Basic Foundation Guide: Types of Foundation

Basic Foundation Guide: Types of Foundation
Hi Girls,

With tons of foundations available in the market, it’s very difficult to choose a foundation meant for your skin type and needs! So today, I’d be guiding you on the basic types of foundation available and which is best for your skin type! This would be my first part of the series- basic foundation guide and I’ll be guiding you on all the foundation basics in my upcoming posts like how to apply foundation, different types of tools to apply foundation, the types of coverage, how to choose the right foundation, etc.

Basic Foundation Guide

Powder Foundation: Powder foundation is foundation in powder form, it comes in a compact pan! Powder foundation gives very light coverage but the coverage can be built up by layering it twice or thrice! Powder foundations are best for oily to combination skin and to apply a powder foundation, a sponge or a brush is used to get a good coverage! Sponge is used for getting a little extra coverage and powder brush for getting a softer coverage, you can either use it wet to get more coverage! The end result of powder foundation is flawless, even tone skin! It controls excess oil, is easy to use and is great for school and work where you don’t want to look made up or that you have lots of makeup on!

Read: MAC Studio Fix Compact Plus Foundation Review

Liquid Foundation: Liquid foundation comes in liquid form, duh who doesn’t know that? There are tons of liquid foundations in the market varying from oil-free, water-proof, matte finish, with SPF, oil-based, etc! Liquid foundations are best suited for dry skin and can also be used by oily skin when the formulation says oil-free or matte! You can apply liquid foundation with a flat foundation brush, makeup sponge, buffing brush, beauty blender and with your fingers of course! Liquid foundation gives somewhat medium to full coverage (some even gives sheer coverage but hey, who would apply a foundation to get sheer or no coverage, I mean cum on people buy foundation to hide imperfections and to look flawless and if you get no coverage even after spending your bucks then I think you are better off with a daily beauty cream)!

Read: How to Determine Your Skin Type at Home

Cream Foundation: Cream foundation is creamy and slightly thicker in texture than liquid foundation! Cream foundation comes in cream form and gives medium to full coverage! Cream foundations are meant for normal to dry skin and is also good for mature skin as it contains moisture to hide the signs of dryness and aging! You can use cream foundation with your fingers, sponge or a flat foundation brush!

Read: Inglot YSM Cream Foundation Review

Tinted Moisturizer Foundation: It’s a mixture of foundation and moisturizer and gives sheer coverage! It is best suited for women with good skin and those who don’t need much coverage on a daily basis! Tinted moisturizers usually comes with SPF, so it’s a 3-in-1 product in the sense it’s a moisturizer, a foundation for the tint it gives and a sunscreen! We now also get few tinted sunscreens in the market like the Lotus 3-in-1 matte effect sunblock which is good for almost all skin types! Use your fingers to use a tinted moisturizer as it is very liquid (thinner) in consistency and is best applied with fingers!

Read: Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40 Review

Stick Foundation: Stick foundation comes in stick form where you have to twist the bottom and take the stick out to apply the product on to your face! Stick foundation normally gives full coverage which makes it perfect for skin with the most amount of problem areas like blemishes, dark circles, redness, pigmentation, acne scars, etc. It is best suited for oily skin and can look a bit cakey on dry skin as stick foundation is usually dry in texture! Stick foundation is not a good option for daily use and should be used only on special occasions because of the full coverage it gives! You can directly apply the product from the stick itself like painting your skin with a stick and then blend it with your fingers, sponge or a stippling brush. Stick foundation is great for travelling purposes as you don’t have to worry about its spilling in your bag! :-D

Mousse Foundation: Mousse foundation have a creamy formula with some built-in moisture! It is also known as whipped foundation which is because it comes with air whipped in it! Mousse foundations are believed to give air brush effect, seriously! It is very easy to apply and is best for dry skin as it glides on smoothly and never looks cakey or patchy. You can use it with fingers, sponge or any other makeup tool! It gives matte powdery finish so it can also be used by oily skin and the coverage you get from mousse foundation is medium to full! The consistency of mousse foundation is neither too thick nor too runny, just a perfect medium consistency to work easily with!

Mineral/Loose Powder Foundation: Mineral foundation comes in loose powder form and is used with a big powder fluffy brush, it can be used alone as a base in itself or on top of foundation to set the base! The coverage varies from sheer to medium! It is made with natural ingredients so it is best suited for sensitive acne-prone skin and can even be used by oily skin because of its matte finish! It is best suited for daily use because of its easy application and light texture!

These are the types of foundations available in the market so choose the best suited for your skin type and your requirements!

Hope you liked my first part of basic foundation guide series, if you did then wait for my upcoming posts where I’ll be guiding you more on foundation basics!!












29 Comments on Basic Foundation Guide: Types of Foundation

  1. Megha
    July 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm (3 years ago)

    i love powder foundations. they look so natural on skin. lovely article babes!

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    • Arzoo
      July 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you sweets, I love creamy ones more :D

      Reply
  2. Shailja @BeABrideEveryday
    July 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Beautifully compiled post Arzoo… I have tried liquid and powder foundations, find liquid working well on me !

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    • Arzoo
      July 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Shailja :)

      Reply
  3. smita roy
    July 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice basic post for beginners..foundation is still an issue for sooo many peopke that I know.. :)

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    • Arzoo
      July 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Smita, ya it’s still a big issue for beginners!

      Reply
  4. Shivi@COSMOCHICS
    July 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice post for the beginners Arzoo! :)
    I am yet to try the mineral one….

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Shivi :-D

      Reply
  5. Anubhuti
    July 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

    thank you for nice post hun :* i’m very beginner for foundations and i can get good help with this post :)

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad you liked it Anubhuti :))

      Reply
    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Do try them out Gow, even I’m yet to try them, thank you!!

      Reply
  6. Poo@beautyandmakeupmatters
    July 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

    An amazingly helpful Post.. I love liquid n tinted foundation but wanna try hands at powder n cream foundations next :-)

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Poo, I love creamy foundations as I’ve got dry skin 8-)

      Reply
  7. Amy
    July 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I prefer liquid one. Nice post :)

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Amy!

      Reply
    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks dearie, glad you liked it :-*

      Reply
  8. Esha
    July 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

    A very useful post for beginners.. I like creamy ones.. :)

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      And me too :))

      Reply
  9. Fiona Furtado
    July 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Hey Arzoo, Lovely post!! Ultimate foundation guide for beginners, or in general all. I love liquid foundation and so want to try tinted moisturiser. xo

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Fiona, do try them out, I’m sure you’ll love them!!

      Reply
  10. srinjla
    July 24, 2014 at 1:27 am (3 years ago)

    amazing post dear…I love liquid,cream and powder foundations

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks di :-*

      Reply
  11. tarry
    July 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

    this is such an informative post for beginners Arzoo…
    I’ve tried the mineral, mousse and cream.. But now looking at your awesome list, wanna try them alll :0
    :-)) :-))

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    • Arzoo
      July 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks a ton Tarry, do try out all of them ;)

      Reply
  12. Saniya@beautynbuzz
    July 25, 2014 at 1:07 am (3 years ago)

    Thats an extremely informative post dear…TFS :) <3 <3

    Reply
  13. laks
    July 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

    nice compilation Arzoo. i love liquid foundations.

    Reply
  14. Vaishu
    July 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    this is really a very informative post.. wonderfully compiled dear <3

    Reply

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