Foundation User Guide: Keywords & Phrases

Finish that gives your skin a radiant, youthful, natural-sheen, glowy effect. It exudes a lot of radiance and adds a lot of moisture to the skin. Usually foundation with a foundation that gives a medium to full coverage; a bit on the heavier side. Best for skin that is dry or normal. Those with combination or oily skin that can't resist the glow of a dewy finish will need to use a mattifying primer (Shop here) or powder to balance out the oil in the makeup and your skin (Shop here).

Finish that provides a soft, pore-less, no shine, evenly smooth minimalist effect. Can be found in foundations that offer medium to full coverage. Best for oily and combination skin. But don't fret. If you have dry skin and you can't resist a matte foundation, be sure to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize under your foundation (Shop here).

A meeting of the minds between Dewy and Matte. This finish provides a natural, sheer effect without the glow of a dewy foundation and the pore-less, drying effect of a matte. This type of finish works well for all skin types.

Doesn't completely cover blemishes. Would need a foundation powder and concealer to fully cover blemishes if desired.

Covers most blemishes and redness but not completely.

Completely covers blemishes, scarring, redness.

The foundation gives you the option of choosing your own coverage. It starts of light and by applying more and more layers, you can "build" up more and more coverage. It's a good option if you like versatile options.

If you have warm undertones, your skin will lean peachy, yellow, or golden.

If you have cool undertones, your skin will lean pink, red, or blue.

If you have neutral undertones, your skin will have some mixture of both warm and cool colors.

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