How Do I Choose the Best Compact Foundation?

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  • Written By: Patti Kate
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  • Last Modified Date: 29 May 2018
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When buying compact foundation, choose a shade that best suits your facial skin tone and skin type. You can choose a foundation for normal, oily, or dry skin. Cosmetic counters at major department stores offer have beauty consultations and foundation makeup to sample. If you have sensitive skin, choose a compact foundation that is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

Compact foundation is typically made of pressed powder. You can choose a formula with a smooth or matte finish. You should sample the foundation powder before deciding. Avoid anything that feels cakey when applied.

If you tend to have blemishes, you need to choose a compact foundation that is specially formulated for acne. The formula should be medicated and hide flaws, while smoothing out your skin. To avoid the risk of future break outs, choose a powder that is non greasy or it might clog your pores.

It's a good idea to choose a compact foundation with a bronzer if you have a light complexion. A matte formula will give you the effect of a natural tan, without the shine. You can use a bronzing compact foundation year round if you wish.


During winter months when skin tends to become overly dry, you should choose a compact foundation that has moisturizers. A hydrating formula will prevent flakiness and peeling, and keep your skin looking smooth and even. Some foundations are enriched with aloe or vitamin E for extra healing and moisture replenishment.

People with sensitive skin types may be affected by some ingredients in foundation. If your skin is easily irritated, you may prefer to purchase natural or organic foundation and makeup. These specialty products may be purchased at fine cosmetic boutiques or online. Natural foundation and cosmetics are typically made with ingredients, such as jojoba oil or safflower oil. If you have the time and inclination, you can even make your own foundation using natural ingredients.

The natural and organic foundations are not typically made with parabens, which some experts claim can be harmful when used in excess. If you want a natural product, avoid foundations that contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, and chemicals. A fragrance-free foundation is best for those with sensitivity issues.

Compact foundations are made to be portable. When storing it in your purse, you'll want a compact that closes securely. Test the lid to be sure it does not easily open. If the lid feels loose, it may open inside your purse, resulting in a messy spill.



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What is powder foundation? I bought mac matte foundation that on top was compact and inside powder. Are both foundations or is one just powder?

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