Applying makeup foundation is one of the most basic steps in makeup artistry, thus finding out what type of makeup foundation suits your skin is very important.
Makeup Foundation Types for Different Skin Needs
Now, I’ve mentioned that a good base begins with good skin but the next best thing is your makeup foundation and how it works on your skin’s chemistry. There are many types out there and I am here to discuss each one to help you pick what’s best for you.
Not all foundations are the same, they vary in function depending on the formulation – which includes not only the ingredients but also the packaging and the texture itself, whether they come in cream form or powder. Check out what are the different types of makeup foundation and how it performs based on their formulation and packaging.
Liquid Makeup Foundation
Liquid foundation is the more popular kind amongst makeup users, it’s easy to work with and it’s conveniently packaged. Liquid makeup foundation formula can vary from matte to dewy. Although in most cases, liquid foundation will always turn to semi-dewy or semi-matte after long hours of wear, and that just comes with having water in the formulation.
Cream Makeup Foundation
Cream-based makeup foundations work well for dry skin, most cream foundations are suitable for the colder seasons and on mature women because loss of moisture in the skin happens more often around these times. Cream-based foundations can come in pots or sticks and are usually dewy finish unless set with powder.
Cream to Powder Makeup Foundation
Cream to powder foundations transforms from cream form to a powder finish when transferred on the skin. This helps for a more matte finish and like most types of foundation contains silicone but the main difference is that it is able to melt into a powdery texture. Most cream-to-powder foundations give a semi-matte to a matte finish and feels light on the skin.
Pressed Powder Makeup Foundation
If you have oily skin, a pressed powder foundation would be a good makeup foundation base for you to try mostly because it’s matte it can cover the shine effectively, although there are different foundations that are not necessarily in powder form that can combat oily skin, powder foundation takes it up a notch when combined with these foundations. A cult favorite is the Studio Fix pressed powder foundation by MAC, it holds shine and lasts a long time.
Mineral Powder Makeup Foundation
Mineral powder foundation can come in pressed or loose form, while arguably a marketing ploy because minerals found in mineral foundations are found in regular makeup also, some have attested to better wearability and better skin interaction, especially for sensitive skin. I personally use a mineral powder foundation for my everyday makeup wear because it’s light and I don’t need a lot of coverage but it also takes away the shine.
Cushion Type Makeup Foundation
Cushion foundations have started to become a trend these days and that’s why it’s worth a mention. Starting out in South Korea, this revolutionary product is not just a foundation in most cases but is also loaded with skin care benefits. It contains a sponge soaked in the product that transfers to a sponge puff when pressed. It’s originally a dewy finished product (but there are now matte or semi-matte variants) and one of its biggest advantages is the packaging because it’s easy to carry around.
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Airbrush Makeup Foundation
Airbrush foundation can either be silicone based or water based. It’s called airbrush makeup foundation because it uses an airbrush gun that deposits the foundation in microns all throughout the skin appearing smoother and lasting longer throughout the day. While it’s not limited for professional use, most people who use this product are professional makeup artists. I mostly use it for my bridal gigs because it stays all day without having the need for constant touch-ups, also it photographs really well.
Serum Makeup Foundation
Serum foundation is another breakthrough product for the cosmetics industry. If you love the lightweight feel that tinted moisturizers offer but want more coverage, then the serum foundation could be just the thing for you. High-intensity pigments are delivered in a high-fluid concoction that claims to appear airbrushed when set. Some also contain skin care benefits in every drop. I haven’t tried this type of foundation, simply because I have too much on my kit but I’m very interested.
Tinted moisturizers are not really foundation but they come close, they provide a sheer amount of coverage along with a moisturizer. Most products I’ve tried are pretty heavy on the moisturizer and could be not as good for oily skin.
BB creams or Blemish Balm creams as they are originally called also hail from South Korea and as we all know, they are very keen on skin care and good BB creams provide that a load of skin care benefits that can either tone, brighten, and/or moisturize the skin. Originally they do not have a tint on the product but recent innovations have come to include this.
Check out what Lisa Eldridge has to say about choosing the right makeup foundation type for you:
The search for the perfect foundation doesn’t just start and end with color matching, you need to find out what formulation works best for your skin type and what sort of texture is best suited. I hope this post has helped you understand what different sort of makeup foundation types do to your skin and eventually bring you closer to your holy grail foundation, well, for this season, at least.
What do you think is the best makeup foundation type for your skin? Let me know in the comments below; if you already know your skin type and is puzzled at creating a flawless look, check out this tip for dry skin application.