Beauty For Beginners Series: Foundations & BB Creams

Hi everyone, so here I am with part 2 of my Beginners Series and today I’ll be discussing Foundations and BB Creams. I feel like there isn’t nearly enough posts and once again I’m not trying to say that I’m a pro, but I hope you’ll find my information useful.

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Pictured above are my holy grail foundation products and my all time fave, the BB cream.

From left to right: Garnier BB Cream in the shade Medium (light coverage), Yardley London Foundation in the shade Natural (Full coverage but lightweight) and Black Opal cosmetics foundation in the shade Honey (full coverage, heavy).

 

There are various aspects to foundation such as the right shade, the amount of coverage, the feel on your skin, how long it lasts and most importantly how well it works for you. It can be really daunting using foundations and if not applied properly, it may look cakey (a term used when too much product is visible on the skin) and not blended properly, so your neck doesn’t match your face, which can be really embarrassing. Last night I posted my introduction to brushes and in this case I would recommend a foundation brush and a Beauty Blender or sponge.

Foundation:

There are 2 types of foundations: liquid and powder. Liquid foundation has grown considerably over time and has developed into products such as BB cream, tinted moisturizers, CC creams and so much more. Simply put, the difference between liquid and powder foundations is that the one is in the form of a compressed powder and the other comes in a liquid or cream. The cream versions are products like mousse or paste. You can use either or both, I personally like liquid foundations and prefer to set with a pressed powder.

Finding The Right Shade:

Oh how I wish I had known this before I went out buying make-up for the first time. You can’t judge the colour of foundation by looking at the bottle, you need to test it out. I prefer asking a cosmetics consultant to help me when choosing a foundation due to the fact that it is free of charge and you may ask them for advice such as the coverage you need, which products would suit your skin best etc.

Your Skin Type:

This is extremely important when dealing with foundations and the reason I prefer to speak to a consultant. If you have oily skin, you don’t want to use a shiny, illuminating foundation because that will make your skin more shiny. If you have really dry skin, you don’t want to use a matte foundation because that will make your skin appear more dry and in turn dry out your skin. If you struggle with acne, you should look into a foundation that contains blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid.

Coverage:

Basically, coverage is how light or heavy your foundation is. The lighter your foundation, the less coverage it is likely to have for example a BB Cream. The heavier a foundation is, the more coverage it provides so for acne and skin problems you’d look for a foundation with excellent coverage whereas for everyday use and just brightening up the skin you’d use a lighter coverage. I prefer a medium coverage because I hate the feeling of product on my face especially for the whole day.  There are light, medium, and full coverage foundations. Tinted moisturizers, BB and CC Creams (light) foundations will provide a very light, natural look. Medium coverage will be slightly heavier to cover up blemishes and dark marks. Full coverage is usually thicker and hides basically everything. Foundations can also have different finishes like matte, illuminating, satin, and more. Matte finishes will finish without any shine. Illuminating provides a sort of shimmer effect that looks dewy. Satin provides a sheer finish for a healthy glow.

TIPS:

Prime your face with a primer, gel or moisturizer. This acts as a barrier between the skin and the foundation and gives the foundation something to hold on to.

Use a good brush, or your fingers to apply the foundation.

Blend well, I love using my Beauty Blender. More information can be found in my previous post.

Lastly: Set your foundation with either a setting spray or pressed powder.

Hope you enjoyed!

 

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