Flawless coverage – 4 types of Foundation
Foundation is meant to even out the skin tone and create a smoother skin texture by filling in pores and covering any redness or skin discoloration. Foundation comes in 4 different forms: Tinted moisturizer, Liquid foundation, Cream foundation, and Dual-finish foundation. Whichever type of foundation you pick, I recommend getting one with built-in SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Here are the descriptions of each type of coverage you can use:
This is what you would use during the day or if you have near perfect skin. It is quite sheer and light in consistency, and while it does the trick for evening out the skin tone, it provides little coverage for major imperfections. The great thing about tinted moisturizers is that they take care of the skin more than the heavier type of foundations. Because it is not as rich and heavy as foundation, a tinted moisturizer won’t clog pores as much, and create the most natural look any foundation can give you. I use Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare “All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15”.
is slightly richer in consistency than tinted moisturizer, and comes in a variety of weights. The lighter and more watery the foundation the less coverage it offers, but the lighter it feels on the skin. The thicker the foundation, the better it covers. Make sure you match your foundation to your skin carefully. Don’t pick a shade that’s too light for your skin and end up with a ghost-like face hovering above a darker body. Conversely, if you are pale skinned, don’t try to fake a tan with a darker foundation. When applying your foundation, use your fingers or a sponge in circular motions all over the face and neck. I can’t stress the importance of blending your foundation below your jaw line and down into the neck! You don’t want an obvious border that frames your face like a mask, so blend it until the transition looks natural. In Thailand I use BSC Bio Perfect Liquid Foundation. Otherwise, I use L’Oreal Paris “True Match” foundation with SPF 17 sunscreen.
The thickest of all foundations and provides the most coverage. It usually comes in a compact case and is applied with a sponge. Cream foundations are strong enough to cover almost any imperfections. However, the heavy texture can easily clog pores that can lead to breakouts and blackheads. I advise to use cream foundation once in a while, and never during daytime, as it looks very obvious.
Dual Finish Foundation
is a handy tool to have, especially when traveling. It comes in a compact and can be applied either with a powder brush or a sponge. What’s interesting about dual finish foundation is that it can be used as a powder and as a foundation. When applying it using a powder brush or a dry sponge, it gives a more sheer natural powder finish. When applied using a damp sponge it goes one like a foundation with full coverage and a flawless matte finish. On top of that, it can also be used over other liquid foundations as a setting powder. That’s what I call multi-tasking! My top choice is Lancôme “Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup”.
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