There are a lot of formulas and types of foundations to choose from. The main difference to look for is consistency.
Pressed powder foundation is a silky, dry formula that is usually used on oily skin types. Powder helps absorb oil and keep your face feeling and looking smooth and soft. Dry skin types usually don’t prefer powder because it tends to have a drying effect and can leave skin flakey.
Cream foundation has a heavier consistency, which is widely used for dry skin types. It provides extra hydration and adds luster to dry, dehydrated skin. This type of foundation is commonly used by middle-aged and older women who like to “fill-in” the creases. Cream foundation tends to provide more coverage. Use a proper moisturizer first before applying foundation. “Stick” foundations are similar to the cream foundation as far as texture. The “stick” design provides an easy way to carry your make up without anyone knowing it. This formula is often used for touch up’s and spot cover up’s.
Liquid foundation can be used for all skin types. It is a “universal” and common formula. You can buy liquid foundations that are oil-free and/or non-clogging. This type of foundation is easy to wear and comes in different coverage and shades.
If you know your skin type and the coverage you are looking for then it’s easy to decide the formula of foundation that will best fit your individual needs. Remember you need a good canvas (fresh face) to start with so be sure to use your three step skin care routine (cleanse, tone, moisturize) before you apply your foundation.