Sephora’s In Windsor, Your Face Is Your Canvas: Foundation 101

Sunday October 19th, 2014

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Your face is your canvas, and how and what foundation you use sets the tone for your entire look. All foundation—powder or liquid—is made for specific skin types in mind. The best way to shop for a foundation is by first identifying your skin type. There are four major skin types: Oily, dry, combination, and mature.  Each type is very particular in its needs. Once you know what skin type you are, you must select the kind of coverage you need. Do you want a sheer, medium, or full coverage? Afterward you can confidently go into a cosmetics store and test out colour swatches.

Hint: Always test foundation colours on your neck, and not your hand, so that when your foundation is applied it blends seamlessly into the neck and there is no line or drastic difference between the face and neck.

Oily Skin

For oily skin the best foundations on the market are oil free and water based. Oily skin tends to be acne prone meaning the coverage should be medium or full to cover blemishes correctly. At times oily skin can also be sensitive. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12hr foundation doesn’t contain and irritants, wont slip and slide off of the face, lasts for 10+ hours and has a natural finish to remove the shine from excess oil.

Dry Skin

Dry skin gets irritated quickly and during the cooler months dry patches pop up for some people.  The best kind of foundation is a liquid with moisturizing serum-infused ingredients. Try BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation infused with natural serums for a bright, healthy complexion that fights dryness.


If you are one of the blessed few with combination skin you are able to wear just about whatever foundation you want depending on your desired coverage. A great powder foundation is key for this skin type because the coverage is buildable, meaning it can be worn as a sheer coverage or full with your choosing. Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A Gorgeous foundation is oil free to combat the dryness aspect of the skin, and a cream to powder to absorb the oil. It’s the best of both worlds coming together in perfect harmony.


Mature skin, like oily and dry skin, needs special attention as well. As the signs of aging begin to settle on the skin, and fine lines and dark spots become more prominent. A foundation that treats these signs and helps cover flawlessly is essential. You’ll need a liquid foundation does not sit between the lines and blends easily. Lancôme Renergie Lift foundation is full of vitamin E to help brighten the skin, and has SPF 20 to help protect against sun damage.

All products discussed are available for purchase at Sephora at Devonshire Mall.

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