Foundation or base make up is a cosmetic product that is designed to prepare your skin for the application of other cosmetic products. It’s job is to help give your skin a uniform, smooth look while evening out your skin tone. While it won’t cover all blemishes, it can help to cover scars and lighter blemishes.
For the best look, a foundation makeup needs to be applied so that is blends into the jawline providing a uniform appearance from the face to the neck. When trying to choose foundation that makes your skin look young, healthy and beautiful, it can be difficult to choose from all the available products on the market. Here is a look at some of the different options available and some helpful tips to help you choose the perfect foundation for your skin.
Many different types of foundations and base makeup products are available. Each option offers unique pros and cons and certain types work better with certain skin types than others. Here is a look at the most common makeup foundation options, how they work and the skin types for which they are best suited.
1 – Liquid Foundation
The most popular type of foundation make up today happens to be liquid foundation. It’s a popular choice because it’s easy to apply and lightweight. It helps retain moisture while blending well and is available in different shades and many different formulas. This type of foundation works well with most skin types.
Women with oily skin should choose liquid foundations that are water based, while women with drier skin should opt for oil based options. Those with combination or normal skin will often find that water based choices offer the best blending and light coverage that looks great. Health conscious and sensitive skin types should consider using a natural or organic foundation option. These are becoming more widely available, especially online.
2 – Stick or Cake Make Up Foundation
These foundations come in solid forms, offering a matte finish and quick drying. They also are often used as a concealer, since they more effectively mask blemishes and flaws. Since they provide heavy coverage, they are best suited for drama, stage use and photo shoots. This foundation works best for women that have oily skin, but it’s not a good choice for those with normal to dry skin.
3 – Cream Foundation
Cream foundation is creamy, thick and usually contains oil. They are available in tubes, sticks and compacts. The rich texture provides heavy coverage and plenty of moisture to skin. It offers better coverage for skin flaws and gives skin a glossy, smooth look. Women with normal or dry skin will find cream foundation a great choice, especially those with extra dry skin. However, cream foundation is not a good choice for women that have oily skin.
4 – Powder Foundation
Powder foundations come in pressed powder and loose powder forms. This form of base is very dry and works best for those trying to touch up pre-applied makeup or those who want a natural look without applying other makeup. Both types of powder foundation work best for women who have oily skin, since the powder is so dry and offers no moisture to skin.
5 – Mineral Make-up
Mineral foundation has become more popular within the past few years, since it’s made of natural minerals that have been finely ground. Since it’s all natural, it’s a great choice for every skin type. Since they come in loose powder, they can be used dry or wet when applied to the face. Whether applied wet or dry, minerals offer a beautiful, flawless look. No chemicals are typically present, making this a wonderful option for women who have very sensitive skin.
6 – Tinted Moisturizers
For those who prefer light coverage, tinted moisturizers are an option that combines foundation with a moisturizer. These products help to give a bit of color to the skin while smoothing and evening out the skin tone. They work well for individuals who have dry skin, but lighter options are available for women with normal or oily skin as well. In this category, BB and CC creams are becoming popular and can be worn alone or under another type of foundation to help perfect the way skin looks.
7 – Whipped or Mousse Foundation
Whipped or mousse foundations are lighter than cream but thicker than liquid foundations. They are easily to apply and should be used very lightly and applied with a sponge applicator for the best results. All skin types can use this type of make up base, but it works best for those with aging skin or dry skin.