin type and the level of coverage you want.

If your skin tone is on the fair side, you can opt for a powder compact with a pink undertone and a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. If your skin tone tends to be darker, opt for a compact with a yellow or orange undertone and a color that matches your skin tone.

Always try the product on your face and not on the back of your hand.

Ask your makeup artist for suggestions.

Marin McCathy, professional makeup artist and founder of Marin Eve Makeup says, “Powder foundations are great for coverage.” However, since each compact has a different coverage range, you’ll need to choose one that suits your desires. If you want a more natural makeup look, opt for sheer coverage makeup, or you can even try translucent powder. A medium or full coverage powder will smooth out imperfections and bumps.

Now we explain how to find the right powder compact for different skin types.

For oily skin

An oil controlling matte finish powder is ideal for oily skin as it controls excess oil secretion.

Avoid powders that add shine and radiance as they may make your skin look oilier.

Investing in a sweatproof and waterproof compact powder also helps.

Apply foundation before applying makeup. It mattifies your skin and also controls sebum production.

Apply the compact evenly to the entire face with a makeup brush or a sponge. Apply an extra layer to the T-zone. Alternatively, press a powder puff into the skin for a long-lasting finish.

A great tip is to rub an ice cube on your face before applying the compact. This controls excess oil secretion and minimizes the appearance of pores. Try Studio Fix Powder by MAC.

For dry skin

Don’t go for a compact powder compact with a matte finish as it will make your skin drier. Instead, use a compact or sheer cream-based powder to keep your skin looking healthier and less flaky.

Begin the makeup by massaging the moisturizer into the skin to keep it hydrated. Give it some time to be absorbed. Then apply the compact powder. This leaves your skin looking hydrated and smooth without drying it out.

To prevent your skin from looking blotchy and uneven, don’t build up layers of foundation. Keep it simple and only apply two to three coats of primer.

Avoid applying powder to normally dry areas like the cheeks and nose area.

Use tinted powder if you have very pale skin or don’t want to use foundation.

Mineral-based highlighters or powders are good choices for dry skin as they add radiance and make skin glow.

How to choose compact powder

For sensitive skin

Look for mineral-based powders as they do not contain the emollient oils and waxes, fragrances and preservatives typically found in traditional powders. Mineral powder is best for sensitive skin.

Another option is to look for non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic powders for sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, or vegan compact powders are also great options for this skin type.

Whether your skin type is oily or dry, consider its sensitivity when choosing a compact powder. Choose a product that is kind to the skin and has a sun protection factor.

Quick tips

Disinfection is very important. So remember to clean your tools before applying the powder.

Always carry a blotter in your makeup kit to quickly mattify your skin and improve skin texture.

Avoid using sponges to apply the powder as sponges tend to soak up most of the product. They are ideal for touch-ups.

Invest in quality brushes as they will provide a better finish and add a professional touch to your look.

The correct technique for applying a compact powder is to apply the product first and then blend it in with either a brush or sponge, rather than just dabbing and leaving. Makeup artist Marin suggests, “A great way to cover blemishes is to use a cotton swab to apply the powder to the area in a very concentrated manner, then use a brush to lightly blend it.”

How to choose compact powder

Infographic: Tips on choosing the right compact powder for you

No matter how high-quality your compact is, if it’s not tailored to your skin type, it won’t help you. There are all kinds of makeup products out there, but before you invest in them, you should first find out about your skin type.


In the infographic below, we’ve put together all the tips you need for quick reference before you decide on a compact powder. Listen.

In summary, choosing the perfect compact powder that suits your skin type and tone is crucial for a flawless and radiant makeup look. Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, there are specific powder options designed to meet your needs.


For oily skin, opt for an oil-controlling powder with a matte finish to control excess oil, while dry skin will benefit from transparent, cream-based powders to hydrate the skin. Sensitive skin will appreciate mineral powders without potentially irritating ingredients.


Remember to test the compact powder on your face, not the back of your hand, and seek advice from a makeup artist if necessary. Keep your tools clean, invest in quality brushes, and apply compact powder correctly for best results.


With these tips and the right compact powder, you can bring out your natural beauty, set your makeup flawlessly and achieve a radiant and polished look that lasts all day. So take care of your skin, enjoy your uniqueness and confidently rock your perfect makeup look!