With so many foundation types and formulations out there, it’s difficult to know which one is best suited to your skin. We’re lifting the veil so that you can find your perfect match – and formulation too.
What is a cream foundation?
Unlike the original cream foundations, today’s formulations won’t make your makeup look cakey or thick – in fact – they cover imperfections beautifully without clogging up pores or leaving you with the dreaded “painted-on” effect. They have light and mousse-like textures, similar to that of whipped cream and whipped egg whites.
Who should be using it?
As most cream foundations are oil-based, they’re suited to normal, dry and very dry skins (and often best avoided by oily and combination skins). You may consider switching to a cream foundation during winter when skin is naturally drier, or when age-related dryness sets in. Along with your moisturiser, these mousse-like products keep skin soft and hydrated.
Cream foundations lock in moisture and add a dewy glow to the skin, which is great for normal to dry complexions. They offer a bit more coverage than liquid and powder foundations, making them the perfect choice for anyone who wants to hide stubborn imperfections. Many cream foundations also have pore-minimising properties and long-lasting coverage.
How should you apply it?
Remember that you only need a small amount of cream foundation, as a little bit is enough to cover your entire face. It’s best applied with either your fingers or a makeup sponge or blender. Dab a bit of the product on your forehead, cheeks and nose, and gently blend so that it spreads evenly across your skin. If you like a dewy complexion, you’re good to go, but if matte is more your thing, follow with a light dusting powder.
Finding the right shade and texture for your skin is key in selecting a foundation. Our current creamy favourites are:
blackUp Full Coverage Cream Foundation, R385
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup, R199
Maybelline DreamSmooth Mousse, R160.95