Back to basics: foundation formulas
Choosing the correct foundation formula for you is a very tricky task. And considering it’s the one product that can completely transform your complexion from blotchy and pigmented to even and glowy, it’s something you want to get right.
But don’t stress – we’ve pulled together the basics on foundation formulas and the coverage they provide, along with our winning product picks for each different variety so you’ll know exactly what to look for come shopping time. Phew!
So, get ready to say hello to a flawless face; one that looks fresh and radiant but sans the cakey finish…
Possibly the most popular foundation formulation out there, liquids are extremely versatile. They provide anything from sheer to full coverage, depending on which brand you choose. They’re fantastic for all skin types, just check the label to find out which one is the best finish for you, such as oil-free, matte, dewy or anti-ageing.
Top product picks: Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum | ck one color 3-in-1 Face Makeup SPF 8 | Revlon ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex | Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
All skin types will love mineral foundations – whether they’re in a powder or liquid form – but those with troubled complexions will adore them most. Containing skin-perfecting minerals such as zinc oxide, they help to heal imperfections. Better yet, the powder versions make for easy-to-build-up coverage.
Top product picks: Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup Absence Oil Control Primer | Inika Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation | Priori CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals Natural Perfecting Minerals Finishing Touch
Love a satiny, powdery finish? You’ll love a mousse formula. Not only do they help to regulate oil flow, they are also magnificent at masking pimples and other imperfections. Yep, they practically eradicate the need for a concealer. Oh, and they are also wonderful for ageing skin as they rarely turn cakey on the skin. Win!
Top product picks: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation | L’Oreal Paris Matte Morphose | Australis Cosmetics Mousse Make-up
CREAMS and STICKS
Great for those with normal to dry skin, cream and stick varieties give a medium to full coverage, and are easily buildable, making for highly-controlled application.
Top product picks: ModelCo POWERSTICK DUO FOUNDATION | Mode 2 in 1 Foundation & Concealer | Natio Clever Stick | COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation SPF15 | Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
If you’re the owner of normal to oily skin, this variety will work wonders for you. Providing more coverage than liquid formulations (but less than a regular cream or stick), they’re great for a sheer to medium coverage with a powder-light finish.
Top product picks: Avon Crème-To-Powder foundation | Proactiv’s Sheer Finish Compact Foundation | Benefit Some Kind-A Gorgeous | La Prairie Cellular Treatment Foundation Cream Finish
Perfect for those who dislike heavy, cakey foundation, tinted moisturisers are great for sheer, subtle coverage. They’re not fabulous at covering unwanted imperfections, but don’t settle into fine lines and give a wonderfully luminous finish. They’re a fantastic choice for the weekend, too, and many contain an SPF.
Top product picks: Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser | Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF 15 | Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream | KORA Organics Tinted Day Cream
Which foundation formula is your favourite? Do you have any brilliant product picks you’d like to share?