If you get even the slightest bit overwhelmed when you stop by the makeup counter, don’t fret. You may just need to educate yourself on the different types of foundations: BB Cream, CC Cream, liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer, stick foundation and powder foundation so that you can determine the perfect fit for your skin. Once you do, picking out your makeup will be quick and easy.
BB Cream, otherwise known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base, and Beauty Balm, is a tinted cream that has the perfecting properties of a foundation while maintaining high-quality moisturizing properties. It’s a great choice for nearly all skin types and comes in a variety of formulations.
A relatively new foundation to hit the markets is called CC Cream or Color Correction cream. It has all the benefits of a BB Cream, but it also provides an ability to homogenize skin color by correcting redness or dullness due to blemishes, scars, and sun spots.
Women with normal to dry skin who are looking for a bit more coverage should spring for a quality liquid foundation, being a basic term for foundations that come in liquid form. There’s a wide variety of specialized types to choose from, including: oil-free (great for oily skin), oil-based (great for fine lines and wrinkles), waterproof and long-lasting 24 hour foundation. Liquid foundation is loved by many because it’s able to be layered, depending on how made-up you want to look! Throw a thin layer on and, as long as it’s a great color match for your skin, your complexion will be refined without it being obvious that you’re wearing makeup.
If you just need light coverage to even out skin tone, a tinted moisturizer is a great choice. We do recommend that tinted moisturizer only be used on women who don’t commonly experience breakouts since it is a moisturizer and foundation in one, which can be tough on oily, breakout-prone skin. A 3-in-1 tinted moisturizer is a great choice for summertime when you want a little bit of foundation coverage, a little extra moisture to combat those drying sunrays, and SPF to protect from sun damage.
If you travel much or have problem areas that wear their way through a regular liquid foundation, stick foundation is a great investment. Stick foundation typically provides heavier coverage -perfect for covering up blemishes, scars or reddened areas on the go. It’s best suited for normal to oily skin since dry skin might cause it to cake up, and we only really recommend using it on problem areas, not the whole face.
If you have really oily skin that doesn’t do well with liquid foundations, a powder foundation might be exactly what you need. Powder foundation is exactly how it sounds – in powder form – and it dries skin whilst providing excellent coverage. It’s perfect for travel, as it usually comes in a compact that won’t spill or leak inside a purse. It’s not great coverage for skin that’s dry or mature with fine lines or wrinkles.
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