Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Which Foundation For Which Skin?

Portrait, Woman, Glamour, Make-Up Some of us are absolutely clueless when it comes to purchasing makeup of any type.  It is recommended one use foundation,  concealer, and powder to act as the base to your look.  Not all foundations or powders are the same.

It is important to know the type of skin you have so you can select the proper foundation Thisfor your face.

For instance, if you have oily skin, you should be using a matte finish where as if your skin is on the dryer side, go after a moisturizing foundation.

There are certain advantages to using a matte finish.  A matte foundation doesn't feel heavy on the skin, is easy to blend and build coverage, it is good for covering blemish prone skin, is better in a humid climate and is good for oily skin.  Unfortunately, it can make flaky skin look worse, and it is harder to correct blending mistakes once the foundation has set.

On the other hand, moisturizing foundation provide a light to medium cover that looks more natural.  It hydrates skin, has a satin or satin-matte finish that is great for normal to dry skin and sometimes leaves a slight sheen so you look more youthful.  The bad thing is a moisturizing foundation can make the oily regions on a face look worse.

There are foundations designed to promote anti-aging and may have serums as part of their ingredients.  This type of foundation can have great coverage while containing ingredients to promote anti-aging and  is a great part of an anti-aging routine.  Unfortunately, some anti-aging foundations may have only small amounts of the ingredients so they are not that effective.

Next on the list are pressed powder or loose powder foundations.  This type of foundation is great for providing smooth coverage for slightly oily or slightly dry skin.  This foundation is quite portable and easy to do touch ups and has a light weight feel.  The great thing about this particular foundation is that it can be used over a moisturizer with sunscreen built in.  It does not look good on a person is their skin is too oily or too dry and can appear a bit too powdery on the skin.

Then there is a creme to powder compact foundation which blends easily with a sponge or brush and when dries has a semi-matte finish.  It works best on slightly dry, normal or slightly oily skin and has coverage ranging from sheer to full. It also is easy to make touch ups on the go.  Unfortunately, it can look heavier than other foundations, emphasize oily or super dry skin.

Of course, one can use stick foundations which a medium to full coverage that can cover skin imperfections.  The bad thing is that some stick foundations can have a thick waxy texture leading to clogged pores or trigger breakouts.  It can make covering larger areas more difficult, and if too creamy, it can accumulate in creases.

Finally, we look at tinted moisturizers and BB cremes. These are tinted so they are easier to match skin tones because they go on almost invisibly and cover the skin better.  Often these products include sunscreen and hydrating ingredients.  On the other hand, since the tint is so sheer, imperfections can show through.

It is strongly recommended you use sunscreen everyday to protect your skin from accelerated aging.  The best time to use it is after you put on your moisturizer and before you apply your foundation.  When you have on your makeup, apply a physical sunblock either in the form of a spray or powder.  Make sure you remove all makeup from your face before you go to bed at night. You want to keep your skin in the best condition you  can.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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