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Published on March 13th, 2014 | by Rima J Pundir

What’s Your Foundation Type?

Foundation or compact, which to choose and when – get all the lowdown here if you’re wondering which to spend a bomb on…

If you’re blessed with a baby-smooth complexion and can get away with a face wash and BB cream, you probably don’t spend precious minutes smoothing on foundation or dusting powder on your face. However, for those of you who like your face a little more primped up, there is always the question of which to use – liquid foundation or pressed (compact) powder. So here are a few pointers to help you decide.

Cover, girl

Foundation involves a lot of decisions. How much do you want to cover up? Do you want your skin tone to look a little lighter or do you prefer the bronzed look? Powder does a more basic job of covering up, some would say more superficial. If you’re looking for a perfect cover-up, liquid foundation would be your best bet. The reason: it’s easier to blend into your skin and you’ll probably be able to find one close to your skin tone. Powder, even if it is pressed forms a much thicker layer on your skin and matching it with your skin tone can be tough. What powder does do, however, is absorb sweat and shine, so you’re safe from untoward breakouts or a shiny forehead. If you want to use powder and want a smooth face without the hassle of a liquid concealer, try using a concealer. A product like Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush Concealer gives you the best of both worlds. Ideally, you could use some liquid foundation as a base for your face, use concealer to smoothen out any blemishes or dark circles and then dust on powder to lock the foundation in. However, keep in mind that using both can be a burden on your skin, which needs to breathe. Powder, especially can start to cake on the skin.

Know your skin 

This is the golden rule before applying any makeup. Since foundation/powder is your base, you need to have a good idea of what your skin needsFor instance, if your skin is oily, you’re probably better off with a matte foundation like Deborah Colour Copy Oily to Combination Skin Foundation, with a light dusting of powder. Revlon’s Photo Ready Compact is a good option, as is L’Oreal’s True Match Powder Compact. If your skin tends to be dry, liquid foundation would work better for you. Try Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation or Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Foundation. If you’re willing to up your price quotient a little, Christian Dior’s Diorskin Eclat Satin Foundation is a great buy.

She’s got the look

Since all the effort that goes into makeup has one aim, to make you look fabulous, the final effect of your foundation or powder is all-important. Liquid foundation, if used right, will give your skin a dewy look, which is more natural than powder. Powder does make the skin less oily, but bear in mind that it also dissolves if it’s a humid day and leaves your skin patchy. Since we’re fans of long-lasting commitments, liquid foundation has our vote when it comes to a base – compacts are best left for discreet touch-ups.

Some foundations we love:

MAX FACTOR FACEFINITY ALL DAY FLAWLESS 3-IN-1 FOUNDATION: The Maxfactor FaceFinity All Day Flawless Foundation is the ideal summer base. Try this super-intelligent product that has three elements: primer to hold, concealer to correct, foundation to finish. And, well, we’re not done yet – add to this an SPF20 for all-day high coverage and a gorgeous matte finish. CLICKHERE to view this product

BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION: Give your skin a radiance boost and leave it looking flawless for up to 16 hours! Bourjois new Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation is enriched with a fruit therapy formula to enhance your complexion. Apricot for radianceMelon for hydrationApple to protect your youthIt is also enriched with crystalline pigments to even out the complexion while letting in the natural light for that healthy looking glow. Its soft, fresh texture easily blends onto the skin for a comfortable flawless finish leaving you with beautiful, radiant and hydrated skin for 8 hours. CLICKHERE to view product

BIODERMA PHOTODERM MAX COMPACT TEINTE CLAIRE SPF 50+: The combination of mineral anti-UVA/anti-UVB screens in Photoderm MAX Compact offers both optimum protection against the harmful effects of the sun (sunburn, sun intolerance, etc.) and excellent skin tolerance. CLICKHERE to view product

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