Setting the Stage: Moisturizer, Concealer and Foundation Tips

Act II: Selecting a Foundation

Selecting a foundation can be a little overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Basically, the choice depends on your skin type and how much coverage you want. There are four main types of foundation, from sheer to opaque:

  • Liquid foundations are usually water-based and come in lots of formulations for all skin types.
  • Powder foundations are best for oily skin because they control shine and have a more matte finish. (Mineral foundation comes in powder form.)
  • Cream foundations are good for dry or mature skin that needs a little extra coverage.
  • Stick foundations can double as concealer. They're often in cream-to-powder form and provide full coverage for many skin types.

Now that you've picked your foundation, you can move on to concealer.