All About Foundation Makeup

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How To Choose Foundation Makeup

Foundation is an essential makeup product. It can lighten skin tones, cover flaws, and even alter the complexion.

Choosing the wrong foundation can whack your natural looks. Applying the right (or wrong) shade incorrectly can only worsen your looks.

Selecting the right foundation shade is a not as easy as it seems. Choosing the right foundation colour depends on skin type, skin tone, desired coverage, and preferred complexion.

How To Choose Choosing the Right Foundation Shade

Typically, women apply foundation on the back of their hands and choose a matching colour. This is as wrong as it can get.

You should select a shade that matches your skin tone that’s around the jawline. In case you find a colour which does not match your jawline colour, choose 1-2 colours lighter than the skin tone.

But that’s not the end of it, because you should know:

How To Choose Foundation Based on Your Skin Type

There are five types of skin –oily, normal, dry, sensitive  and combination skin.

Dry/sensitive skin needs a foundation that contains moisturisers because such foundation keeps your skin hydrated and soft.

Matte foundation is a perfect choice for oily skin.

Mineral foundations look natural on normal skin.

Pressed powders and liquid foundation work well for combination skin.

Quality foundations contain oil absorbers and moisturisers and other pigments that make it last longer. Low priced foundations may look great but work exactly the opposite.

Here is a primer on the different types of foundation makeup. Understand the product and buy one that applies to you.

Different Types of Foundation Makeup

i) Oil-free Matte Foundation: It is a lightweight foundation that works best on oily and acne prone skin. It gives a smooth even finish and can be easily applied using a brush or sponge. It mops the excess oil from the skin and does not leave behind any shine. You can build sheer (light) to heavier coverage depending on your preferences.

Apply a primer or moisturiser before applying matte foundation because it dries rapidly after coming in contact with the skin. Blend foundation with fingers or sponge after application.

Take care:

  • Dry finish of matte foundation may end up caking and highlighting wrinkles. Apply a light moisturizer on skin before applying this foundation.

ii) Liquid Foundation: liquid_foundation

It works well for dry and combination skin (oily T-zone and dry cheeks)   and gives a satin or satin-matte finish. Liquid foundation imparts lighter-to-medium coverage depending on volume applied. Women with oily skin should avoid liquid foundation.

Liquid Foundations are easy to blend and can be used with cream/bronzer/or cream-to-powder blush.

Take care:

  • Applying too much liquid foundation on combination skin may backfire because it may exaggerate the oily shine.
  • Moisturising pigments can clog pores and cause breakouts.

iii) Pressed Powder Foundation: pressed_powder_foundation

Pressed powders work well for normal/ slightly dry skin and impart a light-to-medium coverage. These foundations look silky and are easy to blend. They work well together with powder blush or bronzer and daytime moisturizer (with sunscreen),  and also cut the shine imparted by the moisturiser.

If you desire a heavier coverage, add water to the powder before application.

Take care:

  • Applying extra powder for thicker coverage may end up becoming a cakey mask (with icing on top).
  • Colour may change when the formula in foundation merges with the skin oils.
  • Pressed powders absorb oil from the skin leaving it drier than usual.

iv) Cream-to-Powder Compact Foundation: This foundation is held in a compact. It gives a sheer-to-medium coverage and works good for normal to oily skin. though it appears lubricious, it gives a powdery finish after blending. It really works well with powder blush and bronzer.

Apply it with a brush for lighter coverage and with a sponge for medium coverage.

Take care:

  • This foundation is not suitable for oily skin because it is a cream foundation and all cream based foundations have loads of oil. The cream combines with the skin oils making your face shine unnecessarily.
  • A powdery finish can make your skin appear flaky.

v) Stick Foundation: stick_foundation

This is a convenient-to-carry cream foundation that gives a matte finish. It gives maximum coverage and works well for normal to dry skin. It also works as a concealer and can efficiently cover dark spots, blemishes and dark circles.

Dab the stick foundation only the required parts, instead of applying it on the entire face. Blend after application.

Take care:

  • Stick foundations are thick and waxy and can clog facial pores and exaggerate acne.
  • Blend stick foundations immediately after application because these dry quickly.



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