Types of Foundation

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When you apply foundation to your face, you are creating a base to even out your skin tone and cover imperfections. Consider the base to be a palette to which you will add makeup to bring out your finest features.

There are several types of foundation, available in a variety of shades and coverage. Your choice should largely depend upon your skin type, age, and budget. Listed below are the major types of foundation, one of which should be perfect for you. For additional tips on application, visit our makeup tips page.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is probably the most popular because it's easy to apply, is comfortable to wear, and comes many shades to choose from. Not only that, it sets well on both oily and dry skin. If your skin is oily, choose a water-based, liquid foundation and if your skin is dry, you can go with oil-based to help keep skin supple and moist. If you have combination skin, try both but begin with water-based.

Powder Foundation

Powder foundation goes on quickly and because it is very dry, it works well with oily skin. Using a brush, just dip, tap, and buff into your skin until you are satisfied with the coverage. This kind of foundation is a great introduction for teens or those who do not ordinarily wear makeup and gives a more natural look if applied properly. Unlike liquid or creme foundation, it supplies no extra moisture so it's not recommended for very dry skin.

Cream Foundation

Offering the heaviest coverage, cream foundation is usually found in a compact or in stick form but sometimes comes in a tube or jar. The texture is much thicker and will cover more noticeable flaws such as blemishes, acne scars, and rosacea. Creme will work for all skin types but can be too heavy for oily skin. If you still prefer heavy coverage and your skin is oily, try finishing off your foundation with some loose, translucent powder applied with a brush to soak up access oil.

Liquid to Powder

This foundation comes in a compact and should be applied with a sponge applicator or brush. You need to work fast because it dries rather quickly into a powder finish. Unfortunately, it has a tendency to settle into pores, fine lines and wrinkles, making them more visible, particularly in bright light. Not recommended for dry skin. You'll either love it or hate it.