At Lookadora, we feel that getting the foundation correct makes all the difference in your looks. Even if you are going for minimal coverage compact powder foundation, the type and colour-match are very important. Choosing the right foundation has two steps – The right foundation formula, and then, the colour matching.
The first step in choosing your foundation is to understand the myriad types of foundations available in today’s market, and find the one which suits your skin type. We will tackle the skin-tone question in a separate article.
Stick foundation is exactly what it says: a foundation in solid stick form. This being a solid-state product, delivers more pigment and thorough coverage.
Stick foundation is ideal for someone who wants extra coverage without the fuss of liquid or cream makeup. It is perfect to be in your handbag because of its ease of application, portability, and effectiveness.
These can be applied directly to the skin and blended out with a brush or sponge. The slightly drier consistency makes them great for normal to oily skin. However, they invariably appear cakey on dry skin.
Liquid foundation is almost considered holy grail by most makeup artists and enthusiasts. Just about any skin type can wear a liquid foundation. Liquid makeup can be applied with a brush or sponge or god-gifted fingers and glides easily over most skin types.
Liquid foundations come in a wide range of consistency, wear time, and levels of hydration, so there are loads of choices. Your skin type would decide on the level of hydration you would want from your foundation. Also, the time of the day would dictate whether you want full coverage or just a sheer finish.
As the name suggests, they are creamier than the stick foundations, and so, offer more hydration. For dry skin, a cream formula is most desirable.
Cream foundations come in pumps, tubes, and compacts. Quite a few options are available in this category, with differences in consistency, finish and wear time. Application of cream makeup can be done with a brush or blending sponge, but, fingers work ok as well.
Powder foundation or compact is the least similar to all the other types of foundation. Though they are the easiest to apply, they last the least amount of time. Because your skin produces oil throughout the day, powder foundation generally needs to be reapplied frequently.
Also, since powder foundation tends to highlight fine lines and drier patches, people with dry or mature skin are not advised to use them. But, the mineral powders are a great product for people with oily skin as they help mop up the excess oil with reapplications.
So, which one is for me?
First you have to decide on how much coverage you want.
A sheer foundation is a great place to start if you are just starting to use foundations. Lighter coverage is generally easier for beginners to work with.
Generally light or medium-coverage foundation give a more natural finish, making them great for everyday wear as well as special occasions. Depending on the formula, for special occasions, you can always build your coverage to suit you by applying more of the product and blend, blend, blend.
Full-coverage foundations are good for special occasions where you might be photographed. They are obviously good for covering up major skin issues like acne or hyperpigmentation, but, they are trickier to apply as mistakes are more visible.
The next piece of the puzzle is to decide on the finish. Depending on whether you want a dewy finish or matte finish, you can choose your foundation brand. Then, comes the colour game. Read our next blog to figure how to pick the right shade of foundation.
Check out our full range of foundations to find your perfect shade for an adorable, natural-looking flawless face!