Makeup Basics: Foundations

Makeup basics


Photo Inka Lähteenaro

Foundation is obviously a very important product when it comes to base makeup. Now that we know about primers and concealers it’s time to go for foundation.

I talk about foundation, but I mean products that basically do the same thing but go by different name: BB-creams, mousses, makeup powders.. Foundation comes in many forms! So it’s actually totally up to you what kind of form do you prefer. I personally prefer foundations or makeup powders, simply ’cause they offer full coverage.

When you choose a foundation you should look at your skin and evaluate it. Is your skintype normal, dry, mixed or oily? There are foundations for every skintypes.  You should really check what your foundation promises to do and for what kind of skintype is it made for.

For example a foundation promising “moisture and illumination” is better for normal or dry skin whereas a foundation promising “matt finish with pore refining effect” is best for oily or mixed skin.

Choosing a foundation you should also think about how much coverage you’d like. The lightest foundation would be tinted moisturiser, which only gives little bit of colour and evens out the skin tone. BB-creams can be superlight kind of like a moisturiser, but there are also full-coverage BB-creams. Foundations offer everything from medium to full coverage, and it’s usually mentioned on the product.

The last thing I want to point out is the price. Especially on foundations you see huge differences between products. And it’s usually better, the more you pay. You simply get better quality if you pay a little extra. I’ve experienced this myself, since I have problematic skin. But there are exceptions, of course! For example Rimmel’s foundation (in the picture) is really good. Still: you can have better. That’s why I’ve included some of my favourites on the list.


Lavera 2-in-1 Compact Foundation
This is on the photo ’cause it’s a mousse which has both foundation and powder in it. It didn’t work on my skin, but maybe on normal and dry skin, since it’s quite moisturising.

Estee Lauder BB DayWear
This is very pigmented, full coverage BB-cream. Only a small amount is required. The shade is a bit dark for me, so I’ve mixed this with my other BB-cream. This leaves the face a bit shiny, so I wouldn’t recommend for oily skin. Maybe this would be best for normal/dry/mixed skin.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude 25hr Foundation*

This is a very good drugstore foundation. This was sent to me, but I’ve already bought a new one in case I run out of this. This is full-coveraga and very long lasting. I use this if I need my makeup to stay on point from early morning until late evening. I hiqhly recommend this for mixed or oily skin!

Olay Regenerist Complexion Corrector
This is a tinted moisturiser. I use this if I don’t feel like doing my makeup or I’m in a hurry. This gives a bit of colour and evens the skin while offering a SPF. This makes my skin glow. For normal/dry/mixed skin.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation
Leaves a nice matt & satin finish. Great pigmentation, so you don’t need to use a lot of this. Beautiful packaging. I recommend for mixed or oily skin!

Diorskin Forever Foundation
This also gives a nice satin & matt finish. The formula is lovely and easy to blend. Offers full-coverage. Beautiful packaging. I recommend this for mixed or oily skin.


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