Makeup Reviews: Cream Foundation Vs Powder Foundation

A quick guide to the pros and cons of cream versus powder foundation and it's uses.

Looking your best, minimizing those imperfections and facing the day with a fresh glow all create a high sense of self-esteem.A high self-esteem can lead to confidence in your abilities that can make all the difference in the day.Start this process with an easy and reliable makeup foundation suited to your needs.

To create a smooth, even skin tone that will last throughout the day without overpowering the highlights of your blush, mascara, or lipstick; a foundation suited for your skin type is an important first step.Foundation is available in powder and cream form and is strictly a personal choice based on your preference and skin needs.Since age, stress and climate can affect your skin, re-evaluate your skin type and needs on a quarterly bases; more often if you feel it is necessary.

First determine your skin type.

Dry or Mature skin can feel tight throughout the day and may frequently show signs of flaking.A foundation with moisturizers is necessary for this skin type.

Oily or Shiny skin will frequently have a "glow" throughout the day and may require blotting of excess oil.An oil-free foundation is best for this skin type.

Combination skin, the most common, will show both dry and oily skin at different portions of the face.Water-based foundations or powder foundations are best for this skin type.

Sensitive skin can be occur with dry, oily or combination skin, and is associated with reactions to chemicals and scents within the product.Specialty foundations are available for sensitive skin to avoid reactions.These foundations may cost slightly more but are well worth the cost.

Once you've determined you skin type, decide upon cream or powdered foundation.Both types come in a variety of colors and finishes and can be used on a daily basis.Some of the pros and cons of both include the following:

Cream foundations offer a sheer, satin or matte finish that can be distributed lightly for quick coverage or more heavily for darker areas.Creams tend to last longer than powder foundations and a little can go a long way.Dry or combination skin will benefit the most from cream foundations as many varieties include a moisturizer that will benefit the skin as well as create a smooth tone.Those with mature skin should look for a cream foundation that lies on top of the skin, many creams will find their way into cracks and wrinkles by the end of the day; the opposite of what is wanted with foundation.Those with oily skin types may have a reaction to cream foundations creating an orange pigment rather than a creamy or nude tone.Cream foundations can feel heavy on your skin, as well as become tacky in hot weather.

Powder foundations also offer a sheer, satin or matte finish that easily blends on oily or combination skin.Powder foundations are available in loose powder or pressed powder.Loose powder is similar to talc powder and should be applied lightly with a brush.The best matte finish can be achieved with loose powder and it will last longer than pressed.Pressed powders are pressurized to create a particular form or can include oils to hold the powder together.Powder foundations can quickly eliminate shininess but touch-ups may be required if frequent face touching occurs throughout the day.

Decide on a color, or two, that best match your skin pigment.Try a few colors in different areas of your face as under the eyes and nose can greatly vary in colorization from your cheeks.Sometimes a blend of two colors will create the perfect skin tone match.Don't be afraid to experiment or take the advice of a makeup consultant.Keep in mind the lighting in which you'll be viewed.Makeup under florescent lights can vary in color when viewed in sunlight; test your colors in the light you'll be in most of the day.

Use the proper tools for application to get the best results.Synthetic brushes and sponges work best with creams, while natural bristle brushes will release powder foundations in a more even tone.Remember to keep in mind allergies as many makeup sponges or synthetic brushes can contain latex and other chemicals.

Whichever choice you make, keep in mind that sun damage can result; no matter how heavy makeup is applied.Remember to add sunscreen whenever you'll be in the sun or select foundations with sunscreen built in.

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