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Friday, April 3, 2015

Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Foundation

Creams, gels, powders, combination products. Do you know which ones are best for your skin type? Women who aren't heavily involved with keeping up on beauty trends may use the same products for decades before realizing that their skin has changed and what may have worked before just may not work now. Here's what you need to know about the different foundation types so you can make the best decision for your own skin.

BB Cream

Beauty Balms are the craze right now. These were originally created to help restore skin after laser treatments and harsh peels and have since been re-created by most major beauty brands. Most American BB Creams include SPF, although they tend to be more sheer than foreign brands. They give a slight concealing effect, moisturize, and protect the skin. BB creams may need the aid of a separate concealer for acne-prone skin to help touch up red areas. Tinted moisturizers are similar to BB Creams, but usually offer a more sheer coverage. This helps to even the skin tone if it doesn't need much help and leaves a more dewy appearance on your cheeks. BB Cream To Try: Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream

Powder Foundation

A good application of a powder foundation can look smooth and professional on the skin. It's great for oily skin because it tends to absorb extra oil. Because of that feature along with the very few preservatives that are used in powders, this is a great option for teens just started to use makeup. Powders can be used throughout the day for touch ups with a lot of caking. However, powders can get very messy when you're applying them and can lead to a lot of fallout over your shirt. If you have fine lines or wrinkles, powders can settle around them and emphasize them, making them look deeper.
Powder foundation can come pressed or loose, and in either regular formulas or mineral foundation. Mineral foundation is usually the most organic and natural type, but it's difficult to work with if you're new to it. It can cake around oily areas, leading to uneven pigmentation as the mica collects there. It can also have adverse reactions with skin due to some of the ingredients like bismouth oxychloride (an ingredient that many women look for and avoid in the formula). Powder Foundation To Try: L'oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is usually the go-to for mature skin. Liquid foundations can be full of moisturizing ingredients which is great for handling dry patches. They also come in the most shades, so if you have a unique skin tone, you're more likely to find your match this way. Liquid foundation also has the best coverage outside of having an airbrush foundation applied. Liquids can also help conceal fine lines and enlarged pores. You have to be sure to check the formula of your foundation and make sure it's non-comedogenic (does not clog pores). Some brands can tend to look a little cakey after several hours, so look for one with long wear. Tip: Apply with a moist beauty blender for the best finish. Liquid Foundation To Try: CoverGirl Trublend Liquid Make Up

What's your go-to foundation? Have you thought about trying others?