How do I make sure it’s the right texture for me?
You can pick a matte, semi-matte, dewy, medium-coverage or full coverage formula. Dewy finishes tend to work best on normal-to-dry skin. Matte foundations are best for oilier skin, while super-matte finishes are less flattering on older complexions.
TEXTURE TERMS DECODED
✢ LUMINOUS = glowy, sheeny, hydrated-looking skin
✢ DEWY = moisturised, slightly shiny skin
✢ SHEER = translucent, radiance-enhancing formulas with minimal coverage
✢ GLOWY = sheeny verging on shiny effect, good for those with nothing to hide
✢ FULL COVERAGE = more opaque, you will see less blemishes, but also less skin
✢ MEDIUM COVERAGE = allows skin to show through, but blurs blemishes ✢ matte = reduces shine, looks polished, but can be ageing if applied too thickly
A WORD ABOUT PILLING
What is it and why does it happen? Pilling. that irritating occurrence when your foundation starts to ball like an old sweater. the new trend for layering skincare – serum, moisturiser and sPF – is great news for our dermis, not so much for our foundation. all those products can cause a build-up, which makes the final layer of foundation ball up. to prevent this, it’s important to let each layer dry. try doing something in-between – brush your teeth/have a cup of tea. If that doesn’t work, you may have a bad combo of formulas. or one product with a lot of talc or mica in it. In which case you need to identify the problematic product!
“Super-matte finishes are less flattering on older complexions as they can emphasise fine lines and wrinkles. Matte finishes can also be ageing if applied too thickly”