The 7 Main Types of Foundations Demystified

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When it comes to creating the perfect look, there’s one type of makeup that literally lays the foundation for all else. But foundation—regardless of quality—can vary widely in terms of consistency, application, and ingredients. So how do you know which type is right for you? We’ve put together a quick guide to seven common types of foundations, each of which has its own set of advantages. Read on to refresh your makeup bag with confidence.


Liquid foundation is one of the most popular types of foundation and with good reason. It glides on easily and is a good choice for both dry and combination skin. Whether you’re working with a water- or oil-based formula, it’s a good idea to shake before applying to avoid separation in the bottle. Liquid foundations also tend to provide the heaviest coverage and are best used if there are larger patches of skin you’re looking to even out.

CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Liquid Makeup ($10)


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($34)

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