If you’re planning your wedding, there’s a huge chance you’ve already imagined your ‘dream’ look for the day. Maybe you’re going to be a classic bride with a red lip, it could be that you’re planning to rock a sultry look with smoky eyes and razor sharp cheekbones, or perhaps you’ve dreamt of going boho with flushed cheeks and rosebud lips.
Whatever you’re imagining, I’d bet my bottom dollar you’ve never pictured walking down the aisle with a pimple (or five), a shiny forehead or red skin.
And that, dear brides, is why it’s so important to get your foundation right.
So, we set out to quiz Chantel Rahme (aka The Makeup Expert) on what the different types of foundations there are and how to choose a personal match made in heaven.
WW: What are the different types of foundation how do we know what to use?
Chantel: Generally speaking, there are five different types of foundations, each with their own unique attributes.
There’s cream foundation which is a heavier foundation type that provides you with maximum coverage. This type includes stick foundations and they are perfect for TV or photography makeup. These foundations are best suited for ‘normal to dry skin’
You can also get tinted moisturisers, which include the popular BB and CC creams. These are for those brides wanting minimum/light coverage that will even out your skin tone without looking like you’re wearing makeup – this is a great option for those with ‘dry skin’ that needs a little extra hydration.
Liquid foundations will give you good medium coverage and the quality ones can be layered up to provide you with full coverage. When layering liquid foundation, be careful to do so lightly, otherwise you’re at risk of the cake face! This foundation is perfect for all skin types and if you find you have overly oily skin, simply opt for the oil-free versions.
A powder foundation is a great option for daily wear, as it minimal to medium coverage is works well for those with normal to oily skin. The trick with this type is to make sure you apply it with a powder brush all over your face and don’t be tempted to use the sponge applicator that normally comes with the product. This sponge should only be used for touch-ups during the day; never for the initial application. A powder foundation is my personal favourite, as it’s quick and easy to apply and makes my skin look naturally flawless.
The final option is mineral foundation. This type of product is as natural as you’re likely to get with a makeup, as it is mind primarily from finely ground minerals such as iron, zinc and titanium dioxide. Even though this foundation is breathable, don’t be fooled into thinking you can wear it to bed. My number one rule is never sleep with your makeup on! Mineral foundation is a great option for women with sensitive skin or allergies.
Tinted Moisturisers Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, Nude By Nature BB 5-in-1 Miracle Cream, Issada CC8, Human & Kind 5 in 1 BB, Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream
Liquid Foundations Klara Cosmetics Foundation Stick, Elcie Micro Silque, Dr Lewinn’s Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation, Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation, Napoleon Perdis Stroke of Genius Liquid Cashmere Foundation
Powder Foundations ModelCo Mineral Powder Natural Foundation, INIKA Mineral Foundation Powder, La Mav Pure Anti-Ageing Minerals
Mineral Foundations Issada Mineral Velvet Cream, SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral Organic Fluid Foundation, Klara Cosmetics CC Cream 8-in-1 Mineral Foundation, Scout Cosmetics Liquid Mineral Foundation
The Makeup Expert is a Sydney-based makeup artist and trainer specialises in fashion-forward, creative and airbrush makeup.