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Picking the perfect foundation
Tue, 29 March 2011 10:42AM
Liquid? Powder? Mousse? Matte? Dewy? These days there are more foundation formulas to choose from then we’ve had home-cooked dinners. Deciding on the ultimate complexion enhancer, depends on so many things, like your skin type, the finish you’re after, the season, and the amount of coverage you’re craving. Here’s a little checklist to help you find the perfect foundation.
We’d bet our entire shoe collection on the fact that Jamie Lynn Sigler likes to mix things up with a few foundation formulas to get her skin looking this great.
Oily vs dry skin: As a general guide, oily-skin should stick with light-weight, oil-free formulas to keep shine at bay. On the flip-side, if your skin is dry, you can afford to dabble in creamier, more nourishing formulas that contain the same kind of hydrating ingredients you’d expect to find in an anti-ageing face lotion. We like: Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation, $21.95, for long-lasting coverage and hydration.
Barely-there vs going-nowhere-anytime-soon coverage: If you’re a fan of natural-looking coverage, opt for a tinted moisturiser or light-weight, liquid formula for a sheer finish. The beauty of opting for a light-weight formula is that you can mix it with your face cream in the morning to subtly even-out your complexion, or layer it for long-lasting coverage that’s perfect for those days when your skin is in need of an extra pick-me-up.
Powder vs liquid: Once upon a time, the only way you could create a matte-finish was with a powder, which had the potential to make already-dry skin look flakey. The good news is, the latest matte foundations have a knack for keeping unwanted shine around problem zones, like the t-zone, at bay, without leaving skin looking washed out or dull, making them perfect for using on all skin types.
Finishing powders: If there’s one complexion product we think is worth its weight in gold, it’s a translucent finishing powder. Not only are they great for reapplying throughout the day to knock back shine from the t-zone, but you can also use them all-over to transform a dewy foundation into a matte finish.
Do you use a powder or liquid foundation?
Have you tried a mousse formula?
Do you use a finishing powder?
Words: Eliza Ashe. Pic: Getty.
Posted by: Eliza Ashe