Types of Foundations

Off-late my love for foundations has risen like no other, while I keep searching for my best friend I have compiled a list of types of foundations for all my friends to make their foundation search easier. Your base is exactly what your foundation can create so having a good foundation means half of your deal is done.

Types of foundations

Cream foundation
– Most used product by the Indian skin. Great for all skin types and you get the maximum variety here.

– You can easily get medium or full coverage.
– The best part about this foundation is that it lends a dewy finish. It instantly makes you party ready and gives you a great face for great pics.
– Covers and conceals discolorations and imperfections on the skin to provide you a flawless finish.

Liquid foundation
-We have seen this since childhood, even our mother have banked on liquid foundations like no other.

Is ideal for all skin types. It is well-suited for dry skin.
– Gives the kind of coverage you need with the help of tools like a beauty blender or a brush
– Has a satin, matte or dewy finish depending on the formulation.
– You would usually need a moisturizer base with a liquid foundation for best results.

Pressed powder foundation
– Is best for those who have oily skin.
– It lends a light to medium coverage so it may not be helpful in covering acne
– Has a matte-finish look and you can use a highlighter for a dewy look
– Evens out the skin tone, hides the imperfections and absorbs the excess oil.
– Should be applied with the help of a powder brush. It can be also used as a great summer product if you have a combination skin

Mineral foundation

Ideal for all skin types, except oily. It is specially suited for those with sensitive skin
– Gives a matte finish look and you may add glittered blushers
– Has a light to medium coverage and is powdery in nature
– Evens out the skin tone, moisturizes, protects and absorbs the excess oil.
– Use a brush to buff it on

Tinted moisturizing foundation
– Ideal for normal and dry skin but you have to be sure of the tone before buying it from the store.
– It is well-suited for those who need extra hydration and just a touch of color to pull it off.\

It gives a slight dewy finish which lends a natural look to your face.
– Lightly evens out the skin tone and is a good choice to hide light scars.

A foundation needs to be tried on your face for best results. You need to make sure that your foundation does not look over board or cakey. You should ideally use your fingers or a beauty blender for an even finish on the face and neck. instead of using glittered finish you should use a highlighter.

Best Full Coverage Face Foundations in India

Today I am going to give out the list of my most favorite foundations that are available in India. These are the best ones that I found in the Indian market do share your favorites too in the comments section.

  1. Revlon Photoready Make up Foundation:

3-1  The Photoready foundation creates a dewy finish and makes the skin look glowy and supple. The foundation gets absorbed so soon that it looks like an extension of your own skin and has a long lasting stay. This is the perfect foundation for the weddings or party season as it gives that very fresh glowy party look. The best thing is that you don’t even need a concealer to hide your patches or zits. Since it comes with enough SPF you wont need a dab of sunscreen either. The packaging has a pump like most other foundations available.

Price: INR 850-1000.

Style Meter – 8.5

  1. Clinique Super Balanced Makeup Foundation:

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This clinique foundation is the best for women with combination or oily skin. It totally understands your skin, if you know what I mean. It gives complete coverage and you would not need any other product like a primer or a concealer. Depending on the oil content of your skin I recommend you may use a basic moisturizer if you need to. It does not break out or create any zits even on the most sensitive skin. It lasts long hours and only a very little quantity is used. It is the best product if you are looking for a more matte finish.

Price :  INR2500 approx

Style Meter – 9/10

  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:

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You all know how much I adore Estee Lauder products and this one is no different. This is one of the best full coverage foundations in the market and I am saying that out of experience. It settles so easily on the skin that you won’t even need a pressed powder over it. The only drawback is that it does not have enough SPF but it is good enough to go for most of your outings. It rests extremely easily on the skin providing a very long stay.

Price: INR 2790

Style Meter – 9/10

  1. Lakme Absolute White Intense Skin Cover SPF 25:

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The package comes in an attractive pump design, since it gets very easy to use, it becomes more travel friendly. It provides very good coverage which is very long lasting. You may need to create a moisturizer or a primer base to make your face more supple or you may just stick to a body oil like me. It is one of the cheapest foundations in my favorites.

Price – INR 630

Style Meter – 8.5/10

  1. Maybeline New York Fit Me Foundation:

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Oh I so love this foundation. It is m favorite in this range. It gives you complete coverage and you do not need any base at all. You would rarely need a concealer and once you blend it you are just good to go. It will easily last for four hours on your face and gives a glowy matte finish.

Price – INR 565

Style Meter – 9/10

 

5 Reasons Never to Sleep in your Makeup

We all have had days when we hate to remove our make-up and trust me on most days we hate to got through the whole process of removing face makeup. Recently I noticed my skin was not as smooth as it used to be courtesy parties. Though I should not blame it; because the real reason was just wiping my face with a tissue and sleeping with at least the base layer.

Most dermatologists stress on Makeup removal as something more important than putting good makeup and it should be a part of your makeup regime. It is as important as brushing your teeth at night otherwise your mouth bacteria will start acting up.

After figuring out a lot of things, I found out these top 5 reasons never to sleep in your Makeup –

  1. Clogging Pores

We all know what makeup does to us, it covers up all our pores giving us the perfect flawless look. We have become so used to the age old foundation and what not on top of it we have our face primers, highlighters, pressed powders, contouring colors. Your skin may belong to any category but clogging your pores is never a good idea if you want to make your skin shine. It starts with small break outs and coverts to pimples and blemishes very soon.

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  1. No No to Foundation

Most doctors say that the base is the worst product to leave on to your face and it should be removed daily for regular application. When makeup like this is not properly removed it results in the breakdown of collagen, wrinkles, clogged pores, and acne flare-ups. And you might be still blaming it on your junk diet.

  1. Eye Makeup

With the amount of love we create our dramatic eyes it is equally important to spend and equivalent amount of time removing every layer of the smokey eyes or the cat eyed liner. Eye make up can do more harm than most other products, it can easily result in red eyes, eye infections, irritation and heating of eyes. Mascara is supposed to damage your eyelids too when not removed properly and never sleep with artificial lashes the gum can spoil your tender skin.

  1. Lipstick sticking to the lips

Your left over lipstick will increase the chapping of your lips many fold. Many lipsticks contain drying waxes which help the lipstick to last longer on to lips. Ideally you need to remove your lipstick and put a nice lip balm on your lips after removing the lipstick to keep your lips baby soft.

  1. The Best part

So after all this you must be wondering what really is required that you remove your make-up. You have various options to choose from – make up removing wipes and makeup removers. Make sure you pick up something that is oil based so that your make up comes off very easily. You just need to take a cotton ball and cleanse your face and eyes. Sometimes eye makeup gets more rigid and takes more time. After cleaning just apply little night cream on your face and non- tinted lip balm for best results.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator Review

These days no make-up is complete without a HIGHLIGHTER, wherever you go, whoever you consult people are using highlighters much more than before and also excelling at it. Today we see all makeup enthusiasts banking on this product so I got one which is Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light and I will review it for you guys today.

Not all brands give you many options to choose from when it comes to highlighters but Revlon has come up with Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator which is available in 3 shades – Peach lights, Bare lights and Pink lights.

Price is 950 INR for 30ml of product

Shelf life is 3 years

Shades available: Peach, Bare and Pink lights

Product claims: Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look. Mix with or wear over foundation to banish dullness and even out skin tone.

My experience with Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

Packaging – it comes in a slim tube and the color corresponds to the shade you have picked. It has a nozzle button over it so that you can squeeze out the required amount. The package is quite travel-friendly and usable. Only thing since it is too liquid it tends to fall off just by tilting it and you may not need to push the nozzle or else it will lead to wastage.

Usage – you will need a very small quantity of the product and you can use it highlight your cheeks, cupids bow, eye brows and nose in my case. You may use a beauty blender if you are fond of it but I usually stick to my fingers because it works great for me. I can use the right strength and color to blend according to the look I want. The texture is like lotion, with very subtle glitters present and this gives the very natural highlighting finish on the skin. It is good for all skin types. Even the oily skin ones can carry this formula easily as it is light weight and non-greasy. Your skin shows a natural healthy glow with this product and it can be your go to when you are looking for instant pep up to your tired skin. I have used it with a foundation combination. This product comes off very easily with a makeup remover.

Pros –

Easily blended

Natural highlighting

Stays long

Very less quantity is used.

 

Cons

The nozzle of the package

Can be very subtle

Overpriced

 

Style meter – 8/10

 

Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation

Very recently Shraddha Kapoor did some rope dance to launch Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation, the new product by Lakme. The event took place in a hotel in Mumbai where Shraddha Kapoor who is the brand ambassador for Lakme, performed a rope dance on the middle of the road. This was one of the kind launch of any beauty product in India. The idea was to feel ‘weightless’ and talk about the Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation.

Quite impressed by the campaign and the ‘weightless’ feel I decided to try on this new Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation. I got a tube for Rs 575.

Packaging

It comes in a small cardboard package like other lakme products. It looks very similar to the Lakme CC cream in shape and size. The tube is easy to store and travel friendly. Since the tube is soft plastic you can always choose the amount of the product that you need to apply.

Texture

The texture of this Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation is amazingly smooth. It will almost glide on your skin as you want it. It gives you very light coverage for a foundation. Most of the foundations give you enough coverage to hide all your marks and blemishes but this one only makes your skin lighter. You will definitely need a concealer with this one. But this is one product that you can use daily like a moisturizer if you like the natural look of your skin. It stays for about 3 hours on my face and the best thing is its weightless quality. As the product promises you do feel that it is weightless and there is absolutely nothing on your skin.

Procedure

Step 1: Apply Lakme 9to5 Weightless Foundation to clean, moisturized skin.
Step 2 : Just take a small amount of product with the index finger and start applying it to the skin with your fingertips. Usually, you can just apply the mousse in four places: the forehead, nose, chin and cheekbones.
Step 3: Blend into your skin starting from the centre of the skin outwards, taking care to cover your face including your neck.

Availability

It is easily available in four shades in the market –

  1. Rose Honey
  2. Rose Ivory
  3. Beige Vannile
  4. Beige Caramel

Pros

  • weightless
  • easily available
  • works well for fair skin tones

Cons

  • Less coverage
  • does not stay very long

Style Meter – 7/10