Types of Foundation

by Katherine Gould

The market is overflowing with different types of Foundations. Every brand will have a large range on offer and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with so much to choose from. Let’s break down your choices:

Tints and Tinted Moisturiser

A wash of light color over the skin. Designed to even out skin tones and a hint of color, this is the lightest coverage of all foundations. Great for those that don’t like wearing much make-up.

Mineral Foundations

Mineral Foundations come in Liquid or Powder. They are often light and fresh looking – sometimes with pearled or glittery pigments. Good for normal to dry skin types in need of brightening and moisture. However very dry skin types should stick with liquid as powders can grab onto dry spots and make them look cakey.

Liquid Foundations

Available in many different coverages and finishes. From Light-Weight and Glowing to Matte and Full-Coverage, the options are endless. Remember the heavier you go the more it looks like your wearing make-up (i know, it sounds obvious but think about it!) Try and get one with a pump or see if you can add a pump to the bottle. It keeps the product hygienic and dispenses controlled amounts so you waste less.

Cream & Stick Foundations

Great for use on the go as it comes in a compact form. Remember to read about hygiene especially if using with sponges as these products get a lot of exposure to air and the cream can harbor bacteria. Again the finishes range from glowing to ‘cream to powder’ which dry like a powder finish on contact with your skin.

Powder Foundations

In general these come in an easy to use compact for and can be applied either with a sponge for heavier coverage or a powder brush for a lightweight dusting. Often preferred by those with oily skins, it is important that skin is wiped clear of excess oil or blotted before application otherwise the product may dry dark or cakey.