15 June 2011

kia's essential guide to: foundation

Hello! As part of my essential guide series of post's I have decided to tackle foundation next. There are TONS of different types of foundation out there, all with different finishes,coverage,textures and formula's. I am going to discuss these & more in further detail in this post, so get the kettle on & get comfy. This is my essential guide to foundation.

Always start with less, you can always build it up and add more.


Liquid foundations are normally medium to full coverage. They are easy to apply using your fingers, sponges or brush.

Tinted moisturiser 
These are great for the summer as they feel light. The coverage is very light and wont cover any blemishes. Ideal if your in a rush or if you don't like the feeling of wearing make up, most tinted moisturisers contain SPF.

Mousse or Cream
depending on what product you buy these will have a light to medium coverage. These types of foundation very lightweight and easy to apply using your fingers or a sponge. You would probably still need to use concealer with this foundation if you suffer from spots or dark circles.

In the past few years, mineral powder has become more and more popular. You could use it alone as a foundation or to set on top of your foundation as a powder. It will give you a matte finish, and it's good for all skin types. The coverage is usually medium or light.

Pressed Powder
This is normally used to set foundation, it's great if you suffer from oily skin or like a matte finish. Translucent powder suits all skin tones & wont adjusts the shade of your foundation.

These foundations are like a creamier version of a pressed powder. The coverage is medium and is best applied with a sponge using a dabbing technique. Some compact foundation go from cream to liquid. 



Geeky Foundation 
technology has made it's way to make up! 

Max factor Age Renew
 A new advance in anti-ageing foundation and uses a patented formula to smooth away the appearance of  fine lines, hide dark shadows and leave your skin illuminated.

Revlon Beyond Natural
Weightless foundation that goes on white and self-adjusts to match your exact skin tone

Rimmel Lasting finish 25 hours
The revolutionary formula, complete with a revitalizing mineral complex and moisturising aqua primer, helps to reenergise overworked skin. Feels hydrating all day.

Hope you enjoyed that! I love reading your comments, any ideas what my next essential guide should be? 


  1. i have so much trouble with foundation! i always get the wrong colour or type for my skin so this was a very helpful post for me!
    a good essential guide for me would be lipstick!


  2. i really need to get a new foundationx

  3. Thanks for sharing! I never knew there were so many different types of foundation!!


  4. I really need a new foundation! That revlon one sounds cool!!! x

  5. great and informative blog especially as we all seam to get it wrong so often with foundation!

  6. Kia! I just wanted to let you know that i bought the Revlon beyond natural foundation because of your post and i Love it! Was trying to find out if you had a twitter account and see you are at AUCB! (i've just graduated from there) Hope you are enjoying it, and if you have twitter find me! It's @ameliakanaris xxx

  7. I have really pale skin and i looked for ages for a foundation that would give good coverage and blend in with my natural skin tone and eventually i found it!!! Its GOSH X-ceptional wear in Porcelain shade 11! It's a liquid foundation that i apply with my fingers as i think that a sponge uses up to much, It's £6-8 and worth it!!! :)Xoxo


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