You can get away with a variety of scary makeup mistakes – but foundation is not one of them. It’s right there in the name: foundation is the beginning of any makeup application. It has the power to make or break your look. But with liquid and powder foundations fighting for favourite status, the debate rages on about which is best. The secret here is to be aware of your skin type and how the foundation makes your skin look. It’s liquid vs powder, here we go!
Lovely, luscious, dripping liquid. It’s your best friend if you have dry or combination skin, because it’s light and has moisturisers embedded in the formula to keep your skin soft and supple. Women with oily, very porous skins should avoid liquid foundation with a glossy finish because it’ll make you look sweaty and further clog your pores, making them appear even wider. If you still insist on liquid foundation, choose ones with a matte finish, but just know you’re missing out on foundations specifically created to absorb excess oil. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is one of them, and has the added bonus of being ideal for ageing skin thanks to its skin-firming properties.
Creamy, moussey, mattifying powders. They feel refreshing on oily or sensitive skin as they dry and soak up excess oil and won’t cause skin irritations. They’re heavenly for anyone with pimple-prone skin and for those with visible acne scars. Powders tend to dominate when a matte finish is needed, as their heavier texture sits more thickly on the skin’s surface. Luckily there’s L'Oréal Paris Makeup Designer True Match Powder, created to oppose the traditional heaviness of powder. Those with dry skin, beware. Powdery foundations will only further dry out your skin and emphasise unflattering lines and large pores. Go liquid in this case.
Ditch the rules:
Right, you’ve read the argument for liquid and powder. Now we say, “Why not both?”
Choose a liquid foundation for the dry winter months, and a powder-based one for more humid, sweaty weather. There are also some foundations out there that provide the best of both worlds in terms of finish, boasting wet-dry looks or semi-matte finishes. Others have added sunscreen and vitamin E, making them perfect for more outdoorsy types.
Ask for advice at your local makeup counter to find out what’s best for your skin type, shade and lifestyle. This way, you can’t go wrong.