The Right Foundation for Your Age and Skin Type
The first part of our “Foundation Manual” showed you how to determine your undertone and choose the best shade of foundation. Now you just have to find the right texture and coverage that will be best for your age and skin type.
In general, the younger you are, the lighter texture and coverage you need in your foundation. If you’re in your twenties without any persistent skin problems, you’ll probably get away with a good BB cream or a light moisturising foundation which really should include an SPF, especially in warmer months.
As you get older, look for foundations labelled with words such as “anti-wrinkle”, “youth”, “lifting”, etc. to make sure that the foundation is suited to mature skin and will provide everything it needs without settling in the wrinkles and making them more prominent.
Moisturising foundations will be amazing for dry skin, while illuminating ones are great for dull complexions and mattifying foundations combat oiliness. If you’re dealing with acne, you’ll need a bit more coverage, a light creamy texture, and non-comedogenic formula. Let’s talk about all of these types of foundation in more detail.
Liquid or Cream Foundation for Dry Skin
One of the most common types of foundation which usually comes in a small tube or a glass bottle with a pump, this foundation is of course fluid and easy to spread. It’s often designed for normal or dry skin which benefits from the hydrating and brightening effects. One such foundation is the Max Factor Miracle Match with medium coverage.
If you find a regular liquid foundation too boring, try one that comes in a sponge. For instance, with the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion moisturising foundation, you simply press down on the sponge to get the product out and then you can apply it. Despite the light texture, this foundation stays on really long.
Cream foundation is usually a bit thicker and also mostly intended for normal or dry skin because of its moisturising, nourishing, and unifying properties. One example would be the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint with glycerine and hyaluronic acid.
Mousse Foundation for Oily and Combination Skin
This type of foundation is very light and smooth to the touch, but its coverage will surprise you. It’s usually terrific for combination skin as well as oily or problem skin thanks to the unifying, camouflaging, and mattifying effects it provides. If you go for the amazing theBalm Even Steven foundation for oily skin, you’ll get the added benefit of minimised pores!
Compact Foundation for Sensitive Skin and Other Skin Types
A compact foundation will fit into any bag and it comes in two different variations. You can pick up a powder foundation, for instance, the Clarins Face Make-Up Everlasting Compact Foundation which is amazing for almost all skin types with the exception of dry skin. Even though it contains hydrating ingredients, the powder texture is still not the best if your skin is dry. However, it will come handy in the summer when you can use it to control unwanted shine (and partially replace your powder).
You can also choose the MAC Studio Tech cream compact foundation for sensitive skin which contains particles that diffuse light while brightening and softening your features. It’s highly pigmented and perfect for all skin types!
Stick Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin
Stick foundation is a special kind of compact foundation – usually thicker, more pigmented, most long-lasting, and often multi-purpose. Combining the function of a foundation with concealer, you can use them selectively on the problem areas of your face. They’re also fantastic for contouring. Despite being thick, they’re usually soft, have a mattifying effect and a velvety finish. Try for instance the Maybelline Superstay Stick for problem skin!