What are the different forms of foundation?

What are the different forms of foundation?

Foundation 101 is back!  After a short break, we are back to help you understand the ins and outs of foundation.

In our previous Foundation 101 articles, we introduced two relatively new products, skin primer and BB Creams. But, it’s also important to understand the classic forms of foundation – liquid, stick, powder and mineral. Even if you prefer the light coverage of a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer for everyday, a classic foundation will give you a more flawless look for special events and photography.

So, lets get down to basics! What is foundation for? The purpose of foundation is to even out skin tone and cover blemishes and imperfections. The better the skin condition, the less coverage is needed. Different forms of foundation may also work better for different skin types, such as dry, oily, or sensitive.

The lightest coverage is provided by the tinted moisturizers and BB Creams mentioned above, which will even out skin tone, but provide very little coverage. For more info about BB Creams, check out our previous article.

Most liquid foundations do not give as much coverage as a stick foundation, they are typically lighter, and it’s a good idea to apply with a foundation brush or a sponge. Some have moisturizing qualities, for dry skin, and others are oil-free, which is good for skin prone to breakouts. Women will oily skin may also add a couple drops of astringent to their liquid foundation.

Stick foundation is typically heavier and provides more coverage than liquid foundation. When a good color match is found, the stick foundation can be applied directly onto the areas that need the most coverage and blended with fingertips or a sponge. Its good to have a slightly dampened sponge on hand no matter what type of foundation you’re using, in case of uneven application, or streakiness.

Pressed powder foundation is a heavier coverage foundation also. It can usually be used dry, applied with a clean velour puff, or with a dampened sponge. This type of foundation is becoming less and less popular, because it does tend to look unnatural in most cases.

Mineral foundations are very popular, because they are light and easy to apply with a fluffy brush. They look like traditional loose powder, but they are made with minerals, and not talc. They can be layered for more coverage. Women with rosacea and skin sensitivities tend to like this type of make-up, and find it very gentle on the skin.

As a woman ages, I definitely feel that lighter textured foundation, or tinted foundation is best! Heavy foundation and powder tend to get trapped into wrinkles and lines accentuating them.


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