If you love makeup or not, one thing’s for sure. People need it at some point in their lives. And to have a great made-up look, you need a good base.
Makeup bases come in many types. There are tinted moisturizers, bb creams, cc creams, foundations, airbrush, and more.
They go from sheer to full coverage. Skin moisturizers, bb creams, and cc creams are usually sheer in coverage. Some foundations have sheer coverage, but the vast majority of them have medium to full coverage.
Foundations are best for high coverage and longer-lasting makeup. Here are the top 5 foundations that I think are still the best in 2020. Check them out!
I think everyone owns this foundation. I do.
This foundation is matte so it’s ideal for oil to oily-combination skin types. But I think you can get away with this if you have normal skin and want to have a dry complexion throughout the day just as long as you moisturize well before putting it on.
It comes in a lot of shades. Like, A LOT, 40 to be exact. This is awesome because everyone can find the perfect shade with the right undertone for them!
It’s called poreless because it helps in refining the pores for that flawless finish.
For me, this is the queen of the mattes.
It’s an oily gal’s best friend. It doesn’t crease, flake, or disappear! It is lightweight, wears for 24 hours (I wouldn’t wear it that long though), and you don’t need a lot either to create coverage.
It’s a medium to full-coverage foundation, which means it can cover veins, redness, and pimples even without the aid of a concealer. It’s lightweight, oil-free, sweat and humidity-resistant, and long-wearing.
The only con I can see is the shade range. I wish they had more.
If you want a foundation with moisturizing benefits, this one’s for you!
This line from Covergirl and Olay gives you the anti-aging properties of a moisturizer and the coverage of a foundation. Best of both worlds!
Its hyaluronic complex and vitamin C helps give you a hydrated, firm, and radiant skin. Although this is great and all, you might want to stay away from this if you have oily skin.
The only con is the shade range as well.
This foundation stays true to its name by having 46 shades from cool tones to neutral and warm tones. It’s line? You won’t be able to tell where your foundation ends and your skin starts.
This foundation is neither matte nor hydrating, but it’s in the middle (natural finish). It doesn’t have any oil, fragrance, or pore-clogging ingredients.
What it does have is a broad-spectrum SPF of 17. This makes it great for day wear. It also has vitamins A and C, grapefruit extract, and wheat germ to nourish and protect the skin!
It can go from natural coverage to, I’d say medium. It’s super blendable and gives that semi-dewy complexion.
- 46 shades
- SPF 17
- Has vitamins A and C, grapefruit extract, and wheat germ
- Natural finish
- Can give a flashback when worn at night
- Didn’t last the longest on me
Not a fan of liquid foundations? How about a cream one?
Cream foundations are also called stick foundations. They are meant to last longer than natural finish or hydrating foundations.
It is formulated with argan and sunflower seed oils to help moisturize the skin and have an effortless blending but it is semi-matte. I know. Technology and makeup these days.
How to Find Your Foundation Shade
1. It starts with your shade.
First, you will need to find what shade or tone matches your skin. Foundation shades range from light to deep skin tones. The best way to find what your best shade is is to make a swatch on your jaw, neck, or chest.
This is because your foundation has to match your neck. If you are ordering online, make sure you already know your shade. If you don’t, ask for help from their customer service.
2. Find out your undertone.
What is an undertone?
An undertone is a tone or color underneath the skin. It can be cool, neutral, or cool. The difference between a tone and an undertone is that skin tone can change especially when subjected to sunlight exposure, while an undertone cannot.
3. Know what your skin type is.
Not everyone has the same skin type. If you have oily skin, matte foundations will work best for you. If you have dry skin, a hydrating or moisturizing foundation would be ideal.
If you have normal skin, you can do away with either. But some foundations are specifically formulated for normal and combination skin types, or skin that has both oily but sensitive or dry and sensitive skin.
4. Find out what coverage you need.
If you want to cover those spots, redness, or sleepless nights because we all have them, you want to go for a full-coverage foundation or at least a medium-coverage one. If you want a more natural and barely-there makeup look, you might want to go for a sheer or light coverage.
Hydrating or moisturizing foundations can be made long-lasting. What I do is that I let it set for a good minute or two, and I set it further with a loose powder. Sometimes I bake in the areas where I tend to crease like the under eyes and laugh lines, and sometimes I don’t.
But it’s always best to set a foundation with powder not just to make it long-lasting, but also to make it transfer-proof. You wouldn’t want it transferred to your friend’s cheeks when you kiss them .