if water based foundations are good for swimming, rain etc those that mean oil based foundations are good for oily skin? what are some?
Not exactly, some oily skin gals prefer oil free foundations! Some would argue you want to go for an oil free foundation because oily skin doesnt need any more oil. I’ll explain a little the pros and cons of each makeup base so you can choose for yourself :)
It’s really useful to know a little bit about the make up of makeup (hehe) to better understand which foundation or makeup is best for you. Take a look at the ingredients list on makeup products to learn a little more about them.
There are a few different types of face makeup
- Water based
- Oil based
- Silicone based
- Alcohol based
- Powder based
- Mineral based
Water based foundations (ones that claim to be oil free) are more light weight, have lighter coverage, usually has a more matte finish, won’t clog pores like some other foundations and doesn’t feel greasy or oily.
- Ex. MAC Face & Body, Makeup Forever Face & Body, Covergirl Clean Makeup, Cover FX Oil Free Foundation
Oil based foundations tend to be fuller coverage, more creamy, can have more of a dewy finish and blends easily but some can clog pores and look a little greasy/oily. Oil based foundations tend to be better for dry skin because they are more oily and “moisturizing”.
- Ex. Revlon Colorstay
Silicone based foundations are similar to oil based foundations in the sense they have full coverage. They feel a little more light weight and comfortable on the skin. Very pore perfecting, creamy and smoothing like silicone based primers. Could possibly clog pores.
- Ex. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse.
Alcohol based foundations has very light weight and give little to medium coverage. Many airbrush systems use an alcohol based foundation.
- Ex. Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation.
Mineral based foundations are the most gentle, non irritating types of face makeup because they are all natural. Most mineral foundations are powder but there are a few exceptions where there is mineral liquid foundation and concealers (Bare Minerals just released a liquid foundation). Usually more light to medium coverage.
- Ex. Bare Minerals, Pur Cosmetics
Powder based foundations are light weight, easy to use powders with more coverage than normal setting powders. They are easy to use and feel light on the skin. The downside is it can look cakey and powdery if you have dry skin or don’t use a proper moisturizer before hand.
- Ex. MAC Studio Fix Powder, Milani Multitasking Powder, Makeup Forever Duo Matte