Foundation is a skin colour cosmetic applied to the face to create an even, uniform colour to the complexion, to cover flaws and, sometimes, to change the natural skintone. The very best way to achieve a smooth and even complexion is to apply foundation before you do your eye makeup, cheeks or lips. Finding that right type of foundation will allow you to get the right coverage you need to for a flawless beautiful face. This article will help to find your best fit from various types of foundations.
Liquid (or Cream) Foundation
Liquid foundation is a basic term for foundations that come in liquid form. There are many specialized versions, including oil-free, oil-based, waterproof and even 24-hour. They can go from medium to full coverage depending on how much you apply. To build foundation, simply apply a layer and let it dry, then apply another layer on top of it over your problem area. Cream foundations provide a bit heavier coverage and are formulated for normal to dry skin.
Mousse or Whipped Foundation
Mousse — also marketed as “whipped foundation” — is liquid makeup with air whipped in. This makes the product light and smooth. Mousse foundations tend to have a perfect matte finish and a weightless feel. Whipped foundation is typically good for all skin types, but I find it’s great for those with dry or mature skin because of its tendency to go on smoothly instead of caking up.
Stick foundations are portable so you never have to worry about spills in your purse or bag. The coverage tends to be heavier, making them perfect for covering up blemishes, scars, reddened areas and dark under-eye circles. Stick foundations are best for normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin, make sure to apply a bit of moisturizer first because stick foundations can cake up on you. This is why I recommend using stick foundations only on your problem areas, leaving the rest of your face to regular liquid or cream foundation.
Powder (or Compact) Foundation
Powder foundation comes in compact form, so it makes a great foundation for women who want on-the-go portability. It’s basically a powder and foundation in one and you can get it in several formulations, but it’s really best for women with oily skin.
If you are seeking a foundation that glides on smoothly, giving skin the appearance of having no foundation on at all, sheer foundation is a great bet. The coverage is light, so it won’t give you “cake face” if you apply too liberally. It tends to be buildable if you do want more coverage. Sheer foundation is made with silicones and works best on women with normal to dry skin. Many sheer foundations today contain SPF, which gives you the added benefit of sun protection, but I always recommend supplementing with a sunscreen of at least SPF 40.
Matte, or “Oil-free,” Foundation
Created for women with oily skin, matte (also marketed as “oil-free”) foundations are formulated with water and not oil. They tend to dry quickly, so you will want to blend it in with a sponge or your fingers as soon as you apply. And always use moisturizer or foundation primer first to add an extra layer of moisturizer.
For women interested in natural, organic makeup, mineral foundation is your absolute best bet. Mineral makeup is made up almost always primarily of minerals, which come from nature. It’s a great bet for women with sensitive skin or allergies. Mineral foundation is best applied with a big, fluffy brush.
Waterproof foundation is made to stay on for a long time, which makes it perfect for humid areas and hot days. It also means you may not be able to remove it with just cleanser and water, you may need to use makeup remover. These foundations can clog up pores and you may be more susceptible to blackheads, so I wouldn’t use this foundation daily.
Foundation may help you to cover the spots or blemishes in your face, but you may try to choose the home ‘natural’ remedies as the prevention before it appears and ruins your look.
1. Avoid too much of sun exposure. Apply a good sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on your exposed skin areas whenever you go out in the sun.
2. Eat healthy. Eat a diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, and drink plenty of water.
3. Ice Compressing: Take a piece of ice cube and cover it up in a clean washcloth. Place the wrapped ice cube on the skin blemishes for around five minutes. Use this method as soon as you see a blemish appearing to get rid of the redness and swelling.
4. Potato: Rub potato on your skin blemishes to lessen pigmentation marks.
5. Tomato Juice: Apply tomato juice to skin pigmentation marks, a natural remedy to remove skin blemishes from your face and else where.
If your skin blemishes still persist after using the above natural home remedies, I advise you to consult a dermatologist to treat your skin blemishes.
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