Few days back, I put up a post on picking the right foundation based on finishes and type of skin. After getting a request, I have made this post on the different foundation types in the market. Foundations usually come in 8 different types:

Stick: This is a good foundation for normal to dry skin women who want more coverage. This offers good amount of coverage for imperfections, uneven skin tone etc. This is cream foundation and concealer packed together. If a lot of coverage is not needed, it can look heavy easily.


Liquid: This is the most common type of foundation, since it’s easy to blend and easy to layer on. And due to different formulas available, it’s suited for most skin types. It’s available in oil-free, oil-absorbing, 24 hr stay and moisturizing formulas and gives sheer to medium coverage. It can be found in a bottle or tube.


Cream: It is smooth and creamy formula created for dry to normal skin. This gives the skin a natural finish while offering highest coverage. This can be made sheer by applying it with a damp sponge or brush. If you have dry flaky skin, this can make skin look cakey.


Mousse: This is a cream foundation with whipped consistency, making it lighter and smoother. This usually comes in a jar and has a sheer consistency. The coverage is more natural and doesn’t look heavy. This is great for women with dry and mature skin as it doesn’t settle into fine lines.

Tinted Moisturizer: This is perfect for times when you just want to even out skin tone and want minimal or no coverage. This is a moisturizer with a little added foundation color.

Mineral: This is a loose powder that provides medium to full coverage. This is great for people with allergies or sensitive skin, as it contains vitamins and minerals to help treat the skin. Brush or sponge can be used to layer on the powder.

Cream to powder: This goes on skin as liquid or cream and dries to powder finish. It lasts long and is kind to oily skin because the powder helps minimize the oil. This type usually comes in a compact case.

Compact: This is a pressed powder that can be used wet or dry. Applied with sponge, it gives you more coverage. And when applied with brush, it provides sheer coverage. It is great for touch-ups throughout the day. . It is also used to absorb extra oil and mattify face. Applied with a damp tool, it gives more coverage, almost like cream or foundation.


So which type do you use?.. Love, Jas 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Foundation Types

  1. Jas@amakeupdiary

    Hey Gaur, u can go for liquid. It’s easy to use and comes in different formulas to suit you. Do check Foundation basic post to figure out what finish you want.. 🙂


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