UN­DER­STAND­ING YOUR FOUN­DA­TION FOR­MU­LAS

THISDAY Style - - CONTENT - BY KONYE CHELSEA NWABOGOR

Find­ing the right foun­da­tion for­mula is a bit like shop­ping for jeans—you have to try on a few be­fore find­ing your per­fect pair. And, sim­i­lar to hav­ing dif­fer­ent den­ims for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, build­ing a wardrobe of dif­fer­ent foun­da­tions will help you face (lit­er­ally) what­ever comes your way. From sheer and nat­u­ral to full-cov­er­age creamy, here’s the low­down on what you should know about the cov­er­age, fin­ish and skin care ben­e­fits of the most pop­u­lar types of foun­da­tion.

Liq­uid - This is one of the most ver­sa­tile for­mu­las be­cause of its range of cov­er­age ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Ap­ply a light layer to im­part a sheer nat­u­ral fin­ish, and add more to build up to medium or full cov­er­age. Liq­uid foun­da­tions are also avail­able in a range of fin­ishes from matte and demi-matte to satin and dewy. A lit­tle goes a long way. Since liq­uid foun­da­tion spreads eas­ily, a small amount can cover a lot of sur­face area on skin, and is easy to blend.

Cream - Avail­able in ei­ther a com­pact or stick form, cream foun­da­tions gen­er­ally pro­vide more cov­er­age than a liq­uid foun­da­tion but, thanks to their creamy na­ture, won’t set­tle into fine lines. They’re of­ten a top choice for big events when you want a flaw­less, ra­di­ant look. They are also easy to tote around be­cause they won’t leak and they come with a mir­ror.

Pow­der - Made in both loose and pressed forms, pow­ders of­fer light­weight cov­er­age when gen­tly pressed into skin. It can also be lay­ered on top of other foun­da­tion for­mu­las for ad­di­tional cov­er­age or as a set­ting pow­der. Plus, com­pacts are easy to slip in your purse for touch-ups through­out the day.

BB/CC - This new gen­er­a­tion of hy­brid for­mu­las (half skin care, half foun­da­tion) orig­i­nated in Asia is now a beauty sta­ple. BB (Beauty Balm) and CC (Colour Cor­rect­ing) Creams are loved for their abil­ity to pro­vide medium cov­er­age while also of­fer­ing skin care in­gre­di­ents like an­tiox­i­dants, sun­screen and hy­dra­tion.

Cush­ion com­pact - Cush­ion com­pacts are sponges soaked in fluid foun­da­tion (thin­ner than liq­uid) em­bed­ded in a com­pact. You press a puff ap­pli­ca­tor onto the sponge to re­lease the for­mula, then press the puff against your skin for an airy, seam­less ap­pli­ca­tion. These for­mu­las tend to have a higher SPF pro­tec­tion than other for­mu­las and also con­tain good-for-your skin an­tiox­i­dants. The thin, fluid-like con­sis­tency of the foun­da­tion makes it easy to layer touch-ups through­out the day with­out feel­ing or look­ing caked on. 22

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