Makeup is considered incomplete without the application of foundation. However, do you know what do their function is? The purpose of using makeup is to minimize the imperfections on the facial skin. The goal is to make the skin radiant and luminous. Foundation should help in coloring the skin evenly such that scars, light and dark-colored areas get lessened greatly. All these intentions are fulfilled only when the makeup applied on the skin suits it and is applied in the right manner.
Types of Foundation
Emulsion, cream, cake, powder, liquid, waterproof, and sprays are the types of foundation. Emulsion covers blemishes, gives less sheen, and suits almost all types of skin. Cakes cover scars and blemishes, produces a matte effect and is drying in action. Because of the last property, it is suitable for oily skin. Powder controls greasiness and helps blotting oil and thus it is also suitable for oily skin. Cream covers the skin heavily and gives it a glossy finish. It has a moisturizing property, and thus is appropriate for dry skin. Liquid variants are available in water based as well as oil based formulas. The former suits oily skin while the latter suits dry skin. It covers the skin evenly with a light shine and is considered to be the best for covering blemishes and scars. Waterproofs last longer and are suitable to be used in summer when both humidity and temperature are high. Sprays cover acne scarring. It particularly suits post surgical skin. It lasts for long hours. It can be sprayed over the skin at any time to freshen up the makeup. It is available in different shades for different skin tones.
Foundation Used for Combination Skin
Combination skin is a mix of both dry and oily skin types. The difference is especially felt on the face, where some parts get oily quickly while the rest dry up and appear flaked. The parts of the face where production of natural oil is comparatively more are the forehead, nose, area around the lips and chin. They form a T-shape, and hence called T-zone. All other parts of the face lack sufficient amount of natural oils, and so remain dry. Since some parts are oily while some are dry, it is difficult to find makeup products suitable for both. The statement holds especially true for foundation. However, there are a few types which may solve this problem.
Cream-to-powder foundation has been found to bring the desired effects on light combination skin, in which the T-zone is only a little oily. It is an interesting cross between a creamy and a pressed powder. It is mostly available in compact form, and has heavy creamy and greasy appearance. When you apply them on your skin, the creamy aspect disappears but a slight matte look is left behind. Thus, cream-to-powder foundation provides you a semi-matte or powdery finish. To add to it, this type does not require powdering after its application. It is advisable to use only a dollop of it to avoid a caked or heavy look.
Liquid-to-powder types come in the form of a dense powder. It has a gel-like wet feel to the touch. It is easy to apply evenly on the skin. It dries to give a satiny-smooth or slightly matte touch. Liquid-to-powder is water-based and contains a slipping agent such as glycerin. It has little or almost no waxy ingredients. This is why, it is suitable for combination skin wherein the T-zone gets greasy or shiny quickly. Like cream-to-powder, it doesn't need powdering after application. Make-up experts find it better than cream-to-powder as it doesn't give a heavy look to the skin.
Choosing Foundation Products
Nowadays, the manufacturers usually mention the skin type on the pack of foundation. Therefore, go for the one on which the skin type mentioned is 'combination skin'. Any type, which is suitable for such skin, must be available in several shades and tones. You need to select one appropriate for you. A simple patch test can help you find one. Cosmetic stores usually have a trial pack of cosmetics. Take a small amount of the product which you are planning to buy. Spread it on your jawline. Wait for a couple of seconds. If it blends evenly on your skin and makes it radiant and glowing, this is the one for you. Otherwise, perform this patch test with some other shade. Keep trying in this manner till you get the best result.
Wash your face and neck well with a gentle face wash. Pat them dry. Apply an oil-free moisturizer. Go for one with minimum SPF 15, if you have to go out in sun. The foundation usually comes with a sponge. Take a small amount of the foundation on the sponge. Start applying from the forehead. Use small circular motions for getting an even look. Keep moving downwards. Do not apply foundation on the area in the inner corners of and under the eyes. Or else, you would end up with a caked look. Following the suggested manner, cover your face and neck evenly. Wait for a couple of minutes before applying other makeup products. With foundation makeup, regular and proper practice is the key.
Apply different types and tones of foundation to find the one most suitable for your skin. Such a workout will definitely help you wear the right makeup for a particular kind of dress and occasion. Using the information present in this article will help in applying makeup flawlessly and cleanly.