What is a foundation, and how to use it on the skin?

If you've ever used makeup, you've undoubtedly heard the term "foundation." But here's the deal with foundation makeup. Foundations are the literal foundations of your makeup and are a makeup staple that needs no introduction. The complexion is one of the essential steps to getting your makeup right for a foundation. 

Whether you are a makeup pro for what seems like eons or a newbie trying to navigate the confusing, overcrowded-with-choice world of makeup products, you might not have found the proper foundation yet. And that's perfectly acceptable! We've got your back. Consider this your foundation's lesson, and this is your first lesson.

What exactly is foundation makeup? 

Have you ever heard of someone talking about constructing a home? And how they go on about the foundation must be strong, or the entire house will collapse (or something less extreme).

The foundation serves as the base for all makeup looks. The right formula will aid in the concealment of blemishes. Your skin tone will look evened out if you use the proper coverage. 

Wearing foundation makeup does have numerous advantages. It can create an even complexion, conceal flaws, and even make the skin look smoother and unblemished when used correctly. But if you use the wrong foundation makeup, you can kiss your dreams of flawless, red-carpet-ready makeup look goodbye. And there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all foundation policy! So, how do you know which is the best natural foundation? 

We're not going to lie: this one will require some self-awareness. When choosing your proper match foundation, you should keep your skin type in mind, whether you have oily or dry skin, sensitive or not. And, while there are numerous ways to determine which foundation is best for you, let's start with the formulas to help you narrow down your search.

Liquid Foundation  

The liquid foundation obsession is real! It's in your mother's top drawer, your grandmother's cabinet, and it might even be in your beauty bag. One of the most popular foundation options is the liquid foundation; it is simply a foundation with a liquid formula. It is the best natural foundation type available. 

The foundation is available in oil-based and water-based formulas and is suitable for all skin types, though it has traditionally been the foundation of choice for people with dry skin. 

Powder Foundation

To all my oily-skinned friends, you've probably heard about the benefits of powder foundation by now. Because powdered foundations are talc-based, they absorb excess oil secreted by the skin. But there's a catch! People with dry skin should avoid this type of foundation because the powder cannot fill in the lines and wrinkles that are more visible on dry skin, and it flakes and settles into the skin folds.

Cream Foundation 

A stable base for people with dry skin, the cream foundation is a lifesaver — especially the HD formulas. However, if your skin is dehydrated, make sure to moisturize before applying the foundation! An HD cream foundation can last up to 10 hours without creasing while keeping your skin hydrated.

While you may be already spoiled for choice, we assist you in narrowing your search even further. Consider, "What kind of coverage do I want with this foundation?" Do I want to be camera-ready, or do I want to wear something casual for the day? Figuring out what kind of coverage is required can be game-changing — if you're obsessed with looking Instagram-like ready all day, high coverage foundations can become a must-have. 

If you're looking for something more natural, how about a light-to-medium coverage foundation? Here are the various types of foundation coverages you'll have to choose from to make your decision a little easier.

Different foundation coverages

  1. Complete Coverage 

A light or sheer coverage foundation can work wonders for a soft, 'no makeup glam' look. It will help you even your skin tone, but it will not hide or cover up flaws. A sheer foundation is ideal for achieving a minimal, dewy look that is also buildable. 

  1. Moderate Coverage 

Medium coverage is the happy medium between too much and not enough foundation. Medium coverage foundations are ideal for concealing minor flaws while still appearing natural. They are suitable for looking date-night-ready while remaining casual. 

  1. Complete Coverage 

Full coverage foundations are here to help if you've decided to go full-blown flawless with your foundation preferences! The right full-coverage formula can even hide tattoos if you need more proof! 

One thing left to do now is that you (hopefully) nailed down your coverage and determine the type of finish you desire! The right kind of finish, especially for your skin type, can make or break your final makeup look. However, we are here to assist you in making the final decision regarding the type of foundation you require.

Different foundation finishes

  1. Natural Finish 

Natural finishes, neither matte nor dewy, are popular because they closely resemble your skin. Furthermore, they are adaptable to most skin types. For example, if your skin is generally expected, you can choose a natural finish. Simple as that! On drier days, add a bit of moisturizer to the foundation to give it a more dewy finish and who doesn’t want to have the best natural foundation? 

  1. Matte Finish 

If you have oily skin, you apply your longest-lasting foundation, wait a few hours, and lo and behold, it's all washed away. This is where a matte foundation comes in handy. Matte foundations, a shine-free option beloved by those with oily skin, never go out of style. 

  1. Dewy Finish 

Dewy foundations are ideal and the best natural foundation in the market.  If you have dry skin that needs a radiance boost. They are typically enriched with hydrating ingredients and brightening and evening properties, giving the appearance of a glowing complexion.