Today i'm here to talk all about foundation. It is made to even out skin tone, hide imperfections and a lot of other things. Foundation now comes in many forms with many different finishes and benefits. It will take a while to find your true love foundation but once you do it will be worth all the trial and error. To help not get too many ones you dislike and waste money, you need to exactly what you are looking for and want out of a foundation before purchasing.
Understanding Different Types Of Finishes:
To understand what types of foundations are best for you and what you need, in your kit or for yourself, you need to understand what the different finishes mean with foundation and then it will be easier to decide what you want/need.
Matte – Powder type finish with no shine.
Satin – Does not have a shine to it but more of a sheen to it.
Semi-Matte – This finish is a good mix between satin and matte. Kind of more natural looking.
Dewy/Glossy – I describe this finish at a wet look. Not my favourite finish to be honest. Unless you have mature skin I would step away from this. In saying that, in winter time this foundation is less drying.
Normal/Dry Skin: For these skin types, a satin or dewy foundation would be better. If you use a matte finish foundation, then powder it sometimes it can make your skin appear dryer which is not ideal.
Combination/Oily Skin: For these skin types, a matte or semi-matte foundation is a good choice. A matte finish helps more with shine and a semi-matte is a good more natural option.
Liquid: Liquid is well, liquid. It comes in heaps of different ways like pump bottles and pour bottles. It also comes in all types of coverage and finishes as well. This is my personal favourite because it is the cleanest and most hygienic option. Well I sure think so.
Cream: Cream foundation normally comes in a pot. When I use creams I get a spatula to transfer from the pot to the lid and then put my brush in the lid. Is more hygienic but can take a while if doing for everyday use. You can still use your clean fingers but with this type of foundation, using your fingers most of the time makes it lower coverage. Perfect if that is what you are looking for. Creams sometimes have both a matte and a satin aka sheen finish.
Mousse/Foam: This type of foundation you need to shake then you can use. It kind of foams up when you release it from the bottle. So press lightly at first. Less if more with this product. It may look like a little but a little goes a very long way. Most, yes I say most mousse foundations have a matte aka powder like finish but for most skin types, will still need to powder over top. Well I would recommend it anyway for a longer lasting finish.
Understanding your skin undertones, will help you choose the right toned foundation for you. Having a foundation with the wrong tone is a mistake that no one should ever make. Easier to tell what tone you have than you would think. I am yellow which is a warm, undertone. Here is a little in sight to knowing what you are:
Cool - Pink, red or blue. Look for: Neutral or pink based foundations.
Warm - Yellow, golden or peach. Look for: Yellow or peach based foundations.
There are many types of different types of coverage you can get from foundations. From Sheer to full coverage. Full does not mean cakey. This is something that most are confused by. Foundation becomes cakey mostly when you wear a lighter coverage foundation but try to slap on more layers than you need. Or when you use the full coverage that you ant but do not blend it in correctly.
Sheer – Almost transparent coverage with most of your natural skin showing through.
Light – A light coverage foundation hides un-evenness but does not conceal anything like freckles at all.
Light/Medium – This type of coverage helps hide discolouration, blotchiness and some freckles.
Medium – Almost full coverage with little of your skin showing through.
Full – Complete coverage with none of your natural skin showing through.
Anti-Aging: These types of foundation more commonly come in a dewy finish. Which is more flattering to mature skin. I would not recommend using one of these products if you do not need it. Especially if you are using an anti-aging skincare and that is all your skin needs. Using one with the other when you don’t need it, may make your skin become more problematic than you would like. Moisturising and firming foundation is mostly always a good option for the more mature skin.
Blemishes: Foundations that are created to help blemish skin normally have some kind of drying ingredient in them also. If you have dry skin with blemishes this may spur on the problem. For oily skin these kind of foundations can be a great thing to try and use, especially an oil-free formula .