Foundation Types Revealed

There are so many different foundations to pick from that it’s hard knowing just which one is right for you.  Below is a breakdown of some of the most popular/common types of foundation that are available as well as which ones are best suited for your skin type.

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CREAM

Offers more moisture than other foundations

Basics:

  • Contains oil
  • Thick and creamy consistency
  • Available in stick, compact and tube form
  • Heavy coverage
  • Perfect for covering skin imperfections, scars and blemishes
  • Glossy finish
  • Can be used as a  concealer as well
  • BB creams are a cream form
  • Set with powder for longer lasting wear
  • Hydrates skin

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Normal skin

bbBobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25
$58.00

GuGuerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect
$51.00

DG

Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation
$59.00

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LIQUID

One of the most popular types of foundation available

Basics:

  • Versatile
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Easiest to apply of all foundation types
  • Lightweight
  • Blends well
  • Coverage ranges from light to heavy
  • Can give skin a dewy and healthy appearance
  • Also available in water or oil based formulas
  • Also available in waterproof

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Wrinkled or aging skin
  • Oily skin
  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin

LIQUID FOUNDATION TYPES

Oil Based:

  • Thick and greasy consistency
  • Ideal for dry skin
  • Ideal for wrinkled skin
  • Blends easily and well
  • Leaves skin looking moisturized, supple and healthy

Water Based:

  • Contains silicon
  • Adds shine to face
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Provides lighter coverage

Oil-Free:

  • Formulated without oil
  • Best for sensitive and/or acne prone skin

UD

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
$39.00

nars

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
$44.00

Clin

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15
$27.00

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CREAM TO POWDER

 Goes on as a liquid-dries as a powder

Basics:

  • Applies as a liquid, dries to a powder finish
  • Minimizes oils
  • Lasts throughout the day
  • Compact form is the most common
  • Easy to apply
  • Dries fast
  • Smooth and flawless finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A-Gorgeous
$30.00

LoracLorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup
$36.00

diorDior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20
$49.00

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SPRAY

Growing in popularity….

Basics:

  • Refreshes makeup
  • Easy to apply
  • Not as common as other foundations
  • Smooth, airbrushed finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Sensitive Skin

dior2

Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
$62.00

hourglass

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free
$55.00

sephora

Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation
$20.00

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POWDER

Easy to Use and Provides a Natural Look

Basics:

  • Available in loose or pressed powder
  • Very dry-no moisture
  • Easy to use
  • Provides a natural look
  • Very common
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Some can be applied wet
  • Great for retouching makeup

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin

mup4eMake Up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
$34.00

sepSephora Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder
$22.00

PowderSmashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set
$59.00

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TINTED MOISTURIZER

Adds a hint of color

Basics:

  • Minimal coverage
  • Evens out skin tones
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Softens and protects skin
  • Adds a hint of color
  • One-step process
  • Combination of moisturizer and foundation (more moisturizer)
  • Not good for skin with blemishes
  • Natural look

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin (best)
  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
$43.00

Stila

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20
$34.00

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Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15
$55.00

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

lipI’m very picky when it comes to lip glosses so I am always on the search for ones that I really love and want to keep using.  This looked like a great opportunity for me to try out some of the most popular lip glosses Sephora had to offer and I’m glad I did because I found some that I really liked!

This 6 piece set includes (for $25.00):

  • Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (0.08 oz.)
  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child (0.12 oz.)
  • Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage (0.1 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll (0.1 oz.)
  • Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope (0.1 oz.)
  • Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink (0.5 oz.)

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment: Nice sheer color with a berry rose hue.  I normally like Fresh products.  It’s not my favorite though only because of the color.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice color but there are other ones in this set that I like more.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child: This was my first time trying this product.  It is my favorite one out of all the glosses.  I love the color, Child, which is a sheer nude color.  It goes well with my skin tone and it’s not too heavy, thick or goopy.  It seems to last a while too.  This is one I would buy the full-size of.

Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage: I like this one too.  This was my first time using a BITE product.  The gloss color is a sheer mauve which I like more than I thought I would.  This one also wears for a while.  It isn’t too thick, heavy or goopy for me either.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll: I love this one and would buy this one in the full size as well.  I like to use this on the center of my lips over top of another color to make them appear fuller.  It has just the right amount of shine and a hint of sparkle.

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope: I haven’t tried this one yet.  I am guessing that even though I normally love Tarte products, this one is going to be my least favorite from the set.  I feel like the color may be too pink for my liking.

Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink: I’m not so crazy about this one.  The color is pretty and it has a nice subtle shimmer to it.  It is definitely high shine.  What I don’t really like about it is that it just seems to thick and goopy for me.  I wouldn’t purchase it in the full size.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try before buying the full-size product
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace
  • Hourglass High Sheen Lip Gloss
  • Bite Beauty Lip Shine

Cons:

  • Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss (it’s not really bad–just not one that I really liked)