Today let us look at the different kinds of foundations that are available on the market.
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These usually come in bottles and tubes. The coverage can range from super sheer to full. Thanks to their liquid texture, liquid foundations are easy to blend and the coverage can be built up gradually. Another great thing is that you can mix two different shades together to get the perfect match. Liquid foundations also create the most natural-looking finish and are suitable for all types of skin.
These usually come in compacts and jars and work best on dry skin. They tend to have a slightly heavier texture and provide higher coverage compared to liquid foundations. Remember to apply sparingly when it comes to cream foundations as a little goes a long way. They are also great for achieving the dewy look.
Unlike cream foundations, cream-to-powder foundations actually dry to a powdery finish. In other words, they tend to create a matte look. Cream-to-powder foundations are good for people with combination skin.
These are similar to cream foundations but provide an even heavier coverage. One thing I like about stick foundations is their practicability. Stick foundations are great for traveling and they can double as concealers as well. The downside is that most of them tend to contain oil and can clog your pores more easily. If you have acne-prone skin, I suggest you to steer clear of them.
These usually come in compacts and are great for creating the matte look or for touch-ups. They can even be used dry or wet for more coverage (depending on the product) and work best on oily skin. Like stick foundations, powder foundations are very convenient and easy to use. If you have dry skin, try to limit the use of a powder foundation to touch-ups only. Putting powder on your dry skin would only accentuate wrinkles and flakes.
These are made out of crushed minerals extracted from the Earth and are free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other harmful chemicals. They usually come in loose powder form and provide medium to high coverage. They also tend to do less harm to your skin and you can even sleep in some. Mineral foundations are good for people with very sensitive skin or those who suffer from acne or rosacea. The downside of mineral makeup, however, is that they might be a little too dry for those with dry skin. Another thing about mineral makeup is that you have to get the right brush and it does take practice to master the basic “swirl, tap and buff” process.
These are not really foundations per se, more like moisturizers with just a slight tint of color to even out your skin. They provide the sheerest coverage out of all foundations and are great for those who are blessed with flawless skin or want light coverage.