Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cover Me Up

These days there dozens of brands of foundation out there, and within each brand there is a maddening amount of types to choose from. Fear not, here is your one stop guide to figuring out what kind of foundation will work best for your skin type! I have selected five different types of foundation, the most common forms of foundation you will find in stores these days and I am here to walk you through the pros and cons for each, as well as tips for achieving the flawless finish despite the product.

BB Cream
Starting from the lightest of coverage, first up is a BB Cream. The particular brand I use is the Garnier BB Cream. BB Creams typically come in a squeeze tube packaging and boasts to be a multi-functional beauty balm that is suppose to moisturize, prime, conceal and cover; basically combining a bunch of steps into one product. BB Creams are geared more towards those who have normal to dry skin, though people with combination skin can get away with it too. Due to its light coverage, acting more like just a tinted moisturizer, those who have oily skin often find that BB Creams tend to wear away faster on the coverage front. This particular product is more suitable for people who have fairly unblemished skin and just looking for something to subtly even out the tone. I find applying spots onto my face and then blending out with my fingers is my favorite method of application because I have better control ensuring my entire face is covered. If you have concerns about using your hands, this can also be applied easily with the use of a flat powder brush and going in with a smaller concealer brush to get into all the contours of your face.

Pressed Powder
This particular product is Benefit's Hello Flawless powder and like all other pressed powders comes in a small box or compact. Right away you can see that this type of foundation is great for sticking your purse because there is very little danger of spillage and making a mess. Powders are good for those with oilier skin because they tend to help with soaking up excess oil throughout the day and keep you a little more matte. Powders tend to have medium coverage and will do well covering up some blemishes and redness, and while it is possible to build up to a full coverage I do not advise doing that because you run the risk of having a very cakey and unnatural looking face. I find the power in pressed powders comes from it's ability to be mess free, therefore my preferred method of application has to be with a smooth makeup sponge. Simply sweeping the powder across your face and layer to achieve the coverage you desire and you're done. Those with combination to oily skin will find a good medium coverage with a fairly clean application process.

Loose Powder
This is the Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals powder which is similar to loose powder foundations across the board in that it comes in a jar with a sifter on top to control the amount of powder you pour out to use. Honestly it is pretty much the same as a pressed powder, however it is more messy and you'll have a pretty hard time applying it with a makeup sponge. So just to recap, loose powders are good for people with combination to oily skin, I would not suggest it to those with normal to dry skin because it tends to just sit on your face rather than blending into your skin making it quite odd. More often then not you will get powder all over the place applying it because this stuff flies up in a storm at even the lightest puff of air. These powders apply best with a large fluffy brush, picking up the product and pressing it into areas where you are more prone to oil and then a universal sweep over your entire face to achieve the type of coverage you are looking for.

Powder to Liquid
This is not a common type of foundation as there are only a few products with this type of consistency out on the market, however I do see a future in more brands replicating this idea so I felt it would be good to include. This particular one is the L'Oreal Magic Nude foundation and is the only one found in drugstores so far. This stuff is a liquid in the bottle and magically sets to a powder finish. This has a coverage similar to a BB Cream, light and you aren't really able to build to a fuller coverage. This product is more suited for people with dry to combination skin, those with oilier skins will probably find the problem of the product wearing away quickly due to the light coverage. This stuff has a very natural and flawless finish and works to even out skin tone that is fairly normal in coloration, and it will do nothing to cover up blemishes on its own. Even though the bottle suggests applying with your fingers, I find that I prefer to use a makeup sponge to get a smoother, even finish. It is also possible to apply with a flat powder brush smoothing the product on in strokes. Definitely do not try buffing it in because you will end up with a very streaky finish.

Lastly is the liquid foundation, this one is Makeup Forever HD Foundation. This is the type of foundation where you can expect a full coverage no matter the brand. You are able to control the coverage depending on how much you layer on, so depending on your intentions you can easily achieve a medium to fall coverage. Liquid foundation can be heavy on the face so people with oily skin should definitely stay away (however you can make it work by applying an oil sucking layer of powder on top to set it). They can be applied with an array of methods but I find I can get the best even coverage using a makeup sponge or a densely packed brush to buff on the product. Liquid foundations wear best if you apply a setting powder on top and then usually you are good for the whole day.

What your favorite types of foundation to use for your skin type? Have you tried them all?

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