When it comes to choosing a foundation, there are different factors which are useful to consider. The first thing is to be aware of your skin type. Skin types include normal, dry, oily and combination skins. As foundations come in a variety of consistencies, some of them are more suitable for certain skin types compared to others. The second thing to consider is what look you are going for as the foundation type will vary depending upon the overall look you want to achieve.
Cream foundations are the thickest consistency of all the foundations. Their consistency arises from its oil based formulation. As the texture of these foundations is thicker, they also offer the highest coverage. This means they are great if you want to achieve a heavy look, or if you want to use foundations which offer the highest coverage to help even out your skin tone, these are for you. As cream foundations are oilier, they are great for those with drier skins.
To use cream foundations you can apply with a sponge, brush or with your fingers. Brushes especially designed for foundation, such as the Nanshy kabuki foundation brushes range are great at achieving that airbrushed look with your cream foundations. Simply apply to the face starting with the nose, then over the cheeks, forehead and jaw line. The bristles on these brushes are dense, soft and also have sculpted ends to take care of the application. The dense bristles means that you will be avoiding those streaky finishes as you would with a paddle brush. The soft bristles also means you will be producing streak free results and will be soft on the skin. The sculpted end of the brushes can also help with the application of your foundation. The flat angled buffer brush is great for the application of your foundation as the angle of the brush allows for the foundation to be spread across the face easily.
Liquid foundations are thinner than your cream based foundations as they are water based. As they are a thinner consistency, this also means in this case that they give less coverage than your cream foundations. Liquid foundation also dries quickly once they are applied to the skin. This means that they should also be applied quickly. Similarly you can use the Nanshy kabuki brushes to apply a liquid foundation. These will allow for a quick and even coverage for your liquid foundations. These water based foundations are good for oily skins as they do not add oil to the skin. Some liquid foundations however do contain some oils so always read the labels if you are looking for an oil free product.
Powdered foundation provides the lightest coverage of all of the foundations. It is particularly good if you have sensitive or oily skin as the foundation provides a minimal coverage and tends to help control any oiliness of the skin. Powdered foundations need to be applied with a foundation brush. If you are using powdered foundations, it is therefore really important to find good brushes to use. The range of Nanshy brushes is also perfect for the foundation of powders.
Finding a foundation to suit you may depend on your skin type, but also remember that your skin type may change overtime. Therefore, it may be a good idea to keep an eye on your skin type so that your foundations will always provide the best coverage for you.
Coverage and skin type are two of the factors which you should consider when choosing a foundation, however there is also a third. The range of looks you can achieve with different foundations is restricted, so the type of look you are trying to achieve, will determine the foundation you will use.
For example if you are looking for a natural day look, you may not want to use a high coverage foundation such as a cream foundation. Instead you may want to use a liquid or a powdered foundation for a lighter coverage. For an evening look where you really want to make the eyes and the lips heavier for example, you may want to use a cream foundation as it will give you a heavier and more flawless look.
Don’t forget there are no strict rules when it comes to experimenting with make-up. As well as gaining ideas from articles such as this, the best way of discovering what is most suitable for you is trying out different foundations yourself, and seeing what works best.
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