Wearing a full face of makeup is no easy feat and kudos to those who do it every single day. But are you not sure how to get started or what to do or how much makeup to put on? Then there’s the whole sweltering heat of the Indian summers that may make you think twice before wearing full coverage foundation during the day or for weddings and huge functions. But what if we told you there is a way you could get it all just by deciding how much foundation to wear and when?
Choosing the Right Foundation Coverage: The Basics
Sure, you must have gone over the steps for a full face of makeup before picking up your foundation. But it can get pretty daunting when you see your face looking suddenly chalky or feeling heavy. Thankfully, a full coverage foundation is not your only option. There are several types of coverage that you can turn to, depending on the occasion, the weather, your skin type and your skin woes. There are three basic types – light or sheer coverage, medium coverage and full coverage. On top of that, depending on the type of foundation you use, you can also get buildable coverage for different areas of your face. Is your forehead pretty clear and even-toned but your cheeks riddled with blemishes? Well, you don’t actually have to put the same amount of foundation on both parts of your face.
Tips on How to Choose the Right Foundation Coverage
- 1. Light coverage
- 2. Medium coverage
- 3. Full coverage
- 4. Mix with moisturiser
- 5. Spot treatment
- 6. Wear primer
- FAQs about Choosing the Right Foundation Coverage
1. Light coverage
Are you a sucker for a no-makeup-makeup look and hate the idea of a face with full coverage foundation? Well, you’re in luck. The light or sheer coverage gives the illusion that you’re not wearing any makeup while hiding any flaws or blemishes. You can opt for this coverage for your everyday work look or even a wedding or party where you know you’ll indulge in some dancing. You can apply the lightweight Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation to just the parts of your face you want to cover instead of your whole face. With a natural and matte finish, it is perfect for a busy day. This way, it will let your skin breathe while you don’t have to worry about your makeup melting by the end of the night.
2. Medium coverage
If your town is blessed with a good climate or you tend to travel and work in air-conditioned places, you can use medium coverage for your work look. It’s an excellent way to cover up any imperfections without going all out. Just apply a thin and even layer all over your face to show but not really show any blemishes. This can easily give you a clear and natural finish. While the Lakmé Perfecting Liquid Foundation can give you full coverage, since it is buildable it also works for medium coverage. We especially love it for everyday use since it keeps your skin nourished with the help of vitamin E and happens to be waterproof.
3. Full coverage
Now, if you do want full coverage foundation, you can get that too though you may need some patience! Say you suddenly had a nasty breakout but it's your wedding day. Or you need to look your best for your graduation. Then the full coverage is for you. Though, you may need to add some contouring or blush to bring dimension back to your face. Well, the Lakmé Absolute 3D Cover Foundation completely covers your face to give you a one-toned and uniform look. This transfer-proof foundation is matte with a little shine, perfect for huge occasions where you need that extra glittery look.
4. Mix with moisturiser
Do you have exceptionally dry and patchy skin and need something moisturising to get your foundation to go on your face smoothly? Well, nowhere is it written in any rule book that you can’t mix your foundation with some hydrating moisturiser or primer. But if you want a quicker way out, just try the easily blendable Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation as it uses the goodness of argan oil to keep your face moisturised all day while giving you a dewy finish. And the best part is that it is lightweight and non-sticky so even those with combination skin can use it. If that hasn’t had you sold, it has SPF 45, so don’t worry about any sun damage or tanning.
5. Spot treatment
All of us girls with acne and blackheads know of this vicious cycle – you wear foundation on your pimples which leads to more breakouts and when you don’t they stand out in stark contrast to your perfectly coloured lips and eye makeup. But fret not for we have found the perfect solution – a serum foundation that you can apply just on your pimples and blemishes! The Lakmé Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation not only gives you good coverage, but it also uses the heroes of the skincare world to protect your skin. Whether you have oily, dry or acne-prone skin, this non-comedogenic and weightless foundation uses niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated all day long.
6. Wear primer
Okay, here’s the thing, no matter what coverage you opt for, your makeup can slip and sweat away if you don’t prep your face. Along with your usual CTM routine, you should always wear primer before the foundation. It not only blurs your pores and blemishes making it easier for the foundation to do its job, but it also helps your makeup last long. You can also try something like the Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation since it has an inbuilt primer and SPF 20 which makes sure that you don’t have to worry about touch-ups or any harsh UV rays. It also happens to be buildable, so you can go all out or keep your coverage light depending on your mood. Just blend till you’re happy with the end result!
7. Don’t forget to blend
Now, it doesn’t really matter what or how much foundation you wear if you don’t wear it properly. Even the lightest coverage can look patchy and textured if you don’t blend it well. First, dot the foundation all over your face or whichever parts you want to cover. Next, take a brush and spread it out evenly. But that is not where your foundation’s story ends. Take a damp sponge aka the beauty blender and ‘tap’ it all over your foundation to get rid of any excess product, blend out any streaky or harsh lines and make it look seamless and natural.
FAQs about Choosing the Right Foundation Coverage
Q1. How do I choose foundation coverage?
If you have naturally clear skin and want a no-makeup-makeup-look, you can use light or sheer coverage. If you have blemishes or acne you can go for medium coverage for an everyday look and full coverage on special occasions.
Q2. What is foundation coverage?
Since foundations are buildable nowadays, different layers of foundation provide different results. Light or sheer coverage is when you just need to apply a little foundation on certain parts of your face like blemishes to hide them. Medium coverage is a one-thin layer of the product, while full coverage is the old-school style of wearing full foundation all over your face.
Q3. Do I need a foundation if I use concealer?
If you just have a few blemishes, you can easily use concealer to cover them and leave it at that. However, if you have an uneven skin tone with large dark and red patches, you may want to consider using a foundation too.
And that is how you can make the most of your foundation. Instead of tiring yourself out with full coverage foundation every day, take into account your skin concerns and the occasion and then get started with your makeup.
Written by Lopa K on Feb 23, 2023