Do we really know what a make-up base is for? With the main purpose of structuring makeup and facilitating the absorption of other products, a foundation has many different types, textures and finishes. If you have questions about how to use foundation, what is its function and how to choose the most suitable foundation then keep on reading.
Every foundation can offer a different type of coverage, there are options for the most diverse skin types and occasions. How do you find out if a liquid foundation can cover imperfections well? Will it emphasize fine lines? How about a powder foundation? Will it make the skin look dry? Which foundation is best if you have oily skin?
To answer these and other questions, we have prepared the guide below, full of professional tips and tricks.
What is the base for? In addition to providing a base (foundation) of a makeup look, what else is the purpose of a base product?
- It can provide a more even tone
- It can smooth small imperfections
- It can leave the complexion more vibrant and velvety
However, as said earlier, there are different textures to foundations and each one is recommended according to skin type and the look intended. To avoid making mistakes when choosing yours, below we list the versions, their functions and how to apply them.
What are the different types of Makeup Bases?
To achieve the perfect base for you, first of all you need to understand what the base is for in makeup. Do you need high coverage or smoothness? Do you want to make your skin more luminous or remove excess shine? What type of ingredients do you prefer? Do you want something with natural ingredients?
It is based on the answers to these questions that you will be able to make the right choice of foundation without compromising the look that you want.
Let's take a deeper look -
1. Liquid foundation
Ideal for everyday use and for mature women, it does not accumulate in expression lines and provides a natural finish depending on the amount used. For a natural finish, work in light layers, slowly building and adding each thin layer at a time.
It is worth noting that it can be used on all skin types. However, if you have dry skin, choose a foundation that has more oils in its composition. If you have an oily complexion, look for matte and oil free foundations.
Liquid foundation can also be applied with fingers, a brush or a damp beauty sponge. Tools are also important to consider when creating a flawless foundation base.
Tip - If you find the foundation is settling into fine lines, try using a powder first. That’s right first! Then apply the liquid foundation over the top of the powder.
2. Cream or stick foundation
If you want a more uniform and full coverage, opt for a creamy foundation. It is perfect for use in a more elaborate make-up, such as for a night time party, a graduation or a wedding.
Furthermore, it can even serve as a concealer. The other advantage is that this version is long-lasting, quickly absorbed by the face and works well on different skin types.
The secret of the creamy foundation is in the application, which must be done with a specific brush or moistened makeup sponge, so as not to mark expressions. It is always worth finishing it with translucent powder, to seal the cosmetic and keep it in place without having to constantly touch up.
3. Compact foundation
If you want light to medium coverage with a dry texture, that's what a compact foundation is for. With an appearance that resembles powder, it is also known as pancake and works well in quick, non-shiny makeup. If you have oily skin, this option will definitely be your best friend.
How to apply foundation?
Applying foundation correctly is another common question among makeup lovers. We’ve brought you a simple and practical step-by-step guide:
- First cleanse, moisturise and then tone your skin. Once this is done, apply a primer all over your face to close the pores and allow the foundation to last all day.
- Apply your foundation, starting from the centre and working your way out to the perimeter of the face until you cover the entire area.
- To seal and finish, pat lightly with a damp sponge all over the face and brush on translucent powder.
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