What is Satin Finish Foundation?

What is Satin Finish Foundation?

Consider your skin type and your overall look when deciding on a foundation. A dewy finish gives you a fresh, youthful glow and can add moisture that minimizes the appearance of fine lines. Matte foundations give a sophisticated, finished look like you’ve just walked off a runway. Satin finishes are a striking balance between dewy and matte foundation. 

What is a satin finish foundation?

Satin finish foundation is not as glossy and moist looking as dewy foundation but not as flat as matte. Satin foundation gives you a natural glow without being too shimmery and is not as drying as matte, which can cake in fine lines. Often, foundations with high moisture levels wear off quickly, while mattes tend to stay longer. A satin finish strikes the balance, so you will not have to touch up as often. Best of all, a satin finish looks flattering on almost everyone. If you need extra staying power to cover blemishes, pair a satin finish with a concealer for a fresh, flawless look. 

Who should wear satin finish foundation?What is Satin Finish Foundation?

A satin finish works well with most skin types. Very forgiving and increasingly available with moisturizer or treatments built in, the slight sheen wears well from day to night. While any age benefits from a satin finish foundation, it is ideal for mature skin that needs buildable coverage. Satin finishes help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Unlike heavier cake or matte foundations, satin finishes don’t collect and crease. 



How to apply satin finish foundation:

  1. Wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser to not strip skin. If needed, use a periodic exfoliating scrub or cleanser to deeply clean and sluff off dead skin that can dull the look of your face and clog pores. Using natural acids, like alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid, are less abrasive than coarse, grainy scrubs.
  2. Apply moisturizer. Nourish and hydrate skin with a moisturizing base specific to your skin type—even if you have oily skin.
  3. Apply primer. Primer helps makeup stay put for a longer period of time and helps keep creasing and feathering at bay. A good primer also smooths the skin to give a more even base to apply foundation. The right primer can also even tone. 
  4. Apply satin finish foundation. There are countless ways to apply foundation. A foundation brush or sponge is chosen by most professionals. It keeps dirt and bacteria from your hands from transferring to your face or foundation. If you choose a brush or sponge, wash the applicator regularly. Your fingers also work. Apply foundation in circular or upward motions, blending well. Pay special attention to the jawline to ensure that visible skin tone differences do not show. For extra coverage, build up foundation or concealer after applying an even base using a stippling brush or a large, flat foundation brush. You can also pat targeted areas of foundation to specific areas. 
  5. Apply powder. If you have oily skin, apply a fine layer of powder to reduce unwanted shine. For maturing skin, use powder sparingly or only on areas that don’t have a lot of fine lines. Applying powder to t-zones and cheeks while avoiding eyes can prevent unnecessary creping. 

How to pick a foundation finish

  • Coverage- A sheer, dewy finish is perfect if you have clear skin or want a lighter finish. If you want to hide acne, rosacea, or other imperfections matte finishes tend to provide extra coverage.
  • Longevity - Matte and satin finishes are longer lasting than BB creams, sheer, or high-moisture foundations. For everyday use, the treatment elements, like mineral bases, can provide positive boosts to your skin care. For special occasions or evening wear, a slightly heavier foundation avoids touch-ups and has a more finished look.
  • Texture- Dewey or reflective foundations (they have a little shimmer) can add a youthful glow and optically even skin tone. They can, however, make you look shiny. For a great day-to-night look, use a satin finish foundation, applying powder to reduce shine in prominent areas.

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