Are you new to makeup and just can’t simply decide which foundation to buy because, well, you’re just not sure whether it’s going to suit you? Or are you in the midst of experimenting with other types of foundation in order to find your own holy grail? Well, you can now chase all the worries away because we’re here to the rescue!

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Foundation 101

Foundation is used to make the complexion appear more even, smooth and help to cover up the appearance of blemishes, scars, dark spots, and etc., depending on its coverage. Whether it’s light, medium or full coverage, foundation can only cover the flaws of our face to a certain degree. We use concealers to further help in minimizing them.

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The types of foundation you use is also important, as the type of your skin determines how the foundation will look on you. For example, if you have a very dry skin, you might want to avoid mineral foundation as some would cling onto the dry patches and exaggerate them instead.

But how do you choose the right foundation?

So here we help you to list the types of foundation that can be found in stores. Basically, there are only three basic types of foundation; liquid, cream and powder foundation.

Liquid Foundation

This one is known to be a favorite among makeup enthusiasts as it is suitable with almost all skin types. The foundation tend to be lightweight and easy to apply using both brush and sponge. There are two formulas for liquid foundation which is water-based formula and oil-based formula, and depending on your skin type, you need to pick the right one.

Dry skin – Opt for oil-based formula such as Tarte’s Maracuja Miracle Foundation as oil will help to the skin stays moist, avoiding your makeup to be flaky. However, you can get away with using water-based foundation as well, as long as it has a high percentage of water to keep your skin hydrated.
Oily skin – Oil-based foundation is a big no, obviously. It will only make your face look extra oily after an hour or two. So always go for water-based foundation alright?
Combination to normal skin – You can definitely use both types, however, I personally always go for water-based foundation as it offers the finish.

Recommended foundation: Nars Sheer Glow, Urban Decay All Nighter, L’oreal True Match Foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation.

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Cream Foundation

Cream foundation is usually thick and creamy and offers a heavy coverage to the skin as it will help to cover blemishes and scars better. This type of foundation contains oil and thus, making it suitable for those with dry skin. Although it has a thick consistency, you can always use less product if you prefer to have a light coverage instead. The best tool to apply a cream foundation is by using a brush.

Recommended foundation: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

Powder Foundation

Powder foundation is never a friend to those with dry skin because it will cling onto every dry patch that you have and emphasize them instead since its formula is very dry. This kind of foundation suits those who prefers to have ‘no makeup’ makeup look and just need an extra glow to their skin. Definitely a must have to everyone who wants to appear natural and simple for everyday look.

Recommended foundation: M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, NYX Cosmetics Stay Matte Powder Foundation

And here are some other types of foundations that are derived from the previous basic type foundation. Just in case you’re wondering and would love to experiment with them!

Stick Foundation – Provides full coverage and usually offers a matte finishing. Stick foundation is more suitable for those with oily skin.

Cushion Foundation – This foundation trend starts in Korea but in recent years, it has been introduced in America/Europe .Since then, it has been quite popular. It is easy to apply and provides a dewy finish to the skin.

Mineral Foundation – Mineral foundation is made with natural ground minerals. Thus, making it a safe choice for those with sensitive skin. However, those with very dry skin may want to avoid this one.

Spray Foundation – Used to refresh the makeup after long hours of wearing. Definitely an easy option to reapply your makeup.

Tinted Moisturizer – Well, this one is not entirely a foundation but it is a mixture of moisturizer + foundation, and thus the reason I’m listing it. This one is suitable to those who want to appear natural with a tint of colour to make your skin appear more even. Definitely a go-to on lazy days, right?

Types of Foundation | Choosing the Right One was last modified: May 12th, 2017 by Husna