Foundation-Which to Choose

f5cc7503d2f55756f4daa0bf564790f0I know many of you find this to be one of the most difficult selections in the makeup process.  This can be a very daunting task, so I’m here to help you navigate through the myriad of choices.

None of these are in any particular order, so with that being stated I guess we should jump right into this:

Liquid Foundation: These usually come in bottles and tubes.  The coverage can range from super sheer to full.  Now personally, I love the texture, and liquid foundations are easy to blend and the coverage can be built gradually.  My personal favorite liquid foundation that I use and even use on many of my clients is from Too Faced Cosmetics “Born This Way.”  It’s oil-free, medium-to-full coverage, and its infused with some good stuff like: coconut water (aids in replenishing skins moisture levels).  My foundation color is Warm Beige but it comes in 35 shades for a flawless match and perfect finish.


Cream Foundation: Are great for achieving the dewy look *side note: some liquids can produce the same effect.*  Cream foundations usually come in compacts and jars and work best on dry skin- Meaning your primer needs that time to really set.  Now this is my personal professional opinion, *I feel cream foundations tend to have a slightly heavier texture.*  Cream foundations also provide higher coverage compared to liquid foundations.  TIP: When you’re working with cream foundations remember to apply sparingly, as a little goes a long way.

p433526-av-01-zoomCream-to-Powder Foundation: Unlike cream foundations, cream-to-powder foundations actually dry to a powdery finish-  TIP: Cream-to-Powder Foundation works great for slightly oily or slightly dry skin.  The creamy texture hydrates the skin and prevents it from drying while the powder absorbs excess sebum (this is a light oily substance that secreted from the sebaceous glands, that keep the skin moisturized).

To me cream-to-powder foundations create matte look, and are good for people with combination skin.


Mineral Foundation: They are made out of crushed minerals extracted from the earth and are free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, and other harmful chemicals.  Now many of my clients ask me if mineral foundations are better for them?  This is it, mineral makeup won’t clog your pores because, it doesn’t contain talc, which helps most foundations to stay on the surface of the skin-  It’s really more about how you like the coverage.  With this being stated, mineral foundations usually come in loose powder form and provide medium to high coverage.  Mineral foundations are good for people with very sensitive skin or those who suffer from acne or rosacea.

5081179There is a downside of mineral makeup, is that they might be a little too dry for those with dry skin.  Something else about mineral makeup is that you have to get the right brush, and it does take practice to master the basic “swirl, tap, and buff’ process.

Here are two kinds of brushes that you may select from but, you may like a fluffier type from a certain brand which may give the coverage and application you’re looking for:

Here it is makeup lovers, there are several different kind of foundations, and the best advice is trial and error and having a one-on-one consultation with a skilled makeup artist with a knowledge of color-theory, will lessen the guess work.

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Sonya LaRae- Certified Image Consultant, MUA, Certified Relationship/Lifestyle Expert, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

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