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Tips for Finding The Best Liquid Foundation

We live in a big world and the amount of liquid foundations out there is simply overwhelming. With all these brands to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Curious about how you can find the best liquid foundation? Then keep reading.

Liquid Foundation Selection Guide (Our Best Picks)

PictureNameFeaturesPrice
Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Combination/Oily Skin
- Up to 16 Hours Wear

- Oil & Fragrance Free

- Medium To Full Coverage
$
L'Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup- Powder Like Finish

- Lightweight

- UVA/UVB SPF 18 Protection
$

bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation
- Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

- Ultra-Thin
$$

Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. - Moisturizing Liquid Foundation
- All Natural

- Moisturzing
$$

Is Liquid Foundation Bad For Your Skin?

So you have been looking around for a liquid foundation and have come across something that you feel is right for you. How do you know if the foundation that you have selected is right for your skin? With the amount of different types of liquid foundations that are available on the market today, it simply is not easy to provide a simple “YES” or “NO” answer to this question. Rather, the effects of a particular foundation on your skin depends on your skin type and whether or not you are allergic to certain types of ingredients. Here are some tips to help you determine the best liquid foundation that is right for you:

Know Your Skin Type –  Do you have dry, oily or combination skin? Do you have sensitive skin or acne prone skin? Knowing your own skin type is the most important step in selecting the right liquid foundation. It is important to note here that all foundations have a potential to cause irritation to your skin. With experience, you will learn which brands work well for your skin. Always be sure to check the ingredients and avoid the ones that may cause harm to your skin. I have talked about the types of ingredients to avoid in a previous post here. Most people find that liquid foundations work best with dry skin types. ( An obvious choice)

Know the Season And Weather – What is the weather outside like? It always amuses me to see that many people do not take the weather into consideration when thinking about the type of makeup they should wear. As general, liquid foundations work perfect for dry weather. Be sure to look for products with UV protection for those dry and sunny days.

Know Your Skin Tone – This is a true time saver. By knowing your own skin tone, you can focus more efforts in finding the foundation that has the right features that you are looking for. I wrote a short guide on how to select the right tone for your makeup here. It is important to realize that your skin tone may change due to exposure to sunlight or skin conditions. Always monitor the tone of your skin and choose the your makeup accordingly.

Choosing Between Liquid And  Powder Foundation

I always receive emails from the readers of this blog wondering about the same question so I decided to answer this here once and for all. There really isn’t a “YES” or “NO” answer but rather, it depends on you, your skin type and what your comfort levels are. Here is a chart comparing the pros and cons of liquid and powder foundation:

 Liquid FoundationPowder Foundation
PROS- Last Long ( If worn correctly)

- Better and more complete coverage
- Lighter than liquid foundation

- generally easier to apply (depends on how you use it)
CONS- Heavier than powder foundation

- Better to set it with powder
- Does not cover as well as a liquid foundation

- Requires moisturizer to below the application to your skin.

These are the general pros and cons when comparing between liquid foundation and powder foundations. However, manufacturers slowly understand the needs of consumers and have made products to address the cons in both powder and liquid foundations. Hydrating powder foundations such as the Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil comes with a hydrating formula and minimizes the appearance of lines and pores. The gloMinerals gloProtective Liquid Foundation is a lightweight liquid foundation that feels just as light as its powder counterpart. You should be aware of your own preferences before selecting the right liquid foundation.

The Best Liquid Foundation For Oily Skin

Best Liquid Foundation for Oily SkinGenerally, most people would try to avoid liquid foundations if they have oily skin. This is because most liquid foundations have a tendency to clog pores. Combine that with oily skin and you have a very high chance of acne breakouts which is very hard to deal with. With that said, I can’t say that liquid foundations are 100% bad for oily skin. Products like the gloMinerals Luxe Liquid Foundation do not clog pores and have received rave reviews on this feature. If you choose to use a liquid foundation for oily skin, make sure to only use a thin layer or enough to cover the areas you want covered.