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How to Choose the Right Foundation Formulation For You

When it comes to cosmetics, foundation is, umm, the foundation of your makeup routine. But choosing the formulation for your skin type, coverage preferences and desired finish can be tricky. We've already explored how to choose the right shade, so let's get right down to the next step: the basics of selecting a foundation formulation. Find out more when you keep reading.

  1. Tinted Moisturiser
  2. Liquid
    • Coverage: The most versatile, provides anywhere from sheer-to-full coverage, depending on formulation
    • Who it's for: All skin types. Just read the label for the one that's perfect for you
    • Try: L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Liquid Light Foundation ($33.95)
  3. Cream and Sticks
    • Coverage: Medium to full. Gives a natural-looking finish that's easy to build upon or tone down
    • Who it's for: Normal-to-dry skin
    • Try: Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick ($110)
  4. Mousse
    • Coverage: Lightweight with medium to full coverage
    • Who it's for: Normal-to-dry types, specifically great for ageing skin, as it's less likely to cake
    • Try: Avon Soft Matte Mousse Foundation ($22.99)
  5. Cream-to-Powder
    • Coverage: More than tinted moisturiser and liquid formulations, but less than regular creams and sticks. For sheer-to-medium coverage that's less creamy, try a similar, yet drier dual-finish powder.
    • Who it's for: Those with normal-to-slightly oily skin
    • Try: Mirabella Skin Tint Crème to Powder Foundation ($50)
  6. Mineral Powder

Stockists: Avon (1800 646 000) and Tom Ford (David Jones Elizabeth St, Sydney and Bourke St, Melbourne only)

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