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Foundation Makeup: Liquid vs Powder

Foundation Makeup: Liquid vs Powder
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Choosing the right foundation for your skin type is trickier than is seems at first and many women fear it’s going to leave their face looking ‘cakey’ or layered. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. A good foundation is like the perfect bra – it feels natural, doesn’t show and sets the stage a smooth, effortless look. But how to choose between liquid foundation and powder foundation, and how do you apply each? Read on for the answers.


First the good news – liquid foundation works for virtually every skin type and complexion. The products range from light to full coverage and different finishes. A light coverage foundation works wonders for evening out your skin tone and full-coverage does a better job at hiding imperfections and blemishes. Dewy finishes give the skin a wonderful, healthy and radiant glow while matte ones produce a flat, sine-free effect that serves well as a clean slate for your make-up.

If you have an oily skin you might want to stay away from dewy foundations and introduce a small amount of translucent powder to your liquid foundation to reduce shine altogether. Apply with a sponge, a brush or simply using your hands. A brush gives the most coverage, but you need to remember to blend well to avoid streak marks.

Liquid foundation is the best choice for normal to dry skin and more formal occasions.

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation provides a wonderful smooth finish and it makes lines and wrinkles less visible. The Estee Lauder Nutritious provides medium coverage and a dewy finish, and the Chanel Matte Lumiere – medium-to-full coverage with a matte finish.


Powder foundation is generally preferred by younger women as it provides a very light coverage and a natural finish. An added bonus is the fact it controls excess oil in the forehead and nose areas and doesn’t require frequent re-application throughout the day. It doesn’t clog the pores, which makes it ideal for problematic and acne-prone skin. Mineral-based powders give a smoother, luminous look to your complexion and usually have SPF-protection, which is a plus. Talc-based powders can settle into lines and creases and appear cakey. Powdered foundation can have an illuminating or matte effect and is applied with a dry sponge. It is the best choice for those long hot summer days as it stays on your face; this also makes it ideal for wearing throughout the day or at low-key events.

Women with oily, sensitive and combined skin are better off with powdered foundation as it doesn’t irritate the skin as much.

Our choice of products in the powdered foundation range is the MAC Studio Fix for full-coverage and the MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Foundation for medium-coverage. ColoreScience SPF 50 Mineral Powder is a wonderful choice for light coverage and lasts throughout the entire day.


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