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The Different Types of Makeup Foundations

Pictures of Kinds or Types of Makeup Foundations

We are not all the same. One particular difference that makes all of us unique from each other is the fact that we all have different skin types. After all, cosmetics companies manufacture several different kinds of foundations simply because there are different types of skin.

I personally think that foundation should be just like second skin. This is because the right kind of foundation can be your real life Photoshop—getting rid of all the things you don’t want people to see, while enhancing all the things you do want them to see. This is the reason why it’s so important to get the right kind of foundation that will suit you perfectly.

So what exactly are the kinds of foundation and what skin type do they best work with?

Types of Makeup Foundations

Each of these types of foundation have their own clear purpose (and it’s usually marked on the bottle or packaging!). Some products even have additional functions and can be used to serve the purpose of sun protection, moisturizing and anti-aging. Kinds of foundation can vary on their consistency, coverage and ingredient content. Let’s take a look at the most popular kinds:

Liquid Foundation

Liquid Foundations - Types of Makeup Foundations

Most days, when I have to look my best, liquid foundation is my best friend! I’m sure there are a lot of girls that would agree.

This type of foundation is one of the most commonly used today because of its versatility and ease of use. Depending on its formulation, its coverage can vary from light to heavy. Liquid foundation is also usually suited for dry skin, combination skin, and when it’s oil-free, oily skin. The right kind of liquid foundation can leave skin looking “dewy” and healthy.

Tinted Moisturizer

I personally like tinted moisturizer because it’s great on days when I want to look polished but not overdone.

When it comes to coverage, tinted moisturizer is on the lightest end of the spectrum. This type of product is more of a moisturizer than an actual foundation and usually only serves the purpose of evening out some inconsistencies in the skin tone.

Depending on its formulation, this product is suited for just about any skin type. However, if you have a lot of blemishes to cover, tinted moisturizer is not for you. This product is best used to achieve a natural, no-makeup look but coverage can be increased slightly when set with powder (with the added bonus of further mattifying the skin!).

Cream Foundation

Cream Foundations - Types of Makeup Foundations

Cream foundation is usually most suited for more mature skin. When set with powder, this foundation has longer lasting power than most other types. It usually also has better coverage than most, making it well suited for those with very uneven skin tone or with a lot of blemishes to cover. Creams usually work best for dry skin, but should be avoided by those with oilier skin.

Some cosmetics companies also produce cream-to-powder foundation, which in essence is cream in consistency upon application, but dries to a matte, powder-like finish.

Spray Foundation

This type of foundation is not so common, but is starting to grow in popularity. Spray foundations are known for the smooth, airbrushed finish they are able to give. I’ve personally been able to try one of these before, but I prefer the real deal—actual airbrushed foundation.

Cake or Stick Foundation

Cake or stick foundations usually have the heaviest coverage and are most appropriate for media purposes. The consistency of this kind of product is so thick that it can actually be used as concealer. It’s not quite suited for daily use as its thickness can worsen the condition of dry skin. It can also clog pores and cause blemishes, which is why it’s a no-no for people who are prone to acne.

Powder Foundation

Powder Foundations - Types of Makeup Foundations

Powder foundation is also one of the most common types used today. It’s best for oily skin and usually has light to medium coverage, though some kinds of powder foundation can be applied wet in order to increase coverage. It’s also best used to retouch makeup.

Most mineral makeup (makeup created from natural ingredients) come in loose powder form.

So there you have it—these are the most common types of foundation available in the market today. Finding the best product for you is a whole other issue, however—but all you have to do is figure out your skin type and go from there. Don’t forget to make sure that the products you get are non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic!

Chriselle Sy

Chriselle Sy

Chrissy is a makeup afficionado who decided to take it one step further by devoting a little corner of her life for her choice of art. She enjoys blogging about everything related to beauty and loves being a freelance hair and makeup artist — she practically lives and breathes makeup.

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3 Comments

  1. Kat Musselwhite
    Kat Musselwhite
    June 15, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Brilliant post. I have oily skin and definitely find that powder foundations are the best for me. From reading this, I think I’m glad I’ve never used a Cream Foundation, I’d probably be in oil-slick heaven!

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    Chriselle Sy
    June 27, 2012, 7:50 pm

    Ohh oil slick heaven, something I am all too familiar with!

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