Types of Foundation

Hello everyone!

Let’s get right down to it: there are tons of types of makeup out there!  Which ones are good? Bad?  Some claim they can make you look younger or older.  Some claim to make your best features ‘pop’; some claim to be able to downplay the features you may not like (we all have these!).  So, in this endless sea of cosmetics, the question is: Where do we even begin?

How about we go through a couple of types of makeup, so that you can decide what it is that you’re interested in.  For this post, I’ll mainly be talking about foundation.  We will get to the many other types in coming posts!

Foundation.  It is a staple for many women out there (some won’t leave the house without it!).  Okay, so maybe you are one of those women, but maybe not.  Either way, foundation can definitely add that polished, glowing look for any time–day or night.  However, you can also end up with a look you’re not happy with if your foundation is not properly chosen.

Here are a few of the most common types of foundation:

  • Liquid – One of the classics, women have been wearing liquid foundation for years.  It goes on smooth, and can be applied with your fingers, a sponge or a special foundation brush. (Quick tip! Many women use disposable sponges for applying foundation.  It’s generally better to invest in a nice foundation brush – you’ll actually save money in the long run, because you tend to throw away tons of foundation over time with disposable sponges.  Also, foundation brushes apply the foundation more evenly.  To top it all off, you’ll be eliminating waste! How great is that!?)   It has the best amount of coverage, but some women find it heavy.
  • Mousse – Also sometimes called ‘whipped’ foundation.  This is a lighter alternative to liquid foundation, as it is easier to apply in very thin layers.  It’s also great for dry skin because it isnt as heavy and won’t accentuate the dryness.  It tends to have a lighter coverage, however can be built up to your liking.
  • Cream-to-powder – This is a great alternative for women with oily or combination skin.  It applies as a cream, but finishes as a powder, minimizing shine and oil.  It also eliminates the need for topping your foundation with powder!  It can give decent coverage as well.  This has become a very popular option in recent years because of its convenience.
  • Tinted Moisturizer – One of my personal favourites, this is a great light-wearing option for women on-the-go or with dry or sensitive skin.  It’s great for evening the skin tone with light coverage as well as moisturizing and giving a dewy, glowing look (can you say beach babe!?).  (Quick tip! Make your own tinted moisturizer at home by mixing your favourite moisturizer and liquid foundation on the back of your hand–this is the best of both worlds and helps if you’re having trouble finding the right tinted moisturizer for you!)  Today, we also have BB creams which are very similar to tinted moisturizers.  I will do a feature on BB creams in a later post.
  • Powder – This comes in loose or compact forms.  It is great for topping off your foundation in order to get rid of unwanted shine and, again, to minimize oil.  This would be the lightest form of coverage on its own.  However, if you have very dry skin, I would not advise applying this without moisturizer underneath, as it can make your skin look even drier.  As a side note, you should always moisturize and take care of your skin to make it look and feel its best! (Quick tip! If you are looking for very light coverage, and are focused on eliminating shine, you can use powder alone.  I personally moisturize, wait a few minutes, and then apply powder with a dabbing motion all over my face with a large powder brush, as I find foundation too heavy for the daytime.  This can let your natural glow through and give a you quick, light, and easy wearing option.)

There you have it–some of the most makeup foundation types with women around the world.  No matter which one you choose, the two most important things are to always read the labels to find out if it is right for your skin type, and to make sure it matches your skin tone well.  Always apply foundation to the inside of your wrist or along your jawline to check how well it matches.  If you have any issues or need help choosing a foundation, the cosmetician in your local beauty supply store/pharmacy are always willing you help you get the perfect match.

I hope this answers some of your questions, and helps you with choosing the right foundation.  Thanks for reading!

Good luck, and see you soon!

xox The Beauty Bard♥

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