Understanding the Different Types of Foundations Available

What are the different types of foundation? There are various formulations, consistencies, and finishes. Learn how to choose the right makeup for you.

Types of Foundation: What Makeup Labels Mean

Foundation helps to give the neutral base, evening out your complexion and providing the, well, foundation for the rest of your cosmetics. If you have acne, scars, or any discoloration, you can use foundation to hide it in the most natural-looking manner (your makeup skills play a huge role here, of course!) by using a foundation.

However, if you mess up your foundation then you may not get the look that you were going to. This places an even greater emphasis on understanding the type of foundation that is available in the market and purchasing one which is most suitable to your needs and preferences, and your skin type. In this article, we will discuss the different types of foundation that are available in the market and everything you need to know to help you decide which one fits the bill for you.

What to know about foundation Consistency

One of the main things to consider is what consistency foundation will work best for you and your skin type. Here are the main options:

Liquid Foundation

One of the most popular foundations is the liquid foundation. It is perfect for dry and combination skin types. These foundations cover a larger surface area as they are made up of liquid and oil, they also give you the best possible coverage. If you have patchy skin, you can use liquid foundations for a more even skin tone as they are easy to blend as well.

Cream Foundation

Cream foundation is perfect for those who have dry skin and need a creamy base for extra moisture. The foundations are on the heavier side but are easy to blend and provide good coverage. After applying the foundation you can expect a dewy look which might not make it suitable for people with oily skin.

Mousse Foundation

Also known as the whipped foundation, the consistency of a mousse foundation is just as the name suggests. The foundation looks and feels like whipped cream and is lightweight. This foundation is really easy to blend and does not dry your skin or make it early. This is actually a new entry in the beauty market and is quickly becoming popular among beauty enthusiasts. Mousse foundations offer a medium to light coverage making it ideal for everyday use.

Tinted Moisturizers

You must have already heard about BB creams or CC creams. But, tinted moisturizers are not the same. These are just moisturizers that can give you an even skin tone according to the tint added to it. You can opt for this when you want a lightweight and dewy finish. But, if you want to hide your blemishes or bruises, this may not fit the bill.

CC Creams and BB Creams

CC stands for Color Correcting whereas BB stands for Beauty Balm. The former gives you a light coverage making your skin look hydrated and even your overall skin tone. It is perfect for those people who do not like wearing foundation but want to hide light face spots.

Similar to CC creams, the BB cream can help moisturize your skin while evening out your skin tone. If you have oily skin, you can opt for a mattifying BB cream.

Stick Foundation

This is essentially a foundation in a solid form which has amazing longevity. It is also known as Cake Foundation in the market. You should opt for this foundation if you have oily skin with an uneven skin tone. It can effectively conceal even the most difficult blemishes. You also get the added advantage of an easy and convenient application.

Powder Foundation

This foundation is perfect for you if you have a tight schedule and have no time to spare. They are very flexible when it comes to Cambridge giving you light, medium, and heavy coverage depending on your needs. It is also a boon for people with oily skin as the powder absorbs the excess oil and eliminates extra shine. You can also opt for the newer mineral foundation which contains beneficial additions to the traditional power version.

What are the different foundation bases?

Knowing the formulation of a foundation is key to finding the right match for your skin and avoiding irritation, breakouts, dryness, allergies, and other problems. Basically, what are the main ingredients that act as the foundation's base?

Water-based foundation

People with oily and normal skin can use this foundation as they do not contain any oil in the formula.

Powder-based foundation

As the name suggests, just the foundation is dry and does not imply the use of liquids like oil or water in the formula base.

Oil-based foundation

This foundation has to give added moisture making it perfect for dry skin people. The formula uses either cream or oil as the base.

What are the different foundation finishes?

What is the look that you hope to achieve — matte, dewy, or semi-matte? Knowing this will help you to pick the right foundation to get the look you desire.

Matte Finish Foundation

This foundation helps to eliminate extra shine by absorbing excess oil on the skin. It is perfect for people with oily skin or who prefer a matte finish.

Dewy Finish foundation

If you are one of those who prefer a glossy look or if you have dry or normal skin, foundations with a dewy finish would be the most suitable for you.

Semi-matte Finish foundation

This foundation is the perfect blend between mattifying and dewy finishes so you can expect a normal finish with great coverage.

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