Foundation Uncovered (Part 1)

Foundation PhotoThe world of foundation can be mystifying. Matte, satin, whipped, cream-to-powder, compact… it’s almost a foreign language. You have to really be a master of makeup to know what they all mean and how they look when applied to your skin. Fortunately, we have put together a handy guide to help you navigate the rough waters of foundation formulas and finishes (say that three times fast!):

First off, we’d like to define some of the terms used when referring to foundation.

Coverage: How well the foundation covers any imperfections on your skin. Foundation coverage can be sheer/light, medium, or heavy/full/opaque.

  • Sheer/Light: Enhancing the skin rather than covering it. It can even out the skin tone, blur minor imperfections, and still allow your skin’s quirks (like freckles) to show through.
  • Medium: The most common type of foundation, it covers most minor imperfections and looks very natural on the skin. Some can also be layered for even more coverage of imperfections.
  • Heavy/Full/Opaque: Completely covers any imperfections. Often used in stage makeup or to cover scars or discoloration.

Finish: What your skin will look like once the foundation is applied. Finishes can be satin, matte, luminous, or natural. Many foundations come in several finishes, and each type of foundation can have several different finishes. For example, liquid foundation can have a satin finish, luminous finish, or something else entirely.

  • Satin/Semi matte: Leaves skin with a natural shimmer or slight sheen. This is the most common finish.
  • Matte: Has powdered look and does not reflect light.
  • Luminous: Often contains materials that when applied gives the face a natural looking glow or irridescent look.

Check back next week for Part 2- YourPerfect Foundation!

Written by Jessica, intern.