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Best Foundation Makeup Guide

Ask ten girls to name their one be-all-end-all makeup product and all of them will say ‘foundation’ even before you can complete the question. The art of perfecting foundation makeup is perhaps the first skill that a makeup beginner learns and rightly so. Well, if you’re still struggling with getting that base right, you’ve landed at the right place. Here begins your journey to finding the best foundation for your skin tone.

But before we begin, it’s important to learn about the different formulations of foundation so that you can take your pick.


1. Liquid Foundation

Easily the popular variant, liquid foundations have a lot to offer. From creating a dewy or matte finish to providing light, medium or full coverage, a bottle of liquid foundation is highly recommended for a beginner.

Nykaa Recommends:

Maybelline New York Dream Satin Skin Liquid Foundation

Best Foundation For Dry Skin- Liquid Foundation
Best Foundation For Oily Skin- Foundation Stick

2. Stick Foundation

A foundation stick makes the application super-easy and non-messy. Especially recommended for women who are always on the go, you can carry this beauty in your handbag for easy retouches, without worrying about the chances of an accidental spillage.

Nykaa Recommends:

Nykaa SKINgenius Foundation Stick Conceal Contour & Corrector


3. Cream Foundation

The perfect foundation for dry skin, cream formulas provides medium to high coverage and leaves your skin with a smooth texture. However, if not blended well, they can end up looking cakey and unflattering.

Nykaa Recommends:

Deborah BB Cream 5In1 Foundation

Foundation For Dry Skin- Cream Foundation
Best Mousse Foundation

4. Mousse Foundation

Mousse or whipped foundation have very little air whipped into them. This manufacturing process makes the foumula lighter and smoother, so it goes on your skin a little easier. Good for mature skin as it’s less likely to settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

Nykaa Recommends:

Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation


5. Powder Foundation

Much like your regular compact but with higher coverage abilities, powder foundations come in two options – pressed and loose. Both are perfect for almost all skin types and can be easily carried anywhere for easy foundation makeup reapplications.

Nykaa Recommends:

NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

Best Foundation For Oily Skin- Powder Foundation

How To Apply Foundation

Though it looks pretty simple, most women still have their questions about how to apply foundation on face. So, if you’re done with all those confusing video tutorials, here’s the foundation makeup tutorial you need.

  1. Firstly, start with a clean canvas. Use a mild face wash to wash off any dirt or grime that might have settled on your face.
  2. Next up, prep your face with a lightweight moisturizer.
  3. Now it’s time to apply an even layer of a face primer. A primer helps your base makeup to stay as long as you want it to.
  4. Next up is the concealer. Target acne spots, pimple marks, pigmentation around the mouth or any other face imperfections with your trusted concealer.
  5. Then, it’s finally time for your foundation. Whatever product you use, remember to blend it well since blending is the key to a flawless complexion.
  6. Last up, set your base with a compact. Proceed to eye and lip makeup to complete the look.

Foundation As Per Skin Type

Apart from your skin tone, it’s also important that you keep your skin type in mind while picking your foundation. Guess what, we’ve already sorted the best bet according to your skin type. You’re welcome.

Best Foundation For Combination Skin

Best Foundation For Combination Skin
Best Foundation For Sensitive Skin

Best Foundation For Sensitive Skin

You Ask, We Answer

It’s finally time for a quick FAQ session where we’re addressing the most commonly asked questions about all things foundation. So here goes.

Q: How do I know if I have cool or warm undertones?

A: There are several ways to determine if you have cool undertones or warm undertones. The easiest is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they are bluish, you have cool undertones and if they are greenish, then you have warm undertones.

Q: What tool is the best while blending foundation – brush or blender?

A: Both, the makeup brush as well as a beauty blender have their own sets of pros and cons. Go with whatever works better for you.
Beauty blenders don’t leave blend lines behind. They absorb no product and hence, give maximum coverage with minimal foundation. Also, it’s soft surface is gentle on skin, making it an ideal choice of women with sensitive or dry skin. However, they can be a tad bit more expensive than brushes.
Makeup brushes, on the other hand, help you with precise application and layered coverage. However, the bristles can be a breeding place for bacteria, that can further lead to skin problems. Hence, brushes need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

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