The Foundation Guide Part 2 - Finding your Perfect Finish

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The Calla Lane Foundation Guide Part 2

Finding your Perfect Finish

Welcome to Part 2 of our Foundation Guide where we look at finding the perfect finish foundation. Before we start, I want to remind you of something I mentioned in the first part of the guide....“Makeup is not a tattoo”. It’s ok to go through some trial and error to find the perfect match for your already fabulous face. At the end of the day, you can always wipe it off and start over.

With that said, let's get started!


There are three basic foundation finishes; dewy, matte, and satin. Before we get into discussing all of these foundation finishes in more detail, the first thing we recommend is taking a look at your skin condition and type and then choosing your finish based on that.

If you’ve of the dryer skin persuasion, then you will love a more hydrating, dewy foundation. If you’re of the oily skin persuasion, you might love a mattifying foundation. If you’re of the age-conscious persuasion, then you’ll want foundations with a dewy glow. Dewy skin comes across as full of youth and life! All skin types will enjoy a satin finish. 


What is a dewy finish? When you think dewy finish, think glowing and youthful-looking skin. Dewy makeup foundations are a wonderful addition to your makeup kit when you want to get that lovely lit-from-within glow. They are lightweight and easy to wear in any season, including winter or summer. 

Who should wear a dewy finish? A dewy finish foundation is best suited to those with dry or mature skin as they reflect light, which softens the skin and creates a youthful glow. Moreover, most of the dewy foundation formulas have a hydrating component that make it quite good for your skin as well.

Who should avoid a dewy finish foundation? Some people find that dewy foundations can look wet on the skin, especially if their skin is already oily. Dewy foundation may also not look the greatest on acne-prone skin as it may make acne appear more prominent.

At Calla Lane, the Esse Foundation has a dewy finish. 


What is a Matte finish? Matte foundations usually provide a full or buildable type of coverage, and create a shine-free, oil-free base for the rest of your makeup. The heavier coverage results in a flawless finish that is long-lasting. 

Who should wear a Matte finish? Oily and combination skin types will benefit most from a matte foundation, as they last longer on the skin and help to minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections.

Who should avoid a matte finish? Dry skin and mature skin with wrinkles may want to steer clear of matte finish foundations, as the formula will cling to, and accentuate problem areas. 

At Calla Lane, the Inthusiasm Liquid Foundation has a matte finish with medium coverage. The Hey Gorgeous Foundation Liquid Matte Foundation also has a matte finish with medium to full coverage.


What is a satin finish? A satin finish foundation is right in between dewy and matte. Considered the most common foundation finish, a satin finish isn’t as flat as a matte finish or as shiny as a dewy finish, it hovers perfectly in between.

Who should wear a satin finish? All skin types will enjoy a satin finish, however oily skin types will reap the benefits of pairing it with a powder. Also, mature skin may find that satin finishes look best, as they won’t accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.

Who should avoid a satin finish? Everyone can wear a satin finish. These foundations are typically long-lasting, without feeling heavy on your skin. Additionally, like dewy foundations, they offer a radiant finish, although with satin foundations the glow is more subtle. 

At Calla Lane, the Dr. Hauschka Foundation has a satin finish.

A word on longevity 

Longevity should also be on your radar. Matte finishes will last longer than a dewy finish, so if topping up isn’t for you, go for satin or matte finish.

We hope that this post has helped. Stay tuned for the last part of the guide where we cover shade matching. 

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have so get in touch!

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