After spending years in the mineral makeup craze, it seems as if the beauty trends are changing yet again. While mineral makeup powders will remain a staple for every makeup collection, liquid and cream foundations are making a comeback. Although mineral makeup is still a great choice for those who prefer a no-makeup look, the flawless, dewy finish of liquid foundations will be the must-have look for 2011.
While cream or liquid foundations are considered to be more traditional, the liquids of today are not the heavy, greasy, comedogenic formulations of the past. Where it was once common to use cloying oils and drying talc powder, new liquid foundations employ nourishing botanicals and non-comedogenic ingredients that are meant to disguise imperfections without leading to breakouts. The perfect liquid makeup foundation will create a smooth texture, radiant tone, and “naturally painted” appearance.
Choosing a liquid makeup foundation can seem a little overwhelming due to the sheer number of formulations from which to choose. With everything from basic water bases to oil-free and transfer-resistant formulas, the world of liquid foundation is certainly vast! The easiest way to choose a makeup base is to go by skin type. Most foundations will clearly state for which skin types they are intended. If you’re able, using a sample for a few days is a great way to determine if you like the texture, coverage, and ingredients of any formula.
To enhance the properties of your liquid foundation, make sure your foundation application tool is made with high-quality materials. Whether you use a brush or sponge, a professional-grade tool will make all the difference. It is also important to wash all your makeup tools with a gentle makeup brush shampoo once or twice a week, letting them air-dry overnight.
You can also boost your cream or liquid foundation application by using a primer, and finishing with a light layer of powder or mineral foundation. These extras will enhance the appearance of your skin by providing a smooth base, locking foundation into place, and further diminishing the appearance of imperfections. Plus, a healthful primer and finishing powder will add an extra dose of nourishment and protection to the skin.
So, whether you’ve been a liquid foundation user for years, or are still in the mineral makeup arena, check out the new liquid foundation formulas from your favorite makeup brand, and stay up-to-date with the latest 2011 beauty trends.