Sunday, 29 January 2012

Back To Basics: Foundation (Types)

Back To Basics: Foundation (Types)..

Hey beauts
I haven't done a "Back To Basics" post in a while as I wasn't sure whether to carry on or not. I don't want to bore you with so much writing but I know some of you liked this series so I guess I'll continue with it.

As you can tell from the title, this "Back To Basics" post is on foundation types. Foundation to me is one of the most important steps for your makeup as it is the base of everything. You need to ensure that you're starting off with a good base before you continue layering with the rest of your makeup because using the wrong type of foundation can really ruin your whole look. This post is to inform you of the different types of foundations that are available to you. I am not a professional so I do not know about everything out there and I can only tell you about things that I am aware of. 

Foundations can come in many forms;

Liquid

A liquid foundation is probably the only type of foundation I'll ever use simply because there is a variety of finishes and formulas to choose from. You are bound to find one to suit your skin as they are available in formulas that are for sensitive skin, oil-free, moisturizing, illuminating, the list goes on. 
Liquid foundations also come in a range of coverage. Whether you're one to go for a very natural look and prefer a sheer coverage or maybe you have scars that you may want to cover up therefore prefer a full coverage, you will definitely find a liquid foundation that you like. They are also available in matte, demi-matte, satin, dewy and many more finishes. There are not many limits with this type of foundation and that's probably why it is the most popular. 

Examples: Nars Sheer Glow/Matte, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Revlon Colour Stay, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Foundation, etc. 

• Cream
As far as I'm aware, cream foundations do not have as much range and variety compared to a liquid foundation. They are not suited for all skin types due to their formula. Because of the creamy and moisturizing formula of a cream foundation, they tend to be more suited for dry skin. They also usually provide a fuller coverage due to the rich consistency but can be sheered out if necessary. 

Examples: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation, Illamasqua Cream Foundation, etc.

• Cream-to-powder

Cream-to-powder foundations are very similar to cream foundations but instead they dry to a powder finish. Due to the fact that they dry to a powder finish, those with oily skin will be able to use this. This type of foundation also saves time as it is kind of like a foundation and powder in one therefore you do not need to apply powder on top. 

Examples: MAC Studio Tech, Mary Kay Creme-To-Powder Foundation, Benefit Cream-To-Powder Foundation, Sleek Creme-To-Powder, etc.

• Mousse
Mousse foundations are whipped which results in a light consistency and coverage. Because of its light consistency, it feels very light on the skin and is natural looking. This type of foundation is more suited to normal/dry/aging skin types. 

Examples: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse 

• Stick 
A stick foundation is a cream foundation and concealer in one. They tend to be full coverage foundations and for those who want to cover scars and imperfections or to help even out very uneven skin tones. The foundation doesn't need to be applied on the whole face but can be applied where needed and then blended out to help perfect your complexion. 

Examples: Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation, IMAN Stick Foundation, Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick Foundation, etc

• Powder 


Powder foundations are good for those who are on-the-go. They are usually packaged in compacts which makes them convenient to travel with. This type of foundation is more suited to oily skin and shouldn't really be used on dry skin as it may emphasize dryness/dry patches. Powder foundations provide more coverage than pressed powders therefore can be used alone. They are also buildable and the coverage can be controlled depending on your application technique and how much you layer/build. 

Examples: MAC Studio Fix Plus Foundation, Illamasqua Powder Foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder, Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation.

For those of you who needed a guide on foundation types, I hope this was somewhat helpful.

*All images sourced from Google.

6 comments:

  1. Great post! Very enlightening

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  2. Great post! I use a MAC Studio Tech foundation in NC50, and was thinking of converting to liquid in their Mineral SPF range...thoughts? I hardly use foundation, but use it as a sort of concealer over the blemishes, so i don't cake it on. Do you think liquid will be too much?

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    1. Thank you
      If you don't really need foundation, I think Studio Tech is too heavy for you. I've never tried the Mineral Satin Finish liquid foundation but I know it's meant to be of low coverage. Liquid isn't too much if you just use a sheer or light one. Why don't you try to just use concealer over your blemishes instead of using foundation on your whole face? x

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  3. Great post dear. Very helpful,you are so informative call me a foundation whore I have collected one in every category lol but these days I love Nars sheer glow,Mufe hd and Bobbi brown luminous. I prefer light,sheer and moisturising foundations as my skin has changed from oily to dry/combo over e past few years. The only brand I haven't tested is Estee Lauder and Illamasqua.

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    1. Thank you very much :)

      Lol woww. I mostly have liquid ones. I've tried creme-to-powder but I'm not very fond of it, it was just too heavy! I have the MUFE HD and I've never tried any Bobbi Brown foundations. What is your opinion on them?

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