Their ingredient lists may read a bit differently, too. “You will often see isododecane [in body foundations], which is an emollient that leaves a smooth finish and sets the pigments without leaving a smear,” King says. Oil-based emollients typically added to face foundation are notably missing, though, as they create smudges, she adds. (That said, you can still find oils in some of these formulas, as they lend them a creamy, blendable texture and moisturizing properties.)
New York City-based makeup artist and body painter Michela Wariebi, who famously drew Beyonce’s striped body art in the visual album Black Is King, slathers body foundations with her hands. “Certain [body foundations] will apply better with certain tools,” she says. Occasionally, Wariebi reaches for a large buffing brush or tanning mitt, if the product calls for a more dense applicator than just her palms.
The amount of product you’ll need depends on how large an area you are covering, as well as the formula, Wariebi says. We recommend starting with a dime-sized dollop and building up from there. Before you apply your favorite makeup, we suggest exfoliating with a body scrub beforehand for a smoother, more even skin finish.
With that in mind, consider these the 13 best body makeup products on the market. No matter the coverage level, finish type, or overall versatility you prefer, there’s a body foundation that works for you.
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