Which Foundations Will Best Suit Your Face Instantly

Finally a cheat sheet for all your make-up coverage needs


Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini and Jill Percia |

Foundation formulations can vary widely in terms of consistency, application, and ingredients. And finding the right foundation can involve a lot of teary trial and error and even worse – misspent moola. So how do you know which type is right for you? Easy. It’s a case of knowing what are the pros and cons of different foundations. Here, we run down the various types of foundations, so you can find your best fit.

Mineral Foundation

This foundation comes in a loose powder texture that is free from chemicals and harmful ingredients. It’s non-comedogenic and potentially great for sensitive or break-out prone skin. Great thing about mineral foundation is that a little goes an awful long way when you dab it on your skin with a brush.

Best if… Your skin is oily, acne-prone or sensitive. But skip it if you have dry skin or wrinkles (powders can creep into crevices).

Try… MSL Mineral Powder Bronzer (R350) available at Miss Salon London

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Foam Foundation

Moussy foundations offer the buildable coverage and hydration of a rich cream without feeling thick. You can use your fingers or a sponge to apply a mousse foundation. You just need to have a light hand and use the product sparingly.

Best if… You have normal to dry skin. Foam gives refined finish of a powder but doesn’t appear dry or cracked. It provides medium to full coverage.

Try… Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation (R165) available at Dis-Chem.

Liquid Foundation

This trusted foundation is packed with pigment and is said to offer full coverage so that means if can cover a multitude of skin concerns. There are light weight, mattifying and even moisturising options that you can use on your face using a make-up brush or your fingers if you want a more dewy look.

Best if… You want proper coverage that will last the whole day. If you have dry skin however, give this one a skip. Liquid formulations can adhere to rough and dry patches. Also give this one a miss if you are acne prone – some liquid foundation contain silicons which trigger breakouts.

Try… Revlon ColorStay Makeup (R295) available at Dis-Chem.

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BB Cream Foundation

This is basically a superfood-kind of makeup. Blemish balms or beauty balms, provide hydration, SPF protection and sheer coverage alongside treating the skin with antioxidants and/or other anti-aging ingredients. You can apply a bb cream using your fingers.

Best if… You already have good skin (let’s be honest) and you are just looking to even light imperfections. If you looking for a sheer natural look – grab one of these multi-tankers.

Try… Sorbet BB Cream (R129) available at Clicks.

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