Makeup how-to: Finding the right foundation

Aug 19, 2011 at 4:46 p.m. ET

Finding the right foundation can often seem like a real nightmare. That's why once we find the color that best suites us, we stock up. But there's no need for such beauty woes. Read on to finally find the right foundation.

Liquid foundationcovergirl liquid foundation

It seems as though liquid foundation has been around forever. Maybe it's because it really has withstood the test of time. Liquid foundations can be applied with a makeup sponge and easily blend into your skin.

People with oily skin: this is the foundation for you. Covergirl sells a great liquid foundation for about $10 at nationwide drugstores.

 

 

Whipped foundationmaybelline whipped foundation

Whipped or mousse foundations provide the perfect combination between liquid and cream foundations. Maybelline's Dream Smooth Mousse (selling for $10) goes on smoothly and won't weigh you down. Not all whipped foundations are so light, so steer clear of foundations that are too dry.

 

 

Cream foundationsdior cream foundation

Cream foundations provide better coverage than liquid foundations do because of their thicker formula. They are ideal for women with dry skin, and should be avoided if your skin is more oily.

Dior makes a one that is a little pricey at $48, but totally worth the purchase.

 

 

Tinted moisturizerlaura mercier tinted moisturizer

Okay, you got us-- tinted moisturizer doesn't really count as foundation. But it is certainly in the same family. It's perfect for those who practice a simple beauty routine.

Tinted moisturizer covers up any unwanted spots or redness while keeping your skin hydrated. And it all comes in one compact tube. We prefer Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer (which can be found at Sephora for $42).

 

bare minerals foundation

Mineral powder foundation

Mineral powder foundation has really sky-rocketed in popularity-- and for a good reason. Mineral foundation is easy to use (and very forgiving). Bare Escentuals, our favorite mineral foundation brand, says that "it may look like a powder, but it feels like a cream."

We just can't get enough of this foundation's all-natural quality and SPF 15 coverage. How light and breezy!

 

Water-resistant foundationClinique foundation

Water-resistant foundation will melt away your worries about swimming or sweating off your makeup. For $22, Clinique makes a "Work-Out All Day" liquid foundation that keeps your skin feeling fresh even when you don't.

 

 

 

 


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