Foundation is truly what makes or breaks your makeup (and thus makes or breaks your entire look). The job of a foundation is to smooth out any uneven skin tone, hide your blemishes and gives your skin a healthy and vibrant glow. Most women apply makeup without any foundation – and this is a big mistake. Why? Because this method highlights small skin problems rather than hiding them.
When you go to the cosmetics section of a department store, you will come face to face with a wide array of face foundations. Today, foundation makeup comes in different types and colors. One of the latest and most commonly used types of foundation is the ‘full coverage’ foundation. Since this type is relatively new, there are still many women who are not aware of its potential benefits and understand what it should really be used for.
So what is Full Coverage Foundation?
Simply put, this is a makeup that is applied to your face to conceal any skin imperfections that you may have. When we say full coverage, we are referring to the thickness of the foundation. Among all the different types of foundations out there, full coverage foundation is the heaviest on the skin and is likely best used to cover any major blemishes like redness, acne, or rosacea. The difference of full coverage foundation from other types of foundation is the fact that it contains more pigment which can easily cover up the redness of your skin while still allowing a portion of your natural skin tone to show through.
What are the Different Types of Full Coverage Foundation?
You can find different types of full coverage foundation in various cosmetics store racks today. These types include the following:
- Full Coverage with Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Most women make the mistake of assuming that all foundation contain SPF. Unfortunately this is not true, and why you should probably invest a few minutes and take a good look at the brand’s label first. If possible, do a little research of the actual brand before making your purchase as well. A foundation that contains SPF is highly recommended because it can prevent your skin from premature aging. Also, SPF helps in protecting your skin from the skin damages that will eventually lead to skin cancer.
- Foundation For All Skin Types. When choosing a foundation, it is best that you take into consideration the type of skin you have (and be honest with yourself!). These days, different foundations are designed to cater to the needs of different skin types: dry, normal, oily and sensitive skin.
- Creme-to-Powder Full Coverage Foundation. If you have red pigmentation on your face that you wish to conceal, this is the perfect type of full coverage foundation to try. The best thing about this type of full coverage foundation is that it prevents shine and gives your skin a flawless finish.
How Do I Apply Full Coverage Foundation?
Now that we you have a basic understanding of full coverage foundation, it’s about time that you know learn a few tips on how to apply this amazing foundation. Just like any other foundation, a full coverage foundation comes in liquid to creme-to-powder form. There are lots of ways you can apply this. And to some extent, how you apply it is dependent on your personal preference. Here are a few application methods you can use:
- With the use of your fingers. This is the most popular way to apply foundation on the face: using a finger. A lot of people prefer this over the other methods because you can easily control the amount of makeup that will be applied to your face when you make use of your fingers. On the other hand, a fingertip application is not recommended for people with acne since using your finger may aggravate your acne condition more due to the oil in your fingers.
- With a brush. This method of application is what most makeup professionals prefer, and there are many different types of makeup brushes that you can use. These include the following:
* Standard Foundation Brush. When it comes to applying foundation on certain parts of your face, this standard foundation brush is the best thing to use. However, one downside of the standard brush is that most of these tend to be streaky. In order to avoid this, I’d advise you to first test the brush first before buying it.
* Buffing brush. When we say buffing brush, we are referring to any densely packed brushes that are fluffy. You can use this dry or wet. When you use a dry buffing brush, it will provide you with an airbrush finish without any hassles in application. On the other hand, it provides a more sheer finish during warmer months.
* Stippling brush or Duo-fiber brush. This is the type of brush that can give you a very polished finish however it will take a longer application time.
- With a sponge. Sponges provide a smoother application. It is usually used in blending full coverage makeup to hide the redness of the skin. However, most people do not like using sponges because it tends to soak up the makeup.
- With a cotton ball. This is the best method to use for people who do not want to buy expensive make p applicator brushes.
(Drumroll please) What Is The Best Full Coverage Foundation Available?
According to makeup.lovetoknow.com, here are the top three full coverage foundation that we can find in the market today: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Foundation and Avon Anew Age-Transforming Foundation SPF 15. On the other hand, here is another list of the best full coverage foundation in the market as released by makeupgeek.com: Revlon Colorstay, Estee Lauder Double wear, Laura Mercier Silk crÃ¨me, Make Up For Ever mat Velvet, and DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation. So obviously it depends who you ask. Me? I stick with the Colorstay from Revlon.
The experts have spoken and I did my best to give you a few full coverage application tips. What are you still waiting for? Go get your very own full coverage foundation now!