Foundation Basics: What’s Your Type?


Makeup is nothing without a great base, so here’s how to find the right foundation for your skin type. By Shea Rasol.

1. Powder Foundations

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Make soft focus translucent powder, light | $31 |
Too Faced Primed & Poreless pressed powder | $30 |
Guerlain Les Voilettes compact powder, light | $55 |
Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection powder | $46 |

Best for: Combination or oily skin

Powder foundations come off almost like compact powder but with a more pigmented texture, providing better coverage in a matte finish. Find powder foundations as close as you can to your skin tone, for it is the final makeup base. If you prefer foundations in compact powder form, be sure to put on moisturisers first to ensure a supple finish, helping to keep the powder on your face for longer throughout the day.

2. Liquid Foundations

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Illamasqua rich liquid foundation | $45 |
Clinique Acne Solutions liquid makeup | $27 |
Givenchy Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance SPF 20 | $51 |
Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator | $26 |

Best for: Dry or combination skin

Rich and thick liquid foundations are best used sparingly, for special occasions and events. This type of foundation is usually highly pigmented, providing maximum coverage for a flawless finish and works best with a full-on makeup look. Makeup artists find that liquid foundation covers blemishes and uneven skin tones much better compared to its non-liquid counterparts. Dab the liquid on your entire face and even it out with clean fingers, brush or a beauty sponge. Be sure to prime your face first, to help protect your skin and also help glide the foundation seamlessly onto your face. Apply thinly and evenly to get a photo-ready natural look.

3. Cream Foundations

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Nars Radiant cream compact foundation, macao | $38 |
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish sponge-on cream make up, vanilla | $38 |
Tom Ford Beauty Traceless foundation stick, pale dune | $78 |
Lorac Cococin cream compact foundation | $32 |

Best for: Dry or combination skin

This foundation is basically a combination of powder and liquid foundation. It comes in a compact powder form, but has a creamy texture. Apply on your face with care because it can cake up if not applied properly. Again, apply a face primer first, to help even the skin’s surface, then dab on the cream foundation with a beauty sponge. The great thing about cream foundations is that they also act as concealers! Be sure to pick one in a shade lighter than your normal skin tone, and dab a bit on the forehead, under the eyes and on your cheekbones as highlights.

4. Tinted Moisturisers

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Nars Pure Radiant tinted moisturiser SPF 30 | $50 |
Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser SPF 20, sand | $58.30 |
Estée Lauder Sheer Tint Release | $58.30 |
Bobbi Brown SPF 15 oil-free tinted moisturiser | $46.70 |

Best for: All skin types

Looking for an everyday-type of foundation? Then tinted moisturisers or BB creams are for you! The coverage is pretty light as compared to foundations, but they do their job well – helping to lightly cover up blemishes and redness. Plus, they feel a lot lighter on the face, and removal is much easier than foundation. The best thing is that most tinted moisturisers come with sun protection, making it perfect for that everyday dewy look.

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