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The Foundation Puzzle

February 23, 2018


If the foundation puzzle is still incomplete in your makeup stash, here are a few tips to help you pick out the correct foundation.


Did you know that one of the biggest mistakes is the actual consistency of your foundation that affects how it looks on your skin? With so many options it can really leave you confused and more than anything focusing on the color and just calling it a day!


I'll simplify things by providing key facts to choose a consistency that works for you. Then if you need help picking a shade you can comment below or visit me for a complimentary in person consultation!


For now I'll focus on three of the major types of foundation, cream, liquid, and powder.



Cream Foundation: a good choice for those with dry or mature skin when it comes in a creamy compact form. It provides medium to heavy coverage, and helps skin look soft and smooth. Cream sticks and pans usually give an opaque or matte finish which most women with oily skin prefer.


Liquid:  works for many skin types. The finishes range from light to full coverage and dewy to matte. ... Exceptions: Women with oily skin should avoid dewy finish foundation, and should set any liquid foundation with a translucent powder to reduce shine. Liquid foundations can be applied from sheer to full coverage. Meaning you can build them up. They're mainly recommended for dry to combo skin but may not last as long on oily skin.  Since there are many types of liquid foundations picking a water based may help with oily skin. Oil based foundation on oily skin may wear off a lot faster throughout the day and break apart causing your skin to appear cakey and unnatural. For normal skin, most liquids will give great coverage and make it easy to build up (add more) if needed.


Powder: comes in compact form or mineral form,so it makes a great foundation for oily skin. You can find this in a compact form or a loose powder form. Beware it is easy to confuse a setting powder and an actual foundation powder. A setting powder basically does that, sets either your liquid or your cream foundation without making it extra heavy. It reduces shine and gives your face an ultra smooth appearance. If your face looks too cakey then chances are you may be using two foundations causing it to look like you used the whole compact in one application. A powder foundation will give more coverage and is usually pressed in a compact.  It's basically a powder and foundation in one.  It's really best for women with oily skin. Skip this if you have dry or mature skin, it will cause you to look chalky or make you appear older.




Keep in mind these are guidelines to help you choose the foundation type. If you're using a powder over your liquid or cream foundation be sure that it is a setting powder and NOT a foundation powder. Basically if you have normal skin, your possibilities are endless. If you have combination skin (dry in some areas and oily in others) then you can use cream on the dry parts and powder on the oily parts. Blending the cream foundation on the dry parts first will keep you from looking patchy. If you have oily skin, then stick to a mineral or cream foundation. Less is more with oily skin. Use concealer for smaller flaws then use a pea size amount of cream foundation for the rest of your face. Finish off with a setting powder for a matte (shine free) finish.


If you have any questions feel free to contact me or comment below! Don't forget to set up your complimentary consultation to figure out what  foundation works best for you! 




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