Types of Foundations

It’s always pretty hard to find the perfect foundation. Not only do you have to find the perfect shade, but also the perfect type of foundation. In order to find the perfect type of foundation, you have to know which skin type you have (Check How To Find Out Your Skin Type for an easy guide if you’re unsure).

Once you know what skin type you have, you have to find out which is best for your situation. Not every foundation is made to suit every type of face. So let’s break down each type of foundations available out there (Descriptions will go in order of Lightest to Fullest Coverage).

Foundation Definition: A tinted cosmetic that covers or evens out the skin’s surface/color. They generally come in liquid, stick, powder, or cream forms.

Tinted Moisturizer:

  • Best suited for sensitive to dry skin type
  • Makes the skin appear more hydrated while lightly evening out the color of the skin
  • Light to very little coverage and lightweight
  • Many contain SPF
  • Needs to be set with a powder/spray
  • Packaging usually come in tube or pump forms

BB Cream:

  • Good for any skin type (For anyone with oily skin, be cautious of the type of BB Cream you use. Make sure it’s not too thick or else it can clog up your pores. Some BB Creams can also be more moisturizing making you appear very oily. Be sure to try a lightweight BB Cream if you do choose so)
  • Stands for Beauty Balm
  • May contain Antioxidants and or SPF
  • Lighter coverage than regular foundations, but heavier coverage than tinted moisturizers
  • Needs to be set with a powder/spray
  • Many contain skin care benefits (This depends on the brand/formula)
  • Packaging usually come in tube forms

CC Cream:

  • Good for any skin type
  • CC Cream stands for Color Correcting Cream
  • May be used to correct face wide discoloration (Such as yellow complexion, redness, etc.) This is used generally as a face primer before actual foundation, however they can be used alone
  • May contain SPF and antioxidants
  • Some have skin care benefits (This depends on the brand/formula)
  • BB and CC Creams are almost the same consistency wise, however CC Creams tend to be more opaque (More full in coverage).
  • Generally light weight
  • May need to be set with a powder/spray
  • Packaging usually come in tube forms

Powder Foundation:

  • Good for every skin type (Especially for oily skin types)
  • Large amounts of this product can be very drying to anyone with dry skin
  • Usually lightweight
  • Can be anywhere from light to full coverage
  • Good for evening out the skin color and can give the oat natural appearance
  • Can be worn alone and or used to set liquid/creamy foundations
  • Usually the most affordable (And often forgotten) type of foundation
  • Product usually comes in a compact or tin form

Liquid Foundations:

      Liquid Foundations typically come in water-based or oil-free forms (Oil-Free formulas are especially good for Oily Skin Types).

  • Can be good for any skin type (If you have sensitive/dry skin, any foundations that say “Matte” may make your skin appear dry/cakey. Apply oils and moisturizers prior to using matte formulas because they tend to be more drying and contain little to no oil)
  • Some contain alcohol or other drying agents to help quicken the drying process of the product (These are typically the matte foundations. I do not recommend any foundations which contain alcohol as it is harmful to the skin. Be sure to check the ingredients list prior to purchasing)
  • Ranges from light to heavy coverage
  • Many dry down matte (Can be good for oily skin types. Not recommended for sensitive/dry types)
  • Needs to be set in place with a powder/spray
  • Usually lightweight and most common form of foundation
  • Packaging ranges in tube, pump, or dropper forms
  • Be sure to check ingredients to see if it’s good for oily/acne probed skin. Some formulas may tend to be too thick or have ingredients which can clog enlarged pores and cause breakouts

Cream Foundations:

  • Good for anyone with small to barely visible pores (Usually good for dry skin types)
  • Usually an oil-based product (The thicker the product, the less likely it is to contain water; the more likely it is to clog pores/ cause breakouts for anyone with oily skin)
  • Heavy coverage (Very little amounts of this product is needed. If too much is applied, it will look cakey)
  • Can have a shiny appearance (Cream foundations normally do not come in matte finishes)
  • Needs to be set with a powder/spray
  • Product usually comes in a jar, stick, tin, or compact

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