Ace of Base
How to Choose the Right Foundation for Your Skin Type
Foundation has come a long way from the days of little bottles of thick liquids lining the shelves. Today we have options – many options – which is great for finding your perfect match but can also be overwhelming when cruising the beauty aisles.
Creams, powders and better liquids than ever before – where are you to begin? Start with your skin type – dry, oily, acne-prone/sensitive – then decide upon your preference for light, medium or buildable coverage. When it comes to the color, a professional makeup artist (you can Contact Us to set up a lesson appointment with us), a skilled sales associate, or the age-old swipe-the-wrist test will help you suss out your precise shade.
Once you’ve found your formulation, you’ll have the ideal tool for creating a smooth, even canvas. Discovering the right foundation for you is a game changer for the rest of your makeup and for your overall appearance. It’s time to be all about that base!
Moisturizing liquid and cream foundations offer dry skin hydration and often contain skin-improving ingredients – think of them as an extension of your skincare routine. Expect a satiny, luminous finish that plumps fine lines and sets the stage for your other cosmetics.
Cream foundations, which happen to be my favorite for their versatility, also work well for anyone needing medium to heavier coverage (because you like the feel or for acne or scarring coverage) because they’re build-able. They’re also perfect for someone who is looking for light spot coverage (much like a concealer) because they blend beautifully into the skin.
My Moisturizing Liquid Foundation Picks:
MAC Face & Body, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
My Cream Foundation Picks:
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick, Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, Tarte CC, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Oil-free, matte-finish liquid foundations work best for oily skin because of shine-controlling properties and lightweight texture. A weightless liquid will provide sheer to medium coverage and will absorb oil for hours, leaving you looking immaculate throughout the day. These formulas also tend to be long lasting and stay put, but super oily types might want to also consider an oil-free primer for battling midday shine.
My Oil Free Foundation Picks:
Stila Natural Finish Oil Free Makeup, Clarins Ever Matte, Clinique Acne Sollutions, LORAC POREfection
Powder foundations of both the mineral and regular varieties can often be more gentle and offer more breathability than other types of bases, leaving sensitive types looking fresh and flawless and toning down redness. The powder also absorbs moisture and won’t clog pores to aggravate acne or rosacea. You’ll get an even skin tone with a silky finish.
My Powder Foundation Picks:
Dior Diorskin Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup, NARS Powder Foundation, Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Foundation
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