There are hundreds of different foundations out there, all promising to do different things. Do you know which one is which, and what to use it for? Follow this glossary and get to know your foundation just a little better.

Sheer Liquid Foundation

Sheer liquid foundation is a foundation that gives you a little more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. Although it won’t cover up all of your blemishes, it will even out your skin tone while letting your natural complexion shine. Sheer liquid foundation is ideal for those who don’t have a lot of blemishes or pimples, and have a relatively clear skin.

Oil-Free Foundation

Oil-free foundation is perfect for anyone with oily skin. It provides good coverage for blemishes, and because it is oil-free, it shouldn’t clog up your pores. Make sure you blend the foundation well, as oil-free foundations tend to look masklike.

Cream Foundation

Cream foundation is something that you most likely wouldn’t use on a daily basis. It’s heavy and oily, but it provides the ultimate coverage. Use it only for dressy events.

Cream-to-Powder Compact

The cream-to-powder compact is perfect for anyone on the go. It provides medium coverage, and it is best for normal skin. It is too greasy for oily skin and the matte finish can make dry skin look even drier.

Iridescent Foundation

Iridescent foundation has a little extra shimmer in the mix that’s great for special occasions. It will give your skin a beautiful glow and make you look luminescent at night. It’s best for those with clear skin, as it can make scars or blemishes even more obvious.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is easy to apply as well as easy to use. Although it doesn’t offer the same coverage as a cream foundation, it will still cover small areas. Dab it on and blend it with your fingertips. Follow with powder. liquid foundation