Foundation 101: All You Need To Know About Base
More so than any other beauty product, foundation can make or break your entire look – and the trial and error process to find the right formula can be gruelling. But whatever your skin needs, at least one of these foundations will be your skin’s BFF. Here, eight foundations for every finish and skin fix.
Illuminating – Best for a glowing finish
Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Make-up: R475, Elizabeth Arden
THE secret to flawless skin is the amount of light that bounces off the surface. Elizabeth Arden’s best-selling foundation now uses diamonds to reflect light, instantly diminish discolouration and fine lines to-give a perfectly even, radiant finish that lasts 12 hours.
Concentrated – Best for customised coverage
Shade Adjusting Drops: R300, The Body Shop
YOU wouldn’t settle for Mr. “Almost right” so why do it with your foundation? You may find your foundation looks too dark or orange or too light or ashy. Well, not anymore! Shade Adjusting Drops help turn an almost there shade into the perfect one.
High Definition – Best for #selfies
Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector: R 515, Stila
PERFECT your skin with natural, matte, undetectable coverage that looks like skin, not make-up. The unique mouldable texture minimizes the appearance of pores and conceals skin tone imperfections, leaving the skin looking air-brushed.
Diffusing – Best for mature skin
Everlasting Foundation SPF15: R415, Clarins
Everlasting Foundation instantly captures, diffuses and magnifies light. Fine lines and small imperfections are visibly minimized and the complexion appears even and luminous.
Stick – Full coverage
True Color Creme Stick Foundation: R265, Black Opal
Beautiful Bronze stick foundation lets you instantly camouflage any imperfections on-the-go. It provides you with flawless, complete coverage and is formulated with SPF15 to protect skin from sun damage.
Serum – For lacklustre skin
Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40: R645, Bobbi Brown
This high- powered formula helps moisturize and nurture skin with luminosity, giving skin the energy it needs to look fresher and younger. Super silky emulsion floats over skin’s surface without clogging pores for a tightening and smoothing skin instantly and day after day.
Matte Texture – Best for oily skin
Infallible Foundation: R199.95, L’Oreal Paris
A high-coverage formula that gives a light-weight, non-cakey matte finish, Infallible 24H Matte is clinically proven to be waterproof, steamproof, with all the comfort and none of the shine. It’s enriched with perlite technology and reduces the appearance of shine up to 24 hours.
Camouflaging – Best For Covering Redness
Even Better Make-up SPF 15: R445, Clinique
WEAR oil-free, dermatologist-developed Even Better Make-up and something amazing happens: instant improved clarity, a more even skin tone and visibly diminished age spots. It’s for all ethnicities too with 26 shades to choose from. The broad spectrum SPF helps protect against future darkening.
Hydration Boosting – Best For Dry Skin
Colorstay Whipped Creme Make-up: R329, Revlon
THE mousse-like texture is lusciously light on the skin, which gives all day flexible wear without flaking, caking or feeling heavy, even when building up to full coverage. The time release formula balances skin for a flawless look with 24-hour perfection and protection with a SPF20.
Smoothing – Best For Imperfection Prone Skin
Dermablend 3D Correction: R360, Vichy
THE perfect corrective foundation to cover, smooth out and improve the look of imperfection-prone skin types, such as oily acne-prone skin conditions. Level the skins surface, and visibly minimise 3D flaws up to 90%. It is ultra-thin on the skin with a SPF of 25.
For an airbrushed effect apply foundation with a Stippling Brush. ‘Stipple’ foundation all over the face first, then buff the product into the skin. This method will create a seamless canvas and keep make-up fresh all day.