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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Different Foundation Types

I have been wearing foundation every time I do my makeup since I was a sophomore in high school. I feel more put together and I love how even a little foundation can even out my (sometimes less than even) complexion. As I began to dabble more and more with makeup, I quickly learned that foundation is not one formula fits all.

Depending on the day I typically change up the coverage of my foundations. For more formal events or when I’ll be taking photos, I opt for full coverage with a matte finish. On days where I am simply going to class or running errands, I reach for some BB cream. In fact, the right product differs depending on the season, skin type/concern, and even season.

This type of “foundation foundation” came from years of testing out what works for me. If you’re new to the foundation scene it might seem like there are just too many finishes and different products to choose from. I wanted to create this handy guide to help you pick out what is best for you and your skin type. Already wear foundation? Maybe you want to try something new and switch up your routine.

Here’s your lesson in Foundation 101!

Matte Foundation

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Matte is the way to go if you have normal to oily skin. It’s sometimes inevitable that we get a bit shiny throughout the day, but a matte foundation can keep it at bay and leave your look feeling fresh even after a long day of wearing it.

My Pick: L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation

Light Coverage Foundation

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Some people are just blessed with beautiful skin; so let that beauty shine through with a light coverage foundation. It allows your skin to look even and glowy but still let your skin look natural.

My Pick: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

BB Cream

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BB creams are defined as a ‘beauty balm’ and it is essentially a hybrid of moisturizer and foundation. I like BB creams because I feel like my skin can still breathe and look naturally dewy. The best part of BB creams is that most contain SPF, so you’re protecting your skin while looking fabulous. I also love to wear this when my skin is really dry since it’s hydrating.

My Pick: Garnier Fructis BB Cream

Full Coverage

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Full coverage foundations are a full proof way to cover what you want to cover. I like this coverage when I have a long day or night, an event, or I’m taking photos. Full coverage also means you wont have to add additional product if you’re trying to cover a pesky blemish. Typically full coverage foundations are matte, so if you have dry skin, maybe steer clear of this.

My Pick: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation

What’s your favorite go-to coverage? Let us know in the comments!